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Old 07-07-2018, 05:14 PM
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I have been talking back and forth with member Spraynet regarding this job opportunity that has come up. Kind of a long story so I will keep it brief. In my last job I met a guy that owns a steel slitting plant and also owns the trucking company that hauls steel. I was talking to him last week about my frustration in the job offers I've had and that I am not interested in any of them. Out of the blue he asked me if I would consider driving semi for him.....uhhhh I told him I never thought about it. We met yesterday and he game me the specifics which sounded pretty good. Driving his trucks doing the same run twice a day that is about 95 miles one way and 95 miles back. It's all on 2 lane country type roads, be at the steel plant to load @ 4:30a every week day. Run the 190 miles round trip back to the steel plant, drop the trailer and hook up to a trailer that is already loaded with the steel coils. When I'm done with the 2nd trip it's the end of my day, 5 days a week and if I want to drive on the weekends I can anytime I want.

His trucks are older Peterbuilt trucks but he said he keeps them in great shape and rarely has any breakdowns on the road. I can also decide to do 1 load a day but obviously I won't be making as much money. The run goes through 4 or 5 small cities and across several RR crossing but overall not a bad run......at least in a car. My wife isn't happy about the thought of me driving a semi hauling steel coils but she knows less about than me. I haven't sat in an office for about 20 years so at least I will be outside, alone, and won't have to deal with any office BS so this is a big plus.

I think I am going to take the written portion of the CDL test on Monday. Fred told me that he will put one of his semi's with trailer behind his steel plant with some cones set up and let me get used to the truck and maneuvering it where I want it to go. After I get some experience he will go out on the road with me to do driver training. When he thinks I have an idea of what I'm doing than I can go take the drivers test and when I pass I can start driving. Wondering if there are any truck drivers here on THT and/or anyone that haul steel coil.
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I friend of mine who did trucking always said that steel coils are the most dangerous load. That may not be the case, but look into it Russ. One-armed Russ would type slow...
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It wont be like driving that Camaro....
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Russ, you seem like a people person. You really want to sit in a truck with nothing but your thoughts five days a week? I mean it will be great for the THT threads that will surely come, but not sure it would be a good fit for you. I could see you burning out in a few months. I firmly believe work does not need to be a source of happiness in life, but it also should not be a total drain.
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400 miles day in and day out wouldn’t be for me but I think taking the CDL test is a great way to increase your options. Good luck..
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You need a coil endorsement on your CDL to haul coils.
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I say go for it, if you know the elite it's easy, but--after you're experienced it can tend to see the same things over and over again.
I drive SoFla and make several trips to Miami weekly and have done so for 28 years, let everyone drive like idiots and you drive for you and everyone else.
Be the best driver you can and make decisions quickly and be aware of everything around you!
Don't get mad behind the wheel, let everything slide and drive like a professional!
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Sounds like you're not responsible for maintenance of these older Peterbilts, so what happens when one does break down during your shift? Do you still get paid for the day while waiting for a replacement cab? If the tires on the trailer blow out and you spend an hour or two replacing them, are you penalized for late arrival? I'd want to know these details before signing up. Otherwise, this sounds like a fun opportunity.
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Good friend of mine hauls for a coil steel company. He's in NW Ohio. He also farms full time. Makes decent money and the run is a no brainer. Not sure if same company or not.
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Need to pass a medical also, penile plysograph,etc.
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You need a coil endorsement on your CDL to haul coils.

Is this meant to be sarcastic???
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Russ, your not going to like it.
Learning to shift is going to be frustrating for you much less chaining down the load. You could end up driving covered wagons. Then there is the tarping
If you want to drive the big trucks find a job driving vans or reefers. Easier on the sole
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I friend of mine who did trucking always said that steel coils are the most dangerous load. That may not be the case, but look into it Russ. One-armed Russ would type slow...
growing up in the D in the early 60's remember a coil breaking loose from a flat bed and killing the occupants in the car on the Davidson. That roof on the car was near street level
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Russ said the trailers will be loaded and ready to go.
Russ drives the boat, he's the Captain, I mean Russ drives the truck, he's the Operator.


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Russ said the trailers will be loaded and ready to go.
Russ drives the boat, he's the Captain, I mean Russ drives the truck, he's the Operator.
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I don’t have a CDL but isn’t it the drivers ultimate responsibility to make sure the load is secured?
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I would hate driving a truck. Rode along through Ga once 9 lanes each direction. I told the driver if this were my job I would park it right hear in the middle lane a hitch hike home.

