Going from trailers to straight truck??

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  1. hawkens

    hawkens Bobtail Member

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    Is it wrong to drive a straight truck(Class B) if you have a Class-A and can drive a tractor?

    I started out as a Class-A driving tractor trailer, but then went to a straight truck in foodservice for a year because the company was near my house and they don't have any tractor trailers. Last year, I went back to driving tractor trailer, but we got laid off recently. Now, I'm seeing Class-B straight truck jobs being posted up everywhere and it's very tempting because the pay is just as much as a Class-A job. So, my question is, is it wrong to go backwards? Technically, Class-A is at the top, so is it wrong to step down and drive a Class-B?
     
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Your Class A is a nice license, you can drive anything except motorcycles. Unless you also possess that rating.

    The problems begin with my experience in Maryland when Yankees in a ready mix called TBH sat down and told me to my face I was overqualified for ready mix B trucks with my CDLA. The office was itself surrounded by Mack tractors and two and three axle lowboys parked in the rain making a mockery of that claim on their part.

    The real problem was my hearing impairment and discrimination despite a history of delivering bulk with a TT Tanker to their plant.

    When I emigrated to Arkansas my first job within a week was a ready mix plant, first TT and later learned the ready mix side of it. No issues anywhere. That will come later but outside the scope of the question.
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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  5. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    Nothing wrong in doing what it takes to pay the bills, within reason.
     
  6. Pungent Sauce

    Pungent Sauce Bobtail Member

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    Anybody who “truck-shames” you for not driving the biggest rig possible isn’t worth your time.
    I don’t drive double, triples, tanker or HazMat, but I have them to keep my options open.
    If you get the pay you need at a place close to your house/family you are living the dream, driver.
     
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  7. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Yes indeed. Truck shaming has no place here.

    You might want to reconsider those who ever gave you that idea.

    Now if we wanted to do a bit of truck shaming....
     
  8. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    I say go for it, if it pays the bills and makes you happy. But remember, if you decide to go back to tractor trailer years later, tractor trailer companies may not count that straight truck job as legit experience.
     
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  9. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    be careful. some companies only consider class A experience if you stayed in the class a group.
     
  10. FinkPloyd

    FinkPloyd Light Load Member

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    From what I have seen class A experiance counts for both but not the other way
    around. At least thats how it is for all the companies around here
     
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  11. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    trust me there are a ton of companies that wont consider class B experience. the experience needed for the last three years. yes i understand people will disagree here. but the very first thing i would let a future company know is. i got 1 year otr and 2 years class b straight truck etc. before i made the jump
     
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