Profile For Slim Lou

Slim Lou's Info

  • Location:
    Richmond, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 2 months ago

Slim Lou's Bio

On my way to Prime!

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Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Pre-Trip Inspection - My Way! A must see!

I'm current PSD and this is better than what we've been given in our folder or our Prime app.

I started studying this two weeks before I got here. I then took my own pictures once I arrived. My instructor is going to be pleasantly surprised!

My only question is you didn't mention trailer torsion bar.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

How's it going out there? The main forum has had discussions about finding trainers and my take away from those was to actually seem like you want to be there, treat every one new you meet with the same respect and professionalism as everyone else (don't complain about the training, seem interested, don't bring up taboo subjects like religion, politics, or whatever else. You never know who might be a trainer.) Don't hole yourself up in your room, try to be out practicing pretrip or sims or trying to learn period. Basically it all comes down to be eager to learn and keep yourself visible while you're being eager to learn. Your location can have an effect on finding a trainer sometimes as well. Good luck and let us know how it's going!

I have done all you suggested. I now have an instructor. In three weeks I'll be looking for a TNT driver.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

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Prime should take so many new students if they can't service the ones already here. People waiting for two weeks for an instructor.

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Do they give you the freedom to practice on the sim or out in the yard?

Yeah. Simulator from 7 to 1130.. Alternate between simulator room and learning lot for pretrip. Then out to print east for the same thing you did for half the time in the morning. Stare at a truck to memorize pretrip.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Prime should take so many new students if they can't service the ones already here. People waiting for two weeks for an instructor.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Waiting on an instructor.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Well, I'm checked in Campus Inn. I have a room to myself until tomorrow. I had to walk from the greyhound terminal as prime security was too busy to pick me up and the shuttle had stop running by 22:45 fourth of July.

I didn't mine the walk. Motel security seems friendly enough. What students I see just stare. I'm all smiles.

Went into the sim lab. The guy running the lab, doesn't have much in the way of people skills, but he has a nice cowboy hat.

Wasn't able to practice in the sim, just had my medical forms printed out. So, today, I'm just waiting for tomorrow.

Need to find food and I'm not a Walmart shopper. Can't take the shuttle as I have no badge yet.

Motel personnel, not security.

No edit feature for post on this forum? Seems it should be a basic feature to avoid extra post like this one just for corrections.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Well, I'm checked in Campus Inn. I have a room to myself until tomorrow. I had to walk from the greyhound terminal as prime security was too busy to pick me up and the shuttle had stop running by 22:45 fourth of July.

I didn't mine the walk. Motel security seems friendly enough. What students I see just stare. I'm all smiles.

Went into the sim lab. The guy running the lab, doesn't have much in the way of people skills, but he has a nice cowboy hat.

Wasn't able to practice in the sim, just had my medical forms printed out. So, today, I'm just waiting for tomorrow.

Need to find food and I'm not a Walmart shopper. Can't take the shuttle as I have no badge yet.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Well, I'm on the bus! Wow!

It's real now. There's another guy going to trucking school, getting back into it. I think he said he was going to maverick?

I profiled him. He said why do you ask if I'm going to trucking school? Do I look the part? I said I noticed he was the only clean cut guy on the bus like me, so it had to be for a job. We laughed.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

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Check the following distance of vehicles around you and match what they are doing to keep uniformity in the driving pattern.

This is given as a correct answer to following distance determination in the study guide here.

This can't be right.

Quote From The CDL Manual:

To know how much space you have, wait until the vehicle ahead passes a shadow on the road, a pavement marking, or some other clear landmark. Then count off the seconds like this: "one thousand-and-one, one thousand-and-two" and so on, until you reach the same spot.

Compare your count with the rule of 1 second for every 10 feet of length. If you are driving a 40-foot truck and only counted up to 2 seconds, you are too close. Drop back a little and count again until you have 4 seconds of following distance (or 5 seconds, if you are going over 40 mph).

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Your progress has been temporarily halted because you are 0 for 2 on question #90.

To determine your safe following distance, you should do all of the following except:

My bad!embarrassed.gif

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Check the following distance of vehicles around you and match what they are doing to keep uniformity in the driving pattern.

This is given as a correct answer to following distance determination in the study guide here.

This can't be right.

