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Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Prime inc Flatbed trainer

Yes they do. But, there trainer/trainee matching system is not the best.

They won’t force you to train with someone if you don’t get along which is good. The amount of horror stories out there about this is high.. I could explain further and give examples but I’d rather not post what I’ve seen happen to other students. It’s not my place.

In my training diary blog you could read more but I turned down my first trainer from the matching system and I’m glad I did. For many reasons. I ended up finding a trainer just by talking to random drivers in the terminal. He turned out to be awesome. If he was flat bed I would stay him with but he is reefer.

But yes.. that’s usually how it goes. It’s just not the best system, unfortunately.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Prime inc Flatbed trainer

My name isn’t Ed Bamberger I’m currently in the TNT phase of Prime Inc CDL training program. At this point I am looking for a flatbed trainer to take me on for my last 20,000 miles of TNT training. Being from PA I’m looking for a trainer that mostly does the northeast, lives in the northeast and/or does a dedicated route in the northeast since that is what I want to be doing once I upgrade and go solo. I’m currently training in the reefer division and going home for thanksgiving. I am looking to get picked up by a flatbed trainer at the Pittston terminal that following weekend. If there are any flatbed prime trainers on here looking for a student that is a hard worker and willing to learn send me an email at edwardjosephbambegerjr@gmail.com.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

Well.. my last post was a little over a month ago and I had just passed my CDL license and was about to leave out for my TNT portion of my training.

A lot has happened since then.. I will try and summarize everything in this post.

Here is a list of my 01’s and 90’s this past month:

Springfield, MO to Newark, NJ. I went home for 1 week. Pitston, PA to Oakland, CA. Salinas, CA to New Haven, CT. I went home for 2 days to transfer CDL. Hazleton, PA to Burlington, NC. Rocky Mount, NC to Louisville, KY. Louisville, KY to Newark, NJ. Newark, NJ to Indianapolis, IN. Champagne, IL to SLC, Utah. SLC, Utah to Findlay, OH. Findlay, OH to Springfield MO. Springfield, MO to Kent, WA. Kent, WA to Springfield, MO.

I apologize on not doing daily and weekly updates like some people do.. I just felt like I had zero time to type and update anything. My days consisted of driving, finding time to eat, and trying to sleep on my 10 hour breaks. One thing I can say is that I am definitely not interested in ever becoming a team driver in the future. Ever.

I’ve driven in high winds, fog, smog, rain, sleet, ice, I’ve spent whole shifts driving in snow. Out of all of these conditions I’d have to say driving in the heavy fog is one of the most scariest scenarios.. not being able to see anything in front and around you just sucks.

I currently have about 20,000 miles in on for my Prime Inc TNT phase. Im doing 40,000. I’m also back in Springfield because my current Trainer is upgrading his truck so I decided to make the best of it and take the Prime safety course and also a class on driving these automatics since my trainers new truck is an automatic.

It’s now Friday night 11/10/17 and I’m just relaxing the rest of the weekend and having a physical on Monday for my medical DOT card. Then I’ll be back in the road to finish these miles. I also decided to go to the flat bed division so hopefully after thanksgiving I’ll be switching and finishing out my miles in that division. The plan is to hopefully have all my miles done and ready to upgrade before Christmas.

I will try and update again when I switch to flat bed otherwise I will update again once I go to upgrade in December. Like I said it gets tough to find time to update this blog when this phase is just go go go.

At this point I am looking for a flat bed trainer to take me on for my last 20,000 miles of TNT training. Being from PA I’m looking for a trainer that mostly does the northeast or a dedicated route in the northeast since that is what I want to be doing once I upgrade and go solo. I’m going home for thanksgiving and am looking to get picked up by a flat bed trainer at the Pitston terminal that following weekend. If there are any flat bed prime trainers on here looking for a student that is a hard worker and willing to learn send me an email at edwardjosephbambegerjr@gmail.com.

Stay safe out there drivers!

Posted:  1 year, 8 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

Awesome to hear your doing well.

I'm sitting here outside the Northstar grill in the Millennium building waiting to head over to Prime East in an hour for our PSD group to start meeting instructors. Really hope I'm fortunate enough to get one today.

