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Just read through this thread, because I'm considering doing some trucking. I have zero trucking experience. I like how you linked to some companies that will hire on a ten month contract and pay for all your training.
I do have lots of questions. Hopefully some of the original posters are still around to answer.
For one thing, I'm very athletic and healthy. Are there any opportunities for exercize? I like to do at least a half hour of cardio per day. I like to lift weights every other day. I do have a bad back like djfourmoney, so that is a concern of mine. Recommendations to care for your back on the job? How can you eat healthy on the road? Does the company give you a per diem company debit card for food and lodging? How does that work?
Do you have to sleep in the truck? How does that work? What if you have a medical condition that requires you keep a regular (9-5ish) schedule? Is it possible to just drive for a regular workday, or are very odd, constantly-changing, long hours the name of the game in all cases?
How Orwellian are they? Do they know little things like when you have your seatbelt on? Do they know if you have a passenger (hitchiker, family member, friend, etc.)?
Do you have to know manual transmission or are there automatic trucks these days?
What are the best companies to work for? How do they compare with the other companies?
And most importantly, I'm married, so how often could I be home with my wife? Also, you said that you can have a co-driver and that it's best to go with a friend. Would it be possible to drive as a husband and wife team or do you have to team up with a senior driver when you're just starting out as a rookie? I wouldn't want my wife to have to go with random trucker dudes or butch feminist lesbos.
Do all the companies require you to work in pairs when you're a rookie or are there solo jobs as well for rookies?
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I can answer a few of these ... The ones where I'm unsure, I'll skip and leave for others.
Some of the larger truck stops are quite advanced in what they offer for meals, shower facilities, gyms, etc.. or you can just pack your own lunch and bring your barbells.
Have to? No, but it's cheaper than motels, etc. Sleeper cabs have 1 or 2 benches in the rear that can work as beds. Think bunk beds.
Some companies have local routes, you can be home every night. Think companies like UPS or Sysco. In that case, your truck probably WON'T be a sleeper, though.
The newer the truck (and the driver), the more Orwellian they can be. If it's your own rig, this isn't an issue.
Newer rigs are going automatic.
For short hauls, every day to every other day.
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How likely would it be to be able to find a short haul job with no experience? UPS for example is a union company based all on seniority. I don't even think they hire outside drivers. When a CDL position opens up they first offer the job to warehouse workers or delivery drivers who are next in line in terms of seniority. UPS is definitely willing to pay for training to their inside workers as far as their Class C local delivery trucks go, however, I'm not sure about the CDL-A drivers. I would assume they would train insiders for this position as well.
Fedex would probably be a more likely option, but they want someone with experience or at least someone holding the proper license.
My questions are for someone who has no experience and no CDL.
Ideally, my wife and I would each sign-on with a company that does the co-driver thing and pays for our training. Then we would tour the country together, taking turns driving. It could be pretty romantic, we wouldn't have to rent a home, and the companies might even be more inclined to hire two people together.
I'll answer just the part about staying in shape. No need for a gym. You want strong core? Hold the plank position (the up part of the standard push-up) for ten minutes. This will also prepare you for missionary position sex. Various types of pushups for the upper body: regular, one-armed, hindu aka dive bomber. Simply holding an unsupported handstand for a minute is quite challenging for most people. Various types of bodyweight squats for the legs, or burpees, or simply hold the yogi warrior poses for a minute per leg. Yoga in general will get you in excellent shape if you do some of the more challenging poses (like handstand, warrior, plank) for long periods of time. None of these exercises takes anything more than a small amount of ground space and a plastic map to protect your hands.
Yes, yoga poses are gold for strength and flexibility. Also, I know it wouldn't be hard to fit a couple sets of dumb bells on the truck.
My question has mainly to do with cardio. I like to run. Pretty hard to do that in a 60 sq. ft. space. How about Tai Bo? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ybROmM_mBM
I did that in a small room, but I'm not sure that would even fit in the confines of a truck.
I did find the answers to some of my marriage related questions on a trucking forum though:
I would agree with what was posted by that trucker.
You do get paid more and make more running in teams; why? The truck is always running....
I also agree that smaller companies like Central are more family oriented and ran, been truckers themselves and know what it's like to be out there with little support or micromanagement.
Freefers make the most, after that it's flat bed. I would run a feefer because flat-bed is a bit of a drag and more dangerous. If you don't secure your load properly it could cause all sorts of problems. I've all head or even seen stuff fall off a truck on the highway... Me personally I schooled the right way so I can tie anything down to a flat bed and it won't move.
The fun is sometime you would have to load things yourself and it could be fun things like Buses, Backhoes, etc where you have to drive them onto your trailer.
The drag is doing any live loading in high winds or in bad weather for obvious reasons.