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Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Bio

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Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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The restaurant in TA/Petro that offers second plate

Country kitchen

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Whats a Rookie to bring

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I have had to buy my own shower a couple of times when my trainer didn't want to use a shower credit to have a shower.

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Are you kidding me!!!

No. He may not be a shower often kinda guy but he hasn't taken a dump in a bucket yet. rofl-3.gif

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Whats a Rookie to bring

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Now when it comes to sleeping i put my bags on the passenger seat so that i have my whole bunk free.

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That makes sense to me. I've been wondering why more than one person has mentioned that you have to sleep with your luggage. Any reason for that?

I dont think there is any more reason other than they just didnt think of it. You will have to stow your bags on your bunk in such a way though that they wont fly forward and become missiles in the event thst you or your trainer has to brake hard. He or she should show you how to do this as soon as you get on board. I stow mine at the head and foot of my bunk behind the cabinets when we're (i'm)driving.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Traffic Warning; Kicking Myself!

Yeah being in PSD doesnt give me a whole lot of free time these days. I test out on monday and if all goes well i will be going into phase 2 or TNT training after that. I have a pretty good trainer in the big scope of things. Ive learned a lot from him and will learn a lot more. I have to admit though i have taught him a thing ot two from what ive learned on here. Its been fun showing him how to save time using the split sleeper rule and making appointment times he didnt think we could make because of itsmile.gif

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Whats a Rookie to bring

Hey guys I'm currently in the late stages of PSD training with PRIME . I go to test out for my cdl next monday. Ive been on my trainers truck for about 4 weeks now and i will be with him for about 6 more once we go TNT. I can give you a bit of advice on packing because my trainer has given me no room on the truck to store my stuff so it all has to fit in my duffle bags. First its a good idea to bring about 7 pairs of underwear. You wont change them everyday but i do change at least every other day. This will last you a good two weeks between laundry days. Plenty of socks and t shirts as well. Pants about 4 or 5 pairs should be fine. Again you will wear them for more than one day at a time. I happen to like polo shirts for comfort and professional appearance and have about 7 of them in different colors. They are all lightweight and dry easily for the odd time i may get a little warm and sweat. You will want a good pair of gloves for work and cold weather as well as a pair of rubber gloves for fueling. I also have a lightweight jacket that is very warm for the odd time when the weather changes and it gets chilly out. Now when it comes to sleeping i put my bags on the passenger seat so that i have my whole bunk free. Its a pretty small space so dont crowd it by trying to sleep with your duffle bags. I usually get up before my trainer and get going on my pretrip while he is getting dressed so i am ready to roll by the time he is finally dressed. I usually wear a pair of slip on leather shoes or sometimes if it's warm and im wearing shorts i will wear sneakers but most times its my leather loafers. I have yet to visit a shipper or receiver who requires boots must less steel toes but follow your company guidelines on this. I usually do laundry about every other week and i try and shower every other day. Sometimes this is not possible but i try to stick to it whether my trainer does or doesnt. I have had to buy my own shower a couple of times when my trainer didn't want to use a shower credit to have a shower. I dont consider this a big deal as i have a pretty good trainer in the big scope of things. Hope this helps take out some of the mystery as to what it may be like being on the road with a trainer.

Posted:  4 years, 3 months ago

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Traffic Warning; Kicking Myself!

Bit of advice for you from a retired cop. If you EVER get pulled over and the officer asks you ,"do you know why i pulled you over"? ALWAYS say, "no officer, i have no idea." Always Make the officer explain why he pulled you over. Saying yes means you basically just admitted you knowingly committed a violation. Answering no and making the officer explain his reason for pulling you over makes him/her have to state the probable cause they needed to stop you. I admit you got off easy with a warning but if the cop wanted to be a "richard" he could have cited you for speeding AND probably cited you knowingly using a defective vehicle. Like i said, i am a retired cop and there are plenty of good guys behind the badge but there are also plenty of not so nice guys. Dont ever give up your rights by not knowing them.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

I leave for Prime training tomorrow. I hope I'm not sitting long past orientation.

Right now the waiting period is about a week. You will be joing about 100 others this week. We still have about 30 or 40 PSD students waiting on instructors.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

Folks, Decou has been here for awhile. Sitting on the sidelines warming the bench for awhile

Just HAD to rub that in, didnt ya??rofl-3.gif

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Just saw the Story about the Utah Trucker

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If they are tied up or even drugged it can easily go unnoticed for months. Bathing is not an issue.

