Expedite Companies, Who's the best?

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by BKahuna, May 27, 2009.

  1. teddy_bear6506

    teddy_bear6506 I'm Vintage

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    Can anybody give me any advice on how to go about getting in with a fleet owner? I have my CDL permit and have been trying to find a trainer/training company to take me on for my Class A, but being a female seems to be quite a detriment.

    I have seriously been thinking of getting my Class B and get in to the expedited, but it seems the ones I've looked at all require teams.

    Also, can anybody give me hints about how to get my Class B without access to a truck for testing?

    Any help is appreciated. Be safe out there.
     
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  3. truckinghereandthere

    truckinghereandthere Bobtail Member

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    I was under the impression that u guys and girl owned the trucks. Is it better to buy ur own truck or drive 4 someone
     
  4. truckinghereandthere

    truckinghereandthere Bobtail Member

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    I was under the impression that u guys and girls were o\o. I was thinking about going this way. But would only do it if I could own the truck. Do u make better money if its ur truck?
     
  5. yendor_65

    yendor_65 Light Load Member

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    Make more money but assume more risk. I drive for a fleet owner and get 60/40 split. 60% of the runs and don't have to fix the truck if there is a break down.
     
  6. garylobo

    garylobo Light Load Member

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    Yendor, you obviously work hard...what kind of $ can a driver earn if he/she runs hard and stays out say four weeks at a time? Also, does Express-1 hire out of Florida, do u know? Thinking of giving up the big rig for a shot at this. I too love to run hard, but finding the freight these days is always the challenge, right? Thanks...
     
  7. yendor_65

    yendor_65 Light Load Member

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    Depends on the loads but I make pritty good coin now that freight is picking up. Yes I think E-1 hires out of Florida give them a call
     
    garylobo Thanks this.
  8. taz'smom

    taz'smom Bobtail Member

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    I recommend driving for a fleet owner first to learn the business, and to see what it is like to live and work on the road, especially if you have never done it before. Attend an Expeditor's Expo so you can talk to the pros before you buy. Then you will have a true understanding of what you are getting into!
     
  9. 94nole

    94nole Light Load Member

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    what should one expect to make driving team for an expediter?

    I got a call from a driver who is about to lose his co-driver and he is looking for a replacement.

    He said his fleet owner pays the drivers 20% each of the load or 40% total.

    Since the drivers are independent contractors, a larger portion will be lost to self employment taxes.

    What say ye?

    He said he averages $500-600 per week and that sounds pretty low to me especially if that is pre-tax.
     
  10. Sacred Feline

    Sacred Feline Light Load Member

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    We too are a team here in Jax, FL and thinking about expediting...trying to decide whom to go with.

    Have a call into FedEx C/C (left message waiting on call back) and have read some bad stuff about Panther on here so am not looking there. We are looking into T/T rather than straight truck but right now will consider anything. Do not know anything about Express 1...or the others for that matter.

    The previous posters, have you talked to any of the companies..? Did you hire on..? Would like to hear how you are going..thanks and be safe.
     
  11. 94nole

    94nole Light Load Member

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    If you are asking me...I decided not to go the expediter route as well as not to go team. The more I thought about living in that close of quarters with someone I was not related to...for long periods of time...the worse the nightmares got.

    I am going to orientation with Willis Shaw in AR, leaving on Sunday. Can't wait.

    If you weren't asking me...sorry for the info.
     
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