Roehl Or Prime???

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CortaroAz.'s Comment
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Which one of these have you heard is better.. Got my pre hire from Roehl and decided to apply at Prime to see what they say.. What you all think?? Be Safe Out There Merry Christmas Allgood-luck.gif

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Which one of these have you heard is better.. Got my pre hire from Roehl and decided to apply at Prime to see what they say.. What you all think?? Be Safe Out There Merry Christmas Allgood-luck.gif

Does not really matter which one you go with. It just depends on which one better fits what you are looking for.

I personally have been with Prime since Oct 2011. They have treated me very well. Have always heard good things about Roehl as well.

Ernie

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

CortaroAz.'s Comment
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Does Prime let you drive ur Rig home on your hometime?. Do you know what kind of training they have for people graduating from a CDL School?

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.
Josh E.'s Comment
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Who'd you end up going with Cortaro?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Who'd you end up going with Cortaro?

Don't go with a specific company just because someone else went with them. His needs are different than yours.

The real difference between the two is hometime and pay. Roehl has the best hometime policy in the industry for OTR companies, Prime has the typical policy of 1 day off per week. But remember you're not earning money at home.

Want to be home more? Roehl.

Want to make more? Prime

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.

Josh E.'s Comment
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Well, those were two companies I was really looking at, also H.O. Wolding, Navajo, and Knight. But, it looks like I'll be going with Cargo Transporters once I get my CDL on the 8th (Hopefully! lol)

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.
Conservative's Comment
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I am having the same question . I considered another company but was enlightened by some members of this forumn. I then considered flatbed, but after watching YouTube and reading, I THINK (emphasis) that I want to go refrigerated. Roehl and prime are two of my choices. Home time isn't a priority with me, but quality of training and compensation are priorities. Are there any other companies I should consider?

Tractor Man's Comment
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I am having the same question . I considered another company but was enlightened by some members of this forumn. I then considered flatbed, but after watching YouTube and reading, I THINK (emphasis) that I want to go refrigerated. Roehl and prime are two of my choices. Home time isn't a priority with me, but quality of training and compensation are priorities. Are there any other companies I should consider?

This forum is full of happy Prime Reefer Drivers. Prime also has a Flatbed Division. One of our members, "Turtle" just completed his Flatbed training and seems happy as a pig in mud! Check out his Training Diary on this Site. "Rainy D" has posted her Prime experiences extensively here as well. I'm sure they will both chime in soon.

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Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I am having the same question . I considered another company but was enlightened by some members of this forumn. I then considered flatbed, but after watching YouTube and reading, I THINK (emphasis) that I want to go refrigerated. Roehl and prime are two of my choices. Home time isn't a priority with me, but quality of training and compensation are priorities. Are there any other companies I should consider?

Wil-Trans, or Jim Palmer could be good fits, too. They are Prime "sub contractors." Both are under the same corporate umbrella, and run their training identically. Wil-Trans will mainly hire from the Eastern half of the states, and Jim Palmer the Western half. Wil-Trans is currently at the top of my list for company sponsored training.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

David's Comment
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Hi all, I'm new to the Forum. Wanting to ask this same question as the OP, but I am inquiring based on the salary that they give you during your training.

Even though I want to train, I have to still support myself fully with whatever they are paying me. So if anyone can advise who pays more from day 1 during this training.

I heard that Prime only lends you $200 per week until you get your CDL. Is this offer better than what Roehl has?

Thanks.

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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