Profile For Jason J.

Jason J.'s Info

  • Location:
    Mustang, OK

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    5 months, 3 weeks ago

Jason J.'s Bio

Navy Veteran. Father of four. Looking for a new career and looking forward to starting another chapter in my life.

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Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Leaving Gov. job to OTR. Am I crazy?

Well Prime said they were going to wait to turn my application in internally because they have a 30 day limit on submission to orientation before they have to resubmit everything. Maverick said they'd hear something back on the 13th. TCM has accepted my application and offered me a position pending acquiring my permit. So it looks like it's between Prime and TMC. Both have their perks. I like Prime because I could switch divisions and still stay in the same company plus I like their facilities. TMC seems a little more, for lack of a better word, human. Less likely to just be another driver number and a little more focused on the home time when I want it. Decisions, decisions. First things first though, got to hit the books and schedule those writtens. good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Leaving Gov. job to OTR. Am I crazy?

Great response!! Thank you Rob. I’ve been reading through your other posts and went ahead and finished my application with Prime. It’s not the only iron in the fire but I’m definitely liking what I’m hearing. Keep up the good work!

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Anyhow, what kind of equipment do the Prime flatbed company drivers run? Have you published your experiences on here anywhere? Did you go into it wanting flatbed work and look at all the dedicated flatbed carriers before choosing Prime?

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As far as equipment, you run 48', spread axle, 53' movable axle, and 53' movable axle step deck trailers. Your primary securement equipment is 4" inch nylon straps that hook on one side of the trailer, over the load, then into a winch on the other side of the trailer. You will use chains to secure cargo such as steel coils, skid steers (Bobcats and Caterpillar), and structural steel. For chains, you use snap binders and ratchet binders instead of winches. It's just like it sounds. They load cargo on a flat trailer and you need to secure it so it 1) doesn't come off and become a road hazard or 2) doesn't kill YOU.

As far as cargo, pipe (pvc and steel), sheetrock, lumber, steel and aluminum coils, steel plate, coiled steel wire, electrical cable trays, equipment (skid steers, caterpillar tracks, large caterpillar engines and generators), electrical boxes, large AC units, building materials (NCI, MBCI, and Cornerstone), onions, bass boats, etc. One of my loads of red aluminum coils was delivered to the AB container division that they would turn into red beer cans.

I went into flatbed because there is not the waiting times you have for other types of cargo. In fact, it's the opposite. There is definitely more hurry up than waiting in flatbed. For example, the red aluminum coil load, when I called about their shipping and receiving times, when he thought I was a van driver, he said that I would need to stick to my original appointment time. When I told him I was delivering aluminum coils, his response was "you got red tap? You can come anytime, but we prefer daylight hours." Plus, flatbed freight volume is higher across the board than other types of freight. My average wait time for a new load is like 5 minutes.

I did look at TMC and Maverick, but chose Prime because of the reputation and the other types of freight in case I "washed out" of flatbed. There have been ups and downs, but for the most part I am content. I might explore different options within flatbed to avoid some of the OMFG securements that I've had.

Overall, I am making the money I expected. I have lost 20 lbs, and have seen some really great scenery across the country. I spent the day yesterday at Mt. Rushmore and surrounding areas.

Below is a picture of my truck at a county park delivery and then at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Leaving Gov. job to OTR. Am I crazy?

Lol. Love it

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I just kind of feel like I’d be drawn into the leasing on my own accord from the delusion of being an o/o someday or having a bit more say in what I spend my days in.

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That is an easy fix....i will show you my pay stubs vs the lease guys. Then show you videos of my students telling how shocked they were that may FM responds to all requests with 10/4. 😂 or "ok no prob"

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Leaving Gov. job to OTR. Am I crazy?

Sounds weird but that’s what what I love to hear. I kind of relate some of the flatbed work to working the flight deck of an aircraft carrier except only a couple hours a day instead of 12 on 12 off for 9 months any weather conditions. Lugging chocks and chains around, securing aircraft, periods of shear terror and excitement followed by a calm while you launch the planes with full ordnance and then wait for the planes to come back and seeing them return empty knowing you did you job. Even the little extra pride of ownership in the finished product of a properly secured and tarped load is enticing. I’m really looking for something more physically and mentally demanding than what the DoD has to to offer me anymore.

