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Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Hello Doug R.

I was at Maverick earlier this year and I never saw a manual transmission. I went through the orientation and training, then went to a trainer for three weeks. I never even drove a Maverick truck until I was with the trainer, but I hadn't driven in a long time. You might not have to go with a trainer.

I hope you live in an area where there is a dedicated route, which was not the case for me.

Good Luck!!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Hey Rainy,

Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully I will find something with more frequent home time.

I have a question.. how much experience does Prime require to be considered an "experienced" driver. They have a dedicated account (tanker) that I maybe could get on, but I really don't want to go out with a trainer again if I don't have to.

Thanks again.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Hi Patrick C.,

Yeah, I wish I could have done that. I'm happy for you that you found something that fits your needs and that you are happy doing.

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Thanks Don R.

I live in southern Ohio, but I will check to see what their hiring area is.

Have a GREAT day!

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Hi Old School and C.T.,

Thank you both for replying.

I totally agree with you, Old School. I should have asked for more help before I quit, and I should have given more updates as I went along. You are right - it was a mental thing. It wasn't the physical side (although that part WAS hard at times as well). When I first left for orientation, I was gone for about 7 weeks straight. I went through orientation, flatbed training and then glass training. (C.T., I was in the glass division). Then I went out with my trainer for 4 weeks. Next was final eval and I picked up my truck. Then I did finally get to go home for about a week.

When I started driving solo it was all good at first. But as I continued it was getting harder to leave the house after my 3 weeks out. I started dreading having to leave knowing it would be a long three weeks until I made it home again. I could have stayed out for just two weeks, but the home time was not guaranteed then. I would get by the house, but maybe only for a 10 hour break.

What I said before about the work being hard at times is also true. It is not the main reason that I quit, but as I think about it, it did contribute. It IS a lot of work securing and tarping the glass, and it took me a lot of time (5-6 HOURS on my first couple loads.) Everyone said I would get better and faster with time, which was probably true. But I am almost 50 years old and not in great shape, so it was pretty hard for me. Not unbearable, but hard work. I asked my fleet manager if I could switch to the TCD (referigerated) division, and he said I should stick it out in glass for a while and I would get used to it. I did for a while, but I asked him again, and he said it might take a few weeks to make it happen. So by this time I wasn't liking glass, AND I wasn't getting home enough.

So a couple of weeks ago, I was doing a 34 hour reset at a Maverick terminal, and the whole time I was thinking "I could be home right now". So I rented a car and cleaned out my truck and went home. I called my fleet manager and told him and that was that.

I regret making a hasty decision like that, and I am not usually that way. I don't know..it just got to me mentally and I was not happy when I was out. Trucking is a totally different lifestyle - at least OTR was for me. And I DID know this going in to it. I just thought I would get used to it. Yes, I could have waited to get into TCD, and the work would have been easier, but I would have still had to be out 2 -3 weeks at a time. And that, at least for me, is too much time away from my wife and family.

So that is the story of why I quit. I should have asked for more help/advise on here along the way. If I do get another trucking job, I will be sure and not drop off the face of the earth again. Hopefully I can find something with weekly home time. Or maybe trucking just isn't the right thing for me.

Thanks for reading, and have a GREAT day !

Posted:  2 years, 2 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to post an update. I left Maverick a couple weeks ago. I still think they are a great company, but I just couldn't handle being away from home for weeks at a time. I thought I would get used to it, but I was wrong, I guess. I wish they had a dedicated account where I live, but they don't. So now I am looking for something with at least some weekly home time.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

I'm considering switching to glass because of the pay but it doesn't do me any good for home time. You will earn that cpm for sure. Also, not sure if things have changed but that 1st Tuesday after orientation was a VERY long day lol. Best of luck

Yeah, glass seems to get less home time than the other two. They said today that the average is 1.1 34 hour reset at home per month for the glass division.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Sorry I replied before I read the whole conversation. My post really isn't relevant at this point.

Maybe it will help somebody else though lol.

Good luck.

