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I have decided to go with Prime...but scared of leaving behind all I know....

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HRI_LuxTrker's Comment
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Hey Ladies, If you don't mind, I have a few questions. I am so excited to start this new chapter in my life. I currently own a business, and I have 3 other jobs I do daily. My ultimate goal of course is to grow my business and finish my degree...but I am so tired of Corporate America. I spend no time at home anyway, and my marriage is suffering from that. My husband and I want to hit the road together, so we can explore life, and work towards some of our goals. I have being doing a lot of research, just on every topic I can think of...its just scary for me to quit all that I know, to go into a field that I am not sure if I will even be making a decent paycheck. I am willing to do whatever I need to do to succeed...but is it realistic to bring home after taxes 800 to 1000 per week solo? Does Prime really let your spouse ride in the truck with you right out of training? Thanks so much in advance, and I hope you all have a blessed, safe day!!!

Big Scott's Comment
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After taxes is different for everyone. You should easily be able to get 2500 to 3000 miles per week. CFI will also train you and let your spouce ride with you once you go solo. I have a training diary and many posts about my time with them. I think Prime pays more to start, but our trucks are faster. CFI trucks are governed at 65.

As far as leaving all that behind, is a big decision. I would suggest you and your hubby read everything you can on this site. Read training diaries. All training is very similar. Read our expieriences and problems in the main forum. Get as much info as you can before you make this jump. You can expect about 2 to 4 months from the time you go to school and go solo. Every company has different requirements. CDL school is usually 4 weeks.

I hope that helps. Good luck to you.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Some of the best reading we recommend is found in these three links:

Your husband will also benefit from the content of these threads.

Good luck!

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.
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