MCOflyer
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The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:49 pm

Hello and good evening to all;

I have made a decision to go OTR truck driving this summer as my situation dictates. All my life I have based my decisions on my needs; however; my dad is the one who suggested it and hes right. Well after being in college for two years attending part-time, I have decided its time to hit the open road. I have families in New York, Missouri, Massachusetts, and California, so choosing a company will not be hard as my family has given me permission to use their address. While I do have pet and family here.

I will take home time in either my hometown of Melbourne or Corning NY. I am excited and am anxious for this semester to start and end. My dad has arranged to take my cat till I can go out on the road with him and my family has agreed to get me my necessities until I can get situated on my own. If in the end something local opens; cool, if not than I am happy either way.

Merry Christmas,
Hunter
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:54 am

Do you have all the necessary training and licences?

Even if you don't i'd say chase your dream. get your licences and training, and get out there and see America while you're still young. we have a beautful country, what better way to see than pushing 80,000 pounds down the road?

"East bound and down, loaded up and truckin, we gonna do what they say can't be done, we got a long way to go and a short time to get there, sit on down and watch ole Bandit run," or is that Hunter?

good luck.
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MCOflyer
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:22 pm

Thanks, its been my dream to do that for a yr or two and the money i'll be earning will help pay off a new debt; the schooling.

Hunter
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:41 pm

The Biggest Decision Of My Life <---- so far

Good luck and Enjoy the open road.
 
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Thu Dec 25, 2008 3:18 pm

MCO you should contact Southern Pride or Air Industries trucking companies. They haul Jet engines all over the country . I beleive that Southern Pride is exclusively Civ and Military Jet engine transport ops.


http://www.southernpridetruck.com/

Good luck man ,
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:07 pm

Wait...so you want to be a trucker and stop school?

Well follow your dreams and Merry Christmas to you and everyone else here on A.net!
 
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:25 pm



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 4):
MCO you should contact Southern Pride or Air Industries trucking companies. They haul Jet engines all over the country . I beleive that Southern Pride is exclusively Civ and Military Jet engine transport ops

They appear to be an all-owner-operator operation. I doubt if they hire rookies.
 
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:44 am

They are o/o Johns624. I hope those guys are making $$ with the economy.

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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:30 am

Chase your dreams. I still need to figure out what I'm gonna do when I grow up. I've always had a facination with trucking, although I dont have the liscenses. I may get into it in a couple years. Good luck.
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:36 pm

MCO you the military has excellent truck driving and heavy equipment operation training. And to add , you get to finish your education paid for by Uncle Sam. Why dont you check into the National Guard in your state. ?
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MCOflyer
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:38 pm



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 9):
MCO you the military has excellent truck driving and heavy equipment operation training. And to add , you get to finish your education paid for by Uncle Sam. Why dont you check into the National Guard in your state. ?

I'm in eligible. Its personal as to why i am in eligible.

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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:19 pm



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 2):
the money i'll be earning will help pay off a new debt; the schooling.

I know some companies in Ohio will pay for your schooling/training... Schneider Trucking is one of them. I don't know about your state, but you should look into that one...

Trucking sounds like a really fun job especially if you're single.

Best of Luck to you...

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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:33 am



Quoting Johns624 (Reply 6):
I doubt if they hire rookies.

Try Schneider, J.B. Hunt and Swift. They may not have the best OTR reputation, but all are large operations with programs for entry level drivers, and I think Schneider even has their own training facility just south of Milwaukee. Once licenced and hired, you can look forward to at least a year of team running, so expect some long nights, and some much more intense training, like mountain driving (you can never go down a hill too slow, but you'll only make it half way down too fast), winter driving, icy two lane roads, some in the mountains, different types of freight, dry, flat, temperature controlled, floor loaded, palletized, and maybe some hanging meat, light loads, heavy loads, over weight loads, freight not matching paperwork, cross border shipping documents, logbooks, vehicle inspections, some seriously heavy traffic conditions (Eastern Seaboard) and any combination of the above. And regardless of what anyone tells you, when driving, YOU are in command of the truck. If you feel conditions, or fatigue are beyond your limits, stop and rest. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING they can load in that trailer is more important than safety. A late load is easier to explain than a late driver. Another good trait to have is patience. You can, and will spend endless hours waiting to get dispatched, loaded and unloaded. Even some pin to pin runs will involve waiting. And paperwork... You'll do endless hours of paperwork. Trucking is 33% paperwork, 33% bullshit, 33% driving and 1% assorted variables. If you can handle the paperwork and bullshit, you're golden. But once you get the bullshit sorted out, it's a wonderful lifestyle. Making $65,000+ to be a tourist? You gotta love it. In 15 years I've seen all 48 lower states, and 9 of 10 Canadian provinces.

Basically, the first 2 or 3 years will be a brutally steep learning curve, but it will flatten out, and get easier as you gain experience.

You can expect 10-11 days out at a time, with some downtime along the way. Use that time constructively, like cleaning the glass and the truck in general, and laundry. One other hint... Do NOT let your paperwork pile up. Do it as you go along, otherwise you'll get home burnt out, only to find 10 days worth of paperwork to do. Keep it up to date nightly, and you'll save an hour or two at the trip's end.
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:22 am

Good for you, Hunter.

A very big decision for you. For some people, the biggest decision in their lives is whether or not to get married. Good luck to your new career, Captain. Tally-ho, trucker.
 
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:48 am

Ever think about being a railroad engineer? You can still haul freight (a hell of a lot of it), see the country like nobody else could, avoid traffic, go fast, and haul freight more efficiently. Unless you want to do short-haul trucking, which is fine too. Get to see a whole lot as well.
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MCOflyer
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:13 am



Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 11):

It's Schneider national. They aren't taking newbie's till April?

I am currently helping a o/o right now. I'll post some pics of the before and after job I helped do. He's offered to teach me how to drive. Thank goodness he has 10spds.

Hunter
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RE: The Biggest Decision Of My Life

Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:57 pm

True story, and a kind of a funny one.

We had a captain who was forced to retire at 60 (this was years ago, before the regs changed). He decided to get qualified to drive big rigs, and, in fact, did so. I reckon that he still wanted to be in "command" of something, and view the country from "see-level" instead of all those years operating at FL350. Not unreasonable at all.

About 6 months or so into the truck driving gig, he slid his rig into a deep snowbank on the interstate near East Gopher Guts, North Dakota, and quickly concluded "Screw this!" and promptly went on to fly rubber dog poop out of Hong Kong, or do something else back in the aviation field...  Wink
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