needing help making a decion for the oil fields.

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by ralf89, May 15, 2014.

  1. ralf89

    ralf89 Bobtail Member

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    This my situation, I live in florida been working for over a year for a company in Florida doing mostly regional runs,the job ain't too bad since I'm home every single weekend,I been thinking about the oil fields for a wile but dk where to go nd tx ok ? I know the housing situations in nd and tx and weather conditions,I'm looking for a rotation kinda of thing since my fiance don't wanna move from fl, wanted you guys opinions on what I should do try ok tx nd??? just wanna make good $$ since we need it,got over a year exp driving a dry van clean MVR background all endorsments etc. Any help will be gladly appreciated :). Oh also got an offer from MBI in ND but idk...:biggrin_25512:
     
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  3. JordanJay31

    JordanJay31 Bobtail Member

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    Sounds like me. License w/ all endorsements for a year as well but I own my truck and was hung up on wether or not I should drive for a company or drive for me. And then WHERE? TX, ND, CO and so on... I'm in S. FL. Palm Beach born and breed. Came to a point where I was just going to regret not at least giving it a shot bc WHAT IF I can go up there and come back in 5 years at 30 yrs old with a 100-150 grand in cash stashed... So u see, just gotta do it man. PM me or get back to me if you want to discuss further about going up in a month or so. Had a friend that went to ND last year for about 5 months and was trying to get him to go w/ me bc it would be easier and cheaper to go and find something w/ 2 ppl rather than by myself. I was thinking I'm going to rent a van to get me around out there and use all the cargo space in back for sleeping. Put a twin mattress on floor and go w/ it. I'm in the middle of comparing costs and time if I was to fly out to ND or TX and then rent a van and fly back or just rent it down here and drive up there and back. Options that would be much cheaper and easier w/ someone to split all the costs with. Think about it and get back to me bc I'm going regardless bc the longer I wait the harder it will be to uproot my wife and child.
     
  4. bknight

    bknight Light Load Member

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    I work for MBI in ND. What do you want to know?
     
  5. Aireal

    Aireal Medium Load Member

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    You can make money in the oil field, but you will have to be careful. If you are paying housing expenses back in FL, you might just want to look into a different company that goes out of FL.

    Or find something like a Frac crew that has housing. Some trucking companies do provide housing, but they can be harder to find ( at least where we are they are)

    Paying rent in two places can be a major PITA and deplete your money faster than you think. If however your fiancee is paying all or most of her bills in FL then that would be a different story. It's one of the reason's that I am here in TX with my husband rather than in FL where all my family is.

    It's something to think about.
     
  6. rockyroad74

    rockyroad74 Heavy Load Member

    You are lucky that you only have a year of your life invested in trucking. It's not too late to get into a skilled trade at home and see your family. If your fiance refuses to move where you go, that is a sign she is not committed to you. People not being together leads to divorce really fast. Do you want short term financial gain or to have long-term family and friends? It's your choice, and will affect the rest of your life.
     
  7. realdesertkickin

    realdesertkickin Heavy Load Member

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    Def ND....More money there...All fields pay more...2 dollars an hour avg

    If your gonna leave at all, and be away from your world, then makes da most moneys, right?
     
  8. MTNClimber

    MTNClimber Bobtail Member

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    Yes and no. I have done this and held two households and still banked money. You just have to be smart about it. The 48k I was making before stays home, the other 50k goes into the bank -650 rent and 200 food. So, banking 30k a year while working rotation and paying down bills. 1 month on, 2 weeks off. Have to have a plan, budget and stick to it.
     
  9. MTNClimber

    MTNClimber Bobtail Member

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    I took almost a year off and am just now headed back to ND hauling crude again. (Leave tomorrow. Fantastic offer from a big company.) This time, I am moving over for a 5 year stint. I will save 1200 a month doing this, this means up to 50k in the bank a year, while renting. We don't have other bills. And buying a house is much cheaper than renting. Buy the darned house and rent it out when I am done working like a dog and move back to where we love. 250k cash buys a nice house here, in the mean time I will own a house in the Bakken too. Win win. Live poor and plan, stick to it and it is well worth it.
     
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  10. Aireal

    Aireal Medium Load Member

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    It can be done, of course. All I'm saying is that it's a PITA to run two set's of household bills. Some people aren't as good at keeping to a set budget as others.

    I spent 4 yr's in the military, as a military wife, I might as well have been single ( mostly why we divorced). I spent 10 yr's after that single, just dating, and the last 10 yr's with my husband, almost 2 yr's of that in a semi OTR. I've done the double bill's, his on the road, mine at home b4 I went with him...I'd rather be in the middle of no-where land with him.

    It's a matter of choice I guess.
     
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  11. MTNClimber

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    Yes, I was lucky to have a good home time schedule. And that took the sting away. It is another reason why I am taking my family with me this time around.
     
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