Discussion in 'PAM' started by gravdigr, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. gravdigr

    gravdigr Road Train Member

    May 2, 2011
    Hollidaysburg, PA
    So I'm in my 3rd month with PAM. I am averaging right around 2,000 miles a week. 2 days ago I meet another PAM driver at a receiver. He's in his 3rd month and is averaging 3,000+ miles a week with loads over 2,000 miles. My longest haul was 1,100 with most loads in the 500-800 mile range with 2-3 day timeframes.

    So I called my DM to #####. I have been a good driver never complaining about anything but at this point I felt I had to say something. He said ok he's going to try and get me some miles for the next 3 weeks I am out until my next scheduled hometime.

    Now I know the trip planners set up the loads, so does my DM really have any say in what loads I get and can he really get me longer runs? Because I'm really tired of taking all the crap runs in the northeast.
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  3. tisdal

    tisdal Bobtail Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Edwardsburg, Mi
    I'm only just into my 2nd month. My first week was 45miles of course i was sitting at orientation for 4 days that week. Second around 300 with a GM Holiday weekend delivery that couldnt deliver until tuesday and a few days home time. after that 2400, 3000, a crappy 800 (avoid GP - zachary, la if possible), and this weeks looking to be decent 2700+ when i deliver in the morning already. Most of my loads have been between 600 - 1700. The longer being loads going into texas (laredo/huston)

    My DM told me everything was on the trip planners and out of his control. Now my trainer was always on the phone and getting the loads he wanted so.... Maybe that will come with time
  4. skokz

    skokz Light Load Member

    Jun 23, 2011
    Garner, NC
    Be happy you are averaging 2000 miles a week and any driver that says he averages 3000 is full off it unless they have a mechanic that rides along with them and fixes there truck on there 10 hour break for them. With hometime, break downs, weekends and everything else i don't see any one averaging 3000k a week.

    Since you live in ohio is your dm out of north jackson or is your dm out of arkansas.
    I been with them for a year and i averaged out at 2000 to 2500 a week for the year and you can get decent miles with short trips its all about your dm and how you set yourself up, I hardly every got trips over 600 to 700 unless they where going to and from laredo.
  5. 123456

    123456 Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    2000 miles a week !!!!

    That's cool, you get 3-4 days off ??
  6. gravdigr

    gravdigr Road Train Member

    May 2, 2011
    Hollidaysburg, PA
    i live in pa but im in n jackson a lot because its the closest terminal to home. my dispatcher is in tontitown.

    the guy getting 3k a week wasnt bsing me. he showed me his pay miles online with his trip loads. being out 5 weeks at a time i should not be getting sub $500 paychecks.

    I just had a lod they gave me to a wal mart dc and there was no way i could get it there on time. they said take it anyway. arrived 2 hours late so needed new appt. my dm wasnt in that day, called from 7:00 - 7:20 and no one answered. qualcommed in a message that i need new appt. at noon i get a message asking if i was unloaded yet....seriously. so i called again and finally got a dispatcher. an hour later got new appt for 5am the next morning. was told to t-call it to n jacksom 70 miles away. I did and an hour after dropping it i get a new load assignment to take the trailer i just dropped back where i was for the 5 am appointment. My next load is a crappy 450 mile run back to jersey. For the last 2 days i havent even gotten to take a full 10 hour break, just 8-2 splits.

    The logistics for this co just makes me shake my head in disgust.
  7. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

    May 7, 2011
    I average just shy of 2500 miles per week, home every night, and off every weekend. 500 miles * 5 days = 2500 miles/week.

    3000 miles a week is 600 miles per day in 5 days, or 500 miles per day in 6 days. If you can't do that, there really isn't any reason to be out over the're spending more time sitting around than you are working & making money.

    ...and if your truck is breaking down THAT often that you need a mechanic riding along with you to fix it each night, either you need to find a company that runs decent equipment (if it's an equipment issue) or you need to reflect upon your treatment of the equipment to perhaps keep from tearing it up as often (if it's a driver abuse issue).

    I would be raising hell with dispatch if I was out 2-3 weeks at a time and only getting 2000-2500 miles per week...and I'd be a thorn in dispatch's side if I was only getting 2500-3000 miles per week OTR. When I am on the road, I'm on the road to WORK....not sit around at truck stops waiting for a dispatch. That sitting around is the reason I quit driving OTR and went to driving local/regional. When I get empty, if they don't have anything else for me to do, I go home. I don't mind sitting around waiting for a dispatch at the house....I have plenty to do here to keep me occupied.
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  8. gravdigr

    gravdigr Road Train Member

    May 2, 2011
    Hollidaysburg, PA
    lol, just checked my pay for last week, a whopping 1,400 miles for a net pay after deductions of $214.43...I'll try not to spend it all in one place.
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  9. bonder45

    bonder45 Heavy Load Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    Williston, ND
    .....214$ ?!? how do you survive!? $250 is a super sh!tty day for me!
  10. djtrype

    djtrype Heavy Load Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    New Orleans
    Just got off hometime Monday and with my current load delivering this afternoon I'll have 2485 miles. These are all solo miles. I've gotten 1400 mile loads on weekends, much less for an entire week. I'd have a serious discussion with your DM.
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  11. Noggin

    Noggin Road Train Member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I've had several 800 miles loads this week. I think my total this week will be approx 3600.

    Wait, sorry. I don't work for PAM anymore lol..
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