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Kori M.'s Comment
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Hey guys! I've been researching on this site and reading all the advice given for a little while now and finally joining in! I am starting at prime inc in march to get my CDL. They have me going to the Salt Lake City location for my training. I was wondering if there is anyone out there that has been there or even done their training over there for some tips and insight.

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.
Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I have been to the Salt Lake City (SLC) location a few times. Prime is currently doing a major upgrade to the site. The training should be top notch (I got my CDL through Prime back in 2011).

So what you see today may not be what you see tomorrow (no kidding there). Prime will put you up in a hotel, pay for your stay/meals and provide a shuttle to/from the terminal everyday.

Any other questions, let me know. I will be glad to help if I can. If I can't, will try to direct you in the proper direction to get answers.

Ernie

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.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I love Prime, but honestly the SLC terminal is not the "best to impress" like Springfield MO would. I be been with prime about 18 mos and have only been to SLC twice.

Unlike with some other companies, terminals are not really that important. For example living near a terminal is not necessary. I go in to doctor visits and repairs when like near a location. You can take your truck home, so sometimes going to terminals is just to fuel, repower a load, or get repairs done.

Good luck. You are in great hands

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Kori.

We have many active Primeates on the forum you can pool information from, Rainy being your go-to resource for all things Prime-al. Not sure if you have reviewed the Trucking Truth Starter kit, as follows:

The first two pieces are informational; required reading necessary to establish a realistic set of goals and expectations. Many failures are attributed to the unrealistic and lofty expectations of the entry-level driver. The High Road Training program is also a must, enabling a smoother path to passing the Permit exams and building on a base of knowledge useful during your schooling and training.

Another recommended feature is the search bar found at the top left of the webpage. By typing a topic and pressing enter, the search engine will return any archived threads matching your request. You can also visit the diary section; several Prime students are actively posting their adventures.

Good luck and let us know how else we can help.

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.
Kori M.'s Comment
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Thank you for the replies! I think they have me going to the Salt Lake location because I'm in CA so it's closest. That awesome that they are doing upgrade to it. I guess the fact that I haven't seen any of the other terminals is a good thing, I won't really have anything to compare it to so it should be just fine. As long as the training is good I don't really care what the terminal looks like.

That is pretty cool that we can take the trucks home I was wondering about that. What is your hometime like?

Also do any of you drive the lightweight trucks or have any opinion of them?

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Thank you for the replies! I think they have me going to the Salt Lake location because I'm in CA so it's closest. That awesome that they are doing upgrade to it. I guess the fact that I haven't seen any of the other terminals is a good thing, I won't really have anything to compare it to so it should be just fine. As long as the training is good I don't really care what the terminal looks like.

That is pretty cool that we can take the trucks home I was wondering about that. What is your hometime like?

Also do any of you drive the lightweight trucks or have any opinion of them?

Go to Prime Inc and you will be able to see some of what the main terminal in Springfield MO looks like.

I know most (not all) folks from the west coast go to Salt Lake because of it's location.

You will find the training to be very good (most of the instructors/trainers have many years of experience).

Home time is usually 1 day for every 7 you are available (or 1 day for every week). You can request home time for 4 days at a time usually. The usual minimum you need to stay out between home times is 4 weeks.

You don't have a lot of cabinet/storage space in a lightweight (LW), so you will need to get creative on how you store things. I would advise you to request for the shop to remove your passenger seat (which they will do) for additional space. You will be glad you did as time goes by.

Ernie

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.

Kori M.'s Comment
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So I am actually going to the Springfield location now. I start march 6th. I'm very excited!

Big Scott's Comment
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You could search YouTube for Prime lightweight truck tour.

Kori M.'s Comment
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You could search YouTube for Prime lightweight truck tour.

Yes watch all the ones I could find haha. Very small, but they lay is better, still contemplating the two.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I posted a video of my International Lightweight and how I have it set up with storage, fridge, etc. I can post links again if anyone is interested.

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