KLLM vs FFE

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by FLtoOKBound, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. YOUNGUN1978

    YOUNGUN1978 Bobtail Member

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    Lol good old americold. Been there done that. Are any americolds fast?
     
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  2. Jenn72

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    I have no complaints. My husband and I have been with FFE for a couple of years now. The loads are picking up right now so be prepared to work.

    We haven't had any problems with anyone. The pay is pretty much straight forward. No bonuses. They do pay detention, layover, and breakdown. If you help out local you will get paid by the hour. Regional is miles plus drop pay. Home time isn't a problem. Submit a macro 2 weeks before you want it. (We usually put it in 16 days out and follow up with a phone call 2 days later)

    They are in the process of replacing 2016-2017 trucks with 2020 freightliner. They come with fridge and inverter. No driver facing camera. Front facing camera only records and sends to company if there is an accident/ incident. Trucks governed at 65 with smart pass. (70 mph for an hour a day) The new trucks are automatics. They do still have standard and you will test/upgrade in a standard.

    Linehaul is pretty much drop and hook. When I help with the americold account it is usually drop and hook too. Usually if I go to a shipper/reciever I am helping out local/ regional so it paid by the hour.

    As long as you show them you can and want to work you won't have any problems.
     
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  3. YOUNGUN1978

    YOUNGUN1978 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you very much for your reply! That's a lot of great information. How does the smart pass work?
     
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  4. Jenn72

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    Smart pass works by setting your cruise to the highest setting, double tap the accelerator and it activates it. At first my new truck didn't have it activated, went to the shop in Lancaster and they activated without a problem.

    I forgot to mention at first you might get crappy runs. I did, but after 4 months it picked up. (I also finished training in the late fall) If you help out local/regional when needed while waiting for loads, they notice and it will show. Most linehaul loads go out on Thursday - Sunday. My first year as a solo rookie I made over 58k.
     
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  5. YOUNGUN1978

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    Wow, that's good money as a rookie!
     
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  6. FLtoOKBound

    FLtoOKBound Road Train Member

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    That's just cuz @Jenn72 is a rock star. Just ask her hubby. ;)
     
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  7. TravR1

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    I'm usually in and out 2-5 hours. It seems like covid19 is slowing things up.

    Last time I was in Lemont they held my trailer hostage for 8 hours! I didnt leave until 1AM, and I had to start my blood plasma run 7AM that morning in Michigan.

    Usually they get us in and out, those dedicated trailers cut to the front of the line. But they SLOW that day.
     
  8. Jenn72

    Jenn72 Light Load Member

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    I just left Lemont this morning. They are always late with mine. Load suppose to be ready at 2300 last night ready at 5am. (Actually that was early, normally I am waiting to around 1000)

    Your loads are slow because no one is donating plasma right now. Linehaul on the other hand is running like crazy. We've only sat long enough to do our 34.
     
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  9. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    No I mean slow to unload LTL so I can go do my plasma run.

    They make us run LTL to reduce deadhead miles. We used to deadhead to all of our runs, but no more.

    So far plasma shipments are of normal size in my experience. Maybe a little smaller, but still enough to keep us moving.
     
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  10. Jenn72

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    Gotcha. Yeah, they are always slow at that terminal it seems like with LTL.

    Glad to hear your runs haven't slowed down.
     
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