I really appreciate being able to hear success stories from from those who just went through what I'm about to go through.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

PS: And like you I'll be missing my wedding anniversary. My wife keeps reminding me that we're been side by side for 17years and due to my amazing timing I'll be spending our 10 year wedding anniversary on the road!

Hey man, hope you had fun at prime east. That is actually where I found my instructor.. we talked and hit it off and it went really well. Just remember that there is nothing wrong with being picky who you go out on he road with.. you'll be with them for awhile in close quarters.

I turned down the first instructor that contacted me and I'm glad I did. I actually was here for two weeks before I got an instructor. (But that was also because of my BP). What I'm trying to say is you'll get an instructor soon.. if not this weekend then this coming week. Instructors come in daily looking for new students.

I'm actually going tanker but my instructor is Reefer and I'm leaving tomorrow with him to do half of my 30,000 miles with him and then going to pick up a tanker instructor at the Pittston Terminal.

But good luck and let me know if you get an instructor, you may have already for all I know! And get lots of practice on the backing pad before you test for your CDL.. that was definitely the hardest part for me.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

I passed my CDL Pre trip test, Backing test, and Driving test! I am now officially a CDL Driver for Prime Inc! The past few days have been so stressful and I am so proud of myself for pursuing this new career and working hard to achieve my CDL.

On Sunday, I had my first attempt at the CDL tests. My anxiety was going through the roof. I have always had a really hard time with memorization so studying and memorizing the pre trip was very difficult for me. So.. I was fortunate enough to be the first one of the day to test. But I was also unfortunate enough to not only have the examiner there testing me but also the DOT Officer which only made my anxiety go even more crazy. I missed a lot on the pre trip.. my mind was going completely blank.. which always happens to me when I take tests. But.. I was good enough on the pre trip to pass that portion of the CDL test. Ok.. I moved on to the backing.. I practiced my backing for a few days before I left for psd and also a few days when I got back from psd.. I personally thought I was ready. I hit the straight back perfect.. then it was offset to the left.. I feel like because I worked myself up so much because of the pre trip it spilled over to the backing portion of the test.. I completely forgot my points and ended up timing out. I ended up practicing my backing some more that afternoon.

Monday morning came around and it was time for me to attempt the backing again and hopefully move on to the driving portion of the CDL tests. Straight back went perfect again.. I got set back to the left and i got it but got a lot of points. I was hoping I was going to get the alley dock.. because I was hitting that with no points in training. But I ended up getting parallel to the right instead. I went through the motions and ended up pointing out.... I had to come back for a third day and try and pass my CDL tests. At this point my anxiety is even worse.. you only get 3 try's to pass your CDL tests. So I ended up receiving the help from another instructor to help me with my backing points. I ended up learning a different way for the set back and parallel backing that afternoon.

9/26/17 Tuesday morning the time has come for me to pass these tests. I memorized all of the points for my backing and was ready to go! Extremely nervous but ready to go. I had the same examiner from the day before and of course he was completely rude to me at first and stated he didn't have much faith in me on passing the backing tests. Who says that!?!? Well guess what.. I completely proved him wrong with only 2 points in the backing portion of the exam!!!! I was pumped.. I even told him.. "you have faith in my abilities now?" I don't think he knew what to say. I love proving people wrong. So I moved on to the driving portion and passed.. I messed up on a few things but I passed! I felt like I had a million pounds lifted off my shoulders! So awesome!

Too make things even better... I passed on my two year wedding anniversary to my awesome wife kerry! With her encouraging words and helping me to remain focused on the end goal I was able to pass all of these tests. I couldn't be happier right now!

It is now Wednesday and I have my sleep apnea test tonight. I honestly don't think I have sleep apnea but maybe I'm wrong? Doesn't matter.. I'm just happy to officially be a employee of prime inc! Then I have my physical to get an updated DOT card on Friday. Then I'll be leaving on Saturday for the TNT portion of my training. I'll be going out for 15,000 miles with my PSD trainer and then getting a tanker trainer for my remaining 15,000 miles.

What a journey this has been!!!

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Just Another Trucker Training Diary?

Hey Paul, yeah I agree with G town.. might be time to request a new trainer. He sounds like he is a horrible trainer. You deserve someone better then that.

Interested in knowing what you decided to do.. I think you posted this a few days ago.

Hope everything is going better now!

