Is first job with Canada Cartage a good choice?

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  1. skipgears

    skipgears Light Load Member

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    ^Thanks for the update, stay safe out there, all best in your quest to financial prosperity on the road to success
     
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  3. Canadianhauler21

    Canadianhauler21 Medium Load Member

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    Don't leave challenger for atleast a year. The experience you get from there / experience letter is worth gold.

    Everyone will tell you to switch to their company but the grass isn't always greener.
     
  4. mudflap77

    mudflap77 Medium Load Member

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    Most of them are just trying to get a referral bonus cause they can't survive on the mileage pay.
     
  5. BigHossVolvo

    BigHossVolvo Road Train Member

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    I don't think I would leave Challenger period, they seem to have some really good short-haul/regional gigs in Ontario. They also have City and LCV, so that's pretty cool. Seeing more Challenger O/O's out west here, and they seem pretty happy.
     
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  6. BigHossVolvo

    BigHossVolvo Road Train Member

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    Yep, the Bison guys never stop recruiting lol.

    Also, I guess their entire company is trying to go LCV/City, cause Highway (OTR or Regional) is literally intolerable.
     
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  7. Canadianhauler21

    Canadianhauler21 Medium Load Member

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    Challenger isn't a bad company besides the pay. They have many options, flatbed/bulk (garbage), reefer and dry van. You can choose what you like for the most part. If challenger paid 55 cents per mile I would stay there permanently. Not sure how things are now with the covid nonsense but when I was there the miles were steady.
     
  8. liner

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    I've been with Challenger for 35 years as an O/O but have no idea what they pay company drivers now.I assume it must be decent since they have many long term drivers.
     
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  9. Canadianhauler21

    Canadianhauler21 Medium Load Member

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    Running hard on recaps as a company driver the most I made for 2 weeks was $2500 after tax. The average was between 2000-2300 bi-weekly. Wasn't the greatest. But as a new driver it's not bad starting out. 44 cents per mile. Not sure if it's different now.

    I talked to a few owner operators who work at challenger at they all seem pretty happy. One fella had one truck with challenger and now has 3 with them. It'd be cool if challenger had more variety in routes, rather than straight east coast 90% of the time. Glad you are happy with them.
     
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  10. TorontoTacos

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    Does Challenger still do the 1 year contracts? I would go to ERB after you get 1 year experience. My trainer said she cleared 90k last year doing LTL :eek:
     
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    Canadianhauler21 Medium Load Member

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    ERB has driver facing cameras from what I heard. Not sure if you want to give up some freedom for money.
     
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