RFI: Flat bed advice

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Dan.S, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Dan.S

    Dan.S Light Load Member

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    I’m an experienced driver, with specialty hauling/high value load experience, looking to make the jump over to flat bedding. Also have prior heavy equipment experience.

    What companies should I look at/not look at?

    Have passport and TWIC. Not afraid to run in snow/chain up. Clean MVR/DAC/criminal background/employment history.

    Hometime isn’t an issue, as long as every three/four months I can take ten to fourteen days off.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.



    I’ve spoken with Kivi Bro’s and W.E. Wylie so far. Very interested in getting into heavy haul/oversize eventually.

    I am NOT a job hopper. I’ve only worked for one trucking company (my current job) and if I leave, intend to stay with whatever company I land at until I’m done driving, so want to make the best informed decision possible.
     
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    Coffey Medium Load Member

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    I think I rember hearing Transport Nation take on new drivers and can get move up to oversize i think they go to Canada hauling those big gas/fuel tanks or something like that
     
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    Aamcotrans Heavy Load Member

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    eW Wylie is not doing much in oversize, I work here and we do a lot of general freight.
    Kivi bro’s is who I would recommend if you want to do specialized.
    If you just want long miles then ew Wylie will fit the bill.
     
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  7. Dan.S

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    How does E.W. Wylie handle home time? If I stay out for three months at a time...will they give me a hard time about being home for ten days or so?

    Realistically, what am I looking at for take home per week?

    Where do you run, primarily?

    Thanks.
     
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    Aamcotrans Heavy Load Member

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    You get a 1.5 days off a week out.
    You can stack those as much as you want. if you take more than 10 days off you need a secure place for the truck and trailer.
    if you work there it’s all about how hard you run and making “friends” with the planners.
    They are easy to get along with and most have a great sense of humor. You don’t need to kiss their rear of buy them food.
    That’s on the general freight side. I know nothing about the glass side, but they refer to them as glassholes for a reason..
     
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  9. Dan.S

    Dan.S Light Load Member

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    @Aamcotrans

    Can you discuss the safety department policies? Ie, how, say, a hard braking event would be handled? What triggers the cameras, roll out speed violations, etc? I just want to know what the expectations are before I make a change. That’s one of the issues I’m running into now, where thresholds are being changed, without anyone being told until they get written up (not me, but I anticipate it getting worse, instead of better).

    Seriously interested in this option, but as I said, once I make a jump, I want this to stick, and do not intend on changing jobs again until I get out of a truck.



    I spoke with the recruiter at Wylie, but would like to hear the inside scoop from a current employee. Can PM if that’s better.

    I’m a hard worker, and will run anywhere, any weather, any time. Don’t expect I’ll have issues dispatch as long as they are fair in their decisions and dealings with me.
     
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    Where do you take your home time?
    It could help with other options for companies.
     
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