My brother drives and loves it. I don't think it feels like job to him just some inconvenience. He drives for UPS and it is a good paying job with excellent benefits. I suspect hauling the coils perhaps not so much but would get you experience for a better driving job if it is not.
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this is the way I understand it as well

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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
I have been talking back and forth with member Spraynet regarding this job opportunity that has come up. Kind of a long story so I will keep it brief. In my last job I met a guy that owns a steel slitting plant and also owns the trucking company that hauls steel. I was talking to him last week about my frustration in the job offers I've had and that I am not interested in any of them. Out of the blue he asked me if I would consider driving semi for him.....uhhhh I told him I never thought about it. We met yesterday and he game me the specifics which sounded pretty good. Driving his trucks doing the same run twice a day that is about 95 miles one way and 95 miles back. It's all on 2 lane country type roads, be at the steel plant to load @ 4:30a every week day.
the 190 miles round trip back to the steel plant, drop the trailer and hook up to a trailer that is already loaded with the steel coils.
When I'm done with the 2nd trip it's the end of my day, 5 days a week and if I want to drive on the weekends I can anytime I want.

His trucks are older Peterbuilt trucks but he said he keeps them in great shape and rarely has any breakdowns on the road. I can also decide to do 1 load a day but obviously I won't be making as much money. The run goes through 4 or 5 small cities and across several RR crossing but overall not a bad run......at least in a car. My wife isn't happy about the thought of me driving a semi hauling steel coils but she knows less about than me. I haven't sat in an office for about 20 years so at least I will be outside, alone, and won't have to deal with any office BS so this is a big plus.

I think I am going to take the written portion of the CDL test on Monday. Fred told me that he will put one of his semi's with trailer behind his steel plant with some cones set up and let me get used to the truck and maneuvering it where I want it to go. After I get some experience he will go out on the road with me to do driver training. When he thinks I have an idea of what I'm doing than I can go take the drivers test and when I pass I can start driving. Wondering if there are any truck drivers here on THT and/or anyone that haul steel coil.
While the trailers may be loaded, he may still have to (should have to) do the final walk around double checking everything.

Good luck Russ.

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Originally Posted by bluewaterposer View Post
I say go for it, if you know the elite it's easy, but--after you're experienced it can tend to see the same things over and over again.
I drive SoFla and make several trips to Miami weekly and have done so for 28 years, let everyone drive like idiots and you drive for you and everyone else.
Be the best driver you can and make decisions quickly and be aware of everything around you!
Don't get mad behind the wheel, let everything slide and drive like a professional!
I still enjoy driving but no longer recommend it as a career choice.
All the best,
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Great advice, thank you!
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Sounds like you're not responsible for maintenance of these older Peterbilts, so what happens when one does break down during your shift? Do you still get paid for the day while waiting for a replacement cab? If the tires on the trailer blow out and you spend an hour or two replacing them, are you penalized for late arrival? I'd want to know these details before signing up. Otherwise, this sounds like a fun opportunity.
I have all of the details of what you are asking but didn't want to get all detailed about that kind of stuff.

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Good friend of mine hauls for a coil steel company. He's in NW Ohio. He also farms full time. Makes decent money and the run is a no brainer. Not sure if same company or not.
The owner of the steel company is in Delta, Ohio

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Need to pass a medical also, penile plysograph,etc.
Penile?! . I know I have to get a medical card from my doctor, that's not a problem.

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Russ, your not going to like it.
Learning to shift is going to be frustrating for you much less chaining down the load. You could end up driving covered wagons. Then there is the tarping
If you want to drive the big trucks find a job driving vans or reefers. Easier on the sole
The first load of the day I will have to assist loading. I have experience in this kind of thing so I have no worries.

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Russ said the trailers will be loaded and ready to go.
Russ drives the boat, he's the Captain, I mean Russ drives the truck, he's the Operator.


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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Russ, your not going to like it.
Learning to shift is going to be frustrating for you much less chaining down the load. You could end up driving covered wagons. Then there is the tarping
If you want to drive the big trucks find a job driving vans or reefers. Easier on the sole
I have no idea why you would say shifting will be a problem for me. That is the least of my worries. I have owned several stick shift vehicles and I am excellent at backing up trailers. What would be so different about 18 speeds -vs- the 6 speed stick I drive now except there are a lot more gears?

Tarping a load isn't a big deal, I don't even know if the coils need to be tarped but if they do there are several people in the steel plant that are there to help the drivers.
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