Time for a change...thinking about flatbed.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by mothertrucker004, Oct 17, 2021.

  1. mothertrucker004

    mothertrucker004 Bobtail Member

    Oct 17, 2021
    I've been driving for about 3 years now, hauling horses in 53' vans, KW W900, 13 and 18 speeds. I got my CDL with this company. Based in CO - I can do the mountains, I can do weather. Have to be smooth to keep the cargo on it's feet. I have a clean record, I run hard and I'm easy to get along with - but I'm not super happy with the company. Driver's are 1099 and really shouldn't be. Pay isn't great for the specialized experience we have to have to handle the horses as well as the ridiculous places we're expected to get in and out of (we're team and paid a day rate - no benefits). I'm looking to make a change. I'm in a position to purchase my own truck - but I have no other experience other than the horses, and don't really want to go out on my own just yet. Considering flatbed, with a move towards heavy haul/oversized, or car hauling - but open to anything. I will need training, but I'm a quick learner. I'd like some suggestions for decent places to check out. I have a phone call with a mid-sized company on Monday. They offer 67% of gross (flatbed), and several other perks (and will train) - but I'm hesitant to sign on without doing some comparisons. I'm a single mom, so home time is important, but I'm not against relocation. Suggestions??
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  3. ibcalm19

    ibcalm19 Road Train Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Family first let all your decision be based on that. What gives you total freedom is running your own trucking company. That would allow you to do local work if you are in the right area. That requires the business knowledge to be successful ( not saying you can't) You could be there for your family. I don't know what your plans are but I know it is challenging for families in the trucking industry even more being a single parent.
    I would look for local work regardless running over the road doesn't work for a single parent (my opinion) I did local work & I'm married with children for the benefit of my family. I just went back to over the road. Our children are grown now. I knew a FedEx ground opportunity that is in the York Pennsylvania area that use to advertise whatever schedule you need they would work with you. I hope the best for you and your family.
  4. mothertrucker004

    mothertrucker004 Bobtail Member

    Oct 17, 2021
    My kids are older, youngest is 14, oldest is 21. The youngest says with the oldest when I'm gone and it works out well for everyone. I'm the sole provider, so I have to take that into consideration as well. I haven't found anything local that pays well, and I don't mind being on the road as long as I can get some time at home too
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  5. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

    Mar 21, 2020
    Buddy of mine works out of Wal-Mart DC in Loveland made 6 figures last year and longest he is out is 5-6 days. You have to be willing to follow their rules, but good money, benefits, and hometime. Right now they are looking for another 20+ drivers.
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Walmart is an excellent recommendation.
    Full benefits package and many are making $100G a year with good hometime.

    No Loading or Unloading Freight
    Medical Plan Benefits That Start on Day 1
    Associate discounts in-store and online
    Education assistance for Associate and dependents
    Earn Up to 21 Paid Days Off in Your First Year
    Retirement Pension Plan
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  7. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    Ain’t no feeling like cow mobiling!:)
  8. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
  9. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    Being a single mom, with a teenager, I think if I were in that position, I'd wanna be home daily. (just my opinion)

    And if being home daily is my preference, I'd look at UPS as a feeder driver. You said you're based in CO, I couldn't speak for that area, but I'm told by two different drivers at UPS in the Harrisburg, PA area that they're hiring people off the street for full time work. Couple years ago that was unheard of. You had to start in the hub and work your way up.

    One of my best friends started September '20. He started at $21/ hour I think. He's now at $28 I believe. Think he said top rate, which takes like 4 years, is over $40/hour.

    Not bad money, if you can tolerate the BS that comes with the job.
  10. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Road Driver
    Aurora, Colorado, United States
    19 hours ago

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