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Yea... Not for truckers at least.

Trust me brother, it doesnt seem to be an ussue for students either. Some if these folks who im in class with are already getting a headstart. wtf.gif

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Inc and sleep apnea

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Is that an expense thay they cover up front and you pay it back when you go solo or is that out of pocket? Do you know of you can do the test somewhere else prior to going to Prime? I'm looking at going to Prime training in August. I'm hoping to lose a bunch of weight prior to leaving but need a backup plan just in case. It seems like they are hustling people. That's my fear. Showing up and not being able to afford the study and then get sent home where I already quit my job.

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Any one have an answer to the payment question?

IF you get slated for a sleep study it works like this. You will get a 2 month med card instead of two year. You will NOT take your sleep exam until you finish your training period buy you WILL have to take it and get the results BEFORE you test for your CDL. The test costs $625 to the driver. Prime pays the almost $2400 balance. Yeah,you read that right. A sleep test costs about $3000. Still think Prime is out to screw their drivers then why would they pick up almost 3/4 of the cost of the test?? They WANT Safe drivers, bottom line. If you are shown to have sleep apnea you will be required by Prime to buy a cpap machine. If you pass then you only pay the $625 and again its taken out in small weekly amounts over the course of a year. The cost of both the test AND the machine are taken out in small weekly amounts over the course of a year. Now what will get you slated for a sleep study you ask?? Your BMI. 39 and above, BAM! Sleep study. So if your concerned, start losing weight NOW. My only beef with this is that i think EVERYONE should be required to undergo a sleep study because weight alone is not the only risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. Anyone could have it and not even exhibit the risk factors. Let me assure you, Prime is not "hustling" anyone. They want their drivers alert and safe. Put it this way. If your coming into this industry broke or low on cash then Prime may not be the best company for you. Prime require its drivers to purchase a LOT of equipment. Locks, load locks, tarps,straps,chains,etc...those are ALL on the driver to purchase. Now that being said,when you leave, its yours to keep, but you WILL be required to buy it. And you will NOT be making any income, other than an advance of $200/week while you are a student to eat. You do not earn an income until you pass your CDL and get hired,so just keep that in mind. Prime is a good company but its not the place to start if you need money NOW!!

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

I decided not to document my orientation time just mainly due to the fact that its been so well documented already. This number of students isnt typical and i would guess that by the end of the month it should be a little more back to normal. I WILL however give ANYONE who is set on coming to PRIME this advice. Get your permit BEFORE you get on that bus. Go to your local physician and get a DOT physical before you get your permit. Guys and gals, I cannot tell you how much stress this will take off of your already stressful period here during your orientation. We lost at least 25 students today because they could not pass their permit tests. And you have three tries to pass and these guys and gals simply could not cram in enough knowledge on top of everything else that was going on to absorb it all. Do yourselves a favor and start studying now if you haven't already. If you have that permit and you self certify which means you get a DOT medical card before you take and pass your permit exam you will be MILES ahead of those that dont. Orientation will be a cakewalk for you. If you get your physical and permit before you come to Prime you will not be required to transfer your permit to Missouri. If you dont you will have to waste time going to the dmv to have it done and spending money needlessly.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Prime Inc and sleep apnea

This is nothing more than smoke and mirrors, and a ton of BS. Just another way for Prime to shake down drivers for more money. Imagine how many drivers per day they run through their so called "Orientation mill." That is a lot of $$$$$$$.

Let the drivers sleep when they need,and not keep them up all day and expect them to drive all night. Its that simple!

If you havent been to Prime then you have no basis for your comment. I am currently ay Prime and have been slated for the sleep apnea test due to my weight. I have mo problem with this as i am confident that i will pass but if i dont and i need a cpap then i will get it. The number of students that i have seen falling asleep in class and in front of the computers doi.h cbt's is frightening. Know what they ALL have in common?? They're ALL overweight.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

Wow...how do they manage to teach/deal with a 100 new boots all at once...? I was wanting to go to a smaller school/classes but Prime is on my SHORT SHORT list because of the LW trucks and extra nickel per mile but mostly because I think they have more to offer in terms of freight so I can stay put for long time. How many of the current class are likely to make it to the finish line...?