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

G-town - thank you for all of the advice!

I just arrived back in Springfield, MO! We were supposed to arrive last night but we hit a lot of bumper to bumper traffic in Atlanta and I ran out of hours so we called it a night about 3 hours from Springfield. We got up at 1am and the truck would not start.. we tried multiple things and it still would not start.. we ended up calling road assistance and a tow truck got to us around 430am. They were able to get us running and we took off for Springfield.. we didn't shut the engine off the rest of the way just incase we couldn't get it started again. And once we got to Springfield we put in an order for it to be fixed in the shop.. plus the APU wasnt working correctly.

As of right now I'm waiting for my trainers truck to be done in the shop. If it's done by 6pm we will be practicing my backing tonight. Otherwise I'll be practicing my backing for 4 hours tomorrow and testing for my CDL on Sunday.

My next post will be on Sunday! I'm going for that trifecta!!!!

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

So, since I'm finishing up PSD this weekend and taking my CDL tests. I wanted to see if there is any Prime Tanker drivers that could tell me more about driving tanker..? I originally wanted to go tanker but ever since I arrived at Prime 4 weeks ago I've heard nothing but bad things.. (examples that I've heard.. always something wrong with the tanker trailers, trailer tires are worn down too low most of the time, surge is really bad and will knock you into oncoming traffic.. just to name a few). I live in PA and thought tanker would be a perfect fit for me since I live in the northeast region. I've also considered doing my TNT in flatbed instead of tanker.. but would only do that if the rumors about the tanker division are true.

So what I'm asking is if anyone in the prime tanker division could give me advice or more info on the tanker division..? Maybe someone can give me better information on what's going on in the tanker division.. from someone who actually drives tanker for Prime.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

Driving into Denver was boring at first but once I started seeing the mountain ridge line about 50 miles out it was a beautiful site to see. We arrived at our 90 roughly 5 hours early on 9/15 but they ended up taking us early so it worked out pretty good. They unloaded the truck which took a few hours then found a flying J to get some sleep for the night. Woke up in the morning and got a much needed shower before driving to Dodge City, Kansas to pick up our next load. This was one of the longest most boring drives of my life.. fields.. more fields.. ghost towns.. and again more fields. But we picked up our load in Dodge city and found a flying j to get some rest for the night.

I tell you what.. I lucked out and got a really good instructor.. we have a lot in common and we get along really well. He's always encouraging and has never yelled at me. Having a very positive instructor is something I'm really happy about. So, for anyone coming to prime.. nothing wrong with being picky in who you pick for your instructor to go on the road with during psd. I turned down the first trainer who called me and I'm glad I did.

It's now the morning of 9/17/17 and we are about to head out on our long trip to our 90 in Columbia, SC.. and then back to Springfield! I'll update again in a few days!

-Strongman Trucker

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

Well my trainer and I arrived at our appointment time at 0500 to unload our first load together. After we arrived we went over the process with the paperwork and they started unloading at 0600 and finished at 0900. (At this point I've been awake for over 24 hours since we pulled an all nighter to get here on time). I finally got to sleep at 1000 and slept until about 1600-1700. My trainer and I got some food and went over some pre trip inspection. We just got our dispatch for our next load. It looks like we will be leaving early tomorrow morning to Michigan and driving a load to Colorado to drop off on Saturday 9/16. So I'm going to get some good experience in different types of driving these next few days :) after Saturday we will be making our way back to Springfield MO so i can get ready to get that Trifecta!!!

I hope people are reading my blog. If there is anything else someone wants me to add to the blog or if anyone has questions about orientation or the psd process I'd be happy to answer.

Btw.. Prime is an awesome company and I definitely made the right decision coming here!

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

9/11/17 Monday:

This past Thursday I got a trainer.. he's a very knowledgeable and awesome dude and I feel good about heading out on the road with him. I'm also his first student. Thursday-Sunday I worked on my backing skills, pre trip, and some night driving with my trainer. I was a little discouraged the first few times I attempted backing but my trainer saw something in me and personally asked me in Thursday if he could be my trainer and what he could do to get me on his truck. (He smokes and I originally did not want a trainer that smokes.. he did promise me certain things and I know he'll keep up his end of the bargain regarding his smoking). Today we are leaving on our first load to Columbus Ohio for a 0500 delivery tomorrow morning. My trainer will be doing most of the driving to get us there on time but after this load I'll be doing all of the driving. I'm excited! Wish me luck and I'll try and update again later this week!

