How Much Experienced Needed

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Docks2Roads, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Docks2Roads

    Docks2Roads Bobtail Member

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    Thinking about entering the trucking field. I'm turning 27 soon and since 17 ive been working in warehouses. 7 years ago I started working the docks and have been in the shipping/receiving side of the warehouses since. I've always really enjoyed getting things where the need to go so a CDL seems like the next step other than trying to be a supervisor in warehouses.

    How long did you drive OTR before you found a local driving job? I'm having a real hard time accepting the fate of spending my 30's in a truck 24/7. I'm currently in really good physical shape and dont want to waste the rest of my "youth" in OTR. How difficult was it for you to eat healthy/stay physically fit in OTR? Is $25/hr unreasonable expectation after say 2 years of experience? I'm located near the capital city of Iowa if anyone has specific experience with this region.

    Thanks for any help.

    P.S. I apologize on behalf of the ####### dockworkers out there. I've worked with many of them.
     
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  2. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    you're 27 now, but 20 years ago, at the age of 7, you worked the docks.>???

    ooookay.........

    regarding the time on the job (as far as trucking goes), I SAY at least get in one full year of 4 seasons driving before you try applying for local...some companies "may" take you at 6 months, "some" may want more than one year.
     
  3. Docks2Roads

    Docks2Roads Bobtail Member

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    I meant @ 20 years old. My bad lol.

    Thanks for the reply!
     
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    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    that musta been some tough warehouse, working poor little 7 year olds...lol
     
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  5. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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  7. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    Sign up with UPS. You'll do about 4 years in the warehouse, then get a shot at a local package truck. $100K year. And you'll certainly get plenty of exercise.

    Then you may get a cdl truck with them. They only promote from within, and everyone starts in the warehouse.

    Fedex similar path.
     
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  8. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    I'll second this. I did very well for myself at UPS. If you live in a area where construction is booming and a lot of new people are moving in the wait to get on the casual driver list can be quite short. In PA we had guys filling in seasonal with only like eight months on the preload.
     
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  9. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    You get to see how great the trucks are loaded lol. This is the last route I ran before I left. Average of about 200 delivery stop 350 packages and then I would do 22 pickups and get about 200 packages. You will work your scrot off but you will be well compensated for it. This pic is what you would see when you go up to the truck in the morning and pop the bulkhead door open to throw your lunch back there before you do your pre trip lol. Screenshot_20190716-192810.png Screenshot_20190716-192810.png Screenshot_20190716-192327.png
     
  10. SidewaysBentHalo

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    With you having years in a related field your best bet may to use your experience for a dock to driver position. LTL would be your path. Depending on what hours you currently work infusing a part time UPS or Fed-Ex package handler position could be a good stepping stone as well.

    All the major players have a terminal in or around Des Moines. Your in a good area.
     
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