Profile For Randall H

Randall H's Info

  • Location:
    Lima, OH

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    9 years, 11 months ago

Randall H's Bio

Born and raised in Lima, Ohio area. Have lived in Virginia, New York, Idaho, Florida, and Alabama.

Apr 28 - Called Prime and applied online.

Apr 30 - Approved to attend training at Prime.

May 3 - Passed CDL Permit tests including Tanker and HAZMAT endorsements.

May 10 - Got on bus to go to Prime in Springfield, Mo.

May 12 - Started orientation.

May 19 - Started CDL training phase (PSD).

Jun 7 - Passed CDL exam with TRIFECTA!!!

Aug 14 - Started driving solo

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Posted:  8 years, 2 months ago

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Going to train second student, my son.

Thanks guys. He's doing well in his first week on the road. He's driven all of it since we left Prime last Saturday except 1 hour because he ran out his 11 on his first day! Lol. He knew his pretrip 100% before leaving. We still need to do the parallel and alley dock but we're right on target for his trifecta.

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Tax deduction worksheets etc. for trucking

I assume this is for owner operator or lease? If you work as a driver for a company (employee) then can you still deduct some expenses?

Yes but not on the schedule C for businesses. It's on your deductions and only amounts over a threshold actually don't get taxed, but keep track of them. Refrigerator, supplies, tools, cell phone, navigation, etc. Anything that you pay for that's required to do your job.

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Going to train second student, my son.

Last year I trained my first student who trifecta'd and is now in his own truck making good money. That was to raise money to buy my Thermo King apu. Mission accomplished. Wasn't gonna do it again but it's my son. He's preparing for orientation the first of February. It's more than the license and miles. I teach managing time, trip planning, HOS, hustling, and professionalism.

I've done quite well with Prime and look forward to my son coming onboard.

GO PACKEYES TRUCKING!!!

Posted:  8 years, 3 months ago

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Bunk Heaters vs APU's???

I have both and like that I don't have to idle my engine, bringing on more inefficient engine hours and the need for regens. Plus I can leave my apu running in standby when away from the truck, like visiting relatives. Plus my apu maintains a modest temperature on my truck coolant during very cold times so my engine never starts from dead cold which helps the batteries too. I love it.

Laws pertaining to truck idling may have exceptions pertaining to trucks with living spaces on them. I'd love to hear a judge tell me I can't heat or air condition my home, risking freezing or heat stroke. Do they turn their utilities off to be green? Not!

Posted:  8 years, 10 months ago

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C.R. England Commercial Learner’s Permit Holders Can Drive Without CDL Holder In Front Seat

This is just plain stupid. And the shortage is phony. Short compared to what? If the shortage was real as many profess the rates would be much higher. False claim to bolster things like this and government financing. Phony bolony

C.R. England Commercial Learner’s Permit Holders Can Drive Without CDL Holder In Front Seat

The FMCSA has granted an exemption that will allow C.R. England commercial learner’s permit holders to drive without a CDL holder accompanying them in the front seat.

C.R. England applied for the exemption as a way to combat the driver shortage. For the next two years, as long as a student has a commercial learner’s permit and has passed a CDL skills test, he or she is allowed to drive team for C.R. England with a driver trainer who is not required to be in the front seat.

C.R. England says that the exemption will allow them to run team operations until the student can make it to his or her home state to receive a temporary CDL. According to a statement from the FMCSA, C.R. England says that the exemption will “allow these drivers to operate in a way that benefits the driver, the carrier, and the economy as a wholewithout any detriment to safety.”

OOIDA has spoken out against the exemption, saying that it is a step back and that it will require additional training for law enforcement.

Posted:  9 years ago

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Choose Prime over Swift

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I have a cdl ,but it's been a few years, would I have to do the 10,000 miles with Prime or the 30,000 with the trainer? Thanks for all great info.

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A refresher course of which I'm not sure how many miles Prime would want. Just call a recruiter and they'll tell you the scoop. Good luck.

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Loving it......checking back in.

Where are you trainIng? How far along are you?

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Loving it......checking back in.

It's been a long time since I logged in here. I completed my Prime training and started driving solo last August 14. The more I do this the more I love it. It fits me perfectly at this point in my life.

I've logged 85000 miles since going solo. I do not take big chunks of time off. Until this week I've never taken more than 2 consecutive days off. Many times I'm able to stop and visit in route. I've seen my parents more this way than I ever did before. My family has been great with it once they realized it was not some degrading job.

This week I'm completing the training so I can be an instructor. I'm going to do both phases.

Posted:  9 years, 10 months ago

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TRIFECTA BABY!!

CONGRATS! Having that behind us is an awesome feeling. Well done!

I agree about the "sucking it up".........for the most part. There are some things that do NOT have to be tolerated because they are told to both the instructor and the student BEFORE going out. I will "suck it up" when it comes to the petty things that come with the territory, but I will not be grossly mistreated, I will not tolerate someone who does not bathe, and I will not tolerate unsafe driving practices that jeopardize my safety. However, I will NOT argue with the trainer. I will DISCUSS it and if it cannot be done so with mutual respect and maturity then I will contact my dispatcher and request to be put with a human being who honors that there is another human being involved that deserves theses fundamental things.

Being a trainee does NOT equate to being the trainer's door mat or servant. Respecting his rig and gig is one thing, but that does not mean we have to forfeit the basics, not any more than if I were reporting to any other job. Yes I need to abide by the rules and do my duties, but that does not open the door to my employer abusing my human rights. And as TNT trainees, we are as ASSET to that trucker. We make it possible for them to make MORE MONEY. They are an ASSET to us. We get the miles and added knowledge we need. It's a mutual business deal and should be treated as such between two mature adults. That's the way I'm moving forward with it and that will be discussed BEFORE we leave Prime, Inc.

Posted:  9 years, 10 months ago

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Pleased to announce...... Exam today........TRIFECTA!!!

Great job Randy! I had high hopes for you after seeing how well you absorbed all the information when you were watching me and Ken practice on the pad. I hope I gave you a huge jump start with that!

I hope you do well with your TNT trainer, remember there are hordes of trainers that are looking for a student, sometimes for months, so if you don't like yours you can easily get a new one. Don't force yourself to suffer during this phase.

Yes Daniel, that time on the pad helped me more than you might have thought. My confidence level went up that day. Thank you for that, your knowledge, encouragement, and example. I'll keep the updates coming.

Be blessed and be safe.

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