Haven’t seen a thread like this. Hopefully you awesome fellas can help.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by longhavltrucker, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. longhavltrucker

    longhavltrucker Bobtail Member

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    I’ve been driving a dedicated “long haul” route for about a year now, and I love it, been with the company driving state wide since I turned 18 and after turning 21 I started the long haul OTR runs. The miles are usually there 3500+mi a week but the outfit I’m working for has started to go down the shi##er, the paychecks are coming late, it has been getting harder and harder to get a hold of the dispatcher (owner of the company) and I’m beginning to think I might be out of a job soon. I’m interested on finding something like it, a place I can work my butt off at for 4-6 months and take 3 weeks to a month and a half off after that, I’m a bit flexible on the home time but the lower end I’ll take is 3 weeks. I’m open to do a teams if there are at least 6000mi to be run. Every other OTR company I’ve talked only wants to do 1day/1week out or have a cap at 15 days home. Do any of you guys know of a company that offers something similar to what I have now or do I need to get my ### on overdrive and rush into buying a truck??? Thanks in advance, be safe out there and keep the rubber side down.
     
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  2. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Where is your location?
    Do you have endorsements?
     
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  3. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    I know , it's always the last resort of a disgruntled driver, " maybe I should get my own", but I don't think you could pick a worse time to be a new truck owner.( new Peterbilts are $190g's) It's probably, in part, why your company is having problems. Repairs and insurance are literally killing the O/O segment. Just can't compete with the megas. You want to run your arse off for peanuts, go ahead, but there are so many good companies looking for drivers. You may not see it being on the road, but we see so many come through here with bad experiences, and it doesn't have to be that way. Chinatown sends out names of reputable companies, that can't find drivers. Our local Walmart shelves are empty because they can't get drivers. I saw a freakin' CCC truck pulling a Walmart trailer for heavens sake. Can't promise the time off part, once you get sucked in, they will run you ragged, but with a good company, paychecks are never a problem. You may have to trade that for time off for a while.
     
  4. longhavltrucker

    longhavltrucker Bobtail Member

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    I don’t have endorsements as of right now, I’ve been running reefer with barely any time off but I can get them at any time. I’m based out of Dallas, TX. Thanks!
     
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  5. longhavltrucker

    longhavltrucker Bobtail Member

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    That’s what I’ve heard, a friend of mine is running himself and the equipment ragged and barely making what I make as a company driver. I don’t mind being company as long as I make somewhat close to what I make now, $1600-$2000 before tax a week, I’d rather not take a pay cut but if there’s nothing left to it I guess I have to, or try to get into another field somehow.
     
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  6. Makeajump

    Makeajump Medium Load Member

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    It’s going to be hard to find a company that will let a truck sit that long while you take your extended days off. They need to have the truck running or they’re losing money. Maybe some sort of slip seat arrangement.....? SafeTravels.
     
  7. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

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    @longhavltrucker

    You are wise to start looking elsewhere now. Late paychecks and lack of communication are two huge red flags that a company may go out of business soon.

    You might consider getting into trucking that serves a seasonal kind of business, like construction, agriculture, or something similar. Trucking companies that serve those industries might serve your needs very well.

    It's good to hear that you started out driving at 18. Texas is a GOOD place for intrastate drivers!
     
  8. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

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    Absolutely!!.
    Better get a new job now while the paychecks are still coming. Instead of waiting till that company owes you for 3 weeks.
     
  9. Dale thompson

    Dale thompson Heavy Load Member

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    TNI earth city Mo. they have a terminal in San Antonio
     
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  10. longhavltrucker

    longhavltrucker Bobtail Member

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    I wouldn’t mind to slip seat a sleeper so long I’m allowed to put my own mattress every time I’m back on the saddle. I’ve talked to some companies and they’re happy with the amount of experience I have but would need me to be at least 23 years old for insurance reasons, the mega carriers are a joke, the best offer I’ve gotten was 43¢/mi. and $1100wk guaranteed. I’ve been in this game long enough to know that nobody can truly guarantee any amount of miles but you can always get pretty dang close to an estimate if you’re driving a dedicated account. Thanks for you response, I hadn’t thought of slip sitting a sleeper before, haha
     
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