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    Upstate, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 8 months ago

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Posted:  13 hours, 21 minutes ago

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Thinking of a Career change to Trucking

Ugh! I knew that was coming lol. They always know when to let me down.

Posted:  16 hours, 18 minutes ago

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Cleanliness

I forgot to mention that I also have a 2x3 Walmart artificial grass door mat that I cut into strips for my entry steps. Then I zip tied them down, like Errol said. The whole mat cost like $4. Truckstop boot scrubbers are much smaller, and much more expensive.

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Posted:  17 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Thinking of a Career change to Trucking

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Umm... I'd keep the whole Rams fan thing on the down low though. You don't want that getting around. Go Jags!

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I would keep the whole Jags thing on the down low. TITAN UP!!!!!!!!!

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Game on my friend!

Posted:  21 hours, 39 minutes ago

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Prime CDL Training

Sending positive vibes your way, Kim. The pressure is off now. Just relax and do your thing.

Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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Don't Be Fooled By Owner Operator Math - Old School's First Podcast!!

Great post Flatwater. I applaud your honesty and willingness to share. Yes you do in fact help to prove everything we've been saying here. All of that risk, worry, and headache for the same or even less money than some company drivers make. Thanks for coming forward with your info.

As long as you're happy scratching that itch, who are we to judge? However, at some point you're going to have to admit to yourself, and perhaps you already do, that you aren't "sticking it to the man."

The man is in fact still in control, and sticking you with the liability. It sounds like you're coming to realize this.

Don't take this the wrong way. I wish you nothing but success in your endeavor.

Posted:  2 days, 14 hours ago

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Pre hire letters and misdemeanors

I honestly don't think you'll have a problem with either the misdemeanors or the tickets. They're all from long enough ago that it shouldn't be an issue at most companies.

Posted:  2 days, 15 hours ago

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Cleanliness

First we take our shoes off at the door. Second, we have cheap Walmart throw rugs throughout. Every few days we shake them out, and throw them in the wash once in awhile.

It's easier for me, my wife takes care of cleaning the truck. It's always nice and spiffy.

Posted:  2 days, 21 hours ago

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Thinking about dumping my corporate job

Sometime all the money in the world cant make you happy.

Indeed. Trucking was a pay cut for me. However, the experience has been one I thoroughly enjoy. You can't put a price tag on that.

Just do your research and be sure what you're getting into. Just like anything else, it's not all puppies and rainbows.

Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Thinking of a Career change to Trucking

Prime was my first choice. I'm still with them, and couldn't be happier. The training, pay, facilities, and atmosphere far exceeded my expectations.

Don't sweat the TNT phase. It'll go by in a blip. You'll only be strangers for a couple of minutes. Pretty soon you'll both know each other on a personal level, and can become good friends. I still speak with my trainer almost two years later.

Don't sweat being fired. Operate your truck in a safe, efficient, productive manner and not only will you have job security, but you'll also quickly rise to the top of the food chain. Your longevity at this job is on you. Trust me, they don't want to fire you.

I began my TNT phase in the first week of January, and was done by late February. Training during the winter wasn't part of my thought process at the time, but I'm glad it worked out that way. I got the benefit of my trainer's guidance through the snow and ice. Going solo has enough of a learning curve as it is without throwing that into the mix.

So yeah you've made an excellent choice, and can't go wrong with Prime. There are many of us Primates here to help you along the way.

Umm... I'd keep the whole Rams fan thing on the down low though. You don't want that getting around. Go Jags!

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Posted:  2 days, 22 hours ago

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Thinking about dumping my corporate job

Welcome to the forum!

I owned and ran my own business with several employees for 27 years, and felt largely the same as you. I simply grew tired of my success being dependent on others doing their job. Mostly I was just ready for a change though.

Now that I've been driving for a while, I wish I'd made that change much sooner.

Only you know what's best for you. Take some time to read through the wealth of information on this site. Join in the discussions, or create your own.

We have many successful Swifties here. They along with the rest of us will be happy to help you on your way.

