11-07-2015, 05:31 AM
We are still looking at companies that we can sign on with. We have spoken to a few. Right now it looks like it will probably be the pumpkin (Schneider)trucks. They seem to be the most willing to work with us in our situation. I think we're going to have the wife go through TDS, and pay for it ourselves, then try and get reimbursed from what ever company we sign with. We will probably go to Sage based on everyone's experience here with them. Still have not decided if we're going to do O/O or co driver, thinking of maybe signing on as co drivers for 6 months or so to make sure this is what the wife really wants to do and then make the move over to O/O. Would hate to have a truck payment looming over us and she not like it. I have also heard from several driver I know that things have started slowing down and rates are dropping a bit. One told me he just hauled his first load of Christmas freight last week. He said it's about a month and a half later than he usually picks that stuff up. But I have a back ground in flat bed, drove the green truck with yellow stripes before Schneider bought them out. So we leaning towards flat instead of van. Still doing our research. May end up holding off until after the first of the year to pull the trigger and see how things are going then. Again we can't say thank you enough to every one that posted on here, we have gained so much inside on how things are, I have to say I was addicted to the thread and reading what was going to happen to everyone next lol.
Originally Posted by devildice
11-07-2015, 03:00 PM
11-07-2015, 06:32 PM
Yea the really is no in between. Lol. It is for sure a love or hate position.
There is a lot of BS on here but that's part of the fun of the site. Lol every has an opinion and we all know what those are like lol. We have gained a lot of information on other companies that we plan on looking into from this site. There really is some good info on here and what seems like some good people. But there are others that you have to treat like on the CB just laugh and move on. Lol
Yes sir we do live in the Alamo City, same as you.
11-08-2015, 04:03 PM
what is a good company to work for i am currently at werner. I'm looking for a home daily job. i applied to ups and in n out. also i live in the dallas area.
11-09-2015, 05:40 AM
that's almost an impossible question to answer. there are thousands of companies out there and what some may considered to be a "good" one, others may considered "horrible".
Originally Posted by gene28
it really boils down to what YOU want from a company and what they can offer. there is a section on the board here dedicated solely to various companies. take a look at it and see if something peaks your interest.
11-17-2015, 10:51 PM
If you can stomach it you might consider working with Net Ops out of the Dallas Terminal. They have out and back run setups or local work. Might be harder to get on their list though it was a breeze for me in OKC.
Originally Posted by gene28
11-18-2015, 01:36 PM
This is by far the best thread on the whole forum, very informative. Hubby recently became L/O after many years of me begging him NOT to lol, so far so good but that doesn't mean Im not still SCARED TO DEATH! Now he's bugging me to get CDL and go with him, which I probably will, but I manage to keep putting it off lol...
11-22-2015, 06:17 AM
11-22-2015, 06:48 AM
All the right places at the right times
So I have been here at Mercer for 6mo or so now and am really enjoying it. As of late, I must have had "lady luck" riding in my jump seat because I have been in all the right places at the right times.
For example.....I took a load from Rockford, IL to Jamestown and Dickinson, ND for and extremely nice rate....now as a general rule of thumb as a flatbedder I NEVER like to go to the Dakota's because it has always been historically hard for me to get out. There is plenty of freight that goes in and rarely anything decent coming out.....at least for me that is. Anyways, I decide to "gamble" and take the load, knowing darn well that I must be prepared to DH probably some 500 plus miles out....well to my utter amazement the following day after I unloaded I reload 200mi away for an unheard of rate......that never happens to me.
Now my reload, which was a multi stop finaled in St. George, UT....again, another place I try to avoid. Guess you could say I was going from the pan to the fire. Well low and behold I reload out of UT heading into Cali for a decent rate, nothing to "write home to mom" about, but profitable nonetheless.
So I unload in Cali and reload just down the road for yet another decent rate heading to PA. Once there I sat for 34hrs to reset my log and then reloaded heading to Birmingham, AL. Afterwards, I bounced about 120mi north to Tuscumbia, AL where I picked up the load I have on now heading to Houston, TX. I will kick this off tomorrow and then bounce home in time to enjoy "Turkey Day" and some much need rest and relaxation time.
All in all I have had a VERY good run and was EXTREMELY profitable, something that can be a bit of a challenge for all of us this time of year. I typically use the phrase "out chasing the dollar"......on this run I almost feel as if the dollar was chasing me.....lol
Oh, and to everyone out here I wish you all safe travels and hope that you hav a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
11-22-2015, 04:29 PM
I am glad to hear things are going well with Mercer. Be safe if you are planning on being out during Thanksgiving.
11-25-2015, 11:06 AM
thanks....gonna spend turkey day at home then head back out next week.
Originally Posted by GMAN
hope you and yours have a safe and great Thanksgiving
12-02-2015, 04:38 PM
He is with dart, after already being with dartco for about 5 years. Lots to learn for both of us, lol.
Last edited by shyykatt; 12-02-2015 at 06:23 PM.
12-06-2015, 01:15 PM
Did I miss something cuz I am not sure to whom you are referring or why???
Originally Posted by shyykatt
12-06-2015, 01:37 PM
I think you asked where my hubby is L/O, lol
12-07-2015, 05:00 PM
oh duh.....I must have had a "blonde" moment....lol
Originally Posted by shyykatt
12-08-2015, 02:47 AM
For anyone thinking about becoming an owner operator or lease operator, I would suggest you wait until at least the end of February or into March. This is especially true for those wanting to pull flats. Rates have been down for some time and winter months are always slow for open deck freight. Next year is likely to be slow due to the upcoming presidential election and lack of confidence in our economy. Fuel prices are down and that will further push rates down. If you want to buy or lease a truck it is more important than ever to have money put aside. I think that if I had never owned a truck and was interested in becoming an owner operator, I would start as a company driver and save as much money as possible. If the economy is soft next year, many will be selling their equipment. That means you could get into a good truck for less money than when the economy is doing well. Personally, I think the economy is not doing as well as our government would have us believe. Having a good nest egg could help you survive during a slow economy. Be careful when buying or leasing that you don't over extend yourself. I think that it is a good idea to keep payments low enough that you could make your payments should you need to park your truck and drive for a company.
12-08-2015, 04:54 AM
very well put. and adding to it in regards to having money set aside.....you never know when something will go wrong with your equip and cost you a lot in repairs. before I bought this current truck I had a dyno test and oil anyalist done....everything checked out great yet a few months later I dumped almost $10k in repairs on the DEF system.....had I not had the money set aside for such unexpected repairs who know where I would be today.
Originally Posted by GMAN
02-26-2017, 06:07 AM
Once again it's been a "minute" or two since I last updated this thread.
Well I am still here at Mercer and I am still alive and doing well both physically and business wise. Just came off a nice little 2 month "stay-cation" at home.
Although my current truck has been operating well (knock on wood) I have been considering trading it in for a new one.....and I do mean NEW. For those of you that are familiar with me or at least this thread, then you know I am a fanatic when it comes to research....with that said there are a LOT of pros and cons when it comes to buying a new truck. I am currently weighing through them all and have yet to make a decision.
One major point that has prevented me from moving forward (and there are several I assure you) is weather I want a pre-emissions truck or not. With that said, one option is a glider where I could have both a new truck and a pre-emissions motor.....but that too has many pros and cons as well.
The other thing I am considering is getting a Conastoga. Not a lot of "cons" for me in that area but still haven't pulled the trigger on it.
In any case I will continue to do my research and will post on here as to what, if anything, I decide to do.