Tri-State Motor Transit TSMT, real driver review.

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  1. robinrene

    robinrene Light Load Member

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    So, I waited a while... 16 months.. to review this company.

    -------It is 95% TEAMS-----
    You have to team to haul 1.1-1.3 because it's all guarded.--------

    We decided to go back OTR in the fall of 17 after I had rotator cuff surgery and couldn't mess with the big hoses on a fuel truck anymore.

    So we looked around and found what sounded too good to be true.

    So TSMT mostly hauls explosives.
    Some commercial, but mostly government.
    Also haz-waste.

    If you're an O/O you could get a 1200 mile load that only weighs 32k but pays 7200.
    I'm not exaggerating.

    But we only want to be otr for a short while, so we didn't buy a truck.
    I would have if I'd known that.

    Company drivers start at 1100/wk + .04 cpm "safety bonus" loaded and empty.

    So even if the truck is in the shop for 7 days, you're still getting at least $1100.

    After your security clearance is initially approved, you go up to 1200 + .05 cpm and then .06cpm at 6 months and it keeps going up.

    If you have a passport and your final clearance is approved and you get a Quebec explosives permit, your base pay goes up to 1300/wk.

    So again, if you're in the shop, you're still getting paid.

    If you're doing a reset in Reno bc your load isn't due til Monday, still getting paid.

    Bonuses:
    They pay bonuses as separate checks so you get taxed less!

    I think they're doing 2k as a sign on currently

    But if you stay on, you get about 6k on your second year anniversary.
    Each driver. This just started this year.

    Benefits:
    Good medical
    Cheap supplemental

    I think I pay like $5/ wk


    Dispatchers:
    I really really really like these guys. All of them.

    Load planners:
    Some of them might actually be retarded, but my dispatcher handles it.

    Customers:
    Mostly military bases
    Some quarries
    Haz waste places that are surprisingly clean


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    The down side:
    Guarded loads.
    With any military load or 1.1-1.3 it's all guarded.

    So if I've got to poop, I have to wake up the hubbs and he has to sit up front.
    You can't be more than 25' away and must have an unobstructed view of the truck, or wake up your partner.

    Really that's the only bad thing here.
     
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  3. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

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    You forgot to mention the joy of being handed an 8 inch pile of Hazwaste manifests at Clean Harbors and spending 2 hours adding continuation sheets while your hand cramps up and figuring out which of the 8 classes of Hazwaste are incompatible with each other. Then there’s the Orica death drive: 5 drops over 3 days with constant attendance, each drop located in the middle of nowhere and difficult to locate and one missed turn sends you on a cross country trek on country roads with bridges rated for 15000 lbs less than what you weigh. My personal favorite were the loads that pick up in La Baie, Quebec that only seem to do any shipping in the dead of winter during polar vortex events. You can also count on getting a lot of e-commerce loads and UPS traveling over I 80 in Wyoming in December. TSMT has it’s upside but if you are going to write a review make sure you tell the whole story.
     
  4. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    they also have a "ghost fleet", of experienced company drivers, hauling super secret loads.

    no one but a selected few in dispatch, knows about the whereabouts of those loads.

    Ghost drivers
     
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  5. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

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    I was there 2 years and never saw any ghosts.
     
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  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    that's cuz theyz be invisible.....
     
  7. robinrene

    robinrene Light Load Member

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    It takes 10 minutes to fill out all the haz waste manifests and 5 to do the math for placards.

    And I've done plenty of Orica and Dyno loads, I call the day before to figure out exactly where I'm going so I've never been lost. Everywhere from Florida to Alaska.

    It's not rocket science.
     
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  8. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

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    Truth be told, becoming a “Ghost Driver” was/is my goal. I really wanted to get loads to area 51 and haul around UFO debris and do things like that but instead I end up hauling arms and ammunition. Maybe some day.
     
  9. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

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    If you are processing the paperwork for a clean harbors load in 15 minutes then you are not doing it correctly. I have personally seen a stack about 18 inches high at the Clive location where the office girls did not bother to add continuation sheets and each one had to be filled out by hand and it took my wife and I two hours together to complete their paperwork. TSMT is not all roses and puppy dogs. My wife and I are both experienced drivers and college graduates and that does not help at all when you are trying to locate an Orica facility in the middle of nowhere at 3 AM where there are no signs even telling you which way to turn and your GPS doesn’t even recognize the dirt road that you are supposed to go down. I worked with a team at tri-state on one of those La Baie loads and just heard that they came to my company because they were fired from Tri-state, according to them without cause and just prior to being able to get a bonus worth many thousands of dollars. We left Tri-state shortly after getting an email from John Wilbur threatening to cancel our contracts if we refused to haul toxic waste. When we finished our first year driving with Watkins Shepard we were getting $.44 a mile and logging 5500-6000 miles a week which ended up being pretty close to what we were making as company drivers hauling sensitive DOD loads and deadly toxic waste. The guaranteed pay is nice but if you are driving a decent truck and getting a decent rate per mile you can easily make as much or more hauling something else that won’t kill you if it leaks and doesn’t require you to babysit it 24/7.
     
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  10. 1nicevette

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    Midnightrider you sound as if you really have nothing but complaints so why even but your penny in the hat. Robin let us know how much fun you have.
     
  11. Lonesome

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    He's just telling his side of the story. Your mileage may differ.
     
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