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Big Scott's Comment
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Well, I was trained by and drive for CFI. At 11 months, the only states I haven't been to yet are Montana, North and South Dakota, Not sure if I've been to Minnesota. Those are the ones West of the Mississippi. East of the Mississippi, I have yet to see RI, Mane, Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate NY. CFI is a dry van company.

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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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Eddie F.'s Comment
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Welp, I just got off the phone with him, and he basically affirmed everything he said before. His explanation was that there are a lot of team drivers working west of the Rockies, and so in order to get them home time, solo drivers are limited to the east. I asked about taking home time in the west, and he said that would only be allowed if it was my officially declared permanent residency. i.e. make my buddy's house in Spokane "home" and get mail there, etc. Which I guess I could do, though I was kind of hoping to do that with my mom in Florida, since no state income tax.

Frustrating because Prime was my #1 choice based on the research I'd done, and now I'm looking at other companies. FWIW, Schneider also has said the same thing about new guys sticking to the eastern 37, though I haven't pressed them for details yet.

Eddie F., I’d talk to another recruiter at Prime, Inc.

I think this is what I may need to do. He said he was trying to be sure not to make promises he couldn't keep, which I appreciate, but it may be there's some miscommunication between dispatch and recruiters. I gather these guys work on commission ... what's the best way to get in touch with someone else other than calling and just saying "let me talk to someone other than that guy?"

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Ask for angela gomez shes great. or a recruiting supervisor.

that is BS cause i can home time.ANYWHERE i want. My friend who is from FL.just took home time in seattle and flew to Hawaii on her vacation cause it was cheaper than out of LA or san diego.

he i s probably really new

Diver Driver's Comment
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Ask for angela gomez shes great. or a recruiting supervisor.

that is BS cause i can home time.ANYWHERE i want. My friend who is from FL.just took home time in seattle and flew to Hawaii on her vacation cause it was cheaper than out of LA or san diego.

he i s probably really new

Yeah, what Rainy said. I live in Louisiana, and have taken home time in Ohio before. If you don't get the answers your looking for, check out Jim Palmer. They haul our freight, and are based out of Montana.

Michael J.'s Comment
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People hate to hear it but SWIFT. Btw Swift is a large stock share holder of Schneider and in the midst of a freight share with knight. Of course Kevin knight started with swift and his wife is a swift Daughter

So I have my permit and am looking to pick a company and/or school. But I've been very disappointed that the first two companies I've talked to (Schneider and Prime) have both said that I'd only be east of the Rockies in my first year. That's nearly a deal breaker for me ... a big part of why I want to do this is to see the country, and ruling out the prettiest parts kind of misses the point. Can anyone recommend a big companies that lets drivers do all 48 states in their first year?

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Ken C.'s Comment
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So I have my permit and am looking to pick a company and/or school. But I've been very disappointed that the first two companies I've talked to (Schneider and Prime) have both said that I'd only be east of the Rockies in my first year. That's nearly a deal breaker for me ... a big part of why I want to do this is to see the country, and ruling out the prettiest parts kind of misses the point. Can anyone recommend a big companies that lets drivers do all 48 states in their first year?

I'd say go with Prime Inc. I think they have the Best Training Program for a Newbie, You'll see and do more than any of the Recruiters tell you. They're only Trained to Recruit...! Sales, Load Planners and/or Dispatch will be the ones pointing your trucks direction...Be a dependable on time driver and you can go anywhere with Prime Inc.. I've been running OTR for 4 yrs now and see something new every trip I take even if it's on the same roads I've run 20 times before.

The most important aspect of Trucking is learning what to do and what not to do....Get your first yr done safely and then you'll have lots of options

Ken C.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Diver Driver's Comment
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As a matter of fact, I'm in Joysey right now and I just gotta pre plan for a trip out to Billings and Butte, Montana. I'm not a trainer, and I'm solo.

In the 2 years I've been solo I'm only missing Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont out of the lower 48.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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As a matter of fact, I'm in Joysey right now and I just gotta pre plan for a trip out to Billings and Butte, Montana. I'm not a trainer, and I'm solo.

In the 2 years I've been solo I'm only missing Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont out of the lower 48.

is that the pet food and supply load out of Millville? be sure to go to the address on the bills. the QC address is wrong, they moved. was not fun in 3 ft of snow.

and there was ONE washout on a farm like 60 miles east...up a hill arround a house. hahahha not fun. all others closed that day due to -30 temps. lol

Diver Driver's Comment
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As a matter of fact, I'm in Joysey right now and I just gotta pre plan for a trip out to Billings and Butte, Montana. I'm not a trainer, and I'm solo.

In the 2 years I've been solo I'm only missing Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont out of the lower 48.

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is that the pet food and supply load out of Millville? be sure to go to the address on the bills. the QC address is wrong, they moved. was not fun in 3 ft of snow.

and there was ONE washout on a farm like 60 miles east...up a hill arround a house. hahahha not fun. all others closed that day due to -30 temps. lol

Nope, got me a Sam Adams load with 2 stops. Irony...... Sam Adams was my favorite beer before I retired as the village drunken Idiot. I moved out of the village 9 years ago.... some will say I'm still an idiot though.

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