Florida Regional

Discussion in 'Heartland' started by kid_cardiac, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. kid_cardiac

    kid_cardiac Medium Load Member

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    I really hope I'm not shooting myself in the foot with this one.

    I submitted an application for the Florida region. The "salesman" offered me not just the Florida region, but also a dedicated lane (not customer) from Orlando to Atlanta. The red flag for me is if I take the Florida region, I'd be dispatched out of Jacksonville. If I take the dedicated, I'd be dispatched out of North Liberty.

    Doesn't this strike anyone else as odd? Does anyone else think I should be very careful about the bait and switch?
     
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  3. stabob

    stabob Heavy Load Member

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    6 year's why heartland??
     
  4. Bumper

    Bumper Road Train Member

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    He is probably looking at home time. That was a major reason I came here.
     
  5. kid_cardiac

    kid_cardiac Medium Load Member

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence.

    Exactly the reason why. I'm also trying to take care of my mother, who is battling lung cancer. I need something where I am home a couple of days a week at the minimum. Let's see if they back it up.
     
  6. Florida Playboy

    Florida Playboy Road Train Member

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    So Heartland's Florida terminal is in Jacksonville?
     
  7. ChromeDome

    ChromeDome Road Train Member

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    I was on the Florida/ Georgia dedicated.
    It is what it is.
    The I live in Tampa, and I was in fact home every weekend. The pay rate is lower on the dedicated than on Florida regional. But the home time is more stable. Will be working with Matt and Brent. They are both good guys, though Matt really needs to work on his people skills. Brent drove for a long long time, and he is the boss on the fleet.
    Miles will vary week to week.
    I chose to go with that division when I moved down from NY, simply due to the home time. The miles can be good, if they have the freight, was just slow for a while at the end of the year. Water will be picking up more with the change in seasons, so they should have more outbound freight than they can handle.
    It is not a bait and switch though, unless they tell you that the starting rate is the same as Florida region. In which case that will get straight in orientation. Since dedicated is in fact lower.
    Yes, you can go FL region and get the same freight. But you will not have quite the same home time. So it is up to you. Home every weekend, or home most weekends.

    I swapped to a local company. I am home every day and getting ALLOT more exercise lol. But it is 6 days a week. So while I am home every night, I also am only off on Sundays. So it is give and take.

    And yes, Heartlands FL terminal is in Jacksonville, off of Bush. East of the Bud plant. Across from Sears
     
  8. NoobiDriver

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    What local company are you with, if you don't mind me asking? And how much experience do they require?
     
  9. ChromeDome

    ChromeDome Road Train Member

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    I work for Badcock furniture. They normally require 3+ years experience. But they are training 2 box truck drivers at the moment, they went to CDL school, but have 0 experience. So they sent them out with some of our drivers for a month or so.
    Other than that the least experienced driver in the fleet has 8 years. Most have 15-35
     
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