What's better for a new driver; Dry Van or Flatbed?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Steering Knuckles, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Steering Knuckles

    Steering Knuckles Bobtail Member

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    I am a new driver that just finshed school about a week ago now. Been filling out applications, going to companies and the whole nine, but not really finding that one that I wanted to start a career with. Was looking to drive a Greyhound and do the Tour Bus thing, then the wife said "get out on the road, I want to go part-time at work" All this time it was " I don't want you gone, I can't sleep without you next to me.....yada, yada, yada. Now she wants me gone, ( If we hadn't been married for 20yrs, I would be a bit miffed) That being as it may, my question is now that I have the proverbial "green light" which is better to start with, Dry Van, or Flatbed? I need to know, because I am considering going to TMC ( I love Peterbilts) or Schnieder ( all my school buds are there:rr:) What do you veteran drivers think?
     
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  3. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

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    Helps if we know where home is. My standard reply is "depends on you". If you appreciate quality workmanship and appreciate the satisfaction that comes from doing a job well (securing/tarping a load), and don't mind getting dirty and know how to work smart, and live in a good flatbed region, go flatbed and I recommend TMC.
     
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  4. bender

    bender Road Train Member

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    Women reserve the right to change their minds at a moments notice and as often as they like. Could be that she has been silently conditioning herself mentally to you not being around as much and knowing the road would make you happy came to the decision to support you in your best wishes. If I pulled a flat then it would have to be my own. Too much work involved for the pay of a company flatbed driver, but it's up to you. P E T E R B I L T
     
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    Thanks, I didn't know that it was spelled that way. Well, actually, I had an idea but just wasn't quite sure. I still love the Peterbilts. She really didn't want me out on the road. She bristled at the thought of me at my age trying to drive a truck. (49) and really doesn't sleep well if I am not there. but you do make a valid point. She knows I like driving and am very good at it. And if I can make money at it, I guess she would be okay with it. You see, we are pretty close, even after all these years, we still enjoy one anothers company, we like to do the same things, we could be in a huge room and still huddle underneath each other. So if I go for any period of time or she. the other is looking for their "split-a-part" I was just suprised that she was or is cool with this. She still perfers that I drive for the local bus company though.
     
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  6. Steering Knuckles

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    Thanks STexan, home is here in Cleveland, Ohio. The recruiter says that there was no problem getting home weekends, but I don't know if that's just smoke of if it is real. The reason for this question was, that I talked with an O/O that pulled heavy and he sort of put a bug in my ear. Either count you load, secure the doors and hit the road, or learn to /secure/tarp a load the right way, so that you are running at the proper weight cause I'm guessing that there aren't such things as " tandem flatbed trailers" or are there? Anyway, I am not afraid of work or getting dirty, I just want to drive.
     
  7. andre

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    It's just me, but I wouldn't base the decision of where to work based on the type of trucks a company has. That's just my opinion, though, and you gotta go with what works for you.

    Anyhow, go flatbed. From there you can go to heavy hauling if you want, since you will have experience with load securement. Besides, with flatbed, you can get out of the truck from time to time and get some exercise, which is important.

    But if you got a chance, take that bus driving job for sure!
     
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  8. Steering Knuckles

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    Thanks Andre, But I heard the horror stories, of bad equipment,(lucky for me, truck driving school had 2009 FL's ) But don't get me wrong, It is just not the Pete's that are attractive, but I am also looking at the work, the miles, pay of course, and home time. The ones that I liked wanted as low as 3months to 3 yrs exp. I am not one to jump around jobs, so I also want somewhere that I can work for as long as my body lets me. And who knows, maybe that greyhound may come through or the local bus thing.
     
  9. lonelyswmtrucker

    lonelyswmtrucker Medium Load Member

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    lmao we see who rules in ur household
     
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  10. bender

    bender Road Train Member

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    Lol..it just depends on the day and who's fooling who.
     
  11. Real Deal

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    I think you should go for the taxi cab.Put some airhorns on it and a cobra 29.It will make you feel good about the situation.
     
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