Class A dump truck driver question

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Bmy88, Jul 5, 2022.

  1. Bmy88

    Bmy88 Bobtail Member

    Jul 5, 2022
    I have my class A license, but with little experience. I currently have been with a state doh for about 4 years driving dump truck and some tilt airbrake trailer experience. My question is when companies ask for 3 years tractor trailer experience could I use my dump truck air brake trailer as experience?
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  3. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Yes. The only difference is the coupling device. Yours is a pintle and the other is a 5th wheel. Off track is different but if can back up that truck and trailer you can back up a semi.
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  4. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    You can try. At some point when a prospective employer verifies your current employment, the question might come up....what kind of equipment has he operated ?

    DRTDEVL Heavy Load Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Austin, MN
    All that matters is "Class A" experience. If that dump were Class B with the occasional trailer making it a Class A, it probably won't count. But if it were usually hauling a trailer in excess of $10,000 lbs GVWR, then its counted as Class A experience.
  6. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    Class b experience, which does help, but still not a class a.

    for smaller companies Atleast, megas will just laugh at you and say you have no experience and try to start you at the bottom, (don’t do that)
  7. wis bang

    wis bang Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Levittown, PA
    It all depends #1 on the insurance requirements and #2 how much the carrier can bend said requirements...

    #1 MOST insurance companies look for two years experience in like equpment.

    A savi broker that understands the trucking company would work to bounce 'grey' applicants off one of the underwriters. The guy I used to work with wouldn't go with 100% dump truck/ > 10K tagalong but would have fought for a guy with 15 months tractor trailer experience and the remainder with the tagalong.

    #2 sometimes the carrier will overlook a month or two for a soild candidate.

    In the good 'ole days a smaller company would road test a guy and go from there. Can't do that anymore; insurance rules unles you are a self-insured 'mega'
  8. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Heavy Load Member

    Nov 11, 2020
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