Any Starter Companies That Allow You To Bank Hometime?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by foadi, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. foadi

    foadi Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys,

    I am interested in becoming a truck driver and am seeking advice and clarification on a few things.

    Due to the unstable nature of my current line of work, I've become accustomed to taking large amounts of time off during the slow periods (usually for several months at a time). This has enabled me to spend massive amounts of time overseas, and I've become somewhat addicted to these trips. Unfortunately, wages are imploding in my industry, so I feel it's time for me to make the transition into something else. And I am starting to think that OTR trucking might just be that something else.

    I've met a few American truckers in other countries who seem to have pretty sweet deals and I was wondering how difficult it is to land one of the gigs they are doing. They are usually one of two things

    1. Oil field guys who take winters off
    2. OTR guys who are able to turn their trucks in and take a month or two off

    So I guess my first question is, how difficult is it to land whatever type job these guys have?

    I also understand that I will probably have to pay my dues at a starter company for a year or two before I can find a better fit for myself, so my second question is regarding home time at these companies. Are there any companies that allow you to bank home time? Frequent home time doesn't appeal to me, because I don't have a home to go to in the US anyway. I would prefer to be out for 8-12 weeks at a time and then take a week or so off (and head for the nearest international airport for a quick trip somewhere). But one resounding theme I've noticed when researching many of these starter companies is that they only allow 4 days of hometime at any one time. Are there any companies that would be fine with a new driver taking longer than 4 days off at a time?
     
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  3. navywill

    navywill Light Load Member

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    I think covenant may allow you to that....they told me for every 7 days out you earn 1 day off. But double check with a recruiter.
     
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  4. Jabber1990

    Jabber1990 Road Train Member

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    I doubt it

    if that truck isn't moving the company isn't making money

    if you bank your hometime and take 10-14 days off then that truck is now a money pit, its making no money and the company is paying for it to sit. also if you're home that long you aren't making money either.

    so I doubt a sompany will let you do that
     
  5. Mrh2008

    Mrh2008 Road Train Member

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    Melton Truck Lines let's you bank hometime. However, you need prior approval to take more than 14 days off. If you're going to be off for more than 14 days, they'll make you turn the truck in.
     
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  6. orangepicker

    orangepicker Road Train Member

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    werner will let you take 30 day off and you dont have to build up the days. you just tell them i need a month off...
     
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  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Lots of drivers do what your plan is. One driver works for TransAm and takes a couple or three months off each year to hang out in the Orient. The company agreed to that when they hired him.

    I did the same, but didn't take that much time off. I would use all my vacation then add a couple weeks on top of that. Problem I had is my benefits stopped after my vacation time was used up, then I had the hassle of getting them started again.

    I see you live in Henderson; I live in Seven Hills. I'm overseas right now kicked back.
     
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  8. foadi

    foadi Bobtail Member

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    Nice, I live in Seven Hills too. Or rather, my family does and that is where I am a resident. Currently in LA. Always on the road with my current job and I am lucky if I make it back to NV a couple weeks per year. Speaking of which, would you recommend any of the CDL schools in NV? Haven't been home in a year and a half and my family keeps on nagging me to visit so attending a school there would be perfect for me. I'm willing to go to school anywhere, mind you. Whatever will give me the best opportunities.

    Thanks for the confirmation that a lot of drivers do what I am planning. Actually plan on going to the Philippines for a few weeks pretty soon, right after I wrap up things here. But would like to get started in the trucking industry shortly after.

    Anyways thanks for the replies so far guys. Please keep them coming. Does Melton have a limited hiring area or do they hire from anywhere? Are they one of the companies that only hires from approved schools? I like what I am reading about them so far. I should preface that I don't care whether I haul drive van, flatbed, reefer, or tanker. Being able to take more than four day off at a time is the most important selling point to me.
     
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  9. fishnman

    fishnman Light Load Member

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    Celadon Trucking out of Indianapolis allows banking time off. I don't know what the maximum time is that you can take off, but there is a limit. After that, you can take the time off, but have to clean out your truck. If you don't need medical/Dental bennies, their policy on time off is probably one of the more driver friendly ones in the OTR business. I no longer work for them, but that policy was the best thing about that company.
     
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  10. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I think Melton hires from all 48 states.
    Southwest Truck Driver Training in Las Vegas has a good reputation. Check the website.
    Ask Melton if they hire from that school.

    Another good flatbed company that hires from Las Vegas is System Transport. They run 48 states, Canada, Alaska.
     
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  11. double yellow

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    Con-Way Truckload allows you to bank time off, though there may be a 30-day limit before they consider you a "rehire" and make you update your DOT 10-year history. They also hire new graduates and put you with a trainer that actually sits in the passenger seat while you drive (most "training" companies have a trainer sleeping in the bunk when you're driving).
     
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