Typically home every weekend, loaded, spending Friday either in St. Louis, MO, or Chicago, IL to get a load thru-home...generally home for only 36 to 48 hours, but on the weekend; that's what counts, time with family...
Strict military-style leadership, training and rollout...they taught me the right way to secure dangerous heavy and over-dimension freight.
Deliver and pick-up freight overnight, safely and on-time...and you're pay will reflect the dedication.
Skateboarders help each other out, without question/hesitation, when its apparent that help is needed...its hard work climbing up and down on a flatbed, securing 50,000lb steel-coils, or 8-ft x 40-ft stacks of lumber that need and require 4-lumber tarps to be applied. And sometimes even when it seems tarps are NOT needed, they must be draped over the load per contract, and secured.
I enjoyed the camaraderie and pay...but not till after suffering about nine months of pain throughout my body as I got used to lifting chains, climbing hi-loads and throwing 4" strap rolls over a 13'6" stacks of lumber...or re-adjusting the tarps on the side of a frozen highway at 3am in the morning all by yourself...and then completing 600 miles every night...(not sure if the Feds allow that anymore).. . Great adventure!
you get paid what you accomplish
its rough, dangerous, demanding dirty and grimy work at times