have 1 year driving exp. (no otr) wondering what the process would be to go otr

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  1. 240gordy

    240gordy Bobtail Member

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    I have a class A cdl that i obtained in july of 2008 working for halliburton, and following that i drove for them for about 3 months. After this i drove for an independent contractor who had a contract with home depot, and i was pulling a 40 foot flatbed trailer delivering appliances and construction materials. After my boss lost his contract, i worked for a farmer hauling grain for the summer and ended up working for him through harvest, where i was pulling well over 100,000 pounds easily driving multiple different trucks in some pretty rugged terrain up in montana.

    Despite having 1 year experience, most of the companies i have been calling say i need otr experience so they dont want me. Right now i'm in denver, co, and i'm sure there has to be somebody that will hire me but i want to know what kind of training i would have to go through, if any, and what kind of fees they might try to slap me with or anything else i need to know about. Most of the local jobs have dozens or maybe hundreds of people applying, and i'm definitely one of them so i need to think about going otr instead. If anybody could help me out and let me know what i should do or expect i would appreciate it.
     
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  3. jtrnr1951

    jtrnr1951 Road Train Member

    Fees ?
    Probaly cost you both, left and right !!!!
     
  4. 240gordy

    240gordy Bobtail Member

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    not a single person here knows what kind of process i would have to go through to start driving otr? i really need to know because i dont want to go through some huge training course that will cost me a bunch of money or go through a bunch of other hoops when i already have experience driving a truck.

    every person or driver i've asked has no clue and companies like swift, stevens, etc. just tell me they will call me back but they dont. i have a perfectly clean mvr and no dui's. anybody here that can help me??
     
  5. badman976

    badman976 Light Load Member

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    have you tried the big carriers like swift werner or schnieder. they'll probably want you to ride with a trainer for 3 or 4 weeks. i been off the rode since april 07 and i had a few carriers tell i would have to ride with a trainer for 2week but i have a little 8yrs experince.
     
  6. QuoteWarz Insurance

    QuoteWarz Insurance Light Load Member

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    Most likely the big carriers will definitely want you to do a ride along before going out on your own under them.
     
  7. notarps4me

    notarps4me Road Train Member

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    You need to start calling the co's you are looking at and asking them. I pulled a flat for maverick for a couple of years. They did not require a refresher. I went to denver with them a couple times, but I doubt they hire in that area. Drop down to pueblo and check out the flats there. A lot of steel comes out of there, plus I have hauled shingles from owens corning out of denver. Might see what all flat co's pull out of there.
     
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