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Posted:  8 years, 4 months ago

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Questions about Prime - Lease vs Company Drivers

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Does anybody know anything about the 1 man tractors Prime offers? The web page says that Prime pays more if you drive this tractor, that it only has a drivers seat (no passenger) and that the bunk space is smaller.

Any pics of the the two tractors side by side? Are they so small they are claustrophobic (lol) do they have an APU?

just curious, as I am considering Prime, and may not mind doing the smaller rig.

Are they more prone to break downs? Are they governed lower? Are they more prone to being affected by the heavy trailer?

Any insight is appreciated.

Thanks

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I'm pretty sure you're talking about a lightweight truck that only Prime offers. It comes with a passenger seat, but 90% of the drivers take it out for the extra space. So it's technically not just a 1-seat truck.

The short description of them is they basically weigh a lot less than your traditional truck. The bunk is smaller, it doesn't come with any cabinets or storage closets. It's just the front driving area and a bed. They are made with lighter materials. The thing is, these can haul up to 49k of freight, meanwhile I can only haul up to 44k of freight. That's a huge difference to the customer.

They are not more prone to breakdowns, in fact, every single one they have is brand new. They are governed at 57mph.

And they are not more prone to be affected by a heavy trailer. I'm not really sure what you mean by that too be honest. Basically, they can haul *more* weight than the traditional full sized truck.

For pictures just google "Freightliner Cascadia Lightweight Truck" and then google "Freightliner Cascadia Fullsize Truck". You'll immediately notice the difference. The average pay for a rookie is roughly .28cpm, on a lightweight truck the pay is .41cpm. Huge difference financially.... If you can deal with the extremely limited space.

Hey, I have driven a light weight truck for a year in the refer division. I was paid .35 ct a mile right off the back when I was done with the tnt program. I was given lots of miles and had to deal with lots of pain in the rear location and people. But hey that is part of the job, now I am in the tanker division of Prime getting paid .44 ct a mile. My truck was governed at 59mph with out the cruse control...with cruse control up to 62mph. But the only bad thing about it is that the rpms are also governed so when you hit a hill. You will lose all of your speed and you will have to down shift to 9th or even down to 7th gear... Wish you the best in Prime..

Posted:  8 years, 10 months ago

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Back again...with new problems

Hello Everyone,

It has been some time since I last posted. I am going into my 8th month as a solo driver with Prime and I have come to that point that every driver hates. My truck broke down on me 3 times already and all 3 times has been for the same thing. It a derate problem all 3 lights - check engine, stop engine, engine and the one light on the furl gauge for the def. The tank for the def reads full the code that I get is EEC 061. The has over 290 thousand miles on it this is starting to get to me...for simple reason I am making no money while I sit for the repairs to get done.

I am in Gary,In at the Petro waiting till monday to take the truck over the Frieghtliner shop. I guess I will just wait it out I only have 4 more months to make a year I think..lol I have too check on that with personal..

Any idea on my problem will be helpful and thanks again..

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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2011 Freightliner air leak

This truck has put in over 270,000 miles on it..Is only now starting to break down on me. I am parked at a shipper and I am losing air pressure. Now I have contact road assist let them know on what is going on with this truck..I have made a list of this that is breaking down so far I have 6 items..the last one is a crazy one the speedometer fell into the dash board.. lol...

Trucking you have to love it

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Trailer dropping NOT GOOD

Hey, everyone sorry that I have taken so long to post on here Prime keeps moving all the time.. Well I seen two trailers dropped so far.. One was a Americold in TN, and other one at Tyson in AR. Both was dropped by what looks to me as long time drivers..but I could be wrong. the driver in AR made two big mistakes.. One he did not move his tandems up that it would have made turning easier. From the tight spot that the trailer was in. Second mistake was he did not check too see if his lock jaw was closed all the way around the king pin. When that trailer came off the back of that bob tail it almost smashed into the other trailers in front it.. Or he did not back all the way in.. The other driver in TN my guess is that he thought his trailer was locked in place till he made a hard left turn in the parking lot..or the turn he did in that lot was not a good idea..part of the lot has dip and a speed bump my guess is that he hit one of these making that lest turn and off came the trailer..

