Trying to Decide - Crete Dry Van #1?

Discussion in 'Crete' started by jhurle9403, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. jhurle9403

    jhurle9403 Bobtail Member

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    I will be attending CDL School shortly and hopefully starting with Crete soon after.

    In speaking with the Crete recruiter, I was told avg 2900 miles per week. Given they do a lot of drop and hook, this seems reasonably achievable. Would you Crete drivers agree with about 2900 a week for those who work hard and smart? After a couple of years $65-70k should pretty much be normal if you are averaging around those miles. This is in line with their well-advertised claim that top drivers average $69k.

    I am looking at Crete over Prime to avoid the normal refer headaches, get a full size truck for the same cpm, and spend more time driving and less time sitting at warehouses.
     
  2. Jokee

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    As a new driver, you will most likely be assigned a higher milage truck. You will then spend a lot of time waiting for your truck to be fixed in the shop, instead of running miles. You may also spend significant time between loads, and for appointments. Even drop and hook loads have appointments sometimes.
     
  3. Chinatown

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    Crete trucks are pretty bare as far as driver amenities.
    Danny Herman Trucking is dry van and trucks set up for driver comfort. No northeast or New York City either. Lots of long runs to California for solo driver also and mostly drop & hook. I think the trucks have refrigerators and APU also. @coueshunter can fill in the details.
     
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  4. jhurle9403

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    Thanks Chinatown. I gave Danny Herman a call. They sound promising. I also read through coueshunters thread. Aside from the bickering, seems like a good place to work. To share the information I got with them on the phone: 2800-3000 miles per week. 1500 watt inverters 90% have Apus, 65mph on the pedal 67mph on cruise, 55% D&H, 1400 miles avg length of haul, and dispatchers and fleet managers get a bonus when you do. Zip code to zip code miles, no tuition reimbursement, $300 pay for the 3 day orientation (hotel provided but not meals).

    It is promising, but they couldn't promise me that they hire me based on where I will be living (Cullman Alabama) even though they run there. They said to check back in June before I head to CDL training.

    I asked them if $45-50k the first year was a reasonable expectation, they said yes. They also said after I get in the groove of things and get a raise or two, $60-70k+ should be no problem if I am a hard worker. That is where I want to be, so sounds good to me! I do like their running lanes and the small company atmosphere. Still not certain that they would be better than Crete, but I guess I can't really tell that unless I drove for both for a year :p
     
  5. Majestic 670

    Majestic 670 Medium Load Member

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    Crete ain't payin 60-70
     
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Abilene Motor Express is dry van and trucks run 68 mph.
     
  7. RustyBolt

    RustyBolt Road Train Member

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    Hook!
    Line!
    And Sinker!
     
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  8. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

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    I wouldn't even get out of bed for that little,
     
  9. DezTrucking

    DezTrucking Light Load Member

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    I live in Bama and worked for Crete for many years.
    Also know of a few drivers running for Danny Herman.

    Really depends on how long you want to stay out. You can make good money at both places. Trucks at Crete are slim on the comfort amenities for sure where Danny Herman has those percs.
     
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  10. James2016

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    That zip to zip miles will screw you out of a bunch of miles over a weeks time,
     
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