First load with Melton

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  1. CasanovaCruiser

    CasanovaCruiser Road Train Member

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    Load #2
    Ackerman, MS to Montgomery, IL
    2 days from PU to con
    Paid miles: 789
    Odometer: 816
    Total: $380

    First lumber load and my greenhorns were showing. Forgot to have the forklift op put my tarps up for me. Lesson learned. Thank god I'm tall.
     
  2. sprayed150

    sprayed150 Light Load Member

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    ####. You got a brand new truck. I'll be in my 2013 660 for at least 6 more months
     
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  3. CasanovaCruiser

    CasanovaCruiser Road Train Member

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    I couldn't believe it either man.

    I've met a few drivers who give me #### for it when they find out I just started with Melton and I can't blame them honestly. It's all in good fun but I'd be bitter too.
    Even with that I have noticed every single Melton driver ive met may as well be my brother after a few minutes of chatting. Everyone waves to each other on the road or walks over to your truck to say hi at a truck stop, and finding a million miler is extremely easy, it's been a week and I've spoken with 4 or 5 now. I take that as a good sign.
     
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  4. haulintx

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    There's a terminal not to far from me just out of Dallas. How's the real average yearly pay there?

    Just curious, recruiting doesn't always shoot so straight. :)
     
  5. CasanovaCruiser

    CasanovaCruiser Road Train Member

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    I don't think I've been here long enough to say for sure but I think the average of 55k seems pretty accurate.
    If I could manage the consistency of my first week out for a whole year I'd be wayyy over that, but we all know how the OTR blues can bite back.
     
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  6. Ky Trucker25

    Ky Trucker25 Light Load Member

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    So you seem to have had a good experience so far any info you could give to a new driver that's heading their way to Melton on dos and donts in orientation...
     
  7. CasanovaCruiser

    CasanovaCruiser Road Train Member

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    Melton has been great for me so far but that's common for at least a few months at every company.
    Orientations is pretty easy really, show up early, do what they tell you to, and work hard.
    Melton isn't afraid to send people home but if you're a hard worker, safe, and on time you're in. (pending a hair follicle test lol)
     
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  8. Driverdad

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    Yes 55k , don't forget to figure in home time my friend . If stayed out and never went home I would make 68k.

    Here is something to think about . After requesting home time there are many times I get home 2 days early and they don't count that against you . However if you run a tight buget at home Consider that your not getting a check the next week .
     
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  9. Driverdad

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    This is 98 % the case . Don't get discoraged when you meet that 2 % . There are some really drivers who have a self important feeling and think there your boss. I just politely ignore them .

    It really is suprising how many happy people work here . I came to Melton to get a year of experience before buying my own truck . But there are times I second guess that because we live pretty high on the hog for company drivers.
     
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  10. CasanovaCruiser

    CasanovaCruiser Road Train Member

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    My own truck is a goal for me too but I've got it so good here so far I find myself thinking the same thing sometimes haha

    Youre right that Melton isn't immune to the occasional conceited flatbed know it all. Even so, once you get them away from your load and talking about something else they've even turned out to be decent guys too.
     
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