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  1. buffaloPA

    buffaloPA Bobtail Member

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    What would you do?

    You're pushing 40, still living paycheck to paycheck. 15 years of clean class B driving for the same company. Never more than a couple hours away from home. No pre-trips or log books. A side gig with some light duty hauls maybe 5-6 hours away, but never anything overnight. Not that I would mind! The only thing you love about your job is the drive, and finding new places. Loyal to the company, hate the job, love the drive.

    Always thought about getting class A and going OTR, but never pulled the trigger. Until now. Great timing too with mass unemployment, pandemics, etc. But your mind is made up and you have a decision to make.

    A: Withdraw your 401k. After they filet your soul, youve got the cash to put yourself through a CDL school and maintain current income until you find a job.

    OR

    B: Sign with a mega, take their class, honor the contract and move on. Use 401k to pay off debt.
     
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  3. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    In order to give you some better advice.
    What are you running under your B.
    City and state would also help,
    Last what do you want, OTR, regionals or ?
     
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  4. Hazmat Cat

    Hazmat Cat Medium Load Member

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    Hmmm... decisions, decisions...There’s gotta be an option C somewhere...something that doesn’t involve touching the 401k perhaps...
     
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Some trucking companies will reimburse the cdl school tuition back to you.
    Don't touch your 401K, keep adding to it instead.
    Where is your location? Are you in Buffalo, PA?
    ~
    Don't touch your 401K. Use a credit card for private cdl school if you have to.
     
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    This is a good trucking company cdl school.
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    Wilson Logistics
    https://www.wilsonlogistics.com
    Truck Driving Jobs. Earn While You Learn. Our Paid CDL Training program is hands-on and is designed for those who want to earn their Class A CDL.
     
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  8. buffaloPA

    buffaloPA Bobtail Member

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    Im running local deliveries in a 30k box truck, central PA near Milesburg (exit 158 on 80). No auto restriction, I have lots of time in a 10 speed. The school is local, and I have a pile of debt (with excellent credit, go figure). Loans or CC is not an option, and I cant take 2-4 months off from paying bills.

    As far as gig ambitions, Im pretty open-minded at the moment. I know that no-touch is likely a wet dream at first, but Im here to turn miles not steps. I think I would enjoy being out a few weeks at a time, cross country. Id love to try it. But my focus right now is learning. It will take take to develop the level of proficiency I have in my current gig.

    Thank you all by the way for the input advice and knowledge.
     
  9. Western flyer

    Western flyer Road Train Member

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    This is easy.
    Always get the class A.
    You can always got back to class B work if you want.
    Why anybody even bothers with a class B is beyond me.
    But anyway let's move on.

    Your broke,living week to week and in debt.
    But you do have a 401k.

    Go to a mega,yea I said it.
    Eat dirt for a year like most of us had to,so the school
    Is free.
    Roll over your 401 k into said mega's 401 k.
    Pay off your debt while your learning the ropes.
    Cut off as many bills at home as you can, your
    Not going to be there anyway.

    In a year you can get all kinds off good jobs.
     
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  10. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Medium Load Member

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    I agree with Western Flyer. Just prepare yourself for what could possibly be a year of hell. Once you make it through, unscathed, many opportunities can come your way.
     
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  11. buffaloPA

    buffaloPA Bobtail Member

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    What can
    The potential paycut to get started out is what scares me. Im hoping to be able to find a company that will at least acknowledge my hodgepodge experience in the little trucks.
     
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