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

Paul - yeah I was pretty much running around all day yesterday and today. Good luck on the road!!!

Ed, thanks for the update! I am so glad to hear you got past the blood pressure test. I hadn't seen you around before I headed out yesterday so I feared the worst. Good luck out there!

The trainer/instructor I spoke with yesterday turned out to be a no go. Long story short.. he straight up lied to me about his smoking habits. (I hate the smell of smoke.. it makes me sick to my stomach).. and I was getting a really weird feeling about him. So I sent him a message this morning to let him know that we were not a good match and he should look for a different student and so on. He never responded.. glad I went with my gut feeling and did not go on the road with him. I ended up seeing him leave the campus inn with a new student. Him not responding just reassured me of my weird feeling about him. It's rude not to respond. Period. Even if your mad.

But all is good! Tomorrow I head over to the training pad to drive some trucks and maybe I'll get a call from an instructor soon.. been here for almost two weeks now and I want to get headed on the road.

Posted:  1 year, 9 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

Prime Orientation Day 1 8/28/17: The greyhound trip out there was tough but I arrived at the campus inn at 3:30 AM Monday morning. I was very fortunate enough to get my own room. I was only able to get about 2 hours of sleep before I had to be in Roll Call at 7:00 AM. Monday morning Roll Call consisted of introductions, application review, physical review, simulator group assignments, and discussed the computer based testing due by Wednesday night. At 9:00 AM we were dispersed to get our drug test, DOT physical, Agility test, and file review. Everything went smoothly except for my blood pressure. I would have to get it re checked on day 2. Monday afternoon I had Group A simulator training where I learned how to double clutch. Using the simulator to learn how to shift was awesome! After this I was able to work in some of the CBT testing and relax for the rest of the day.

Prime Orientation Day 2 8/29/17: Tuesday morning began with 7:00 AM Roll Call and program review. At 8:15 we had an hours of service and logging class. At 9:00 AM I went over to Medical to get my blood pressure re checked and it was still high and was high again later in the afternoon when I get it checked. I made an appointment at there in-house doctors office for Wednesday morning to discuss going on blood pressure medicine. Around 10:30 AM I headed over on the shuttle to the DMV to take my CDL permit tests - general knowledge, air breaks, tanker, and combination. I passed all 4 tests on the first try. I needed this after worrying about my blood pressure! I went back to the campus in where I worked on my CBTs and had simulator class again later that night.

Prime Orientation Day 3 8/30/17: Wednesday morning begin with Roll Call / pre trip inspection class at 7:00 AM. 9:30 I had the Sleep apnea meeting (I was flagged for the sleep apnea study on day 1). It looks like once I come back to take my CDL exam I'll be getting a sleep study done to see if I have sleep apnea. At 11:00 I had my appointment at the doctors office and I did not pass my blood pressure again. I was placed on blood pressure medicine to see if I can lower it. (It needs to be under 140/90). I then finished up all of my CBTs and had simulator class at 6:30 PM. I was able to test out of the simulator 1 day early and I did just that! You'll need to get at least an 80% on the simulator driving exam.. I received at 94%. That finished up day 3.

Prime Orientation Day 4 8/31/17: Thursday morning consisted of benefits and wellness class at / Roll Call at 7:00 AM. I then went back to the doctors office to get my blood pressure checked and it was still high (but lower then yesterday). I would have to go back tomorrow. I then had simulator training at 5:00 PM.

Prime Orientation Day 5 9/1/17: Since I was not able to get my purple badge yesterday because of my blood pressure still being high and not being medically cleared yet.. Friday morning at 8:30 AM I had Roll call. I then went to the Doctors office and my blood pressure had dropped a lot but the bottom number was still slightly too high. I was able to be approved to stay over the holiday weekend and get retested on Tuesday morning. I've been really strict with my diet and will be ready for Tuesday! That pretty much summed up my day since I have finished everything else.