Quote From The CDL Manual:

To know how much space you have, wait until the vehicle ahead passes a shadow on the road, a pavement marking, or some other clear landmark. Then count off the seconds like this: "one thousand-and-one, one thousand-and-two" and so on, until you reach the same spot.

Compare your count with the rule of 1 second for every 10 feet of length. If you are driving a 40-foot truck and only counted up to 2 seconds, you are too close. Drop back a little and count again until you have 4 seconds of following distance (or 5 seconds, if you are going over 40 mph).

Your progress has been temporarily halted because you are 0 for 2 on question #90.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Check the following distance of vehicles around you and match what they are doing to keep uniformity in the driving pattern.

This is given as a correct answer to following distance determination in the study guide here.

This can't be right.

Quote From The CDL Manual:

To know how much space you have, wait until the vehicle ahead passes a shadow on the road, a pavement marking, or some other clear landmark. Then count off the seconds like this: "one thousand-and-one, one thousand-and-two" and so on, until you reach the same spot.

Compare your count with the rule of 1 second for every 10 feet of length. If you are driving a 40-foot truck and only counted up to 2 seconds, you are too close. Drop back a little and count again until you have 4 seconds of following distance (or 5 seconds, if you are going over 40 mph).

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

I see we can't edit our posts? confused.gif

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

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The grey dawg isn't much fun but at least it's a lot more comfortable than it used to be. The Wi-Fi works great. Wishing you all of the best.

Thanks!

WIFI? Are you saying there is WIFI on the BUS?!?

What about power outlets for devices?

If not I'm prepared to go ole' school, and read a (gasp) book!

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

Awesome! Keep us updated and just follow all the advice you've gotten here. Pick yourself a good trainer for TNT and you'll have less issues hopefully. Good luck!

Thank you for the advice.

Trying to get through all 118pgs of the training material here. I have to say is very well done to reinforce everything one needs to know.

I'll keep this thread updated.

I was wondering does everyone have to take the sleep apnea test or only people with their BMI out of healthy range?

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

That's awesome. I actually started at prime on Monday (6/29/15). It's been fun so far.

Some tips that I've noticed so far, being that my week was cut early for the fourth of July and ends tomorrow on 7/2/15.

Take the simulator seriously. Too many people call it a video game and the instructors are not too fond of it.

Prepare for the permit before you get here. You said you did, so great job! You're ahead of 90% of the class. Tomorrow is the last day of orientation for my class and a bunch of people still have to go to the DMV tomorrow morning to try to pass the thing. If you've studied it will be a breeze and you'll have more time to work on other things. I've had more free time not having to cram then most of my class mates.

There are computer modules that need to be knocked out. Don't save them for the last day. They are long and boring and you don't want to cram 3-4 hours of it into one day. Spread it out.

Finally, have fun. You'll meet a bunch of people from all walks of life and all ages. I'm 21 and I'm on pretty good terms with every one. It's fun to get to know all of these new people.

Good luck and do great! (Also, in the event that you have high blood pressure like me: Eat a bunch of bananas before you go into the medical screen. I failed twice and this morning ate 5 bananas plus a lot of water and I passed that portion.)

Hey man, thanks for the current information.

I leave Friday night!

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Orientation 6/6/15!

The only thing I am not looking forward to is the 28hr Greyhound ride.

Things I'm concerned about are: The TNT..Living in close quarters with another bloke for, how many weeks?

The maneuverability test. Parallel parking (blindside), offset parking, and 90 degree docking.

Overall, I think everything will be fine.

Very excited! This may sound corny, but the thing I can't wait for the most, is to get my truck, and my first CB radio! Ha!

I'm 43yrs old, and I've wanted one of the damn things since Smokey and the Bandit. I understand now, the airwaves are filled with hate and filth, but that seems to be all forms of mass communication these days, ie. the internet, online gaming etc.

I've done a ton of research, and am ready to pass the CDL permit, and necessary endorsements.

Also, Daniel B's one month adventure, was very addicting, and I thank you. The snowy mountain driving reminded me of my home town of Cleveland. No mountains, but plenty of change in elevation with blizzard conditions. I know what sliding and tires braking away feels, like, and do not look forward to that in an eighteen wheeler.

Anyway, I'm so excited, and friends and family can't relate, so thanks for this forum as well.

Peace!

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