Reddaway

Discussion in 'YRC' started by reddawaydriver, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. cool35

    cool35 Heavy Load Member

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    LOL! I know what you mean. It's become a joke running the I-5 from southern Cali to northern Cali. When I started in 1997 I used to run up north to San Jose and there was about 50% less traffic out there. Not to bad at night but days are a killer. Truck stops are always packed as well as rest areas. California has some pretty stupid laws too. Like not being able to idle more than 5 minutes. I would think there would be less people here since California raised taxes and is pushing out all the businesses. Instead there are more people!
     
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  3. ACH1130

    ACH1130 Road Train Member

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    The north east is the same way. 5 minute idle time. The traffic has been bad on i84 and i81. It's weird at night there won't be cars or truck for miles, once you hit that one lane open on the highway there's a parade of trucks behind you screaming to go faster than the speed limit in the work zone
     
  4. cool35

    cool35 Heavy Load Member

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    I remember hauling but on the 81 and the 78, especially in PA. Everyone cooked through there but always slowed down in the road construction. Well if there were workers anyway. I was one to never push my luck through the construction zones.
     
  5. ACH1130

    ACH1130 Road Train Member

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    North of 78 gets quite hairy, and very hilly
     
  6. cool35

    cool35 Heavy Load Member

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    I've been up through there but not too much. I don't remember it. I believe you though. There are a few highways through there like that. I remember one in WV that was just up and down constantly. No truck stops in site either.
     
  7. ACH1130

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    We dont go that far down. When it snows and we do Harrisburg we take 84-87-287-78-81 as its less hilly, have to ask for it as they wont ever givre it to you... Its more miles but you can do it faster.

    although on 81 there are a few truck stops, I only stop at one though as its an easy on easy off, not like the one in rhode island
     
  8. mathematrucker

    mathematrucker Medium Load Member

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    Looking at LTL line driver (solo) with Reddaway out of Kent WA vs. 11 western (solo) with Interstate Distributor Co.

    Currently live in Laughlin NV and wouldn't need to move for the Interstate job, but then, I'd be happy to move up to western WA since that's where I'm from and where most of my friends live. I'm single so it's an easy move.

    Maybe this would be a good opportunity to break into LTL. I like the fact that Kent is union. I like driving at night, too, so could probably get used to doing it all the time.

    The Interstate job would be old hat, since I have over ten years of reefer experience. The Reddaway job seems like more of a risk.

    Reddaway phoned this morning and it sounds like the job's available if I want it. Haven't heard back from Interstate yet. They're probably going to accept my app, so I'll probably have to make a decision. Both companies appear to have solid reputations among drivers.
     
  9. Menehune

    Menehune Light Load Member

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    Cant advise you either way, as I have never worked for Interstate. But, the Reddaway in Kent is a pretty nice place to work. Greg Couper, the terminal manager, is a pretty level headed and nice guy, also easy to work for. The crew line and local are great guys. Only possible rub I see would be winters. Since you would be on the line senority list, at or towards the bottom you may not see much work during the winter months. And usualy the line drivers stay till they are forced to retire, guess they love it that much. But the senority list moves very slowly, so you could be at the bottom for awhile. Just my two cents.
     
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  10. mathematrucker

    mathematrucker Medium Load Member

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    Appreciate the info. Your description of Greg is consistent with the impression I got from talking with him over the phone this morning.

    Less winter work wouldn't be a major problem for me; I took most of 2012 off "just because". I'm happy driving or not.

    Before committing though, I'd want to know exactly what's involved with hooking and unhooking doubles/triples. Might be worth taking a Sunday drive over to ABF in Kingman this weekend to see if one of their drivers will show me. (When I first got into the industry I walked up to a cotton-hauler who was happy to let me lift his tarp out of his box. I immediately decided against flatbed!)

    Thank you again for the quick reply.
     
  11. Menehune

    Menehune Light Load Member

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    Hooking sets and triples are not that bad, although in the begining (if you have never done them before) seems overpowereing. Just practice, patience, and a system and all goes well.

    Although at Kent generally your sets as hooked by the hostlers. Most other places are usually pre-hooked, although there are some that you get to kook yourself.

    Good luck.
     
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