That is way my trainer made me check and check and recheck every time I hook up to a trailer. and thank GOD for that..I follow 3 steps of unhooking a trailer and 4 steps on hooking to a trailer.. That's just me other people have other ways..but hey..

So for I have logged over 20,000 miles.. from upstate ny to cali. loving it

bye for now

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Questions about Prime - Lease vs Company Drivers

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Does anybody know anything about the 1 man tractors Prime offers? The web page says that Prime pays more if you drive this tractor, that it only has a drivers seat (no passenger) and that the bunk space is smaller.

Any pics of the the two tractors side by side? Are they so small they are claustrophobic (lol) do they have an APU?

just curious, as I am considering Prime, and may not mind doing the smaller rig.

Are they more prone to break downs? Are they governed lower? Are they more prone to being affected by the heavy trailer?

Any insight is appreciated.

Thanks

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I'm pretty sure you're talking about a lightweight truck that only Prime offers. It comes with a passenger seat, but 90% of the drivers take it out for the extra space. So it's technically not just a 1-seat truck.

The short description of them is they basically weigh a lot less than your traditional truck. The bunk is smaller, it doesn't come with any cabinets or storage closets. It's just the front driving area and a bed. They are made with lighter materials. The thing is, these can haul up to 49k of freight, meanwhile I can only haul up to 44k of freight. That's a huge difference to the customer.

They are not more prone to breakdowns, in fact, every single one they have is brand new. They are governed at 57mph.

And they are not more prone to be affected by a heavy trailer. I'm not really sure what you mean by that too be honest. Basically, they can haul *more* weight than the traditional full sized truck.

For pictures just google "Freightliner Cascadia Lightweight Truck" and then google "Freightliner Cascadia Fullsize Truck". You'll immediately notice the difference. The average pay for a rookie is roughly .28cpm, on a lightweight truck the pay is .41cpm. Huge difference financially.... If you can deal with the extremely limited space.

Hey, I drive for Prime and a Freightliner Cascadia Lightweight Truck.. This was offered to me when I finished my over road training.. The company gave me 5 cents more if I was to take it. And I did and let me tell you it better than 26 cent a mile. Plus, we was just given a 1 cent more from the company for having a great year "2012". Yes, the truck is built for one person but you can always have a guest with you for a month. You just have know how to work in a small truck..

GOOD LUCK

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Need Help setting up Corba 29 LTD Classic

Just bought the corba 29ltd classic and bought two wilson 2000 trucker 3500 watts antennas. Tried to cal it last night but I keep getting a red light on the ant led. The meter keeps going into the red when I check the swr. The only thing left for me to do is try to replace the wire or cut the antenna down to size, I drive a freightliner cascadia.

Almost forgot I am using the truck's wiring for my CB.

Thanks for any help.

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Second month OTR with Prime inc.

Hey it's great hearing an update from ya!

Well if you're running out of hours then it's safe to say the company is keeping you busy, eh? How do you like things over there so far? Do you have a decent dispatcher? Are you getting some nice runs?

Well, I must say that my fleet manager keeps me moving..just today I had to turn down a load that the weekend manager gave me.. I guess he did not see that my dot was going to end on the 25th. So now I am back at Prime just relaxing till tomorrow when I go see the doctor and get a new med card.. As far as runs go I don't have any problems..they do keep me busy..The crazy thing is that when I came into the lot it was hard to find a parking spot..they must be low on load due to the 4th of july weekend coming up..

Posted:  9 years, 3 months ago

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Second month OTR with Prime inc.

Well, I must say that it's been lots of fun driving over the road..as a solo driver..I had to get used too sleeping in rest area's on ramps, off ramps. At TA's like now..lol I'm a load right now to AR. to a walmart DC center..is a drop and hook..I love it..once drop and pick an empty I head back to HQ for my DOT..it ends on the 25th. It was a good thing that I told my fleet manager he was about to send me to the east cost..so he gave me this load from OH to AR in 2 days..I picked up on the 21st and is due on the 23rd.. I ran hard on my clock on the 21st 10hrs of driving and 6 hrs today..I am only 2 hrs away from making my drop..but it has to be on the day is due..the best thing is I have from midnight tonight till 1130pm sunday to make the drop. Once I get my 11 hrs back at midnight..I will hit the road in the morning about 8am make my drop and head to Prime HQ..and site there for two days to rest my 70 I hope..lol

I am looking forward to the next 10 months here at Prime..I need to be able to drive in the winter once i get passed that and head into spring again..then I can call my self a OTR driver...

