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Rainy D.'s Bio

Hi. After almost two decades working for the USPS, I walked away from what felt like a prison. I went through Prime's company sponsored training to get my CDL in 2015 and am an OTR reefer driver. I went from feeling "stuck" in a job to having plenty of options. I no longer feel trapped to work, but have the flexibility that keeps me interested.

This has been an adventure I wish I had started earlier. Prime is an awesome company for me, and I have no intention of leaving anytime soon. Thanks to this site, I've become a real asset to my Fleet Manager, and I'm never treated as just a number--I'm family.

I love to laugh and write novels under the pen name Rhoda D'Ettore. Any trucker who would like coupons for free audio books or ebooks should feel free to contact me.


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Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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My update from the Prime Inc Tanker division

Could you give more detail please.


Be a tanker driver? Not advised at all.


tanker is not advised for newbies because the surge can be extremely powerful when downshifting my friends exact words were "that sucker pushed me.right through the intersection." shifting is hard enough for newbies, but doing it with liquid swishing around is worse.

prime does permit and train newbies in tanker

Posted:  2 days, 18 hours ago

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CFI at Crowder College

In MO extra pulls are 1 point each, and the 3rd GOAL is an auto fail.

if your butt leaves the seat while looking out the windiow it is a GOAL!!!

so if you master a straight back and one maneuver, you basically have 12 pts to screw up the 3rd maneuver.

and be sure to close that door when you GOAl...MO is 10 points for not closing the door. ouch

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Whatever Happened to TractorMan?

Miss Myoshi is doing well and just changed companies. I see her updates on facebook.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Opt idle

Btw both my 2015 and 2016 FM had dash dimmer switches next to the steering column. plus and minus signs on them.

Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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CRST - Training Adventures in Cedar Rapids


Good luck. Not to talk negatively about the schools process, but it seems like you are getting very limited time behind the wheel. 30 minutes here, 30 minutes there, I feel you would just get settled into the drivers seat, and crapola, your allotted 30 minutes is up.

Hope it went well Chris

Most local CDL schools as well as some company schools are like this. You share the truck with a few other students and one instructor. Because of this, actual driving and backing time is limited.

This was a big reason i chose Prime. I KNEW i would need one on one, major instruction. At Prime, we get our permits and head out OTR with a trainer actually picking up and delivering loads. the student does all.of the driving. then a week or two later we test for the CDL. However, because of this, we didnt get weeks of classroom instruction.

Some people do better at the CDL schools, some learn better OTR. Its a matter of what is best for the person. even after driving 10k miles with my permit, i still failed the backing test omce and the driving test twice. I was a great driver though but needed to change trucks for the test and couldnt master the clutch on the new truck :(

:::;Rainy ducks, hoping to not get hit by the tomatoes Jeremy is going to throw for her highjacking his thread:::


keep it up jeremy! get er done

Posted:  2 days, 20 hours ago

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Whatever Happened to TractorMan?

I miss him. he's the one who started calling me a vampire and stating people were in my dungeon.

he kept telling me to see him when in AZ, then he disappeared as soon as i got there. lol never met him.

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Opt idle

At prime the trainers can leave the trainee on the truck. If the trainee is on the truck, the trainee is considered working, as in available for dispatch. Therefore, they get paid. If on a lease truck, the lease op trainer could pay for a a hotel room, but the trainee would not get paid.

i parked at the terminal left the trainee on the truck.and got myself a hotel for the weekend. we got a break and he got paid, although i didnt. when i go home, i drop the trainee off go home and then go back to pick them up.

i have also gotten jacuzzi suites with 2 beds and had the trainee come with me. if we share a rolling closet, we can share a suite lol

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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PAM/Driver Solutions Training

Well????? inquiring minds want to know lol

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Leaving after contract

Jose, you need to decide what is best for you. some people want more money, others want home time. some want freedom like OTR and others want dedicated. so its hard for us to tell you what is best. we will all have different answers.

i would absolutely hate dedicated, i know it. but i also do want more time i sorta compromise from time to time and take 34 breaks at a hotel at the terminal or at tourist spots.

for me, not having the over head of a home and utilities allowed me to pay debts and bank money, plus splurge a little from time to time. other people need that extra income for home expenses and family.

what do you want and need? keep in mind that every company or position will have its own unique challenges.

you said you would like to pull doubles but why? cause they look cool, or cause you like the way the runs are? have you taken a good look at the winter highways....sprinkled all over them are doubles. im not saying dont go for it, but just like the tanker surge, you need to respect and understand the challenges. good luck!

Posted:  4 days, 3 hours ago

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Please Update Your Avatar

OMG it worked! Hope I don't scare too many of you fine folks away.

you scared me long before i saw your photo


sorry...couldnt resist. will find my dungeon hahah

Posted:  4 days, 4 hours ago

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Mentor is out of control. Is this stuff typical? lost. you went to a hotel near a strip club then followed him to the strip club to play pool?

You were surprised a guy at a strip club was snorting coke off a girl. Surprised at the coke, or the stripper in the club? or did you go to the back of the hotel with a pool table? im ot understanding if you went ti the strip club.

