Work a year, take a year off, work a year, take a year off. Is company driving best?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by web9204, Dec 1, 2020.

  1. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    As soon as my youngest is out of the house I might experiment with this in the summers. Just park my truck and go out there and live in a camper during summer. I'm not sure how to get in to it though except for just checking out individual county's highway dept's.

    Is much of this work contracted private companies?
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  3. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    The fire work is almost all private contractors. Logging companies and small trucking outfits are usually the ones to talk to. They have the procedures nailed down. The best way is to get on as a truck driver watering roads so you'll have some income if there are no fires.
    You'd have to get "carded" which means taking a day long class put on by CalFire and USFS but it's not anything to worry about. Safety stuff mostly and practicing how to get into your fire shelter. The class schedules are usually posted on CalFire's site in late winter and there are several in different parts of the state.
    If you get serious about it let me know and I can point you in the right direction.
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  4. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    I know a young man and his wife that work 6 months on and 6 months off. They work the harvest season for grapes in California as well as some other nuts and fruits (California pun intended), then they rent space for a Christmas tree lot and haul the trees down from Oregon themselves for their own lot. They just bought a 20 acre parcel and are building their dream home in a very expensive real estate market. So yeah, it can be done. BTW, Christmas tree prices at least here in California have doubled in the last 3 years. Not sure why exactly.
  5. web9204

    web9204 Bobtail Member

    Oct 11, 2019
    Are wages higher working for a temp service compared to standard company driving?
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    I worked for a temp. company one time and the company I was sent to, paid less than what the temp. company was paying. The temp. service told us not to mention pay to the drivers at the company because we were making more than them. I checked, and sure enough, us temp drivers were being paid more.
    Our checks came from the temp. service, so the company drivers never saw them.
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  7. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    Thanks REO. I'll do that but it may be awhile. I'm most interested in Colorado but I do love the Sierras as well.
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  8. Deadwood

    Deadwood Medium Load Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    When I worked at Crete I met an older driver who hated driving winters and claimed he had an agreement with Crete to take a leave of absence for those winter months. He lived near the Gulf of Texas and said he would live on his boat.

    You’ll be hard pressed to find a company willing to do that.
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  9. jraulpilot1998

    jraulpilot1998 Medium Load Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    It's doable. I did it this way and now "Retired". After military and LEO, started driving full time as a Company driver (95). (Dry Van) did that Two yrs to increase savings actt. Took 12mos off to vacation. Then started as O/Op, to go out as I pleased. (No good) Trucks are ment to be rolling due to all the overhead.(full time expenses). After one yr. went company 12mos.(99) Then took 12mos. (To fly and vacation in the Caribbean.) 2000 went company (The Red trucks), after 12mos., took brake, went to PR to vacation and buy land for retirement. Then 9/11 happened, did 1yr in PR hauling steel and crushing Cars. Then jumped the "puddle" to mainland. 2002 went Company with "the hearts" trucks. After 18mos. took brake (14mos) to fly and vacation the USA west coast. 2005 bought boat, lived in it for a yr. (PR, Caribbean waters), and to make it short, continued the same trend until March 2020 and then RETIRED. (and now I'm RVing full time USA mainland) It can be done driver but my opinion is that as a Co. driver your transitions will be smoother, keeping a No violations record and keeping your "doors" open. Be financially responsible and an open mind at all times. No family and be a "wolf". I hope this words of "wisdom" reach you driver and remember, You and Only you can make your Plans work or CRASH.
  10. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    Dang Jraul, you're like Johnny Cash. You've been everywhere, man!
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  11. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    PBC, FL
    I would think that any company would want a good driver for 8 months of the year than not at all. Sure a mom and pop outfit won't have a large driver pool to keep that tractor moving, but the mega fleets would probably look at 8 month driver as a big step up from the average newbie that doesn't last 8 weeks.

    The part time driver will cost a lot less in training and torn up equipment too.
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