Is a shame that out of a class of 35 only 5 of us are left..Once I have a year under my belt I might look for a job closer to home..

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Has anyone here worked for Prime inc

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I work for Prime..I have been with them since Nov. 2012 from Nov. to April of this year..I was only a PSD and a second seat driver..Plus you have to keep in mind on the trainer that you might get..some are good and they will help through..but others..are like sharks..talk with the trainer ask questions..feel them out..is best to get one who lives near you are in the same state.. I live in NYC and my trainer lives in Chicago..so home time was a bit of a challenge..But..the most important thing is are you ready for this? This is a life changing event you won't be home till you make it to the end.. And that's being a solo driver and once you but in a month of work in than you can ask your feet manager about home time..it's best to work 4 weeks out and then take the 4 days off..they will work with you..I am looking forward to my home time.. Well good luck and welcome to Prime...

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They told me that i can get teamed up after my training is over with. Is that true? My wife knows that i'm going to do this and after we get enough money saved up i'm going send for them to come to Springfield mo to be closer to me

Yes, you can... That is a good thing to do...but keep in mind that your job is on the road and as a team driver you will be all over the 48 states..like I said if you team up with a good driver that also lives in springfield mo..than it will work out just great..

enjoy the ride..

Posted:  9 years, 4 months ago

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Has anyone here worked for Prime inc

I work for Prime..I have been with them since Nov. 2012 from Nov. to April of this year..I was only a PSD and a second seat driver..Plus you have to keep in mind on the trainer that you might get..some are good and they will help through..but others..are like sharks..talk with the trainer ask questions..feel them out..is best to get one who lives near you are in the same state.. I live in NYC and my trainer lives in Chicago..so home time was a bit of a challenge..But..the most important thing is are you ready for this? This is a life changing event you won't be home till you make it to the end.. And that's being a solo driver and once you but in a month of work in than you can ask your feet manager about home time..it's best to work 4 weeks out and then take the 4 days off..they will work with you..I am looking forward to my home time.. Well good luck and welcome to Prime...

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Need Help with cobra 18wxs tII

Wow seriously? A Cobra 18? I did not realize people actually bought those radios. Wish ya would have came here and asked before spending money on a radio that has under preformed since the day it was made that you will want to replace within a week.

Anyway....if you have found the red and black power wire in the truck or at least the red and black post for wire hookup then the red and orange wire goes to the power and the black goes to the ground or black post.

Now if you do manage to get it hooked up right you will need to have the anntenas matched up to your radio and the truck. This is known as setting the swr's. Very important cause if its not matched up then it can burn the finals out in the radio if its ran with a SWR of 3.0 or high over an extended time.

If you are wanting a cheap but reliable radio that does a good job then try to get a Cobra 29 or at the very least a Cobra 25 and once they are peaked and tuned should last you a few good years. But the most important part of a radio system is a properly matched antenna. Without a good antenna it does not matter what radio you have as it will not work correctly without good SWR's.

I have had radios that ranged in price from $250 to $800 so I had to learn how to protect the radios and get the best performance out of them. Yes I am one of the guys on the radio that when I key the mic people have no choice but to listen. Not because I am smart or even have something good to say....its because of the power output and because of the carrier signal.

Will any swr will do or should I get the one that is sold in radio shack or the pilot? Plus should I use the truck antenna's.. The one's that corba recommends is magneted and watts on it goes from 1000 - 2000. This one toy that is giving me a pain in the back side..lol

Thanks again.

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Need Help with cobra 18wxs tII

Yea does it have a female style plug in the back where ya can disconnect the wires if it does unplug them see if its 2 male posts or 3 then go to a truck stop and look for the the plug that matches it that has the cigarette outlet adapter on the other end and then plug it in then ur set plug it in and ur done.

