I ain't reading the rest of the post, to see if they gave the same answer.
But...SRT out of Texarkana, AR will let you guys run it any way you want.
Or at least they used to.
They had one husband/wife team, that ran ONLY daylight hours. Another that did not run on Sundays, for religous reasons.
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Well for the record 'being home' isn't as important to us as 'getting sleep' I was just saying home weekends as an example. I've been OTR for 4 months straight once that was fine, I have no issues living on the truck. Hmm I considered making the no work on Sundays cause of my religion claim, one day off a week is all I really am asking you know? Time to catch up on a good nights sleep so that I can drive hard. We don't want to be solo, neither of us really likes it. He thought he'd be fine but he's mopey now and saying he wants to team again, but I am iffy on that because of the lack of rest issue.
I do believe we contacted SRT during our initial search and they didn't have any openings. Now RickG as I said I was considering Panther once, buying my own truck and leasing it onto Panther, but my issue was a fear of sitting TOO much. I want to be down like at most 34 hours a week. (preferably in one sitting if you get my meaning I'd prefer to remain in the big rigs, I really do like driving them. The issue is they are bigger $ then a cargo van, so I'd HAVE to be making a larger amount then someone with a cargo van to make it. In your expierence if you are under a truck note and running expeidited can you make it? It is something I had considered several times over this becoming an O/O stint I've been in as of late.
Do not concern yourself whether I am ready to buy a truck stan, it is not something I have been considering lightly, and it is not something I will do without consulting the correct people on the planning expert. I've run my own business before and I am more then aware of the complexities regarding owning a truck and that the market for such is sucky now in terms of loads. The fact is you seem more concerned with the team aspect then the fact that solo people do own trucks and make a #### fine living out of it. In the end having two drivers with CDLs running 18 hours, or one running 11 and the other as a rider doesn't seem that big of a deal to work around when you consider they are both going to be on the truck anyway. Running as 1.5 drivers is still better then 1. Or Werner wouldn't have 1000 student/trainer combos eh?
Again, there is more to trucking then the part you are apparently blindered into. If nothing else reading everyone elses responses here should show you that.
I am a big girl, and I am fully able to make my own choices and live with the results.
well good luck i just hope you have the street smarts and business savy to make it with whats happing in this country. i have been in the work force through two down turns and it wasnt pretty and this one makes the other one's look like a cake walk. but i guess at 25 (if) you put your blinders on to the world around you
But if you heard what he said and listen to him he has many many years out here..
He has been in 2 down turns and this one is far greater then the ones before which were very,very bad....
If he is still here,which he is.Don't you think he no's the in's and out's of surviving an economy on the brink of total devistation..
I would listen closly to what he is trying to teach you...
Just my opinion..
He is totally right for what he is trying to say to you...
I no this business for many years as an owner of trucks and my best thinking can not get me out of this economy JAM WE ARE IN....
luvtheroad Thanks this.
But I'm not worried about the economy. Hopefullly, you aren't either since you've been through this twice before.
Hell we're only at the 7.3% unemployment rate (actually about 15 if you correct the math) we've seen that come and go. Not a biggy for us older guys. Unless they bought into this "get riich" spend big mentality of recent years.
Some of they new guys have it together. Some don't. It was the same way when we started
Illegals make up about 5% of the workforce. We could do a turn around in short order. And with NAFTA being tanked. Loads will pick up quiet a bit by mid-summer.
IROC I think you hit the nail on the head. While it is important to keep moving and making as much money as you can. It is also important that we as drivers get the proper rest as well. Me personally won't team, as I can't sleep when the truck is moving. I found this out when I was training a little over 3 yrs ago now. Your only putting your self as well as other's in danger if you drive, and are sleep deprived.
If those who want to drive on little sleep so be it, but don't come crying to us and looking for mercy if you end up in a wreck that ends up changing someones life forever such as seriously injuring someone or even end up killing them..
I have been threw a few down turns in the economy my self, but always had a job. I save little and it doesn't bother me one bit, why? well look at all those people who were afraid to spend their hard earned money, and instead stashed it it the stock markets, 401K Roth, and where are they now? I have heard a lot of people have lost their entire life saving,are broke, and having to go out and start working again, or not being able to retire when they planned on it..
So what ever you decide to do whether it is O/O or team with another good company good luck..
Its looking more and more like O/O. The economy doesn't scare me. It simply means I have to be more on my toes, and make sure I check the i's and t's before I get into anything. And while I'm sure stanman has all the exp. he says, really I am not that good about believing someone over the internet and most of his/your advice has been more concerned with the aspect of not wanting to run 6000-7000 miles hardcore every week and less helpful then saying if we don't want to do that we shouldn't be teaming, buy a truck, or so on.
Fact is there are people whom are solo that have bought a truck and done fine, and their are people whom are team whom do not run that hard. It is possible. It does not automatically mean failure, in this economy it's actually a better deal to run team 5 days a week and take the weekends off. I haven't seen much move on the weekends anyone.
Unfortunantly I've been a Werner driver a wee bit too much, one year and I find it very hard to look at these other companies because very few offer what Werner did and wow I never thought I'd take getting fired so hard but its hitting me now how happy I was there and how I will probably not find another outfit where I will be just as happy unless I make it. Companies today are hardup on their automatic trucks, ugh, part of the want to drive a truck was to learn to use the big manual the automatic truck is a major turnoff. It took me way too much time and work to learn to drive a manual...
I have a half a mind to call Werner and beg >.>
My Brother drove for England and Crete before he decided to go O/O. He bought a 98 Freightliner in 2002 (Former Swift Truck) and leased to Landstar.
He teamed with his wife untill about 05 when she lost eyesight in one eye and couldn't pass the medical.
He now flatbeds with his own trailer for Landstar. He drives only the southern states (his choice) and takes as much time off as he wants. He's going back to work the 19th after being off Dec 24th. The load board is full, and he very rarely sits. He is still in the 98 Freightliner with 1.2 million miles on it. His truck and trailer are payed for, and he makes nice money.
Get your security clearence and haul Military freight, some nice money there!
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