As a newbie the forum has been very helpful in answering questions and responding to concerns. I should have followed the most repeated advice, "Read the contract first, get it in writing!!!" The ad heading said "70/30 split, best pay!" The ad said, "DRIVERS NEEDED NOW! MUST QUALIFY WITH ****. AVERAGE .52 PER MILE YOU PAY FUEL, TOLLS, QUAILCOM AND INSURANCE AVERAGE 2000 MILES PER WEEK. YOU KEEP ALL DH, EM, DRY RUNS, FUEL SURCHARGE. NOBODY PAYS BETTER! This would be excellent if it were true. Unfortunately I was excited and in a hurry to get in the business so I accepted verbal confirmation by telephone and went to orientation. After orientation I met with the O/O and signed a lease agreement that does not resemble the verbal agreement. This agreement states "Lessee will receive the following, Approximately 55% of the .77% that the van generates per loaded mile, ($.42 per mile), all other moneys generated by the van will go to lessee (dry runs, fuel surcharges, empty moves, etc.) Lesser will consider 45% of van revenue as rental payment ($.35 per loaded mile). The O/O told me that when all the extras are considered that it adds up to at least 70/30. The van is a fairly decent 2002 Chev extended with 100,000 miles but is not insulated and has no floor tracks and no bulkhead between the driver and freight (O/O said tracks and bulkheads are too expensive). The van is essentially an uninsulated icebox. I am a newbie and I'm a little concerned. I'm home for the weekend preparing to hit the road again Monday. What is wrong with this picture? Should I be looking for a better contract? I'm willing to work hard and stay on the road as much as possible. I need to make a decent income in return for my work. Am I being exploited or should I look at a few paychecks first before making any decisions.