Saturday/Sunday/Monday: Since I'm being held over the weekend for not passing the blood pressure test there was not much for me to do.. only studied for the pre trip inspection but that's about it.. unfortunately all I could really think about was passing my blood pressure test.. I really did not want to go home. Role call on Saturday and Sunday at 8am. Saturday was fun.. Prime was having a picnic.. I did not get to eat what I wanted but it was still a lot of fun to see the different truck designs. Monday all I did was try to relax and keep my blood pressure down.

Tuesday 9/5/17: Today was the day.. I was either going to pass my blood pressure test and continue in the PSD program or have to be sent home. And well.. I PASSED! I passed around 9:30am.. ate a very big well deserved breakfast and waited to receive my medical record and DOT card. But, I didn't receive the packet today.. a new orientation group started today so they were very busy so I understand. Tomorrow I'll have to pick up my Medical packet and get over to the DMV to get my license and CDL Permit. Then back to Prime to get my purple badge and everything else I need. Also, A trainer contacted me today and i might be heading out tomorrow evening if everything works out good.

This pretty much completes my orientation week (week and a half lol)! My next post should be when I'm on the road with my first haul with a trainer. Wish me luck!!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Just Another Trucker Training Diary?

Paul - I just got on my last bus transfer in ST Louis, MO.. looks like there is anywhere from 10-20 other people on this bus coming to prime orientation.. should be arriving around midnight. I'll try to find you at breakfast tomorrow morning. Awesome you got to try out the simulator already!!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

G-town - yes we are neighbors! you're right down the street pretty much! and thank you!! im excited to start this new adventure!

Paul and Cato - Looking forward to meeting you both!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

I look forward to next week, I also start Prime orientation on Monday, 8-28. Seems like you will be good company, I was a Corrections Officer for a little over a year before starting my Prime journey.

Cato - Awesome man! Will be nice to meet a former Correctional Officer like myself at orientation. Whats your name? ill keep an ear out it. Or we can try and meet up during down time. If we get any! lol

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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The high road training in a begginers eyes

Paul - I'd definitely be down for giving out some tips about building muscle and strength! BTW what time will you be arriving on the 27th? I just got my greyhound confirmation.. I leave Saturday the 26th and wont be arriving until 10:25 pm Sunday night. Unfortunately the greyhound ticket I originally wanted was sold out and would of got me in Missouri at 1:00 pm. So now ill be getting in pretty late.

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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Prime Inc - My new career

Hello!

My name is Ed Bamberger. I am 30 years old and from Boyertown, Pennsylvania. For the last 10 years I have been working in Law enforcement. I just worked my last shift as a Sergeant in Corrections this past weekend. I leave for the paid CDL training program at Prime Inc. this Saturday to start orientation on August 28th in Springfield, Missouri. Is anyone else going to be there on the 28th?

I have been considering a career as a CDL Truck driver for almost 2 years now. In the last few months I finally made the decision for myself and my family that this is the career I wanted and needed. I researched many different CDL schools and paid schooling programs. I narrowed it down to three different paid CDL programs and Prime Inc. ended up being the winner. I applied on Wednesday, August 9th. I received a phone call from a recruiter on Thursday, August 10th. I then was approved on Friday, August 11th to go to orientation for Primes paid CDL program! Talk about a fast recruitment!

After researching the different Divisions within Prime Inc., I definitely want to join the Tanker Division. I’ve read that there are not as many Tanker division trainers as there are in the other divisions... But are there any Trainers on here that live in the Northeast and that will be available to train? I’ve read many training diaries on Truckers Truth and it has helped me immensely in making my decision to pursue this career. I plan on doing the same and making a weekly post within this thread with updates of my CDL career.

Keep a look out for my updates!

Posted:  1 year, 10 months ago

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The high road training in a begginers eyes

Ill be heading out to Prime Inc for orientation that weekend as well! I cant wait to start my new career! I'll see you there!

Hey, Bobby. I'm tracking right there with you, man. Just got serious, started researching and found this website which has been an incredible wealth of wisdom. I chose Prime and will be heading to Springfield on the 27th of August. I was surprised at how quickly the ball got rolling once I put in the application with Prime. It took the recruiter about two days to get everything situated--he wanted me to be in next week's class, but that was a bit TOO fast for me.

I don't have much advice for you, we're on the same boat it seems, but I am seriously digging the High Road program and am trying my best to make my 36-year-old brain be a sponge until I head off to training. Hope to see you there!

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