Profile For J Johns

J Johns's Info

  • Location:
    Pocatello, ID

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 11 months ago

J Johns's Bio

My husband & I completed our planned 2 year career as OTR lease team drivers with Prime Inc. We joined them for orientation February 1, 2016, began driving as a team May 16, 2016, and basically enjoyed it. I don't know in which other industry we could make this much money for such relatively small sacrifices. It has allowed us to pay off all debts, save up a sizable down payment, and settle down into a great little income property.

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Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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Prime Inc, [Orientation -> Local PSD -> TNT Training], J Johns

In ... Myakka? No, I've never parked anywhere near there. Why do you ask?

Hey J Johns, are you the Prime driver that parks over by Annie's Bait & Tackle behind the gate?

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Sometimes, I think i should carry

Someone here once recommended keeping wasp spray -- shoots 20 feet or more. Someone else said to put ammonia in a squirt gun.

My trainer bought me a little pink tazer which is both hilarious & comforting to a cute little feller like me. I would have thought that it counts as a concealed weapon but he insists it doesn't.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Toddler In The Tractor

Paul, it seems that this thread predates the linehaul job.

Melody, less frequent illness does not mean she's healthier than ever. A regularly taxed immune system tends to lead to better overall & longterm health. Keeping her from childhood illnesses now could lead to a weak or more frequently compromised immune system in adulthood. Forgive me the lecture, I'll go back to lurking now.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Pet peeve...

Helloween works well

I knew we were meant to be buddies.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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1 Dead And 1 Injured In Shooting At TA (Baltimore South) Jessup, MD.

My trainer is telling me that the second person shot was his trainee, in critical condition last I heard. Prayers all around, what a nightmare for all 3 families.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Nervously looking for advice

Read Brett's book linked above to learn what life on the road is like & then go to the Diaries section of the forums to learn more about what you can expect as new drivers.

If your health & driving & criminal records are all basically clean then it's easy to be hired as a team. These companies will want you because you're likelier to be happy little workers together.

I would expect to be broken up for over-the-road training, yes. There are options to train together but they don't seem like a great idea to me. That's where I am now, halfway through my separation for training & it really stinks but will all be worth it when my partner & I reunite.

Whoever you go with, you need unlimited mobile data. That's the consensus.

My company has a 3-heartbeat rule. There can only be three people or creatures on the truck for non-owner-operators like us, & we have to pay a non-refundable deposit for an animal.

During this training I've been eating mostly the things I find in a truck stop & am sickening. This weekend I bought a 12v cooler available at some truck stops to keep at the foot of my bed for a few essential geoceries. I was lucky to get a day of home time to drop off all of my non-vital luggage. Otherwise I'd have been incredibly cramped on my bunk.

There is a high incidence of divorce among truck drivers but if it makes you feel better, I think that number is much higher among couples living separately -- like one driving & one alone at home. Just know that team driver Starcar once wrote that she & her Other had a knock-down drag-out fight at 55mph through a construction zone so *I'm* worried, haha. But seriously, if you're careful every day to be considerate of each other & not neglect your love then I think you should be fine.

I think it's a great career move for a couple without dependant children. God bless.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Safe truck stops in OKC?

This is Oklahoma City USA we are talking about right? Unless you are talking about some middle eastern terrorist country then you got nothing to worry about. Yes it is a big city but I cannot remember a single time ever feeling unsafe at any truckstop there. I stop in okc over night at least a couple times a month.

Don't worry about it, Rainy. This guy never had a problem, I'm sure it's all in yer pretty little head.

Seriously Justin, the fact that you never had to fear for your safety doesn't mean no one else has, or does. I'm wondering why I have to explain this.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Staying toned and ripped in trucking

I like the information shared -- thank you, Charles C -- but I'm curious to know your opinion on this article which seems to say that lack of sleep is the single greatest contributor to trucker obesity.

