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post #31 of 60
skip college
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post #32 of 60
I look forward to trucking my way through graduate school and to pay off my student loans. My grandpa use to have his own truck. He was on the road for 20+ years.
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post #33 of 60
my dads been a trucker for a little less than 10 years he makes really good money smiley: pimp

im not a bright student (C average) so if i fail in school or something this is my last resort smiley: laugh
post #34 of 60
love how diverse nt is smiley: pimp will not be needing this info, but im sure someone here will. it's great to know information from different sides of the spectrum
post #35 of 60
My pops is a trucker and it gets steady pay.  Enough to send me to college, I guess.  There's prerequisites to being a trucker, but my old man finished it all in less than a year.  Plus that Class A license looks piff smiley: pimp

His hours vary but work starts very early, from 2-5 in the AM.  I believe you need to buy your own truck but that comes in very useful when we need things to be moved around. 

The problem is, this business tends to be detrimental to your health.  My old man has all sorts of problems physically, from neck to back pains.  I've helped out once and it is far from easy work and it can't be healthy to be sitting in a vibrating truck hours on end.

Basically, I have no plans to follow my father's career path.
post #36 of 60
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My pops is a truck driver

Moneys good. You don't have set hours
Usually wake up early crack of dawn and depending how many load traffic etc you might have a short or long day.

You can stand to make 2 up to 5 gs From a week to two weeks
post #37 of 60
my homie is trucking right now.. just started last yr and he's making guap ....

he's always calling me when he's mad far.. like yesterday he calls and is like , " yo im in detroit, just came back from Cali"... all in 3-4 days... too much...

sometimes he has a partner so they do 12 and 12 whatever
post #38 of 60
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Who do you work for? I'm at CSX, didnt know anyone else on here had tge same job as me........... MindBlown
post #39 of 60
There are some companies that will provide the training themselves. Some cost, and some dont. The company I work for, Prime Inc. doesn't charge you for any of the training and it's very thorough. You even get paid during during your training. Which was a major plus for me. If you stay with the company for a year then you don't owe anything, but if you leave before that then I think the cost you have to pay back is like a little over 2G's. If you're accepted they pay for your bus ticket to MO, put you in a decent motel room, and pay for your meals during that first week of orientation. What you can do though is just look into companies you see on the road and go to their websites and see if they have any sort of training. That's what I did. I've been doing this since January of last year and don't regret it at all.
post #40 of 60
Bump. Anyone who owns their own truck. What's your insurance for your truck looking like along with business insurance?
post #41 of 60

i hang in trucker bars sometimes.

post #42 of 60
Why is there a school for trucking? Is the truck difficult to drive? I thought there would be a regular orientation course.
post #43 of 60

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post #44 of 60
I think you mean the classes for your cdl, idk man. Driving stuff like step vans and dump trucks is no sweat.

Never driven a semi. I'm sure the hardest part is backing up and actually knowing where the end of the trailer is.
post #45 of 60
Got my Cdl. Was driving at one spot making bank locally but I quit after 4 months because I'm not about that graveyard shift 70 hour work week. But hey I got 30 hours ot a week... I would have ended up destroying my body at that job too. Real physical work.

I drive a mix of class a and b now local still. 45 hour work week 8 am start time and make as much as my last job. pimp.gif also manage a warehouse and run a forklift half the day. Only overnights I do is a run to Chicago once every few months.

Avoid the big companies like swift and Schneider. They will sell you a dream and pay you nothing and you will be burnt out and hate driving a truck.
post #46 of 60
I've known of a few people going to big companies that have CDL school programs then bounce and let it go to collections. Some say it wasn't even reported on their credit. Not saying it's right, but hey, it's a power move that can save a few racks.



I've been for 2.75 years now. I'm currently doing something called drive-away. You travel to pick up trucks and get them to their destination then you're on your own. Contractor (1099) job so you put travel costs against your taxes. No forced dispatch, only 1 job per month required to stay hired. You can also work with multiple companies to close travel gaps.
post #47 of 60
da trick is get something local, those OT jobs are only worth it if you're with a small company.

