Have you ever considered trucking?

tootsie

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I plan to delete my app and quite my day job as soon as I ship my daughter off to college in August. Have you ever considered it?
 

Over/Uber

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Have I considered what, deleting the app and quitting my day job or shipping your daughter off to college? Are you going to ship her to college in your truck? ;-)

I’ve done local straight truck (concrete truck deliveries) and dump truck with pup trailers.

I quit trucking for a another job, which I quit to do ride share.

So, no, I’m not considering trucking again.
 

Cou-ber

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How well do truckers do? I’ve always thought that a hard life. Mentally, physically, all of it. And with gas going up, doesn’t this hurt truckers big time? I also have been under the impression you have to own your own to see the rewards. But share why this appeals to you? Is it the mo eh or just the romance of saying eff it and keep moving??
 
Some get paid well, some get paid snot. Depends what company you are with and what you haul. Some truckers make 12 an hour. Some pull 150 a year. Some guys drive for swift and can only go 62 mph with crappy mile rate.
 

UberCadi

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Anything you touch in your day to day life has been on a truck. Every grocery store, every shop, every restaurant. If you want to get in over the road or team as a husband/wife, there is a lot of money to be made. Your just never home if you want to make the money. You downsize to an appt or 5the wheel trailer and work for a few years and save up a nest egg, then you can vacation and then go back and drive. There is never a shortage of need for good drivers in the transportation business.
 

timberstx

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I am back using my CDL A license. I am not doing long haul, so I am home every night. I don't miss getting paid every week and not having enough to pay the credit card bills I racked up in that time for uber expenses.
 

Markisonit

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Class A CDL here with all endorsements. Did it for 40 years before all of the ridiculous regulations and government intervention.
I keep my license active because it's much easier to keep it active than to let it lapse and have to go through all of the BS.
It paid me a good living but I am going to do anything I can to stay far away from a big truck.
I logged 150k miles plus annually and it was a fun job back in the day. Not so much anymore.
 

tootsie

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How well do truckers do? I’ve always thought that a hard life. Mentally, physically, all of it. And with gas going up, doesn’t this hurt truckers big time? I also have been under the impression you have to own your own to see the rewards. But share why this appeals to you? Is it the mo eh or just the romance of saying eff it and keep moving??
I love driving. It’s my most favorite thing to do. I’m so tired of rideshare. It’s to costly. I’m also tired of my day job as they stopped raises, stopped bonuses, stopped putting in 401k so it’s turned into a dead in job. I feel it’s only a hard life if you don’t like being away from home but even then you still have options. OTR you can be out for ever, Reginal home a couple of days of the week. Local home everyday. There are three options in trucking: company, leasing,and owner oper (last two seem the same). I plan on going company because I do not want to be responsible for repairs. Had enough of that with rideshare. It cost 3k to tow a truck, per my research. I’ve seen some drivers post their 1099s and 140-160 k looks good on paper put I am sure half of that goes back to upkeep and truck note. I am 100% single and with my daughter living on campus I don’t have anything to come home to. I plan on living in the truck for 1-2 years then look for something regional or local. I’ve been doing a lot of research and playing with numbers. Starting off u can make 45-50 k first year if you are willing to stay in the road as a solo driver. As a team driver you can make 75k first year if you go hard because the truck is always moving. I plan to go team with my sister and if her drive is not as strong as mine then I’m going to search for a new team member. If I can’t find one 45k will work for me first year. Especially once I stop paying rent, electric, n water.

Some get paid well, some get paid snot. Depends what company you are with and what you haul. Some truckers make 12 an hour. Some pull 150 a year. Some guys drive for swift and can only go 62 mph with crappy mile rate.
Yes, and first year rates suck balls so u def have to grind hard.
 

itsablackmarket

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I've seen a lot of interesting offers on craigslist for those who have at least 6 months to 1 year CDL experience. It used to be they were asking for more experience. Seems like they're desperate to find drivers now. They're local / home every night jobs, too. Looking at those offers, a lot of them look so good compared to this garbage. I just don't want to go through all the BS to get a CDL and that initial experience, when I know I have the aptitude to learn it all in one day. When I'm hungry for something, I can't learn it that slow, I'll go crazy, my mind is ready to absord it all right now. I'm too impatient. There's a reason why truck drivers are in shortage. I figure they'll fix the problem soon. I wouldn't mind doing daily runs from Dallas to Houston or something. I like straight forward and consistent work like that.
 

tootsie

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The school I am considering is 2 week there and 30k miles on the road before you get cdl. If you do a 1 year contract it’s no cost to you unless you accept the 200 a week they give you each week for the first two weeks (700 a week) on the road training (but if your trainer goes home and you don’t have someone to ride with you will not get the 700). There are some local schools which move a lot faster. However, like u said most companies want experience. I’m most nervous about backing so I want as much training as I can.
 

darkshy77

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The school I am considering is 2 week there and 30k miles on the road before you get cdl. If you do a 1 year contract it’s no cost to you unless you accept the 200 a week they give you each week for the first two weeks (700 a week) on the road training (but if your trainer goes home and you don’t have someone to ride with you will not get the 700). There are some local schools which move a lot faster. However, like u said most companies want experience. I’m most nervous about backing so I want as much training as I can.
Stevenson paid for my training years ago.
Swift another companies do the same thing with a contract to work at least a year. Whatever the telling you make cut it in half your road expenses will be crazy they'll tell you you'll get paid on the side to unload trucks no one ever let you do that.
 

tootsie

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Stevenson paid for my training years ago.
Swift another companies do the same thing with a contract to work at least a year. Whatever the telling you make cut it in half your road expenses will be crazy they'll tell you you'll get paid on the side to unload trucks no one ever let you do that.
I won’t be loading in loading! They can keep the extra. From my research Prime seems to have the best rates and the pay. During the on the road training which is about 6 weeks is 700 a week. Prior to those weeks they will front you 250 a week for two weeks orientation and practice driving but you do need to bring 150 with you. I don’t plan on having them front me anything Ive calculated how much I need to uber to pay up two month worth of bills. After training that rates are .41 a mile and up.
 
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