System adventures with the ducky

Discussion in 'Superior Carriers' started by rubberducky68, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Nothing wrong with recruiting bonuses. You just need to get several viewpoints. 5 minutes from the house is a good thing. Did you look into them before when you left SPCR the first time?
     
  2. rubberducky68

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    I did check into them once but did not have the required experience at the time. I think they lowered the years of experience since then. They did want 5 years but now they say either 4 years tanker or approved trucking school and two years tanker.
     
  3. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    When I started I always considered cryogenic tanks a step up the ladder. Problem is around here the closest terminal is over an hour away which is quite a commute for a local job. Are there any other cryogenic companies near you? This would provide a level of training and experience above what Superior can give you. The gas they haul would matter to me as well. I want nothing to do with anhydrous ammonia. Hydrogen is a bit scary as well. I have heard guys talk about invisible fire. How do you feel about spending a lot of your driving time inside the loop in Atlanta? Nights could be a blessing. Since you live so close maybe they would let you hang out in the drivers room for a day to talk to drivers actually working there.
     
  4. CornerCarver

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    I would think long and hard about that move to airgas. I hate being on the road too but third shift is a killer. I have a friend that does fed ex freight line haul third shift and told me if he sleeps five hours a day he is doing good. Plus being micro managed is not fun. I know Superior has there faults but you can do a heck of a lot worse, trust me I left and couldn't wait to get back. I wish you the best in your decision.
     
  5. rubberducky68

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    I never thought Superior was a bad company so that was never a reason for me wanting to quit them. Airgas was just an opportunity that came up sort of out of the blue. I can relate to being micro managed. That is why I quit my county job I had been at for 7 years.

    I have given it some serious thought along with talking to my wife about it and have decided to not go to Airgas for now. The rough schedule and bi-weekly pay were the two main deciding factors not to go there right now. Not to mention my terminal manager was gracious enough to hire me back after I quit the first time. Like you said, Superior may not be perfect but they are far better than most companies out there and I have never been treated badly by them.
     
  6. rubberducky68

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    Here is a little pay info for any prospective drivers looking to come on with Superior. Just checked my ytd gross for January and February. So far I have grossed $11,256.83. That works out to $1407.10 average gross per week for the first 8 weeks of 2016.

    I have been home every other weekend with 3 days off each time. Typically go out on a Monday and run 10-11 days then come home.

    I did not go through and add up all the miles but I can tell you average is 1500-2000 per week. You don't have to kill yourself here to do alright.
     
  7. ncdriver1

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    I'm seeing similar numbers, still down a little from this time last year. Only about $400 difference, end of January it was almost $1200 lower year to year so I have definitely made up some ground from the slow start this year. I've had good hometime January and Feb, but now I'm staying out for most of March. My terminal is replacing the tank wash and we have to deadhead all the way to Springfield to use theirs which is about 200 miles one way.
     
  8. RogerThat72

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    Sheesh. Haven't been there in a while I'm assuming it's crowded at an already tiny spot :(
     
  9. rubberducky68

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    I have only been staying out about 11 days at a time and taking off 3 when I get back in. It has been working pretty good for me that way so far in keeping a consistent check coming in. If these trucks had more storage space I might stay out a little longer but I am usually ready to get home after almost two weeks out.
     
  10. Coolbreeze

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    I find it pretty hard to stay out even 2 weeks. Every terminal I get to, usually wants to send me right back home. That's my biggest gripe with Superior. The best chance I have of staying away from my home terminal is when I get a load west. Which is too rare
     
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