Question for the Linehaul guys

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by lfod14, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. Pintlehook

    Pintlehook Road Train Member

    May 2, 2013
    The phone and audio books are awesome. I've found Sirius radio to be my friend also.
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  3. Apd

    Apd Haystack

    Jun 22, 2009
    Obviously it depends on the company, but do the trucks usually have Sirius/ipod hook ups built in or do you guys carry a Sirius/ipod boombox?
  4. lfod14

    lfod14 Road Train Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    I'm actually working days now (P&D), the reason I'm looking into the night linehaul is because it's an O/O opportunity and pays about triple what I make now. I'm honestly not a huge fan of the idea, but I'm a huge fan of the money. I've talked to a couple guys that work for the company (that I already knew) and they confirmed what I'm being told. I also ran into one of their O/O's one morning so I grabbed him and got the same story, he said he's very happy with the deal but he's always been an owl.
  5. upnorthwpg

    upnorthwpg Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2011
    13 years night linehaul for me. It's not for everyone. It took me three years to be able to flip my circadian rhythm around. I still get tired. Monday to Friday run. On Saturday, either I sleep the day away if the wife is working, or cat nap during the day and sleep at night. Either way, Saturdays are tough.

    Get good sleep during the day. Unplug phone, darkened room, ear plugs and sleep mask, fan on for white noise. I also put a sign on my front door saying night shift worker sleeping. Do not ring bell. Don't eat heavy at work. Small meals and snacks. Avoid carbs like potato chips, look for proteins like nuts in trail mix.

    The biggest thing... If you feel tired, for Christ's sake, stop. Get a catnap in. Don't try to push through it. You will micro sleep and wake up in the ditch.
  6. jakebrake12

    jakebrake12 Road Train Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I ran nights for 5 years and it was always tough on the weekends and Monday night. I always stayed up on Saturday so I could have a normal Sunday but then I'd get up early Monday and if I didn't get a nap, I was a mess Monday night. The last year I ran nights it was a meet and turn and on Mondays I'd normally take about a 2 hour snooze on the way back. It's tough.. I've been on day line for 3 years now and if I don't make the cut for 2016 I'll take an early yard or P&D bid. Night line is a grueling schedule.
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  7. XFM2013

    XFM2013 Light Load Member

    Sep 2, 2014
    Bucyrus, OH
    boy you said it......but the pay is AWESOME!!!!!
  8. upnorthwpg

    upnorthwpg Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2011
    That's why we do it... After two years of p&d, I'll never do the city again. Dispatch stupidity is too much for me.

    TROOPER to TRUCKER Anything Is Possible

    Dec 15, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    I worked rotating 12 hour shifts for 20+ years and I am still out of wack from them, not sure my sleep will ever be right. Though I think that helps me run TL with scheduled pick up and deliveries being totally different depending.
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  10. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

    Mar 26, 2012
    Had some issues with running night time line haul as well. The job itself is not that bad. Less traffic and far less scales open. You go from one barn to another and usually you don't deal with management.

    I swapped to daytime P&D for social reasons. You can't "go out " on a Friday night with your friends (assuming you have time to make any). Same thing with the wife. You are on opposite schedules and usually you guys will keep the bed warm for each other.
  11. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

    Sep 8, 2007
    Utah's DIXIE!
    Actually, it might have allowed marriage number two to continue! The only way we could stand each other, was if we weren't around each other. . .
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