is trucking good or not?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by ronlsj, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. ronlsj

    ronlsj Bobtail Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Hello, I always wanted to learn and get a 18 wheeler job, but i always hear people complain and says trucking jobs suck and some say its good. from what i found on the internet is it pay 20k a year and up, and to me that sounds good, and it would be fun to do hours and days driving. the only thing i would hate about it is you cant shower everyday. With all the complaints i hear it make it difficult to make a choice on should i or not get a job driving 18 wheeler.
  2. rjones56

    rjones56 Heavy Load Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    staunton va
    If you work cheap enough-you should be busy!!!lol.Seriously,I wouldn`t want to be just starting out now.As with any job you have to "pay your dues."On the other hand if you are already unemployed,go for it.
  3. Biscuit75

    Biscuit75 Road Train Member

    I would say now is not a good time to try and break into trucking.

    You can shower everyday. Work your fuel stops right you get them for free. You can always pay for one if you need. The people who say you can't are just not that motivated to stay clean. There are times you may not get to shower when you want, but I never go without a shower.

    You could expect to make $20K a year. But that's not good for what you have to do. Long hours, being treated like scum. But trucking is what you make of it. If you don't let everything bother you and you make it a good life it can be ok.
  4. Sabine in Mo

    Sabine in Mo Medium Load Member

    May 11, 2006
    Fredericktown, MO
    I guess with the not showering every day, I love my daily showers, but sometimes I am so tired I want to sleep more than I want to shower.

    Or secondly, I have a free shower at a TA, but there is only a Flying J, and I HATE to pay for a shower, when I had one expire the day before, and this is not my fuel stop. So I may go without that day, until I get to the next truckshop I can either get my free shower, or get fuel and get one for free.

    It adds up to pay for them every couple of days.
  5. Crotts Trucking

    Crotts Trucking Medium Load Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Duncan, AZ
    Greatest job in the world.... Nuff Said.
  6. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    Well, the first thing would be to stop referring to a truck as an "18-wheeler" because that's dumb redneck talk.

    Yes, trucking can be and is good moneywise.

    i will address this and other topics when there is more time.
  7. chief

    chief Heavy Load Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Flavor Country, NC
    if you drive OTR and you make $20,000 for the year, you're going to be working for about the equivalent of $4.50 an hour. if you think that's good money, then trucking might be just what you're looking for.
  8. eckz

    eckz <strong>"Radio Rambo"</strong>

    Sep 15, 2007
    Detroit, Michigan
    LOL. Been a while, Cheif. I've missed you!!!
  9. hankster

    hankster Bobtail Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Ontario, Canada

    WOW! Don't hear that very often and I wish I heard it a bit more cuz it's where I'm going. Care to elaborate????

  10. chris22raymond

    chris22raymond Bobtail Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Griffin G.A
    Trucking is what you make of it .It can pay the bills and give you the opportunity to make some real money from just sittin all day seeing the country.
    All i can say is if youre un-employed now is a great time to hop to it.
    Big companys can put you thru school and give you a job,usually after a few months youll meet some great people and can possibly get a local run or get on a dedicated account that gets you home quite often........trucking is what you make of it ,but if yoou cant stand bein away from your family for 2/3 weeks at a time ,this aint for ya!
    southernpride and RACEFAN Thank this.
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