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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

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Buck_weat's Comment
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Hello everyone,

I have been accepted into all three of the above companies, and need to make a choice of which one to start out with. I am looking to start out in the tanker division of Prime or Schneider, or the Temperature Control division (reefer) of Maverick. I believe any one of these would be a great company to start out with, and there really isn't a wrong choice. All of them have pros and cons. From my research, all three have great training programs. I would just like some advise and/or guidance from people that may have some experience with these companies.

I didn't think it would be this tough to decide. I guess I have to decide what is more important for ME as far as pay, home time, length of training, and what division to start with, etc. I know that no one can make the decision for me, but I also know I am not the only one that has had to make a choice like this. I guess what I am looking for is some information on how others dealt with the pressure. Maybe it is as simple as a flip of a coin. I could most likely be happy anywhere that I go. I am eager to learn all I can about what it takes to be a safe and successful truck driver. I have a very positive attitude and am eager to take the next step on my journey. I just have to decide which direction to start walking.

Anyway, thank you for your time. I look forward to any help and guidance anyone has for me. If you had trouble picking a company, I would like to hear about how you made the decision.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Use the search bar on the home page. You will find a ton of info on those Companies. Rainy has posted extensively on Prime. Good Luck!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
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I vote maverick lol no bias at all. I'm at the terminal now, I'm in the flatbed division but I may be able to answer some questions. By the way, you can't go wrong with any of these options.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Buck_weat's Comment
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I vote maverick lol no bias at all. I'm at the terminal now, I'm in the flatbed division but I may be able to answer some questions. By the way, you can't go wrong with any of these options.

Thank you for your reply. How many miles/week do you average? They told me that that have a $1,000/week guarantee. Do you average over that?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Buck_weat's Comment
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Use the search bar on the home page. You will find a ton of info on those Companies. Rainy has posted extensively on Prime. Good Luck!

Thanks, Tractor Man. I have been reading about them on here, and will continue to do so. Yes, I enjoy her posts - very informative. I am leaning toward Prime, but want as much info as I can get before I make the final decision.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Buck_weat's Comment
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I vote maverick lol no bias at all. I'm at the terminal now, I'm in the flatbed division but I may be able to answer some questions. By the way, you can't go wrong with any of these options.

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Thank you for your reply. How many miles/week do you average? They told me that they have a $1,000/week guarantee. Do you average over that?

I tried to correct a spelling mistake.. :-)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Okay, I looked at positions with different companies. Schneider's positions are listed @ Schneiderjobs.com. I asked the recruiters at different companies for realistic first year earnings. I finally settled on Schneider Van Truckload because the position most closely matched what I wanted.

After being with Schneider for two years now, I can still say that what the recruiter promised is what I got. No excuses, just promises fulfilled.

Please, please, please make sure you can verify what recruiters promise you.

I hope this helps.

Turtle's Comment
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I completely struggled for months over which company to go with. Ultimately I went with Prime flatbed, and I begin Monday.

I can't say one way or another what may me choose them. Just a gut feeling I guess. That and I got such good vibes from my recruiter during our talks. Also, Rainy was instrumental in my choice, as her threads and comments were just so positive, it made the decision much easier for me.

All are good choices, as noted. You kind of answered your own question. You do have to decide what's best for YOU.

Good luck in whatever you decide.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

C T.'s Comment
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Sorry for late reply. I don't believe we have a guarantee. I'm regional and average 2000 or more for now. It's slower now of course. I make 1k a week usually, I don't usually net that much since I am regional and have family insurance and all that.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Buck_weat's Comment
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Okay, I looked at positions with different companies. Schneider's positions are listed @ Schneiderjobs.com. I asked the recruiters at different companies for realistic first year earnings. I finally settled on Schneider Van Truckload because the position most closely matched what I wanted.

After being with Schneider for two years now, I can still say that what the recruiter promised is what I got. No excuses, just promises fulfilled.

Please, please, please make sure you can verify what recruiters promise you.

I hope this helps.

Hi Steve. Thank you for your reply. I will definitely keep that in mind and try to verify what I am told by the recruiters.

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