Hey guys. Ok, I'm sure that you've seen post similar to this. But, I'm wondering if there are any guys out there driving now that used to hold an office job. Right now, I'm a supply chain/shipping manager for a large company but I'm sick of sitting behind the desk. I've been interested in professional trucking as long as I can remember. However, my dad is a blue collar guy and he wanted me to do the college thing so I did. Now, I want a change. I'm 30, have a fiancee and she has a 8 year old girl. We are getting married in April. I am considering the industry. I've looked at Transport America. How do you guys feel about these guys for a beginner. I'm wanting someone that has good hometime. It seems that Transport America, Roehl, TMC, and Maverick are the front runners. Any more out there? I'm currently in Tucson, AZ but moving back to Huntsville, Alabama in 2 months. For you guys what used to be white collar, what did you do before and how do you like trucking? Thanks guys.
Professional job type wanting to drive
I was never white collar, I'v been in trucks my whole life.
Talk this over VERY good with her. If you want a life of not being there for your wife, kids and friends most the time and never in emergencies then it's for you. I'm not really trying to talk you out of it but it definatly has it's problems. It sound like you may like it, it's just a matter of if the family will. I'v seen this industry destroy marriage after marriage.
I was white collar. Spent 36 years as a salesman, etc.
I like trucking. But I wouldn't want a new wife in this job. My old one is just fine with it, but we're....well...old! She has her dogs and her friends and the daughters live close by.....I just couldn't have done it when I was younger....
Just be sure she's on board with it!
I know the first couple of years of marriage were #### for me which really = equalled #### for us. You know the saying, "If Mama ain't happy. . . Ain't NoBody happy!!"
I couldn't go with DH for the first few years and I was lonely and miserable at home. I had moved from my homestate to his and I didn't know anybody so I was really lonely and then when we started meeting people I hated it because he was NEVER around! And when he was home, he wanted to be sleeping and catching up on his sleep. There was a time in my life that I HATED a truck and every aspect of it. I guess it was worse in the beginning because he had to take crap stuff that didn't pay well, they worked you death and I couldn't go with him. He did this to build up his experience. Of course, this was all 10 years ago and now I'm settled into the life of a trucker's wife. Kind of like a police man's wife. It's better because now I can go with him and be together. Of course, we don't have any kids and I don't have a career. Situation could be different with you.
I just remember when we first got married I actually said, "I didn't get married to be alone!!" And I guess I could understand at that time why women left their husband's and said, "He was never there for me." It may seem selfish for a woman to say this when a man is out trying to earn a living. I don't have an answer for that, alls I know is that's how I felt!!
So, here's some perspective from a gal who got married to a man who was getting into trucking right after we got married. Similiar to your situation. Maybe it would have been different if he had already been a trucker and I was used to it but newly married and something else demanding so much of his time was a KILLER!!
Of course here I am 10 years later and I'm ok with it. But those first few years. . . well let's just leave it at that.
This is just one example of the many contract/companies he's pulled for. I could give you more which is why I was saying for ME personally and in our case our first few years of marriage were stressful because of trucking. And that's what I wanted to convey to the OP. To make sure he's covered every angle w/ his soon to be wife.
I will say that DH is an owner/operator. Eventually, after many years of working up the ladder to better companies and contracts he stays in state (well he did before he sold out of the family company business and we relocated but the family business still goes on and they stay in state.). The guys got into hauling for a company that has a contract w/ the state. They haul waste water that leaches through the trash on the state landfills and they haul it up to a waste water treatment plant. Basically, NOW after all these years, they pretty much have set schedules (almost like 9-5 but really more like 6:30am to 5pm). Because they're hauling in and out of state facilities and you know they're not going to stay open late. And now they are off when the state has off (unfortunately we don't get paid for it but nice to know you get a day off like when you were in school). It's a really great gig as long as the rain is consistent to make the water.
But I guess what I'm saying is a newbie is MOST likely NOT going to start out w/ the top jobs. It's like pretty much anywhere. You have to prove yourself and work through the ranks. The more desirable jobs seek experience and where do you get that experience? By putting in your time doing the crappy stuff. And putting in your time w/ the crappy stuff takes away from time spent w/ your family.
And like MedicineMan said
And like MedicineMan, I'm not trying to talk anybody out of trucking. It's been good to us. But in our experience it was tough for a long time before it got better.
OK, I'm stepping off my soapbox now. I'm sure I've bored you all enough. :smt083