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Turtle's Comment
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Company reefer drivers will automatically be placed in a lightweight truck, unless you request a full size condo. If you do request a condo, you may have to wait until one becomes available. Prime will not pay for the hotel room while you are waiting for that condo. Also, you will get paid .05 cpm less if you drive a condo, since you won't be able to haul as much weight as a LW.

As for automatics or manuals, I really don't know what the chances are of getting either. Odds are you'll get an automatic I'd guess, since the entire fleet will soon be switching over to automatics, I hear.

Lastly, flatbed trucks are always full size.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Turtle's Comment
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03/02/2017 1227hrs Sprimo

I'm in a holding pattern, waiting to be assigned a truck. Word is it could be tomorrow or early next week.

The flatbed load securement class was a couple days ago. It was probably the most involved, content-filled class to date, albeit fast paced as usual. There was a lot of info to cover, and the instructor did a great job of explaining everything in great detail. We were given plenty of time to ask questions on anything we didn't understand. I took advantage of this, as some securement techniques were new to me since we didn't encounter that situation during TNT training. The instructor was very helpful, and wouldn't move on until he was sure we understood. Additionally, we were given a securement manual to reference in the future, showing Prime recommended techniques.

The whole class took roughly 3 hrs, but some of that time was us just sitting around BS'ing with the instructor, a cool old timer & storyteller.

After the class, my upgrading requirements were met. The next step was to go to the orientation office, where they went through our file and confirmed my upgrade status. At this point, I was told to go over to Prime HQ and sign up for a truck. I was told that due to a shortage of trucks at the moment, I may have to wait a few days to a week to be assigned a truck. So hurry up & wait.

Yesterday there was a company operations class. Most of it was info I already learned from my trainer. But it was still nice to refresh my memory on some things. At the close of this class, the instructor said I should go over to dispatch and see if I was assigned a Fleet Manager yet. I did, and I was.

I got to meet my FM , and spent a little time chatting with him. I'm showing him already that I'll be a driver he's going to love. He gave me some meal tickets to cover my meals while I'm waiting on a truck, and I was on my way.

Now I wait. This is the worst part, just hanging out. So close to my own truck, but powerless to speed up the process.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Kori M.'s Comment
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Thanks for the update turtle! Hoping you get into your truck as soon as possible. If not maybe I'll see you when I get in late Sunday when I start over there.

Turtle's Comment
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Thanks for the update turtle! Hoping you get into your truck as soon as possible. If not maybe I'll see you when I get in late Sunday when I start over there.

Wow time has flew. Its already time for you to start, huh? You gotta be getting excited!

At this point it's pretty much guaranteed I'll be here through the weekend. So I'd love to meet up with one of my TT family. Yup, you are as close to family as I can get here lol. Get ahold of me when you make it.

Eric G.'s Comment
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I'm waiting on my SSC to come in, should be in next week. Then I'm going to pack up and move back to Utah. Once I'm there I will take a few days to make sure I'm completely ready for the permit test. I have scored a 94.5 on the first 3 sections on here. I'm still working on finishing learning the combo section, tanker, pre-trip, and driver test sections. I hope to start by the end of the month in Utah.

Turtle's Comment
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I'm waiting on my SSC to come in, should be in next week. Then I'm going to pack up and move back to Utah. Once I'm there I will take a few days to make sure I'm completely ready for the permit test. I have scored a 94.5 on the first 3 sections on here. I'm still working on finishing learning the combo section, tanker, pre-trip, and driver test sections. I hope to start by the end of the month in Utah.

Awesome, good luck!

Just remember that for the permit, Prime only requires General Knowledge, Air brakes, Combination, and Tanker endorsement.

Obviously you want to study everything, but if all else fails make sure you at least know those sections inside & out.

Pre-trip will be the next important thing. But that test won't come until you take your cdl exam, at least 2 weeks after you get your permit.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kori M.'s Comment
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I know it's crazy how time flies! I'm headed out to the bus station tomorrow. I will get a hold of you for sure then. That is true lol. One big TT family.

Christian R.'s Comment
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Hey turtle maybe I didnt read this from your previous posts or maybe you didnt mention it. Did you pick condo or Lw? Im headed to prime on the 12th and have a long way to go, but Is there a huge wait for condos? Also what was the cost of the hotel room for the waiting period?

Turtle's Comment
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Hey turtle maybe I didnt read this from your previous posts or maybe you didnt mention it. Did you pick condo or Lw? Im headed to prime on the 12th and have a long way to go, but Is there a huge wait for condos? Also what was the cost of the hotel room for the waiting period?

Well I'm in the flatbed division, and flatbeds don't get LWs. We get condos or midroofs, and it's luck of the draw as to which one we'll get. I requested a condo, and was told they'd "try" to put me in one. Chances are they will, since most midroofs go to tankers.

On the reefer side, LWs are the norm. If you request a condo, I don't know how long the wait would be. It kinda depends on how many trucks are available at that time. I "heard" that company drivers get preference over leasers, but I don't have first hand knowledge of that.

Lastly, I don't know how much the hotel is either. Rainy might have that answer. I believe she stayed an extra day waiting for her condo.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Tastebuds's Comment
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Hey turtle maybe I didnt read this from your previous posts or maybe you didnt mention it. Did you pick condo or Lw? Im headed to prime on the 12th and have a long way to go, but Is there a huge wait for condos? Also what was the cost of the hotel room for the waiting period?

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Well I'm in the flatbed division, and flatbeds don't get LWs. We get condos or midroofs, and it's luck of the draw as to which one we'll get. I requested a condo, and was told they'd "try" to put me in one. Chances are they will, since most midroofs go to tankers.

On the reefer side, LWs are the norm. If you request a condo, I don't know how long the wait would be. It kinda depends on how many trucks are available at that time. I "heard" that company drivers get preference over leasers, but I don't have first hand knowledge of that.

Lastly, I don't know how much the hotel is either. Rainy might have that answer. I believe she stayed an extra day waiting for her condo.

Good job, Turtle! Congrats on the upgrade. Also, talk to Prime about your dog, it never hurts.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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