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Old 04-30-2012, 11:33 AM   #201
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:43 AM   #202
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:47 AM   #203
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #204
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Darn! I was hoping it would be a great thing for you. Just keep your eye on the prize (cdl). You can survive this!
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:51 PM   #205
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:46 PM   #206
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Take what you can from them and give them back only what they pay for. Look out for yourself first and foremost. Keep your opinions to yourself and be careful!
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:59 AM   #207
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Unfortunately you are finding out this is "normal" in the trucking business.

Going through 3 "Trainers" won't make you look good to this company and I had similar situation with "trainers" in the past.
I grit my teeth and dealt with it until I was okay'd to drive company truck by myself.
One "trainer" didn't or wouldn't let me go since he was a lazy bastard and spent allot of his time in the sleeper and I was logging his hours.Of course those hours went into his log book. I over heard him tell dispatch " thank God you sent some one who can drive" I wasn't a newbie and had at least 8 years driving already.


If you are really going to stick with it as for me I went over repo auction sites and government sites.
I scored a Fruehoff 45 foot refer and a three axle white freight-liner when they were still called that for 20,000.00 out the door.
I had an in-frame over haul done when the dyno run indicated engine problems.
When everything was done I had a whole rig bought and paid for around 35,000.00.
Brakes and everything had been gone through.
Sure it wasn't all shiny and pretty in the beginning; that came later during lay overs I did this and that to the rig.
When you don't have all the "mortgage" payments you can then dictate what you will haul and for the best dollar amount.

I spent many years pounding a screaming Detroit 318 all over the country. Popped in brown injectors and had a road ranger 15 gear transmission. Split shifting that I got allot of forward gears and five in reverse.

The people who really make the money is the "terminal" owner and any shop they have.

As already said you have to look out for yourself. Sounds hard and it is; but how will you survive if you don't.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #208
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The Railroads are retiering my generation of engineers so every railroad is hiring. Though my brother is team driving US mail LA to OKC twice a week look like a good run.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:14 PM   #209
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I got ya. yea I dont hate on anyone. I hope the lease works out for who even signs the contract, I can tell you not me. I just told the trainer nice and polite I was going to go company.That I did not come here to start a trucking company etc. Yes can you make money having your own truck? Dos an otr truck need to have a sleeper? I know my first trainer wanted to goto landstar.

Theres a website called proxibid.com I bought my 1994 blue bird school bus there. Once you register u can see the price of trucks if u search them. mostly goverment and farm auctions. but looks like you could pick a decent fleet truck for under 8000.?

Not looking to buy anything right now, btw.
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Next thing you know, Chad will have bought himself a big old semi truck and will be talking about buying.... A FIFTH WHEEL!
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