Looking into LTL

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by cdavis188, Nov 13, 2023.

  1. cdavis188

    cdavis188 Road Train Member

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    LTL has always been on my radar since I got my CDL. I’ve done some basic research but not anything in depth. Just looking for some more information. I’m still at least a couple years away before I even start to look seriously into LTL. That’ll give me plenty of time to get my endorsements and so on. I already have 2.5 years of experience so that isn’t a factor. There’s an XPO and Old Dominion terminal near me, albeit not massive ones. Seems to be more local delivery type stuff than line haul, which is what I would prefer. Right now, sitting on my ### for 10 hours a day and doing pretty much nothing else isn’t good for my long term health.

    Any resources or information would be appreciated.
     
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    I believe there’s also some small UPS and FedEx stuff near me as well, but I’m not sure about that
     
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    Where do you live?
     
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    Salina, KS
     
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    Stand by and our resident job finders will help you out.
    Hidey ho @Chinatown and @lual !!
    Ltl is a really solid gig. It tends to be sketchy the first year or so, but after that, it's a really good career.
    I wish you the best.
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    At the risk of insulting almost everyone's intelligence -- UPS...and then Old Diminion.

    And pretty much in that order.

    The rest of the LTL order...I will leave to someone else's perspective.

    -- L
     
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    Personally, I'd go with OD first. Way too many rules at UPS.
     
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    FedEx Freight moved out this year and I doubt you'd find any available daytime P&D work at FedEx Ground or UPS.

    OD is a solid choice if you can get on there. XPO is decent but risky with no separate city/linehaul classification (you could come in as a city driver then get bumped to overnight linehaul for a year). US Road has a terminal out there, but I don't know much about them.
     
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    My only concern is that I’ve heard that local drivers usually work 14 hours a day and close to their 70 each week. Is that true? It’s not a dealbreaker, I just want to make sure what I’m getting myself into if/when I go this route. I’m also assuming most are also hourly as well
     
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