Local career ? But what type?

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  1. asphaltreptile311

    asphaltreptile311 Medium Load Member

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    If you were going to make your trucking career local what would you do? Food service , line haul, fuel tankers , coke hauler etc?
     
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    Come hauler? Hmm, must be regional dialect. Well, I'll tell ya', there's no cut and dry answer to that. So much depends on other factors. I did everything and if I was to do it again, probably a regional food grade tanker. Everything else sucks.:biggrin_2559:
     
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    Whoops must be something to do with the local gay bar
     
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    Others will chime in later, but they will want to know stuff like, OTR, regional( maybe an overnight) or local, home every night ( or day) Your location, married, family, house, health etc, all those those things dictate if you'll make it or not. Be advised, as a beginner, you are limited to what you will drive for a while. Food grade tanker, for example, is top of the line, and may not hire beginners.
     
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  5. FlaSwampRat

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    I've done p&d and linehaul and they both have their ups and downs. Do you wanna do work mostly or just drive? When I was on the linehaul I would just run doubles out and drop and hook, two nights a week in a hotel. P&D you are pushing pallets in and out more than you actually drive in most cases. Another thing to consider is yard work, I love it because I don't have to deal with traffic.
     
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    I think the most profitable local thing i could do is probably deliver stone orders to jobsites with a moffet. Everyone here runs flatbed spread axle full loads to yards. Theres tremendous volume of stone going out wholesale, but if the drop cant fit a tractor and doesnt have a loader on site no one can do it. Especially up in the super steep and narrow carolina mountains. Every wholesale quarry around would kick me their shorty deliveries.

    I think it'd be a coffin sleeper tandem straight truck just so i can take my time and maybe wait around on an occasional backhaul.

    That or open a repair shop and never leave home. Everyone has broken trucks. Id probably start with roadrangers and 3rds then grow from there.
     
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    Was just wondering I'm otr for now but didn't know if there was an insight. I've heard food service is the least popular for long term
     
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    Hard on the body if you don't take care of yourself but those guys pretty constantly make really good money.
     
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    Fuel tankers. Customers are always glad to see you when you show up.
     
  10. sherlock510

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    I'd vote Fed ex, xpo, ups etc p&d.
     
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