Is my plan viable?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by CaptainFurlough, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. CaptainFurlough

    CaptainFurlough Bobtail Member

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    I’m currently getting furloughed from my career and looking at a career change. I’m starting CDL school next week and want some advice on my overall plan.

    Recruiter says I’m a boy scout with my resume, driving record, and complete lack of criminal history.

    Home time is important but I’m used to being gone for 3-5 days at a time so he recommended going flatbed, which sounds fun because I need physical activity!

    My plan is to drive flatbed for awhile and try to start driving fuel trucks after that. I heard these guys are mostly home every night and make good money.

    So the general idea is, flatbed for a year, fuel truck after that. Is this possible or does it typically take more to get a job like this?
     
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  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Why flatbed then move to fuel? If u wanna be a fuel hauler then start with tanker....
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Where is your location; state & nearest city/town?
    This helps us know the hiring area you live in for various companies.
     
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  5. The Crossword Trucker

    The Crossword Trucker Medium Load Member

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    Dont trust any recruiter , if he suggests flatbed, its because he was told to find flatbedders
     
  6. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    Yes tanker work would be more valuable to your goal of fuel hauling then flatbed work. That is if you can find what your looking for as stepping stone for now.
     
  7. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    Maverick was a good flatbed company, They’ll teach you the maverick way, but you’ll know load securement when they turn you loose.
     
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  8. CaptainFurlough

    CaptainFurlough Bobtail Member

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    Good ol Detroit
     
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  9. CaptainFurlough

    CaptainFurlough Bobtail Member

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    based on browsing the internet it seems these guys are home every night, don’t lug around kegs of beer, and still make good money.
     
  10. stuckinthemud

    stuckinthemud Medium Load Member

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    Have you looked through the flatbed and tanker subforums ?
     
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  11. CaptainFurlough

    CaptainFurlough Bobtail Member

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    Sure have and it mostly seems positive. Just a lot to wade through and trying to get a general bearing on what I should shoot for if I eventually want to be home most nights and not throw out my back lugging booze around.

    I was under the impression that tanker jobs are highly desirable and it’s tough to get in.
     
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