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post #48 of 60
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Got my Cdl. Was driving at one spot making bank locally but I quit after 4 months because I'm not about that graveyard shift 70 hour work week. But hey I got 30 hours ot a week... I would have ended up destroying my body at that job too. Real physical work.

I drive a mix of class a and b now local still. 45 hour work week 8 am start time and make as much as my last job. pimp.gif also manage a warehouse and run a forklift half the day. Only overnights I do is a run to Chicago once every few months.

Avoid the big companies like swift and Schneider. They will sell you a dream and pay you nothing and you will be burnt out and hate driving a truck.
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post #49 of 60
I used to work for Sanimax. It's an awful place but you'll make dough and I got hella free tools and stuff because they got a napa on site.

Now I work for a tiny company. I'm the 3rd person working for the company. I deliver DEF mostly so just pull up to the truck stop or companies def pump run a hose and pump. Real chill work and it's basically 9-5.

First job was a joke. Nothing ever worked but the tractors, trailers were garbage. I'd run like 700 miles a day to Canada and back or something stupid and constantly rode dirty. Like 85,000 pounds and out of hours on the regular. Not even worth it.
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post #50 of 60
Every Trucker I know has back problems, and are away from home for weeks.
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post #51 of 60
Just keep in mind that trucking is going to be fully automated in the next 10 years. Not to be a Debbie downer but you need to keep that in your mind because it's not a question if but when.
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post #52 of 60
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Just keep in mind that trucking is going to be fully automated in the next 10 years. Not to be a Debbie downer but you need to keep that in your mind because it's not a question if but when.

No it won't be. Not for my job.
post #53 of 60
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Just keep in mind that trucking is going to be fully automated in the next 10 years. Not to be a Debbie downer but you need to keep that in your mind because it's not a question if but when.


Truth, 15 years max .

post #54 of 60
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Just keep in mind that trucking is going to be fully automated in the next 10 years. Not to be a Debbie downer but you need to keep that in your mind because it's not a question if but when.


Truth, 15 years max .

Honestly 10 years might be too long. People underestimate the rate of automation and just how fast AI learns now. It scary. A good chunk of what I do will be fully automated in 5-7 years and we've made plans at my firm for that already.

Problem is we don't have contingency plans for what happens for the displaced workers. We've seen how horrific it has been to certain areas these last 30+ years, it's only going to get worse off for people without an advanced degree doing service work that requires specialized skills. Most of which will revolve around IT related work now.
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post #55 of 60
My uncle been doing it, drives cross country and making insane money sick.gif
post #56 of 60
That could happen for over the road drop and hook jobs.

I spend more time out of my truck than I do driving, so no back problems for me. Also a truck isn't going to install the equipment I install, and an automated truck damn sure isn't throwing chains and driving on dirt logging roads laugh.gif

I could see it for the jobs like deliveries to Costco, that's why you got to specialize in something. Not just drive a truck from point to point. For one it's boring, two you don't make money unless you work 70 hours a week.

There will always be jobs for drivers, they just won't be ones the lazy fat *** drivers want who just drive on the interstate.
post #57 of 60
My dad has been doing it for 30 years probably and no back problems, he started his own company about 5 years ago and I run the office. Just bought my own truck in April to have a driver work for me and it's been decent side money
post #58 of 60
He never wanted me and my brother to be drivers though
post #59 of 60
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He never wanted me and my brother to be drivers though

Was he successful as in made a lot of money?

Did you, your brother and rest of your family live comfortably off what he was making as a trucker.

Was he away from home a lot and if so did it cause issues with your family like your mom or kids?
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post #60 of 60
Yea made good money, the drivers we have now average 1200-2000 a week.

Super comfortable life I'd say but my mom always worked too

And he pretty much only does local runs so he was home every day

Side note - he came to this country from El Salvador during their civil war in the 70s so he's worked crazy hard to get what he has
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