Posted:  4 days, 13 hours ago

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Tripac APU

Yes you can have a TV, microwave, etc. going and it will kick on when it's needed.

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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Don't Be Fooled By Owner Operator Math - Old School's First Podcast!!

Theres a prime driver on FB who as a company driver, went from homeless to paying $100,000 in cash for her house in 4 years. Shes on the Prime FB page if you want to see the post.

While you are there on the Prime, Inc. Facebook page, scroll down to Sep 11th. Prime added a live video of an interview with a lease driver. At 12:45 in, he mentions what he made in his first three years as a solo L/O. In his own words, after all expenses (payments, fuel, taxes, maintenance, etc.), his net weekly take-home averaged out to "about $1000".

That's considerably less than I average as a company driver, and I get all the benefits (healthcare, shiny new truck, 401k, vaca, comp, unemp, etc.).

Granted, he's only one example. But there ya go.

I tried adding a link, but it wouldn't take. It's only a couple of clicks away though

Posted:  5 days ago

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Tripac APU

No it's programmed to run only as needed to keep the batteries charged. It runs continuously in AC mode because the compressor needs to be running for AC.

Why would you want it to run continuously?

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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It finally happened to me

As a lesson to others, I should add that the toolbox I carry saved me from having to pay a shop for the easy repair. More than once have I pulled something out of there to keep me rolling.

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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It finally happened to me

That sucks but it sounds like it all worked out in the end. I assume 01 is shipper and 90 is consignee in macro talk?

Oh, yup it is. I forget that not everybody uses macros

Posted:  6 days, 9 hours ago

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It finally happened to me

After delivering to Miami this morning, I was dispatched on a short hop run back up near St. Augustine, which is 30 miles or so from my mom's house. I could easily make 90 by this afternoon, so I saw an opportunity for an unplanned visit. If I hurried I could park on site, and have my folks come down for dinner.

I get to 01, and it's a pre-loaded trailer. Awesome, even better than I'd hoped. A quick swap & strap and I'm out of here.

I dropped the empty trailer and.................. pulled away without unhooking my lines......

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Yup, almost 2 years on the road now and that's the first time that's happened to me. I was simply rushing and forgot the usual order in which I drop a trailer.

Luckily the power cable was undamaged, but both airlines broke of course. I bobtailed to the nearest truck stop and $87 later I installed a new set of lines and was back in business.

For the record, I still made it to 90 in time to park and have dinner with the folks, and we're doing breakfast in the morn too after I unload.

Just shows it can happen to anybody.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Home again.

OMG!!! Do you think you are an owner op or something???? you just CHOSE to go where you wanted???

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Yup I do it all the time. I literally have no oversight in how I get from A to B. I do what's best for the freight, and myself. The rest falls into place.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Home again.

Hopefully you're far enough inland to escape most of the damage/flooding. I purposely rerouted myself away from 95 through the Carolinas, in hopes to avoid the hurricane. So I'll be rolling through Charlotte in about 6 hours

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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I'm bored and homeless in Pittston PA

* sticks tongue out.

I've been in York, Lancaster, and Philly most of the morning. But now I'm picking up a load headed to Miami.

Gonna get an altogether different dose of "Rainy" on my way down.

Have a speedy recovery, hun.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Split Sleeper Birth Question

It is a reset at the end of the 1st break of the two breaks

Yes this! It's the part that most people who don't understand the split have trouble with. It's even harder to explain the split here in written form. But you seem to be on your way to getting it.

I understand your desire for a routine. I was the same way, and that's kind of why I chose flatbed. It tends to be the most routine of all the divisions, I think. However, you can never count on anything being routine in this business. That's why I would not suggest using the split in the fashion you described, at least not all the time. Save it for when you need it. Just like everything else, you'll figure it out in much more detail as you go. Something as simple as an unplanned 2-hour shipper delay can put you in a position where the split will be to your advantage.

I wish I had more time to elaborate, but I gotta roll.

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