For reference, I'm 12k miles into my 30k team training with Prime & putting on a bit ... mostly due to a lack of refrigerator space, partially due to highly-sugared & highly-salted foods. I'm buying a 12v cooler at my first opportunity.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Over before it started

Aw man. sorry.gif I hate to hear that things have gone that way. Would it be possible to call & explain yourself to someone in the Prime PSD program? I know they've accepted back into the program people who had to leave for family reasons. If Prime is the problem, then it's true that there are many great companies out there & being determined to persevere will get you into one sooner or later.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Daousts New Adventure

Oh, also, bring a supply of ear plugs & a pillow case or eye mask. The curtains don't block all the sunlight, the hallways are uncarpeted and full of noisy students, there's a 1 to 1.5" gap between the bottom of your door & the floor, you might have a roommate with sleep apnea, & your rest must be kept sacred, haha

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Daousts New Adventure

Any words of wisdom for getting invited to the accelerated program?

I'll share what I was told, what I've guessed, & what has worked for me. (1st) It depends on how many openings there are in the program between the end of your orientation class & the entire following week, as there can only be so many people in this class, around 18 if I remember correctly, all learning & "evaluating out" at different speeds. (2nd) You must show yourself to listen carefully & catch onto things quickly, as the Accelerated Program graduates may have to pass the driving portion of the exam with as little as 3 hours of total previous driving instruction, & it seems that they look most closely for this quality in your time in the Sim Lab. (3rd) I hear again & again that of all the promising students, they choose among those with the best attitude. They're sick of explaining themselves to embryonic super truckers, I think.

Small tip: before coming to Orientation, watch shifting & pre-trip inspection & driving & backing videos to open your mind to some of these things if you haven't already.

During these night classes you'll have to take extra care with your health -- I don't know if you've ever had to work graveyards, but it's a common problem. Rely for this time on melatonin to aid your sleep pattern change to their 7pm to 7am schedule, get at least 20 minutes of facial sun per day but as little as possible before bed time, use a good multivitamin, & I think I've seen that you have an excellent handle on nutrition otherwise so I'll end my rant here.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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In serious need of a pep talk...

My best advice to myself recently has been this: trust the process.

I have, & am thriving.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Completing TNT at Prime. What's next ?

I think there's more computer-based training & Simulator work when you come back to the Campus Inn to upgrade. I know 'Rainy D' can give a better answer, she upgraded a month ago.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Do i stand a chance?

I can't answer your question but my humble suggestion for the future: think of a dashcam or two as an insurance policy, & replace or upgrade them as necessary.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Nervous Excitement

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I just hope I don't suck.

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Oh you're gonna. In fact I wrote a *FUN ARTICLE* about watching people learn to back up at school from an experienced driver's perspective:

The Backing Range At Trucking Driving School - It's Like Clown Soup For The Soul

(dyinnnng)

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Well, coming home from Prime

I decided instead of sitting on my thumbs for a month I enrolled in the community college CDL program. It's one month long, so I'm hoping I can get the CDL and get back to Prime right on schedule and not have lost one month with no income. Hopefully I can then go into their fast track program and go TNT almost right away.

That is so super-proactive!! I think they'll love you for it.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Just how nice of a company and the trainning of Prime?

Not sure what to say -- I'm new & weary but I love it! My adventures so far are in this ... umm, exhaustive ... diary. Good luck with your choice, there are some great options out there.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Prime Inc, [Orientation -> Local PSD -> TNT Training], J Johns

By the way, thanks for your support ladies & gents. I haven't always responded but I have always been grateful.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Nervous Excitement

I like most others am looking forward to reading your diary, & add my well-wishes to those above! Sucking is learning, so how much did you expect of yourself anyway?? Haha.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Daousts New Adventure

I'm glad you got into the accelerated class like you wanted! It was perfect for me, hopefully it's great for you as well. One thing to keep in mind though ... they're training you primarily for the test. When you go out on TNT you'll need to trust your trainer to teach you how to drive appropriately for the job. Example: in local PSD when driving an empty flatbed & they tell you not to use your brakes until you're completely within the off-ramp, that won't fly when you're under a heavy load. So I learned it their way, and now I'm learning some things another way, being adaptable. I bet you're doing great. Cheers!

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