Congratulations on your choice, Peter B. Schneider just ended up not being the right fit for me, but it sounds like you are happy there. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sure it will help a lot of people.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

I'll be in NLR tomorrow I think lol. I'd say you made the right choice. No bias here. Btw if you recruit your buddies you can get 4k for referrals on tcd drivers. They must really need them. Roll on

Yeah, they mentioned the referral. That could add up very quickly! I ended up going with the glass division, so I'll see how that goes. If it is too hard for me, I might switch to TCD. Maybe I could get my own referral bonus! LOL

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Just a quick update - I ultimately decided to go to Maverick. I am currently going through orientation, and I think I made a good choice. I have enjoyed the experience so far. I passed the DOT physical and agility tests today, which I was a little worried about. But it was not as hard as I had thought it might be.

C.T., maybe I'll see you around if you get back through Little Rock.

Thanks again, everyone, for all of your help. I really appreciate it.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Prime Inc. CDL training. Springfield, Missouri

Congratulations Turtle!! I'm very happy for you, and glad you are doing well.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Prime Inc. CDL training. Springfield, Missouri

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Maybe I could go out with a flatbed driver for PSD

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If you do, definitely hit me up. I'll hook you up with my flatbed trainer. He's awesome, and has won trainer of the year a few times.

Wait, that won't work because he & I will probably be out otr. But I can have him suggest another trainer. There are some losers out there that are only in it for the money. He'll get you a good one that actually teaches you.

That would be great! I will let you know for sure when the time comes. Thank you, I really appreciate it.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Prime Inc. CDL training. Springfield, Missouri

And thanks Buck_Wheat. Good luck to you as well. Hard to say if I'll be around then, but by all means hit me up when you get here.

Please take my advice and study for the permit before you get here. You'll have enough to do without having to worry about that too. After that it's easy peezy

You're very welcome. I already have my CDL, so at least that part is taken care of already. :-) dancing-dog.gif I just haven't driven a truck in a decade, so I have to through the training as a student. The Yes, I will probably get to see a lot of the Northeast. They also have a dedicated account out of Indiana & Ohio that I am looking into. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there. Maybe I could go out with a flatbed driver for PSD, that way I could see how what that is like. Who knows, I might like it better if I tried that route.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Prime Inc. CDL training. Springfield, Missouri

Hi Turtle,

I am reading your posts with great interest, as I am scheduled to start there on Jan 9th. Thank you for the info! It sounds like you are doing great. Is anyone in your class going to the tanker division? I hope not to have to wait too long to get a tanker trainer, but if that is the case so be it.

Good luck with your continuing journey! Maybe I'll see you there.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Ignore the post just before this one. For some reason it mixed in with yours and difficult to figure out.

PI&I Motor Express in Masury,OH is flatbed and Teamsters and hires new grads. Nick Strimbu Inc. has the better reputation though. If it were me, would go with Nick Strimbu Inc. reefer division, but that's me; you will decide what's best for you and your family.

Thanks, Seadragon. I will check them out. Merry Christmas!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

The time it takes for 30k teaming depends on how hard the trainer runs. One trainer could have you running 6k mikes per week son in five weeks you are done. My trainer ran less miles as a team than I did solo. Serious in two weeks her friend and i did 12k miles. It took me and her a month for that!

Keep in mind that even with all that training....I still was nervous going out on my own. I can't imagine only three weeks of training.

Well I found out real fast that it shows in WY even on Easter and 4th of July lol.

The bad thing about primes training is that lease and owner ops get to decide where they want to drive. Which means even if in training and you WANT to drive in the snow for experience....you might not. That is something to ask your trainer. I came in winter for winter training and my oo trainer only really drove us through two snow storms. That wasn't enough time for me.

The GOOD thing about teaming in training..because the person is asleep...I drove better. Having someone watch your every move 24/7 drove me nuts and messed me up more. When I didn't feel.watched I could relax.

Whatever you decide, I wish you luck. As long as you stick with a major carrier you can't go wrong for your training and experience. After that year if you have doubts about the company than shoo around. I planned on only staying my year then going local...but I got it so good with my FM I was like "WHY"? Lol. I'm saving so.much money by living on the truck I would be just as miserable driving local as I was with a non driving job.

Thanks, Rainy..that gives me a lot to think about. I am leaning hard toward Prime, and chances are that's where I'll go. Have a safe and Merry Christmas! I'm sure I'll have a ton of questions as I progress through training and such, but I'll try no to pester you too much!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

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Thanks for all of the replies/advice. It gives me a lot to think about. I have decided against Schneider mostly because they do not allow cell phone usage at all while driving - even Bluetooth. So now it is between Prime and Maverick. I like that prime has tanker, but I can switch to reefer if I don't like tanker. I like that Maverick has a $1,000 per week guarantee for reefer, and their training is dispatched as a solo - not team. Both seem to be great companies, and I'm sure I could be happy at either one.

