Working Line Haul for a Food Company

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  1. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    So it's been a while since I started a new thread, but I got my papers today and come middle of next month tentatively, I am switching over to the road drivers board at my company. In March it will be 7 years and some opportunities came up and I'm going to be on the transit drivers board for Gordon Food Service which back in the day was a pretty big job and big deal for GFS employees. GFS used to be very proud of their line haul staff way back when.

    Anyhow, after almost 7 years of case of case throwing some retirements came through and some runs were added and it was now or never and I decided to put in my bid and I got the job. I've always liked the road work and road stuff better then case throwing, but whatever it is what it is. I like the transit stuff the best. Volume stuff with the 50fts making deliveries to bulk customers is okay I don't totally mind that, but the shuttle runs are the best. It is doubles work.

    So a lot of set ups, break downs reset ups, break downs rebuilds and break downs again, but it's alright.

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    Anyhow this won't be a big thread, because most of you know what it's all about already, but I can post some experience here, it's a little bit different then LTL line runs, but not to to much.
     
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  3. motocross25

    motocross25 Road Train Member

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    Couldn’t subscribe to this fast enough. I always like your posts. I did linehaul for PFG back in the day it was great. Leave St. Louis at like 4 pm and met Chicago in Dwight IL. Drop, swap and boogie back. It wasn’t even TRUE over night when I did it I was back at like midnight so it didn’t screw up my sleep or weekend schedule much. Good deal man, good for you hope you like it.
     
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  4. Lonesome

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    Well, it's a job most road drivers would kill for, I'm afraid you are going to find it's incredibly boring. You literally do the exact same thing, over and over. I realize, all truck driving has an element of repetition( I once hauled 26 loads of gravel from one side of a pit to the other,,THAT was a long day) but you may rotate to different drop places, but not much variety. The plus side, you can have a respectable home life, with predictable home times, maybe even a hobby or 2, if that's an issue, it was for me but one thing for sure, and probably the most gratifying, with GFS, you'll have a job until you die. Good luck, sounds great.
     
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  6. Bob Dobalina

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    Congrats, Mike!

    Welcome to the "dark side." You've got my number if (when) you ever get bored or sleepy!
     
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  7. R. Buron

    R. Buron Light Load Member

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    It's great Mike. Good luck for this new challenge.
     
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    Congrats man, you earned it
     
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  9. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

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    I had thought of you too. It’s going to be a while till I start because the city board is trying to delay my start because shortage of delivery drivers and 3 injuries are causing a problem however our transit staff is a bit thin right now too. Or will be, however the city board isn’t prepared for me to leave just yet, they want to hold on to me as long as they can, but they are going to have to hire some bodies. Which is hard to do in this labor market.
     
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    I hope it can be interesting enough the jobs what I would call micro regional.
    We go A to B, B to C, C back to B and B back to A. There’s a few different runs every night. But you’ll learn about linehauling for a good company which isn’t talked about as much on boards like this.
     
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    Well thanks. We start like second shiftish and are usually done by 3-5am
     
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