IS THERE ANY COMPANYS THAT HAVE W900 or Pete 379

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by cowboy385, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. cowboy385

    cowboy385 Bobtail Member

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    You said pay your due's and your right I was just asking if it was possible. Let see I live in Tennessee and when I searched for a trucking company I found that there was over 500 trucking companys in my state alone. So if you take five hundred and times that by the lower 48 state that is 24,000 trucking companies in the USA. All the companys that I have seen so far have some major negatives so that means they are all dieing for driver and we all know this is true. So I am young and I have to earn my dues and that is the way it should be but, with all the companys and the position there are in for needing driver I might as well find out if I can drive a nice truck. My luck I would be out on the road in a plane jane frieghtliner and be at a truck stop and see some 22 year old pull up in a nice 379 or a nice w9 and him tell me yah this company would have hired you. So like they say if you don't ask you can't expect anything in return. and yes I know it is very unlikely but this is the newbie forum so I have to ask if I am going to find out.
     
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  3. TBigLug

    TBigLug Light Load Member

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    I don't see why you can't start out in a nice truck. It's no 379 but I walked right out of school into a 2007 T600 sleeper with a 475 Cat and 10,000 miles on the ticker. But. like I said, it ain't no 379 either. I think you should focus on other things like benefits and hometime. Nice trucks will come eventually.
     
  4. fido1977

    fido1977 Bobtail Member

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    go ahead jump into that 379 right out of school then get back to me when you take someones hood off in the parking lot when you try to drive it like a freightliner you are trained with there is a reason more companies don't have ext hood 379s doesn't have a thing to do with economics either it is a lot of drivers cant drive them without tearing them up i mean look at the companies now their columbia's and century's are all tore up cause the guys and girls cant drive i drive for Indian river transport and all of our otr fleet is 379 ext hoods 450 trucks + less than a year old now yes some of them have been torn up rolled over,etc but the majority of them are just like they were brought in the yard so there is a reason 2 and 3 years experience applies with these longer and larger blind spotted trucks cause they are just plain out a prettier truck worth a whole lot more when you want or need to sale them their are decent size fleets with w900s and 379s out there but you can bet you butt 2 years minimum fido
     
  5. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I've been to Miami and back to WY and a few other places with a Freightliner 1985 spring ride cabover. 30,000 miles in all, I've paid my dues.
     
  6. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Nothing at all wrong with a T6. That would be my preferred choice over a Pete any way.
     
  7. Johnny99

    Johnny99 Johnny be Good

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    379 Petes and W900 KW's look really nice going down the road, especially when they have lots of chicken lights and the little chrome ladies on the mudflaps. They ride extremely well out on the big road. But they don't manuever for crap. When you set yourself to back in and look out your mirror all you can see is a chrome stack. Open the door and lean way out so you can see the back of the trailer{leave your seatbelt on or you might fall out}. They don't turn near as fast as most trucks do.
     
  8. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    Try 400,000 plus miles :p with a single axle cab over International, spring ride.

    I understand the original poster liking and wanting what he wants.

    But, in todays economy as it relates to trucking. What he really asked for, was an employer with more money than brains.

    Anyone who has driven a truck for more than a week, knows the 2 trucks he asked about get THE worse possible fuel economy.

    As for another poster commenting about a Freightliner. I will STAND in line for a Columbia, before I get handed a W9 or a Pete. It has more room inside, it manuevers better, and the fuel economy is much better.

    Now with that said....stick a Detroit in either...they both suck.

    The MAIN problem with a Columbia...large fleet buys. Many are pushed through the line, and poorly assembled.
     
  9. cowboy385

    cowboy385 Bobtail Member

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    Well guys I will be graduating from school January 7th. and I have got my job. hauling cattle twice a week to oklahoma plenty of miles and usually home most weekends or if I want I can go out two weeks and be home for a week my choice. I will start out at 13 percent of what the truck makes. All hauls over 700 miles for the first 4 to 6 weeks that is 32 to 35 cents a mile. Then I get my own truck after the first 4 to 6 weeks with the trainer. I then go to 25 percent of what the truck makes. which is 72 75 cents a mile. the company I am going with has 7 trucks all 2004 or newer 3 are w9 high rises and 4 are 379 pete's exh's. SO I got what I wanted don't ever say a student can't get a good job out of school LOL. and I LOVE hauling cattle a little top heavy but I live on a farm and want to stay with the cow's LOL
     
  10. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    Be sure to keep us posted AFTER you go to work. I'm glad you got want you wanted but I just don't believe that you're going to make 75 cents a mile. Sorry that's my right to disagree.
     
  11. 379 Peterbilt

    379 Peterbilt Medium Load Member

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    That's gotta be me HAHA LOL

    Are you talking about standing in line for a Columbia to be ISSUED to you as a company driver....or are you talking about standing in line to PURCHASE one as an O/O ???

    Big difference.

    If you ever had a 379 Pete and wanted to sell it, you'd find that is by far easier to sell than your typical columbia that has been spec'ed out by people who've never even been in a class 8 truck.
     
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