Got a few newbie questions

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by RedRaven, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. RedRaven

    RedRaven Bobtail Member

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    Hey all,

    Been a while since I have been on here and I am still looking at going to school. I had to delay a lot of things for quite a while but I am back on track and am hoping to get into school within the next few months (5 months at the latest, hoping to get financed to go to school though).

    I have a few questions based on person questions that I have on companies and a few other options I have.

    1.) Currently I am looking for a company that hires out of school OR has their own school that allows both pets and passengers (I have my wife and our whippet/lab mix puppy to take with me once I am solo) does anyone know of any other than Werner?

    2.) As for Werner I have seen a lot of reports of it being a horrible company, does anyone have personal experience with them? I am in Oregon now so for any company I would be based out of Oregon/California.

    3.) My other option is looking into doing a Lease program with a company, does anyone really recommend doing a lease for a newbie or do you all recommend going company driver for a few years first?

    These are the questions I have right now..... I am sure I will come up with more as I think about it but at this point I am pretty set on going, my wife is supportive of me as long as her and our dog can join me on the road after the training period so that is our biggest issue at this time along with getting training financed.

    My thanks ahead of time guys!
     
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  3. EZX1100

    EZX1100 Road Train Member

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    i would suggest you do a search for all of those categories on this forum; for they all have been explained in detail, a few hundred times

    you and the ms. can peruse thru the various questions and answers and you will get more information than you may need, but it will definitely satisfy your curiosity

    use the "advanced search"

    click in title

    lease

    pets

    passenger

    schools

    (thats four different searches)
     
  4. walstib

    walstib Darkstar

    I'd recommend Watkins and Shepard for all your needs. I'd say no newbie should lease, learn to drive first. Good luck!
     
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  5. cuzzin it

    cuzzin it Road Train Member

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    1) Swift, prob others
    2) yes, my experience was bad
    3) DON'T !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. RedRaven

    RedRaven Bobtail Member

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    Actually going to give them a call now. Kind of nice that they have a near local terminal in Vancouver as well as one in Modesto which is close to where my wife's family is so she can visit them while I am waiting to be able to go solo.
     
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  7. pokerhound67

    pokerhound67 Heavy Load Member

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    lease...for the most part dont, and certainly NOT as a new driver. you cant trust the leases to be what they claim, so do LOTS of research and talk to current l/o's before getting involved. and id further suggest that in the time you wait (a year at least) youd be better off saving up each week and buying a used truck outright. not terribly good business practice to lease from your employer...they have too much incentive to help you fail. many less than reputable companies take advantage of this. if you pay for awhile on a truck, and then fail, they keep your money and can then sell the truck to someone else. your failure is a win for them.

    this is not to say there are no leases out there that are a decent deal. but they are eclipsed by the ones that are literally designed for you to fail. a new driver doesnt usually know enough about the industry to be able to tell the difference. they can ALL be made to sound good, given the right spin. but when you lease, you are assuming they will give you enough miles to make the payments and make a living. if they dont, you are still stuck there. unless you walk away and forfeit all the money youve put toward the truck.

    look online at some of the auction sites and used truck sale sites. you can get a decent used truck for 15-30k. start a relationship with a local credit union. save some money. and then in a year you should either be able to buy one for cash, or maybe get a loan from the credit union.
     
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  8. RedRaven

    RedRaven Bobtail Member

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    That is ultimately what I was thinking of doing. At this point I am pretty set on going company driver for a while until I get the hang of things, looking at how cheaply (relatively speaking) you can get a used truck for I will probably follow that route later on.

    Been researching the hell out of this decision and finally came to the conclusion that it is going to be a good move for me, I made the mistake of working myself into a niche of customer service and call center work and I really just want out of it. This is one of the few ideas that actually stuck with me the longest and has kept my interest so I am staying with it, gonna check out the school near me (IITR in Clackamas, OR) and see what I can do to get financed, maybe even talk to my local bank and see about financing and a loan to get into schooling.

    Looking at it, I might fight to get pre-hired at Watkins Shepard from what I saw, gave them a call but the office is closed so I will have to call after work tomorrow and talk to them to get the information I need.
     
  9. pokerhound67

    pokerhound67 Heavy Load Member

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    also id suggest that if you have some idea that you may buy a truck sometime in the future, and you are not a mechanical genius, there is no better time to learn all you can about the mechanics of the truck than when you are with your trainer. youll be living in a small metal box with this guy for 4-8 weeks, why not get all you can out of it? make sure you pick his brain about everything you can think of. ESPECIALLY make sure before you get out of the trainer's truck that you are comfortable with tire chains. this is fairly simple to teach, but if not taught, itll be pretty embarrassing to have to ask a total stranger at the roadside to show you how to do it. i went a couple/few years not knowing how...99% of the time you dont need them, but when you do, please make sure you are comfortable with how to do it. dont be me, stupid to a fault. back to the idea of mechanics...you want to be able to tell many things about your OWN truck when you buy one, so learn all you can from your trainer.
     
  10. Allow Me.

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    One step at a time. License first, then a company. Now run solo for awhile to make sure trucking is a fit. THEN, add Mama and pooch. Climbing into a truck with no experience and adding Mama and pooch immediately can be a bit hectic, because you're dealing with the job aspect AND dealing with Mama and pooch who know basically nothing about the biz and lifestyle.
     
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