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  1. ERobb

    ERobb Bobtail Member

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    Howdy folks, I’m 51 years old, got my CDL in August of 2019, got a job offer to drive dump truck before the ink was even dry on my CDL. I took that job but only lasted 1 month, didn’t really like it because I was stationed on a road construction job 2 hrs away from home. It rained every other day in which case we just laid around the hotel room and collected $50/day. Or we could drive home and get paid $0. I really wanted to drive tractor/trailer anyway.
    So I quit and accepted a local, short heavy haul job hauling precast concrete products, some pieces are overweight/oversized. Also run a boom/crane to unload product. I’m home most nights, average about 1 night per week that I can’t make it back home.
    Now that I have my 1 year in Ive been getting longer runs so I’m out more overnight maybe 2 nights per week, but overall I like that better, more driving, less delivering.
    I was involved in my family’s construction company for 25 years before that, my Dad, my younger brother and I built houses from the ground up. Did everything except lay carpet and HVAC. My Dad loved concrete and framing, my brother was the electrician, tile layer, While I concentrated on plumbing, cabinets and trim carpentry. My brother got diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, and my Dad suddenly passed away in 2015, then after 2 brain surgeries, focused radiation and chemotherapy, my brother passed away in 2017. I tried to carry on in the construction field and did some work for a couple other contractors but ultimately I decided to leave it behind and do something else entirely.
    After working for this trucking company for going on 15 months now, I feel that ‘self employed’ bug biting me, and I’m considering buying my own truck, but I don’t want to be OTR, maybe do some out and back runs, home every other night, if I can find a gig like that.
    Overall I really like driving the truck, but I continue to struggle with the long hours, even tho I’m home most nights, I leave the house at 5:30am and usually don’t get home until 7:30-9:00pm. So I don’t really have any quality time with my family or time to play with my classic cars which is my hobby and I find myself desperately missing that.
    Ultimately I’d like to find something where I can work hard for 4 days then have 3 off, for family and hobbies. People just laugh at me when I say that, but I’m hopeful, also thinking that’s where buying my own truck might work, if I could find the right gig, I could drive 4 days per week then put a semi-retired driver in the truck a couple days per week, IDK just ideas floating around in my head.
    Thanks for letting me join, this site has a wealth of info.
     
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  3. Eddiec

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    Buy a dump truck
     
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    There's a couple of companies that have flexible work schedules, but those are for company drivers.
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    Have you researched to cost of insuring a truck and a driver?
     
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  6. ERobb

    ERobb Bobtail Member

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    Hi again, I didn’t fill out the info on my account earlier, I’m in Pleasantville, Iowa. Just SE of Des Moines.
    As I said in my original post, I have some ideas bouncing around in my head, but I don’t know weather any are viable or even remotely possible. That’s why I’m here, to learn.
     
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    Trillium is a CDL staffing agency and you can work when you want to.
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    Welcome from Dallas, Texas.
     
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