Thanks for the question. My understanding is that the situation with the high number of new students is mainly due to the bad weather recently. A lot of people couldnt get here when they were supposed to and once the roads cleared and buses started running it was all hands on deck. My understanding is the usual class number is about 40-60 students per orientation class. Prime is being good about dealing with this overflow but we have students from orientation classes from two weeks ago still waiting on instructors so its a first come-first served basis so all of us FNG's are just having to suck it up and be patient. This is already starting to take its toll on some people who are starting to complain quite vocally regardless of who is around. I dont expext those persons to be here much longer. Im especially happy i got my permit and DOT before i got here because other than the first day of getting my U/A, physical and interview and finishing up my cbt by 10 am yesterday morning i have had LOADS of free time. Today we started intro to pre trip. I can tell you this. If i had not spent the better part of the last year studying the pretrip guide i would be just as lost as most of the people in my class. But im not. I know what the instructor is talking about the first time he says it. Now i dont say that to brag on my self. I say that to highlight what a great learning tool we have here. As far as how many students do i expect to make it. I think a liberal number would be about 50%. There are people here who are just not cut out for this lifestyle. You can see it already. Theyre either ****ing amd moaning about having to stand in line for two hours for a pee test or their complaining because we arent already on a truck and driving. Its obvious the majority of them did NO research about how Prime runs their training program. All they saw was rookie driver gets paid $.38 a mile. And others simply dont have the literate skills to pass the permit test. Its perplexing to see how many people couldnt even follow simple instructions on how to properly fill out the mountain of paperwork we had to get through. So, no i dont think many of them are going to be here by the end of the week for the reasons ive listed and other reasons. I mean,there were guys that came to school and had to make a stop in Colorado. There was a pot shop near the bus station. Do you know what these idiots did??? Went and got high. Why?? Because it was legal to do so in Colorado. Guess who is going to be the first guys out the door when the U/A results come back?? My other piece of advice is this. If you are desperate for money and need to start earning now, Dont come to Prime.I say that not to be mean, but again you will not start earning money until you are hired. You will not be hired until you pass your CDL. You will not even get the opportunity to test for your CDL for 4-6weeks. Sorry for the long winded answer to your short question but i hope its been helpful.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

Hey Mongo and Roadkill...I'm at Prime right now with Jeff..he is here completing his upgrade and waiting for our truck...I will have a Prime visitor badge on..the difference is the chain and the background is gray...if you see me please do not hesitate to say hi!! smile.gif

Hey Freespirit. Im in PSD right now. Im enjoying it but we're pretty slammed with the number of new students. Almost 100 in my class alone. If i see you i will certainly say hi. If you see me please say hi,too.

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

I think Prime is a great company. My instructor is a company driver. He wants to be my tent trainer also. I should roll back to Springfield the week of the week 10th to Springfield to get my cal test and Lic.

Hope to see you there...I start orientation on the 10th.. any idea about why they moved up orientation to Monday from Tuesday???

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Wondering about showers

Haha..Yeah, I'm lurking around here, too...There were a couple of the TS's that I was in and out of last year that DID have a separate shower area for the ladies...not the rule, generally, but they are there...and yes, all of the shower's that I was in were very clean..

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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CDL Training Materials Test

That's why you gotta read those question very carefully...Brett designed the program to make you have to pay very close attention to the details...because guess what...that's attention to detail will come in very handy on the road.. glad you were able to figure it out..good-luck.gif

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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CDL Training Materials Test

Check to see if Oregon's legal weight isn't 12,000 lbs.? It doesn't matter what your tires are rated for if the state limit is lower, you have to go by the lowest weight limit..

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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Tips for Time Management

GREAT advice, Woody and Great article, too, Brett..I think a lot of drivers, especially rookies think you need to be "on duty" all the time and that costs them when it comes to hours....You're absolutely right about using line 2 as much as possible and about trying to get as close to your shipper or receiver as possible before you shut down for the night...

Posted:  4 years, 4 months ago

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My update with Prime Inc.

Here is probably a silly question for Daniel B. or anybody really......what is an LW truck in relation to a full size truck that you mentioned?

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LW means Light Weight...they are almost exclusively Freightliners...they have a somewhat smaller sleeper and use a lot more aluminum and fiberglass in their construction, thus saving several thousand pounds of weight off the GVW of the truck so you can load the trailer heavier and still be legal..

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