My biggest problem would be him snorting, duh..and the hookers in a bed im sharing near my stuff that could be stolen. then he went to the one chicks place and disappeared and you didnt like that either.

as a trainee, it wouldnt be my business if he has a truck payment, gambles his check, or bangs hookers outside of my environment. my trainers took home time or even 34s and i couldnt have cared less when they disappeared.they coukd have been banging hookers too, who knows? i got paid by the day whether we sat or not.

you said you learned a lot from him and he has lots of tips and saved you in NYC. "hes a great trainer"... so why are you telling us this bothers you instead of him? it could be quite possible he has no clue whatsoever some of this bothers you. after all, IF i read this right and you followed him to a strip club...well then he thinks you are fine with this stuff.

absolutely drugs, hookers, and fighting are illegal. you could video it and have him terminated and possibly arrested with an "anonymous" phone call. you could call the company and ask for a "random" drug test for him.

i would insisted on safety, but i wouldnt care if he got his butt beat at poker.

Posted:  4 days, 5 hours ago

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Preventable accidents

I was hit by a drunk driver with witnesses and it was a "nonpreventable"

Posted:  4 days, 6 hours ago

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Leaving after contract

Yes i had few months training pay last year, but also took it easy the rest if the year lol.

call Lance in SLC reefer company division and he should be able to confirm hazmat is $50 more per load. I know Christian on here ran Hazmat at Prime reefer and he can confirm as well if he pops on. I thought Diver Driver had it??? Adam has Hazmat and i think his first load was hazmat, and i believe he said it is $50 bonus as well

Who in Prime told you to go lease? Couldnt have been your FM...he would lose a good driver. that wouldnt make sense.

did you try calling the tanker division? they would have better answers than any reefer manager.

Brian Singleton is the terminal manager for SLC. email him. all in house have their first inital last name (i didnt want to put it here in case of spiders/bots).

we do have a select few of tankers running the west. i have seen them.

Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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Cb radio

I just bought mine this winter. most days there is no chatter at all unless an accident or storm ahead which is when they are really helpful. i got one with all the bells and whistles. it comes on with weather alerts when powered off, has blue tooth and a bunch of options i never learned to use. honestly like youtube, all you here is racists, sexists or super truckers who complain about the new generation of drivers who knows nothing.

most customers do not use them anymore, they use cell phones. most drivers dont leave them on, so even telling someone their lights are out or their tire is flat doesnt work.

the.older cascadia, my 2015 and 2016 have a slot for.them above the drivers seat. the brand new Cascadia i just saw does not have a slot. im.not sure it would have the wiring for the antenna.

Posted:  5 days, 2 hours ago

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Leaving after contract

Hazmat at Prime is an extra $50 per load in reefer. So i dont know who told you that there was no bonus for company drivers. Ask another dispatcher or even your payroll person. I never got hazmat cause i didnt want to be bothered with it.

also, if you want tanker, i would call the switch board and ask for a tanker FM and ask questions. Icecold here is tanker and says it is NJ, GA and chicago in general, but goes other places as well. they have to get you home for home time, and i know a tanker team who had an accident in california, so again, not sure who gave you info.

ask someone other than your FM. your reefer only and might not want to lose a good driver if you switch divisions.

Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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Arams diary!!

Great Aram!!! im happy for you.

I think what you failed to see is what we saw in your posts. Go back and re read what we saw...which is only what you told us. only you know what is in your head or going on, we only know what you told us. you were gung ho about one company, then what seemed like whiplash, you said you left there because they lied about pay, they made you watch videos, and you did not trust trailers coming across the border. it sounded like a rash decision and future companies can look negatively about that. we were concerned for you.

for us, those all sounded like BS excuses. The pay was "up to $50k" as stated on the site, videos are required by almost every company and are often a DOT or USDA requirement, and the trailers are already inspected by customs with dogs and x rays.

Now had you come one with something that we dont all go through regularly, maybe it would have gotten a different response.

i wish you luck and am glad you have found a home. please give it a full year there and learn to manage that clock. that is how you will make that money honey lol


Posted:  5 days, 4 hours ago

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Advice preparing for company CDL

Before you spend money on your permit and DOT physical, you might want to ask the companies for their policies. Prime in MO requires you to get a MO permit, but Prime in UT has you get the permit at home. Prime will aoon be testing in PA as well, and god only kmows what their laws will require. lol

Keep up with the high road, do the pretrip, and Apex driving school has a great pretrip video that helped me.

read the blog here about what life on the road is really like to give you clearer expectations and good luck.

if you have company questions we have many represented here. im with prime. good luck

Posted:  6 days, 1 hour ago

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My update from the Prime Inc Tanker division


do you pay for hoses like the tarps and load locks? How much?

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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I-70 Colorado mountains

Keep in mind last year they had to chain on memorial day!

honeslty, i just avoid it. from CA i drive across I 40 instead.

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Restoring cdl

PA says they should have sent him a letter before the suspension was up. He can get a copy online telling him what he needs to do. However, the site says he may have been required to completely retest, even if it was not expired. According to the site, his actual CDL was never reinstated if he never followed the steps.

keep in mind, if this was a 2nd DUI, he may not be getting that CDL back.

The fact he allowed it to expire would suggest to me that he no longer has a CDL and would need to completely retest.

PA CDL site

this is a lesson to everyone...protect your CDL! it is your livelihood

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