flat vs van for a rookie?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by beancounter, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Ridgerunner665

    Ridgerunner665 Road Train Member

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    I know a few Maverick drivers that are east of Charlotte...but they do not hire inexperienced drivers (they will train you for flat bed...but you must have OTR experience)
     
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  3. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    When I was with them I ran a lot of pipe out of charlotte.
     
  4. TaylorMade407

    TaylorMade407 Road Train Member

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    Yea they won't hire students because I tried to get on with them before pullin reefer
     
  5. beancounter

    beancounter Light Load Member

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    That's a bummer. From what I'd seen they looked like a smokin good company. So, looks like TMC or Roehl at this point. Any opinions between those two?
     
  6. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    You pick the company that fits your needs the best and not what they drive. Holy ######, do you want to stay the same for 30 to 40 years or do you want to move up and make a future for yourself? Pick the company that's going to help you.
     
  7. RangerBIll

    RangerBIll Bobtail Member

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    Van for newbies. For the same reasons. Learn there before taking on tanker surge, flatbed issues, or livestock. Reefer is ok for newbies also.
     
  8. Working Class Patriot

    Working Class Patriot Road Train Member

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    Flat tarps (4' drops) aren't bad to lift...but "man-handling" Lumber tarps (8' drops) will just plain screw you up.....don't ask me how I know this.....:biggrin_2556:
     
  9. Gitty

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    OP you are still young, do the flatbedding. You make more a mile if you ever go O/O. Get the training now while your young. When you get old you won't want the adventure of it. At least most don't.
     
  10. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You'll feel much more accomplished as a flat bedder. Not everyone can do it. It's not for wimps. You actually have to use your brain. Consignees welcome you with open arms. Anyone can bump a dock, pull up and close the doors. Not everyone can chain and tarp a load of steel. What catagory do you fall into to? :smt066
     
  11. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    I think my point was missed. Find the company that fits your needs and don't worry about what they drive. You wouldn't want to find a flatbed company that treats their driver like scum and doesn't give them many miles. Search out the best company for you and learn all you can from what they have. Then maybe you'll get lucky and move up to another company with different equipment altogether. Then you gain alot more experience just don't job hop to run different trucks. It takes time and you'll make more as time goes by or I should say that you should make more.
     
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