Profile For Ken C.

Ken C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Huntersville, NC

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 9 months ago

Ken C.'s Bio

Im a O/O leased on to Mercer Transportation. I Love the lifestyle of a OTR Driver and Thrive on running Coast to Coast and being Self Dispatched. I Own & Drive a 2015 International Prostar with a Cummins ISX15, 10 spd trans, 425 HP, 3.25 running gear and Idle Free APU.

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Posted:  6 months ago

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Newbie looking for national OTR

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.

Posted:  1 year, 6 months ago

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RAINY D. KIDNAPPED ME. These stories and more on FAKENEWS NETWORK.

I used to keep a Fridge on the upper bunk as well until I started training...

Ken C

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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Any teams at Prime running over 5000 miles? How about others?

Don't know many guys at Prime getting good miles (5000 +) or revenue right now...they seem to be really slow but things will pick up again once the Snow Starts falling...Oct to Feb were my best months...

Ken C.

Posted:  1 year, 11 months ago

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How much a owner operator can make

Take the Advice....Learn to Drive the Truck and for Sure make SURE you want this Lifestyle...A good company driver can make almost as much money as Lease Operator or a Owner Operator without many of the risks, I know, I've done all 3 and currently have my Own Truck signed on to a small fleet and while it's working out for me in the Big Picture of trucking I try to run smarter than ever now because I pay all the bills....!

Best thing you can do is run at least a few yr's for a Major Carrier and learn how the industry works, the freight lanes, the cost of being in business then decide what path to take..Like I said it works for me but I never wanted to take Home Time and I enjoy the lifestyle but you need more knowledge and experience before thinking about jumping in as a O/O's

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Officer, you're going to have to move!

HAHAHA, Daniel B, I bet you enjoyed, NO, I know you enjoyed being able to Tell the Police to Move it...:)

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Need info. on prime recruiters

Filled out the app. over a week ago called a dozen times and left half as many messages over a 2 week period, talked to her 3 times. Ill stick with it if that is the case, thanks for the reply.

The recruiters are always busy..just hang in there and know this, it gets easier.... Prime Inc. has a good training program so it's worth it.

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Made a stupid mistake now what?

You should be ok when you apply for another job just put it down as a incident... sucks you got within 3 weeks of a 1 yr safety award and had it happen

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Prime Inc

Can anyone recommend a Prime Inc (TNT) trainer? Thanks in advance

Are you at Prime now and looking...I know several plus am one myself

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Anybody at Prime waiting for a PSD/TNT Trainer...?

Hi Ken. I'm starting at Orientation this coming Monday, April 4th. Not sure if you're looking for PSDs or just TNTs. Also, my heart is set on flatbed...does it even matter what you train on during the PSD phase? Or only for TNT?

I've read through some of your posts here, and you're obviously a helpful guy. So I'm interested, if you are. If not, no offense taken.

PSD is all the same the TNT is when you want to be learning the Flat-bedding or Reefer stuff

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Anybody at Prime waiting for a PSD/TNT Trainer...?

My current Co-Driver " JOPA" is probably going to upgrade to a Solo Truck in the next few days so I may be looking for a new Student

Ken C

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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What's this "BlueBloodhound" thing?

Hi Todd, Thanks for the info

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Well, coming home from Prime

Ahh sorry to hear about that but look on the bright side you didn't fail and aren't out of the Process for Long

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Leasing a truck a requirement for employment as a driver ?

NO pressure to lease at Prime in the beginning, middle or end...;)

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Once assigned a truck

Well, Josh, I got to choose for my first truck. Either a KW T660 or some Volvo.

The second time around, I had to wait a day before only one was available. That was luck - I got moved up to a KW T680.

It all depends ....

Hey Errol V. how do you like the 680...?

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Freight has been slow my friends

Thanks guys. My wife and I are going to get into the biz, that is for sure. I sometimes have a case of nerves, but I get over it quickly. Going 4-6 weeks without a paycheck is a little scary, but after next week, we should have things lined up to where we can survive and stay focused on learning. Thanks for the positive words and energy.

Check out Prime Inc....With Us you only have to go about 3 weeks while in the PSD phase and once you pass the CDL-A Test you are Hired, on the payroll, guaranteed $700 a week while TNT training...Most TNT training lasts 10-12 weeks and then you can upgrade into your own truck and make real money either solo or team, company or lease

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Freight has been slow my friends

Hope my post aren't coming off as bad. I just know I'm not coming in as a "good" driver. But my wife and I are ready to bust our butts to become great drivers.

Hi Sam, I would say now is the best time to come get started in the industry so you can become one of the Good Drivers all the Trucking Companies are looking for...!

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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GREAT NEWS!!!

Welcome to the Prime Family....!

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Prime Employees

Hey ken, that's the figures for a sold driver right? Because the lightweight trucks have only one seat... they told me if I wanted to I could have a new seat put in for a rider

Yes those are the current figures for a Solo Driver in light weight truck here at Prime....If you asked for a Condo Truck the pay will be about .39 cents a mile.

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Walmart or Miller Transporters?

I've gotten 2 offers one from Walmart as a company driver @ $82,000/yr gross and another from Miller Transporters, family owned tanker business out of Jackson, MS, as an O/O @ $175,000 gross w/ potential up to $225,000. Seen stubs to verify Miller, but as for Walmart this is just from their website. I'm 52 y/o and would like this to be my last job before retirement. How should I go about making my decision? Miller is 35 mi from my house, which should be no problem as an O/O, I could drive my truck home, but Walmart job is 200 mi away.

I would take the Walmart Job and retire from there

Ken C.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Prime Employees

Hi all,

I'm new to this and looking into going to a company that pays for school but also has good pay after... Prime in my opinion seems to be the best so far... I am going to put my application in soon. Any way what is your guys opinion on the pay, the recruiter said it's .445 for reefer, .465 for tanker... is this true?

Hi Domnic D. It's True those are the Base Rates for Company Drivers in lightweight trucks...You can also make up to 6 cents a mile for fuel savings bonus. Ken C.

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