Life After Roehl

Discussion in 'Roehl' started by paoldschool, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. paoldschool

    paoldschool Heavy Load Member

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    Hi all, I decided to start a new thread for the several of us that have left Roehl, but still come here to try to keep up with our old friends. Just to catch up, I left Roehl in January, I had worked in every division except for refrigerated, spent most of my time in flats and curtains. I pulled van for the last few months I was there after an injury becuase they didn't want me doing flatbed work anymore. I left and tried a couple of part time jobs... That did not work out so well. The one job I loved, and still do a few hours a week (autoparts) the other was not so fun.

    Once I was away from Roehl for a couple of months, some of my old friends that I used to run with when I was an O/O started to figure out I was around again. They started calling me and one thing lead to another and well you guessed it, I am back in a truck again. This time just doing short regional work out of the paper mill just south of where I live. I work for a small company (8 trucks) and have known the owner, and his sons for almost 20 years. I put in my first full week this past week, and it was pretty sweet. I ran 2300 miles, made just short of $900 bucks after taxes, and slept in my own bed 3 nights.

    I am driving a 2002 Freighliner Classic XL. It has been completely overhauled from front to back. It has a 475HP Cat that had 17 miles on it since it had an inframe, the 18 speed tranny was also done at the same time, both rears were also rebuilt. I runs like a dream. The interior has also been freshened up, with new seats, carpet and a professional detail job.

    Now for what I don't have. I don't have a Qualcomm, or a TruckPC. I have a cell phone, and a note pad. I have the owners phone number if I have a problem after hours. I don't have e-logs, I have a paper log book. I don't have routing that I have to follow, the owner trusts me to pick the best route to get the load there on-time. I do have 2 fuel cards, and an app for my droid that lets me find the cheapest fuel in my route. I don't have a governer set to 63 miles per hour, I do drive at reasonable speeds, usually below the speed limit, to get the best fuel economy. The loads are heavy, and the country around here is hilly, and my average for the first week with 44k loads was 6.6 mpg. That is with a pre EGR moter.

    Now, yes I do have enough rope to hang myself. That being said, I know the differnce between right and wrong. I will still run legal, I did all week and made money. I still have benefits like health and dental insurance, better coverage at a lower cost than what I was paying...

    This post is for the benefit of all of you guys out there that think all companies are like the big fleets. There is life after working for a large trucking company, and it can be alot better. I know for some of you that live near Roehl terminals, life is really good, and that is great, they are still one of the best fleets out there. For the rest of us, don't be afraid to look around close to home and see what is out there. You might just be surprised.

    For all of you other guys that have left and found new jobs close to home, I would like to hear how things are going for you. Not for my benefit, but for the other guys that are out there and feel trapped...
     
  2. Moriarti

    Moriarti Medium Load Member

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    Out of curiosity, what was your experience level pre-Roehl? didn't know if you'd started with them or not.
     
  3. Meltom

    Meltom Road Train Member

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    PA left primarily because I wasn't there any more and I'm awesome. Let's face it, that's what's wrong with most companies, I don't work there! Or something like that, anyways, best of luck to you PA glad you found something that pays well and fits your needs. Best of luck to you!
     
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  4. Treefork

    Treefork Road Train Member

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    I left Roehl once, in 2008, then I came back in 2011, can I post? :)
     
  5. Meltom

    Meltom Road Train Member

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    you can if that Tree puts down that Fork, we don't take kindly to trees holding weapons 'round these parts.
     
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  6. Moriarti

    Moriarti Medium Load Member

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    Great, even the retired thread has a no-weapons policy.
     
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  7. paoldschool

    paoldschool Heavy Load Member

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    I was an O/O before Roehl. Had been driving for several years.
     
  8. paoldschool

    paoldschool Heavy Load Member

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    As for the weapons I have lots, even carry one on the truck when I am not in the communist state of NY... I too worked for Roehl for a year, then left for a year, and came back. And yes Meltom you are probably the best travel agent I ever had. I do miss pulling flats. The company I am with now has a couple, a few vans, a couple of chip trailers, and two tri-axel log trucks.
     
  9. DrFlush

    DrFlush Road Train Member

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    I am looking for a way out, good part of all the sitting is it gives me time to search. I will have to make some sacrifices to get work near home, but I guess there are worse things than slammin' doors.
     
  10. ETCH5858

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    I was O/O with Roehl and I brought my own truck there. After only one year and realizing that thier mileage pay and fuel surcharge sucked and were amoung the lowest in the industry as well as the fact thier freight sucked I left. Looked at Landstar and Schnieder's Choice program. Been running nearly 2 years on SNI's program and am very happy. Good pay, good fuel discounts and above all a dispatch team that understands and is helpful. Roehl's O/O team treats you just like a company driver. I could never go back to a company like Roehl. I am too old to deal with DSR's that act like they are your babysitter.
     
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