New dad looking to start trucking

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  1. Viking_logistics

    Viking_logistics Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys I’m completely new to this forum and looking for some advice.

    As a new dad I’m leaving my current retail job at CVS there pay just isn’t there to raise a family.
    I’ve been scrapped up my savings for a used truck and finally ready to jump in. As someone starting from step 1 with a cdl permit is there a specific type of truck to buy and sector of the industry you guys would recommend? My main goal is to make enough money to support my family and if there’s and option to be local so I can see my family it would be great.
     
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  3. Lexuslane

    Lexuslane Medium Load Member

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    You need to get some experience before you buy a truck .

    you need to get that experience on someone else’s dime driving their truck .

    there are usually many options for local driving .
    If you’re a new dad. You need to stay local so you can be at home to raise your children .that’s the reason I quit trucking and got a normal job was to be home with my new family .

    What other skills do you have ?
    Every business is begging for workers , plumbing , hvac , electrical , welding etc
    most of this trades pay as good or better than trucking once you factor in that every trucking company Expects you to work 70-80 hours a week .
    be sure to factor that into any of the wage / salary offers .
    Yea you can make more than your current job. But it’s likely going to be the same hourly rate , just working 70-80 hours a week .

    Does your state have a CDL program at the community college?

    your general location will also be useful for advice here .
    And your driving record etc

    as soon as @Chinatown steps in , he can offer some companies to try.

    again, you have a lot to learn . And you can’t afford to learn it With your own money.
    Buying a truck with zero experience is a guaranteed way to lose your money .
     
  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Become a member of www.OOIDA.com which is a business website for the owner-operator.
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    Keep in mind, as a new 0/0 you will need 10's of thousands of dollars just for insurance alone. This is not an exaggeration.
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    Become a company driver for about 2 yrs. before buying a truck.
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    XPO Logistics hires in your area and has their own cdl training:
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    Driver School - XPO Logistics
    Don’t have your CDL-A yet? Learn more about our Driver School
    Our driving programs are tuition-free, and you can earn a paycheck while you learn.
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    Sysco hires new cdl school grads in your area.
    Home every day.
    Up to $110,000 a year
    CDL school: Tuition reimbursement.
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    Here's a Teamsters Union job. There's a terminal near you.
    Questions about this position? Email us at careers@abf.com
    • Make more money! Wages are Teamster Union Scale which are greater than most other carriers!
    • Class A CDL Permit, required
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    • Now is your chance to join one of the country's largest and most trusted LTL carriers: ABF Freight is looking for new team members across the country!?
     
  8. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Heavy Load Member

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    Scap up savings to buy a used truck, no experience and you want to be local.

    Save yourself a disaster and start out as a company driver somewhere for a while.
     
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    The specific type of truck you’ll need has a back window instead of a bunk. But I would suggest you hunt up a local job and start there. You’re far better off getting up to speed and learning on someone else’s truck. Trying that with your own could lead to trying to get your old job back with no money left.
     
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