Rainy, could the average be close to $1,000/week at Prime if I went reefer? It looks like Dan E. probably got close to that in the tanker division.

I know my earnings will depend on my performance and attitude, and I am eager to get started. I just want to make an informed decision, and everyone here is helping me tremendously, not only here in this post but everywhere I read on this awesome site.

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Not for the first few months solo. It took me probably three months of about $800 gross/$600 clear...this week was a slow week due to truck repairs but with detention and bonuses I ran 1726 miles. Grossed $907, take home $775.

Last week I did like 2700+ miles and got $1300 gross, $1120 clear...something like that. It does differ week to week. Since I paid off the money I owed prime for my food advance, cat fee, locks and chains...I don't think I've cleared less than $500 even during home time.

You said "training is solo not teams" what do you mean?

At prime with your permit the dispatches are solo runs so the student drives the instructor sits next to you. You take a 10hr break like you would solo. After you get the CDL you run team for 30k miles. Its not fun...but the rewards are great.

Prime does have a northeast dedicated route for reefer that is guaranteed $1250 per week, but you have to drive a lightweight unless you are a trainer. And you need to deal with traffic and lack of oarking , small tight customer docks. I told them no way. Lol

If you are like me and can live in your truck the money can roll in quickly. The $1700 per month in rent and utilities now goes in my pocket. Lol

Yeah, I know it will be less when I start out. I was just wondering what I could expect the average would be once I settled in and got used to how things work. I don't think I would want the Northeast dedicated either. It sounds like good money, but I'm sure there are a lot of headaches that go along with it. I live in southern Ohio, so I probably wouldn't qualify anyway.

I am married, so I will need the family insurance. My wife is checking to see when can get on her insurance, though. That might be cheaper in the long run.

About the solo thing, it seems to be run like the PSD is for Prime - I would do most of the driving and the instructor would be in the jump seat. No one sleeps when the truck is moving - even though I have my CDL already. I think they said I would be out a minimum of three weeks (up to eight, if needed) like this. It is dispatched as a solo driver truck. I think one reason I like this is because it might be shorter time-wise than the 40,000 miles with Prime. But Prime does pay $700/week while training, and Maverick pays $550. Also, with winter here, I'm sure I would be more comfortable with someone more experienced in the truck with me when the snow flies, so Prime would be good for that for at least this winter.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Thanks for all of the replies/advice. It gives me a lot to think about. I have decided against Schneider mostly because they do not allow cell phone usage at all while driving - even Bluetooth. So now it is between Prime and Maverick. I like that prime has tanker, but I can switch to reefer if I don't like tanker. I like that Maverick has a $1,000 per week guarantee for reefer, and their training is dispatched as a solo - not team. Both seem to be great companies, and I'm sure I could be happy at either one.

Rainy, could the average be close to $1,000/week at Prime if I went reefer? It looks like Dan E. probably got close to that in the tanker division.

I know my earnings will depend on my performance and attitude, and I am eager to get started. I just want to make an informed decision, and everyone here is helping me tremendously, not only here in this post but everywhere I read on this awesome site.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

Sorry for late reply. I don't believe we have a guarantee. I'm regional and average 2000 or more for now. It's slower now of course. I make 1k a week usually, I don't usually net that much since I am regional and have family insurance and all that.

Hi C.T. Thanks for responding. I just looked and I saw that the guarantee is on the TCD job site, but not on the Flatbed. It kind of seems to me if they have to offer that as an incentive, then the miles probably are not there to consistently make that much per week. I will have the same insurance and things also.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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I need to decide between Prime, Schneider or Maverick

I completely struggled for months over which company to go with. Ultimately I went with Prime flatbed, and I begin Monday.

I can't say one way or another what may me choose them. Just a gut feeling I guess. That and I got such good vibes from my recruiter during our talks. Also, Rainy was instrumental in my choice, as her threads and comments were just so positive, it made the decision much easier for me.

All are good choices, as noted. You kind of answered your own question. You do have to decide what's best for YOU.

Good luck in whatever you decide.

Thanks, Turtle. Good luck with your training! I am leading toward Prime also, and a lot of it is because of what Rainy has written here in the forums.

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