It only has 3 male wires connected to the cb..I did find the cigarette lighter that has a plug with 3 females is a heavy duty plug. Going to buy and try it out..

Thanks

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Need Help with cobra 18wxs tII

Wow seriously? A Cobra 18? I did not realize people actually bought those radios. Wish ya would have came here and asked before spending money on a radio that has under preformed since the day it was made that you will want to replace within a week.

Anyway....if you have found the red and black power wire in the truck or at least the red and black post for wire hookup then the red and orange wire goes to the power and the black goes to the ground or black post.

Now if you do manage to get it hooked up right you will need to have the anntenas matched up to your radio and the truck. This is known as setting the swr's. Very important cause if its not matched up then it can burn the finals out in the radio if its ran with a SWR of 3.0 or high over an extended time.

If you are wanting a cheap but reliable radio that does a good job then try to get a Cobra 29 or at the very least a Cobra 25 and once they are peaked and tuned should last you a few good years. But the most important part of a radio system is a properly matched antenna. Without a good antenna it does not matter what radio you have as it will not work correctly without good SWR's.

I have had radios that ranged in price from $250 to $800 so I had to learn how to protect the radios and get the best performance out of them. Yes I am one of the guys on the radio that when I key the mic people have no choice but to listen. Not because I am smart or even have something good to say....its because of the power output and because of the carrier signal.

I should have asked...but it's my first one..and I just wanted to try it out...I only paid $85 with tax..Plus I wanted to see or should I say hear the big fuss is about..If it all works out for me...Then I will get me a better one..Like my wife tells me..I had to buy me a new toy..lol

thanks again

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Need Help with cobra 18wxs tII

Just bought me a cb radio and I need help to install one in my freightliner. I was able to find the antenna wire and the power line for the cb. The cb radio has 3 wires one red, one orange and black for the ground. The manual says use fuse box for red and orange, black for ground. But I don't want to be running wires through out the truck.(company owned) Can any one help me with this..

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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I have my truck...@ Prime inc.

Well, it worked out for me...I went to the office this morning and asked where I am at on the list..the young lady look and told me I was next on the list..I now have my freightliner cascadia..I am happy with it..It is a light weight truck I have done my inspections on it and wrote it all down..and told them that after 4 min of running the check & stop engine lights comes on then truck turns off..They will check it out and fix the problem and add the 2nd seat.. So some time this after noon they will call me.. I will add a photo but..I don't use photobucket..

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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Had to turn down a kenworth truck! at Prime

Hey everyone..

I was called and told that they have a truck for me..so when I went to check it out..I noticed that it was a kenworth truck. I was trained and driven a freightliner cascadia so I had to turn it down and for that i was placed back on a waiting list. when they ask me why..I told them that I was not able to see the road as much as i did with a freightliner..so now I don't know when I will be called for a truck..my guess is that I am not the only one who turned down this truck..Plus, the kenworth had no passenger seat, almost no storage space and it felt like a box on wheels..

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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At Prime Inc.

That't great to hear! I'm really glad you didn't quit on it right away. Those first few months in trucking are brutal at times. Everyone gets overwhelmed with it on occasion. But the longer you do it, the better you'll become at everything - not just handling the rig, but knowing how to make life on the road easier and more productive.

Stay safe out there!

Thank you...

Posted:  9 years, 5 months ago

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At Prime Inc.

Hey people,

Finley after 3 a half months of training I made to the end.. I am now waiting to be called so I can pickup my truck at the Prime yard. I have gone through alot with my trainer and I am happy that he never gave up on me. I wanted to quit trucking only a week into the training. He just looked at me and told me that he will not let me quit and that he will make sure that I make it the end. I was dropped off at the campus inn last Wednesday. I have been told I be driving a mid-cab light weight Freightliner Cascadia.

For anyone who will like to know the truth about Prime Inc. and it's training hit me up...

Posted:  9 years, 7 months ago

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End of home time...

Nice! How much training time do you have left?

I still have about 1 1/2 months left...

Posted:  9 years, 7 months ago

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End of home time...

My trainer will be picking me up on the way through the BX so I can finish my over the road training.. Once this is done I hope to be hired as a solo driver for the company..Right now I do miss the road..lol

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