Anyhow, what kind of equipment do the Prime flatbed company drivers run? Have you published your experiences on here anywhere? Did you go into it wanting flatbed work and look at all the dedicated flatbed carriers before choosing Prime?

I'm in my rookie year in Prime flatbed division and can answer specific questions you may have.

As for as the physical challenges of flatbed I have had some of the most physically challenging and dangerous experiences of my life in my first year. So be mentally prepared for that.

I have two detailed diaries of training and my rookie solo year.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Leaving Gov. job to OTR. Am I crazy?

😂 thank you. I’ll definitely keep you in mind when I start to really look at prime again. I don’t think it’s the company pushing it, I just kind of feel like I’d be drawn into the leasing on my own accord from the delusion of being an o/o someday or having a bit more say in what I spend my days in.

Hi... I am a former postal.worker of a decade and a half...and a Prime company driver of almost 6 years...a team trainer and member of the Driver Advisory Board which meets with all levels of management to improve Prime for the drivers. We even meet with Prime owner Robert Low.

I can emphatically state without any reservation that you will NOT be forced into leasing. The lease push is a peer pressure from trainers and drivers....not Prime. Once you go company...your fleet manager will never ask you to switch because they would loose you as a driver to a lease fleet manager. So do not let that dissuade you from prime. I even use the "in going to go lease" as a threat to get what I want about once every 2 years when something frustrates me. Its a bluff... But efficient 😂

Any prime questions or problems I can help with so just ask.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Leaving Gov. job to OTR. Am I crazy?

Thanks you for the replies. As I talk to more and more recruiters and look into more companies the more excited I get and the less worried I get that I’m making a mistake. The fact that my pay is performance based for once is a huge check in the plus category for me. Haven’t found the one company that checks all the boxes to start with but I’ve come pretty close and since it’s my first, ultimately I’m just looking to get my feet wet and some solid experience. I plan on cashing out a wee bit of my 401k to supplement any loss of income and shed a few bills. So far I’m leaning towards TMC, Maverick, and Prime (in that order). I really think flatbed is gonna be my wheelhouse until my body starts to disagree. Also a lot of the energy industry out here is all flatbed/drop deck so if and when I’m ready for more home time a local outfit or even o/o is a little more feasible. TMC is percentage based so I’m a little leery of that (but looove the company trucks), and if I go Prime I feel like I’ll be sucked into the lease op side of things but, I do like the fact they have different divisions so I can get a little more well rounded resume.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Leaving Gov. job to OTR. Am I crazy?

I’ve been a civil servant for the Department of Defense for the last 12 years and been around aircraft in one way shape or form since I left for the Navy when I was 20. (22 years). Now I’ve been dead ended in my current pay series for a couple years and I’m just burnt out. My wife and I are separating and my kids are from a previous marriage and live 6 hours away with their mother so I’m no stranger to long drives and actually look forward to road trips to see them. I would easily say I’m an introvert and the nomadic trucking lifestyle doesn’t seem like too far a stretch for me at all. I’ve been around the world in the Navy and lived in Japan while I was in. Seeing more of the states is a big draw for me and my favorite video game I still play is American Truck Simulator with a full sim rig Eaton shifter and all lol. I’ve been pouring over any info I can get my hands on and am 99% sure OTR is the next phase of my life but would like to hear more opinions. Is moving on from a $55k rock steady gravy job for a life on the road totally asinine? I feel like I’m the only one who really knows that answer but 🤷‍♂️.

Second part of this post is about newbie companies. I’ve talked to a few headhunters and was leaning towards Prime until I spoke to Maverick today and they want to get me in the flatbed glass division. At this point I think flatbed is where I’d like to head overall with my career but until I’m licensed and grinding out the experience I know that’s subject to change. Are there any standout companies for the total new guy that I might be missing. I’ve talked CRST, Prime, and Maverick. I’m located in Oklahoma City.

P.S. Great site and thank you everyone I’m so glad I came across all this new info.

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