Profile For Carl S.

Carl S.'s Info

  • Location:
    Philadelphia, PA

  • Driving Status:
    Company Driver In Training

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 2 months ago

Carl S.'s Bio

Hey All. My name is Carl from Philadelphia. Got my CDL from Smith & Solomon in June 2015. Currently doing my TNT 40,000 mile phase with Prime Inc

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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Dang cpap

Prime does not send you home. If you have a certain BMI and neck measurement they will require you to have a sleep study. They do the study on site. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea they will get you the CPAP. You pay for all this via payroll deductions.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Wal Mart Parking

Mark, I got the same message on my QC last night. Dispatch had to advance him $500 to get his truck out of impound. My understanding is that this just counts for the Walmart in Springfield near the terminal. From what I hear drivers have been a bit disrespectful to the look regarding "Trash".

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Best semi trucks for tall or huskie drivers?

I am 6'4 320lbs and I fit fine in a Peterbilt. I can even completely stretch out on the top bunk with space to spare.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Questions about Prime's Lightweight tractors

To answer your questions best I can.

I am going to go ahead and say it would be impossible to run teams in a lightweight. If you choose to run team as company drivers they will assign you a full size Freightliner Cascadia. It has 2 bunks and 2 sets of identical cabinets. I do believe the bottom bunk is slight bigger than the top.

Running reefer and calculating downtime at shipper/receivers is difficult due to the fact that some loads will be drop/hook and sometimes it will be live load/unload.

The dogs won't be an issue. I know a team that ride with 2 40lb pitbull terriers and they are just fine.

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Box Load Variety

reefer trailer loaded with kegs of beer with load-locks

Posted:  2 years, 12 months ago

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Box Load Variety

My first ever and heaviest load with Prime to date. 45,2000 of Goose Island IPA. Baldwinsville NY to Jacksonville FL.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Hypothetical HOS situation

I think it depends on the kind of DOT Officer you pull. If you get lucky he might tip his hat and say get a move on. You get a ****** and he might say that sounds like a personal issue and continue with the inspection.

Also. I don't think its wise to let your clocked roll down to 10 hour 55 minutes.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Satellite TV In Your Truck?

Guys, I already work for Prime. I was just checking to see if anyone had any experience with the system is all.

Posted:  3 years ago

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PSD class getting smaller by day 3. . .

I'll be here until tomorrow afternoon. I don't think you'll miss me. Send me a private message so we can text and arrange a meet up.

PS... I charge for autographs

Is food a medium of exchange?

Posted:  3 years ago

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PSD class getting smaller by day 3. . .

I am probably going to miss you guy. Going into the sleep study at 10PM then back on the road to do the last 10,000 miles of TNT. Daniel B., can I have your autograph? Just sign a bubble sheet for me.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Satellite TV In Your Truck?

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Does anyone have any experience with having cable/satellite TV in there trucks? My homework keeps turning up Winegard Satellites. Just wanted to know how well it works.

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theres a big trucking company that boosts sat tv service in all their trucks.. thought it was swift

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I am willing to be my paycheck its not Swift. But I have heard there is a OTR company that has DirecTV in every truck with NFL Sunday Ticket. I was just checking cause the prices don't sound bad. Prime said they wouldn't mind the receiver being installed as long as I don't damage the truck.

Posted:  3 years ago

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PSD class getting smaller by day 3. . .

Im at the ramada in the computer room doing CBTS Carl . . . living up the luxurious life here till they drag me over to campus inn lol

Lol. You might be there a while. Currently living it up in the driver lounge while washing clothes.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Satellite TV In Your Truck?

Does anyone have any experience with having cable/satellite TV in there trucks? My homework keeps turning up Winegard Satellites. Just wanted to know how well it works.

Posted:  3 years ago

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PSD class getting smaller by day 3. . .

Are you in Springfield right now?

Posted:  3 years ago

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Sleeping in Truck

You get used to is pretty quick. Most sleepers have pretty good insulation. My truck has an APU and a reefer that's usually on continuous run. After a couple nights the vibration from the engine kinda rocks you to sleep. I do like to avoid parking next to older reefers as some of them sound like tree chippers.

Posted:  3 years ago

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REfresher training

Most CDL schools offer refresher course. I recommend googling local CDL schools.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Leaving today for Pittston - Worried about double clutching

You will be fine. FYI. The evaluation in Pittston is done on the simulator not on an actual truck. They give you a practice run and even if you bomb they let you go again the next day.

And if it means anything, most TNT trainers teach floating. I was worried about double clutching as well. Once on the road my trainer showed me floating........ I haven't double clutched since my first day on the road and I'm at 29,000 miles in TNT

Best of Luck

Posted:  3 years ago

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My bags are packed im ready to go. . . .

Enjoy the ride. I'm currently at the campus inn.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Backing-up Anxiety

Just about all the vets on this site will tell you that backing takes time. My trainer has been driving for 30 years and he still has bad days here and there.

The best advice I've been given is take your time and be patient it's not a race. Regardless of how many times you have to pull up and start over as long as you don't hit anything or anyone you did it right.

Posted:  3 years ago

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3 Month Med card, Supposed to start with swift in 2 days.

I currently work for Prime and I am off truck until I have my sleep study (Tuesday). Companies have become very cautious about drivers with sleep apnea due to the fact you don't get a full night of sleep and are going to be driving 80,000 pounds for up to 11 hours.

If you test positive for the sleep apnea most the time they just make you use a CPAP machine which records your use on an SD card. Everyone who I know who has one says they sleep so much better

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