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Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Anyone Know What This Is?

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Sounds too much like work!

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Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Anyone Know What This Is?

Thanks for sharing the knowledge, Errol! And yes. Now that you mentioned it, the design looks very much like a garbage truck.

Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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Anyone Know What This Is?

What kind of contraption is that on the back of the truck. These are new Mack trucks. Cabover design in front. Is it just fancy exhaust?

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Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

It's a tough call on whether or not to go OTR or stay dedicated. I had a dedicated route(s) with US Xpress. After 9 months I was kind of sick of it. That's why I decided to go back OTR with Prime exactly 2 years ago tomorrow (happy anniversary).

On the other hand, my father drove as a feeder driver (I guess that's like linehaul) pulling doubles for UPS for over 30 years, and he loved it. Home every day, weekends off.

I guess it all depends on the person...

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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Considering ODFL as my first employer

There are OD drivers on this forum. They will probably tell you that doing the local city stuff might be tough for a rookie driver. Congratulations on getting your CDL! Stand by, someone will chime in with more info eventually. I hear "Bobcats" have good info.

Posted:  2 days, 13 hours ago

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What are your personal positives and negatives regarding jockeying a rig for a living?

I am genuinely curious where you get the idea we will be dealing with unsavory characters such as corrupt law enforcement officials and mobsters.

It seems that most of your preconceived notions about trucking stem from “Dukes of Hazzard” and Patrick Swayze movies.

It isn’t “Black Dog” and “Road House” out here.

Watch out for that "Right Boot", Eugene!

Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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Thoughtfull.

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The reason I’m going team with the flatbed is because the work will be easier and take less time as opposed to one person doing it.

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How's that going to work as far as the driver who's supposed to be resting getting their 10 hour break? Will the other driver be doing work related duties while logged sleeper/off duty? Thats a huge no no if its caught.

You just summed up the life of a TNT trainer, Rob. rofl-3.gif

Yes. I know it's different for a trainer. Just making a funny.

Posted:  4 days, 11 hours ago

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Thoughtfull.

Did WEx tell you you had to start as a team driver, Eric? Or was that decision left up to you? Just curious.

If you had no choice in the matter then I can't fault you for trying to look at it in the most positive way you can. That's good.

Just be prepared for some difficulties that may arise, as Kearsey and PackRat pointed out.

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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Thoughtfull.

Sorry, Bird-one. Didn't realize you were leaving a response while I was writing mine. I'm not trying to put words in your mouth here😁

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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Thoughtfull.

"Nobody’s drinking the kool-aid..."

You may have interpreted that statement about the kool-aid the wrong way. He was just telling you to not get caught up in all the rumors and negativity you may hear from other drivers at the terminal. We call them "terminal rats" and they do nothing but complain while trying to suck you into their sphere of negativity.

Stay above that and remain positive. That's all. Don't let their negativity bring you down.

Also, don't let a company's reputation influence you at all. Western Express might appear to have a lot of slackers and complainers driving for them, but remember, they also have a lot of successful drivers too. Just concentrate on trying to be one of those successful drivers👍

Posted:  5 days, 10 hours ago

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Thoughtfull.

You also mentioned that a big problem was the type of people they bring in to hire.

In that case, you should be licking your chops to get out there and outshine the internal competition. Driving is competitive. You are competing mostly with your coworkers. Go ahead and leave them in the dust. Show WE that you are a step above the other people they hire😉

Posted:  5 days, 11 hours ago

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Thoughtfull.

If I was you I'd try to establish myself as a dependable, safe flatbedder over the next few months.

After that, if you still would rather do dry van, then make the switch.

Don't simply consider flatbed as "playing it safe". Even if that's the reason you chose it for now. Put some effort into it while focusing on developing safe habits and good clock management skills. Doing this will only make you a better driver no matter what division you choose in the future.

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Prime Inc: getting to n from terminal during training?

And let me guess, you got a Ben N Jerry's load from Vermont to Henderson, NV? One of my favorite loads to run😉

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Prime Inc: getting to n from terminal during training?

I just completed the PSD in Pittston and passed the CDL test. I was at the hotel for a week waiting to get a trainer. In the past week I have been from PA, Vermont, Nevada, Arizona. Now waiting in Salt Lake for our next load to start to run me back toward home (Maine).

I had them cover the rental car as I was not sure about parking and did not want to risk breaking down between Maine and Pittston. I know i will get home at some point, and am just trying to absorb as much information as I can.

Did you request a non smoker for TNT? I'm just wondering why it took so long for you to get your TNT trainer. I mean, it is obviously not unheard of to wait that long, but a male with no smoking preference usually doesn't have to wait that long at Pittston from what I've heard. Also, what division are you? That could make a difference.

I assume you have to go back to Maine to get your Maine license? Your paper copy will expire soon. You're probably getting daily messages at this point saying as much.

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Prime Inc: getting to n from terminal during training?

Hey, Kearsey, The last part you mentioned about being expected to run for 2 weeks after TNT, have all your students been required to do this? My students have been able to go straight home after TNT (with a load to get them there) and I was routed back home from Springfield after my training period with Prime when I transferred. I guess it's at the discretion of your FM whether or not he/she will actually require a recent upgrade to run for 2 weeks prior to going home? So as a student, they should plan for the worst (i.e., running 2 weeks before getting home)?

Posted:  6 days, 16 hours ago

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Prime Inc: getting to n from terminal during training?

I dont know about reimbursements for rentals if you need to go back home. Prime will pay for the rental TO Prime. My current student was provided a rental from Wilmington, NC. You should get a PSD trainer immediately after orientation. No need to go home. After PSD it could take a minute to get a trainer. Choosing no preference for smoker/non smoker will get you a TNT trainer faster. All the TNT students I've talked to out of Pittston have gotten their trainers within 4 days. Those days were paid while they waited.

After TNT, when you upgrade, you will talk to your Fleet Manager. They should ask you if you want to be routed toward home for some home time. If not, let them know you would like to be routed home for home time. There should be no issue about that. It is standard for recently upgraded drivers to go home immediately after getting their truck.

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Where’s everyone at what’s you 20 how’s the weather??

Also in Minnesota. A little south of Minneapolis/St, Paul. Beautiful sunset last night. This morning's temp was 0 degrees.

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Posted:  1 week ago

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Famous Quotes on Trucking Truth

Charles ****ens. That is how A Tale Of Two Cities begins. Or is it Great Expectations? One of those🤷

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

^^^ sounds like training, doesn't it ?!?!?

(Keith can't play, haha!)

~ anne ~

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Photos, oddball things

One little cone? I guess he's the only one who showed up for work today.

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Just Safely Handled My First Jackknife

Well done, Eugene! Way to keep your wits about you in an Oh, __it! Situation.

Most importantly, did your undergarments remain unsoiled?

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