ESTES Express (1 Year Review)

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  1. jtaran06

    jtaran06 Road Train Member

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    I wish I could call and they tell me NO. I'm having hard time holding out for her to graduate. I want to sit on couch too!
     
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  3. KaoMinerva

    KaoMinerva Road Train Member

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    1600 miles for the week lol. Very light week. I went in early this morning because I couldn't sleep.
     
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  4. jtaran06

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    #### good week!
     
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  5. KaoMinerva

    KaoMinerva Road Train Member

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    1. You use your own GPS dude. You just take it out the truck when you go home. I used to leave mine in the truck while out on the road.

    2. We do get paid for breakdowns after 2 hours at 17.5/HR last i had it. All breakdown crap is done at the terminal if it's a complete breakdown. For a blowout or something, if I could, I'd limp to the truck stop and then call them. It'll be faster that way. YOU GET PAID HERE!

    3. LISTEN man, it depends on WHAT you're doing. Regular schedule dudes like me are home daily. No hotels at all. Laydown schedule dudes usually meet the first day, go out (sleep in hotel), come home, go back out, then back home... reset. Extra board is out all week and back at the end for the reset. You could pass through sometimes depending on where you're at.

    4. It depends on the run. I usually have like 14+ hours off on my run because it cuts so late. Extra board, I used to do whatever I wanted. Central doesn't care about none of that UNLESS it's hot freight. Usually, lingering around cuts your money because at the end of the week you can't squeeze in an extra run. I used to regularly turn off 12+ in the northeast. It's best to run nights there. Ask @jtaran06 what happens working days up north constantly turning on the 10 lol.

    5. YES

    6. Just like anybody man, it's YOUR CDL. If you feel you can't do it, don't risk it. Central will most definitely understand. They will not force you to do something you don't think you can.

    7. YES *Facepalm* LOL

    8. Yes, everything is terminal to terminal... no customers anymore. You will wait sometimes tho... be ready.

    Listen, all in all, get the OTR junk out of your head. The bottomline here is you WILL make more money than you ever have, with OK equipment, and the freedom to travel regions to where freight is. No more truck stops, nights in the truck, loud reefers next to you, etc. If you want to run the road, central will let you. I've done 3 weeks out before... grossed $2500+ all 3 weeks. I've posted checks in here before and that lazy bum @jtaran06 can tell you how it is when estes is ROLLING. You can always leave if you don't like it.
     
  6. authentic251

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    Finally reached the top of the mountain eh?
    Congrats!
     
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  7. LtlAnonymous

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    Maybe so. ;)
     
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  8. BeHereNow97

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    Jtaran06 why do you use a spare phone for the GPS and not just your normal/primary phone?

    Kao, I want to expand on this if you don't mind.

    For OTR, my dispatch sends me a trip (load) plan. For some loads it has a varying window for pickup and delivery, for other loads it has a varying window for pickup but a hard time for delivery (or vice versa) and sometimes for other loads it's a hard time for both pickup and delivery.

    For the loads that have varying time windows, I can do whatever I want to as long as my pickup and deliveries are within the established time windows.

    So, if I understand you correctly with the part of your quote that I bolded, that's what you mean when you say you can "do whatever you want too", meaning that for the certain loads that have a varying time window you can do what you want to with your clock as long as you pick up and deliver on time.

    Correct?

    And, is LTL like OTR where you have both varying window times and hard times? Or just variable times? Or just hard set window times? Or it depends?

    And what does "central" mean, is that the Estes equivalent for Dispatch/Load Planner/Driver Manager?
     
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  9. jtaran06

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    I don't like tie up my phone. I use spare for music gps.


    Central is your dispatcher. When you start your week you call in to see if your planned. Say they tell you Memphis. You go in load truck up hook up and go. Get to memphis drop your going to hotel.


    Hour before your 10 is up call central tell them who you are ask are you lined up yet. Say they tell you kansas City head in. Grab shower and go. Once at kc they may say go to bed. Repeat process. They may send you to Indy off your 10. When you get there you say I got 3 hours the terminal will call for you they may send you to Louisville to put you to bed. There is no window. Faster you get to terminal more miles you get in for day

    It's not like otr where you got 800 miles over 3 days and you just take your time. Harder you run bigger the. Check at Estes. Save hours keep door closed could get you short run end of day vs being put to bed with 4 hours left
     
  10. 59EX

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    $66K here. Running wild sucks.

    I've put in with BigE and ODFL this week.
     
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  11. jtaran06

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    Yes it does. Where you run out or again?

    Either one you will make same if not more running SOLO. They really are low on pay scale here vs everyone else. You get on at big E them hotel points add up quick!
     
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