What carriers ACTUALLY run OTR

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by natedogg323, Sep 16, 2022.

  1. Capacity

    Capacity Road Train Member

    Jul 28, 2019
    Neenah Wi
    You want to do something different , check with Tantara , Reliable , EEI Global , MRA , Ilmor engines , there all around the Motor City.
    Good Luck
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  3. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    @natedogg323 --

    If you're looking for all lower 48 action, and are also interested in doing tanker duty....you might check out Indian River Transport.

    Those drivers seem to be running all over the place.

    Most of the food-tanker crowd are looking for drivers that are also willing to go over into Canada--and (I think) will pay extra for that.

    Your location in/near Detroit would seem to give you an advantage there, too.

  4. natedogg323

    natedogg323 Light Load Member

    May 4, 2007
    Detroit, Mi
    I want to thank all of you who replied with helpful suggestions and possible opportunities. I asked the same question on the other trucking “bulllshit” forum. All I got in response is how I’m obviously a gigantic POS for wanting to leave CFI and how I’m to blame for all my complaints. I’m not perfect and I still have a lot to learn. One of which is to stay off that other website!
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Indian River Transport is a good choice. No hazmat either; all food grade loads.
    Just started hiring new cdl school grads, so you're good to go there. Runs all over the USA.
    Indian River Transport Company
    • Indian River Transport runs a late model tractor fleet consisting of 600 Peterbilt tractors.
    • All trucks are furnished with refrigerators and premier interior packages, over 70-inch sleepers.
    • All tractors are assigned and are less than 36 months old.
  6. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    Swift also has OTR, all 48.

    But in the last several years many of those longer runs are gone because of using trains for much of the run.
    There still are the coast to coast runs, even for solo drivers. Just not as many.
    These days, for OTR, means more 400-800 mile loads. But you will still cover the whole country.
  7. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    Find smaller carriers that run their own products, they pay much better, usually a tight knit group of people. That’s what I’m doing right now. When a company has their own trucks to run their own product, they’re saving a tremendous amount of money. Yeah it’s a lot of overhead and cost to initially get it up and running but once they do they can transport their product at about half the cost. This means they pay their drivers much better.
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  8. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    I checked into it before. Need to read in the India River section. At the time, they were spending way too much time sitting around.
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  9. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia

    This was/is actually a better post than you might first think.

    When I got into trucking, my goal was to see the whole country--and actually do it on someone else's dime.

    Since I live in Georgia...with Schneider, I never got sent west of I-35....even when I was running their version of OTR.

    If I had it to do all over--Swift would have probably been a much better starter carrier for me. :(

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  10. MSWS

    MSWS Light Load Member

    Jun 30, 2022
    I had the same experience with Werner. Supposedly OTR but I never got west of 35 or a single load over 650 miles, give or take. They pretend it's OTR but it felt like "floating" regional
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  11. AsphaltFarmer

    AsphaltFarmer Medium Load Member

    Apr 19, 2022
    New Mexico
    Some of these otr carriers strategy is to maintain a predictable regional capacity to service contract customers especially as it concerns trailer pools. Oftentimes due to home time a company will work to place a driver under the corresponding regional sales teams jurisdiction when the opportunity presents itself. For some companies a company driver will start out in let's say in zones 0,1, and 2 (northeast) and after a few months end up in the zones close to their home.
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