Talk to an Australian Trucker

Discussion in 'Australian Truckers Forum' started by Dougie, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Sarge

    Sarge Light Load Member

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    I have a question for Dougie,
    my fiance and I have considered moving to Austrailia. We drive team together here in the US. It just so happens she's a Kiwi and also lived in Australia for almost 20 years.
    Are there any truckng jobs there that use team operation and are there any good companys to look into. Unfortunately for me, I'm just a yank.
    Thanks
     
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  3. Dougie

    Dougie Bobtail Member

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    Thanks everyone for your info.

    Sarge, I just read a position ad in a truck mag for two up team drivers sydney to perth run's ..there are companies that do use two up teams, yes. :biggrin_25519:

    If I ever manage to get a scanner I will be able to post some of the trucks I have driven, and yes some road trains. :biggrin_25525: I have a picture of my truck with a 747 on the back (the planes in the background) Ah, and Aires Rock hah, in the background as well.
     
  4. Sarge

    Sarge Light Load Member

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    That sounds awesome, how far is that? I'm assuming that's across the interior. or is it rond the bottom somehow? Have you any websites you could share about this?
     
  5. Dougie

    Dougie Bobtail Member

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    Hey Sarge,

    Its about 3000 kms, its from east to west right though the continent.
    Its a trip :) :biggrin_25511: I don't really have any websites for it though.
     
  6. Dougie

    Dougie Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys,

    I am planning to visit America on a holiday if I can in the next year or two.

    I wanted to ask where the largest truck-show or which the best one to go to is. Also, when are they held? Do they have them often?

    Thanks. :biggrin_25520:
     
  7. Sarge

    Sarge Light Load Member

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    Here are a couple links you may be interested in
    www.thetrucker.com
    www.ooida.com
    both sites have all kinds of info like that. And they work closely with American truckers and trucking issues.

    What"s the best newspaper to look at over there for Aussie trucking jobs if you don't mind me asking.
    Thanks, Sarge
     
  8. whtlinefvr

    whtlinefvr Light Load Member

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    They are everywhere.....Carlisle, Pennsylvania has one in June or July...I can find out. How many hours of driving a day are you allowed to drive down under? And as a truck driver, do the jobs pay well enough down there to make you somewhat wealthy?
    Thanks
     
  9. Dougie

    Dougie Bobtail Member

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    Hey mate,

    We can drive 12 hours a day legally but if you do a 'fatigue management course' you can do 14 hours a day.

    Making good money depends on the job. You could make anywhere from 50 000 to 70 000 a year. The companies here are really only now starting to look after drives, but some still don't.
     
  10. Dougie

    Dougie Bobtail Member

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    Hey Sarge,

    Good good papers on trucks down here I would suggest are 'owner drivers' and 'big rigs' if you can find some websites.

    ATM over here multi combination drivers are in high demand.
    Also, no one wants to do interstate anymore (over the road drivers).

    But its good in a way because this has caused the companies and the government to make the conditions better for drivers than they were in the previous years.
     
  11. Mr_Dude

    Mr_Dude Engineer Of Doom

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    Thanks for the info. Wondered if those would be of any use here in the US, but i can just Imagine one trying to pull a large hill over here already......
     
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