Need some advice.

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by BDT6472, Aug 18, 2021.

  1. BDT6472

    BDT6472 Bobtail Member

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    I went to ABF’s open house in Dayton, Ohio yesterday, just to see what they had to offer. I currently work for a great OTR company that takes good care of me, gives me new equipment and pretty much leaves me alone to do my job. I’m 57, and only plan on driving maybe 5-6 more years. I would make a lot more money with ABF and would be home more, just not sure if I could deal with being on call, slip seating ( I’m a bit of a neatnik) etc. I’d have to stay out probably 2-3 weeks to make maybe comparable money at my current company. Would any of you consider making the move, given my circumstances? Thanks.
     
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  3. Team818

    Team818 Medium Load Member

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    I say go for it. Drive your earnings up the next 5 years. Better for retirement. I would think. You could always go back to your company now right? I mean you could ask them. Maybe they will increase your mileage pay, but ABF is great company. Are they still Union? Like one of the last ones I am sure.
     
  4. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Is ABF (Arkansas best freight) .....did you know that ? Are they terminal-terminal ? Probably day cab and set of doubles, right ? Pros and cons.
     
  5. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Run past them and go to ODFL.
     
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  6. LTL Bull

    LTL Bull Medium Load Member

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    If you’re a neatnik, you’ll hate slip seating. LTL is a very different animal then you’re used to. I left a good spot at R&L as a city driver to come do open deck flat bedding for a very small outfit at 51. I couldn’t be happier. It was a good fit for me and started off as a paycut but has since turned into a pay raise. Point is it’s not always about $$$’s ABF is a good company as is ODFL and other large LTL’s but it may not suit you. You’ve got to consider the lifestyle. Why be miserable for 5-6 years just for a few more bucks? At our point in life, mid 50’s is it really going to change that much in the time we have left to drive?
     
  7. Six9GS

    Six9GS Heavy Load Member

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    Depends on your personal priorities for the pros and cons. Money is always a consideration, more for some than others. I'm in a situation where I know I could make more money if I moved on. However, I'm treated really well, enjoy the folks I work and coordinate stuff with and get to run pretty much how I want to. I decided the gamble of making more money verse possibly losing the other pros of my current company isn't worth it. So, I'm staying put. But, totally understand how and why others would jump to another place to make more money. So, it's your choice, you just need to figure out for you if it's worth it or not. Unsure how others can help you figure that out.
     
  8. BDT6472

    BDT6472 Bobtail Member

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    I think that’s why I haven’t made a jump yet. I’m very comfortable where I am, I get along great with my DM, and it’s not like my wife and I are hurting financially. I drove for OD about 15 years ago for a short time but left when we moved out of state. They are building a new terminal near me and I’m sure they will be hiring.

    Was just curious how others my age would view it. It’s definitely a drivers market.
     
  9. LTL Bull

    LTL Bull Medium Load Member

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    My wife of 28 years told me I should do what makes me happy these last few years. House is about paid off, don’t owe anything else, first grandkid born three weeks ago. I take time off when I need it when I want it now. I don’t have to wait for someone to approve it. Those are the types of things I think become more important at 50 or 60 unless you’re in deep financially.
     
  10. BDT6472

    BDT6472 Bobtail Member

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    That’s pretty much what my wife told me. I have a lot of freedom where I’m at now, which I’d probably lose anywhere else. I take time off when I want/ need to. My wife makes more than I ever would driving a truck so we’re pretty good financially. Just wanting to sock away as much as permissible into the retirement funds. I’m not working one more minute than I have to.
     
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  11. LTL Bull

    LTL Bull Medium Load Member

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    Bottom of the board at any LTL outfit, you’ll be babysitting that phone and slip seating most likely
     
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