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Bud A.'s Comment
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After two weeks on the road with my instructor at Prime, I got my CDL on Tuesday. The TNT phase started Wednesday, hope to be in my own truck by early December. I've been doing flatbed and love it. Here are a few of the loads so far:

flatbed loaded with coils Suicide coils

flatbed loaded with drywall Drywall (it really sucks to tarp this stuff in 30 mph winds, but as another flatbedder said to me, "You just have to embrace the suck for an hour or two, then you're back in the cab.") Although this took two of us three hours to tarp, not one or two...

"flatbed loaded with shingles Shingles...easy peasy

flatbed loaded with styrofoam What 3200 pounds of styrofoam looks like..great for MPG, but easily damaged and it wanted to creep back on the trailer from the wind, so more worrisome than steel coils

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.

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 14¢ 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.

Old School's Comment
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Bud, thanks for the photos!

I'vd always loved the variety in flat-bed, it keeps your days interesting. I have to agree with you on those Styrofoam sheets though. At least with a steel coil you can tie that thing down so that you know it's not going anywhere. Those crazy Styrofoam sheets will be ruined if you tie them down tight enough so that they can't move around. I always make extra stops to check on those things - one time I had a fifty three foot trailer filled with them and when I made my first load check I discovered that within the first fifty miles the two stacks on the back of the trailer had moved back and were now hanging off the back of the trailer by a foot! They didn't move any more after I re-worked the straps on them, but the two top sheets were ruined when I got them where they were going.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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After two weeks on the road with my instructor at Prime, I got my CDL on Tuesday. The TNT phase started Wednesday, hope to be in my own truck by early December. I've been doing flatbed and love it. Here are a few of the loads so far:

tmp_17184-0925141031538722598_zps2e19f8c Suicide coils

tmp_17184-0930141529-1846011156_zpscf76e Drywall (it really sucks to tarp this stuff in 30 mph winds, but as another flatbedder said to me, "You just have to embrace the suck for an hour or two, then you're back in the cab.") Although this took two of us three hours to tarp, not one or two...

"tmp_17184-1004141801a-433333748_zps9a251 Shingles...easy peasy

tmp_17184-1008141632566626297_zpsa478d12 What 3200 pounds of styrofoam looks like..great for MPG, but easily damaged and it wanted to creep back on the trailer from the wind, so more worrisome than steel coils

Welcome to the wonderful world of skateboarding. Tony Hawk has nothing on us.

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.

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 14¢ 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.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Man has it been busy lately. Not even time to snap a few photos... Hauling gravel in with a bellydump to the asphalt plant and then my first time hauling asphalt to the job site. Interesting but also a lot of waiting.

Now on Thursday I was sooo busy.... Load 1 paver moving 30 miles... Load 2 983 CAT loader Moving that same 30 miles.... Load 3 9' wide ingersol rand roller back to the shop 80 miles... Load 4 Move the paver back to where I picked it up that morning.... Load 5 move the CAT loader back to where I picked it up that morning..... Load 5 Volvo roller Home for the night and delivered to Billings the next day 250 miles. Yep used every minute of my 14 on this day.

Yesterday one load of a small case loader only took 3 hours to get back...

Today a CAT d6 60 miles and a John Deere 860 dozer back..... they were swapping dozers. Not normally an issue but this was over Flesher pass between Helena and Lincoln MT. There are some corners where you need the other lane and I am 12' wide to begin with. Oh and some genius thought it would be a good idea to put the guard rail about 1' from the white line.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Like I said in the previous post... Kinda hectic right now. Today I moved a loader and a paver then I went and got loaded for tomorrow. Did not even have time to take pics of the loader or paver....

loaded cement boxes on lowboy flatbed trailerloaded cement boxes on lowboy flatbed trailer

Bud A.'s Comment
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Here's some recent loads.

flatbed loaded with eye-to-the-sky vertical steel coils

Eye to the sky steel coils

Prime flatbed loaded with structural steel

Structural steel from Laredo to just outside Chicago.

I've had a lot of fun driving through mountains in Colorado and Arizona and got to visit some interesting sites.

beautiful sky in Collegiate Peaks near Salida Colorado

Collegiate Peaks near Salida Colorado...

flatbed loaded and strapped with bags of rocks

...where we picked up 48000 pounds of rocks that we delivered in Missouri.

flatbed loaded with steel tank parts near the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona

Steel parts for a giant tank they're building at a plant near the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona.

Kaibab National Forest in Arizona

Had a funny discussion with my trainer about what constitutes a "forest."

Pat M.'s Comment
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Here's some recent loads.

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Eye to the sky steel coils

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Structural steel from Laredo to just outside Chicago.

I've had a lot of fun driving through mountains in Colorado and Arizona and got to visit some interesting sites.

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Collegiate Peaks near Salida Colorado...

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...where we picked up 48000 pounds of rocks that we delivered in Missouri.

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Steel parts for a giant tank they're building at a plant near the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona.

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Had a funny discussion with my trainer about what constitutes a "forest."

Now that is some variety! What, Missouri does not have it's own rocks? I know it sounds funny but we have hauled ballast for the railroad because it was granite and anything else used on the track bedding just turns to dust. Not just any gravel will work.

I hear you about the national forest thing. When I was in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, they designated a national forest because of some trees that some Russians planted like 100+ years ago... There was a grand total of 20 trees.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Missouri does not have round white smooth rocks, apparently.

Here's some recent loads:

steel coils loaded on flatbed trailer

Aluminized steel coils. These things shredded two tarps even with blankets over them. Other drivers at the receiver said the same thing. I wonder if anyone makes Kevlar blankets cheap?

flatbed loaded and tarped

Tubing from Texas to Arkansas....wrapped the way Old School says it should be, like a Christmas present. Notice the new tarps? They're kind of pricey, glad I didn't have to pay for them, but I feel bad for my trainer who does have to.

flatbed loaded with rail car suspension parts

Rail car suspension parts from St. Louis to Eagle Pass, Texas. Interesting factory where we picked up, I had never really thought about where that stuff comes from before.

Bud A.'s Comment
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It's been busy..hopefully only one more week of TNT before I upgrade. I think Pat's internet got frozen in Montana, or I would wait to post more in his thread. I love the crazy stuff in his photos.

plastic pvc pipe loaded and strapped on flatbed

Plastic tubing...can't even remember where we got it or delivered it to...I'm old.

Caterpillar parts loaded on flatbed

Caterpillar accessories from Kansas to Wisconsin. Got my first snow driving there. Fun times.

steel tubing loaded on flatbed trailer

More steel tubing, Chicago to LA.

industrial fan loaded on flatbed trailer

A big a** industrial fan, Kentucky to Laredo.

I really have been enjoying flatbed work...but only a little when the tarps are frozen stiff and can't be rolled lol.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

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 14¢ 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.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Bud, good to hear from ya! I laughed when I saw that tubing that you picked up in Chicago - been there many times - gotta love some of those places. I don't go there anymore now that I'm running a dedicated account for SAPA. I'm staying real busy at this new job.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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