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Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Comp toe or steel toe for tankers

Splitter here & I'm only here to help you make a fully informed decision. Prime's commitment for veterans [thank you for your service] is not a full year, 9 months if I remember correctly. Training period is approx 5-6 months when you complete 50K miles, again if I remember correctly. You will be paid a flat rate + any miles over a certain threshold, over 5-6k miles don't remember exact amount.

If you go flatbed, you'll have to dish out the money for all your gear; head ache rack, side box, tarps, chains, straps, bungees, etc I thought it was 2K but my friend, lease op, says he's paying 5K. Reefer your looking at approx $500. All this money is taken out of your settlements incrementally.

PJ was not wrong cause what he described happened to me at 2 other megas but I just wanted you to make as much of an informed decision as I could help.

Good for you on heeding the advise on tankers. Good luck to you with whatever decision you make.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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What would you do?

Thank you for proving my point. It's your site & you can censor it as you wish. But what you call disjointed & spewing hate... I guess I hit a nerve.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Mount for GPS

Trying lubing the suction cup with water or saliva. That has worked for me. Never needed to try the bean bag.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Mega Carriers vs. Lease Operator; Tread Life Management

I thought just pulling the tractor brake is the proper way to scale? If you sit with your foot on the brake then all of your axles and steers are locked up.

What I posted before was from another website. Let me explain it this way.

You don't pull the brakes or sit on your brakes. You sit there in neutral without using your brakes at all. Every single scale I've pulled onto has been level, except one, the CAT scale in the Atlanta Petro. I went next door to the Blue Beacon & that one was level.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Mega Carriers vs. Lease Operator; Tread Life Management

Don't set your brakes when your on a scale. New air ride suspension and some trailers with the anti dock walk WILL bind up a multi platform scale and give bad axle weights, (maybe not so much on a single platform scale) Setting brakes on a scale usually causes heavy steer weights and lite drive weights. When you set your brakes it dumps the air bags, but the brakes set faster than the air being released, so the truck wants to settle but with the brakes set it binds up the suspension also binding up a scale. Truck scales as big and well built as they are are still very sensitive to movement and need to move freely. bound up suspension wont let the scale find its center once the movement settles. Hope I'm making sense here. Older trucks and trailers with spring suspension usually wont cause a problem. If you have to set your brakes, set the trailer brakes only! or turn off your truck and put it in gear. So, next time your fighting your weights, sliding 5th wheel and moving tandems, ask yourself, Did I set my brakes on that scale??

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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What would you do?

Supposedly oppressed? Really!? You are saying they weren't oppressed? Riddle me this, why does McDonalds in the US only pay the bare minimum yet in Switzerland they pay a living wage? As do all businesses in Switzerland! How many people are in jail for marijuana possession yet white folks now sell it LEGALLY! You throw Jesus in the mix and now you go down a slippery slope. The bible says thow shall not kill yet it says an eye for an eye, it even says slavery was ok....

Do you really want to go there?

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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What would you do?

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“In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?”~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated Civil Rights leader & non violent activist.

According to the footage, "police said the protester MAY have been trying to break into the truck." But the reporter actual said, at the very beginning, before quoting the police, that he was killed WHILE BREAKING INTO THE TRUCK. That's what yall heard & he's guilty cause he's black.

All I know is that the FedEx driver has essentially lost his driving privileges cause insurance companies will not insure anyone with a fatality on their license. I dont have experience with self insured trucking companies & their policies so I cant speak to that.

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There's absolutely no excuse for rioting and destroying property and the injuring of people that is going on...That includes being black and supposedly oppressed for 100s of years. There are countless black protestors who have protested during the day and have done so peaceable and with dignity. The problems start at night when opportunists enter into the mix. You (and others in this post) need to open your eyes to the truth and see that it is not a black/ white, rich/poor, American/vs whoever issue, it is strictly right vs wrong. More specifically it is non-believers vs believers in Christ. Tensions and issues are increasing on a world scale and it's only going to get worse. So choose whether you want to get caught up in the short term turmoil here on earth and forgo your salvation or live as Jesus told us,and showed us, to live in spite of the chaos around us.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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What would you do?

“In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?”~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated Civil Rights leader & non violent activist.

According to the footage, "police said the protester MAY have been trying to break into the truck." But the reporter actual said, at the very beginning, before quoting the police, that he was killed WHILE BREAKING INTO THE TRUCK. That's what yall heard & he's guilty cause he's black.

All I know is that the FedEx driver has essentially lost his driving privileges cause insurance companies will not insure anyone with a fatality on their license. I dont have experience with self insured trucking companies & their policies so I cant speak to that.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Mega Carriers vs. Lease Operator; Tread Life Management

Rob D., Prime recommends the proper tire pressure for the tractor is 110 psi on the steers but 100 psi on the drives. I believe the difference is due to the drives being super singles.

And yes, Prime does splurge on their equipment & replacement parts. But not all megas are built the same. At the same time, not all "innovations" deliver on their implied cost benefit. Two examples come to mind, those wheel covers that hid the axle hub seals & those trailer tails. They do try & that's why I'm back with Prime.

That said, all the safety equipment in the world cannot correct stupid or ignorance! What I've learned in the few years of driving is that the way drivers are trained creates both great drivers & dangerously misinformed drivers too.

Example, I noticed a driver pull his brakes while he was on the scale. I went over & politely told his that by him pulling his brakes, his weights will be off. He looked at me like I was crazy & said that's the way he's always done it. I responded by letting him know that he's been very lucky cause that's not the proper way to scale a load & walked away.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Comp toe or steel toe for tankers

Just to expand on what PJ has already highlighted. Prime does have a tanker division but you have to live within a specific hiring area for Prime to be able to accommodate your hometime. I live in FL & was not able to work in that division because they dont have any accounts here.

I consider that a blessing in disguise. We just had a driver roll his truck right outside the shippers facility. He took a turn too fast & just like that, his career is now essentially over. To add insult to injury, the shipper was able to see everything right outside their windows. How embarrassing is that for Prime?

Food grade tankers can't have baffles to help with the surge due to cleaning purposes. But baffles wouldn't have helped that Prime driver. They ease the surge going forward & backwards. Side to side is a whole different beast to contend with. A tanker driver was saying that sometimes the 3rd stage Jake brake barely helps slow that surge.

Personally, I'd recommend waiting 6 months to a year to try tanker.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Flatbedding/Specialized

You mentioned specialized & to my knowledge, you'll have to work your way up into that field. I'd recommend getting in with any flatbed company that'll give you a shot, even if it isn't in flatbedding. That way you can gain the much needed experience & a positive track record for someone to take a chance on you. Most specialized companies I researched required a minimum of 2 years flatbed/securement experience before they'd consider your application. Always remember that once you're in the drivers seat, it's up to you to remain focused on the ultimate goal & not letting other people's stupid actions cause you to ruin a great opportunity. I have a record but it was from my teenage years & Prime gave me a shot. Good luck on your journey.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Swift or May Trucking?

Bubblez, here's what you need to ask yo make an informed decision with any company you're interested in. What's their hometime policy? Do they have a dedicated account near your residence? (Dedicated accounts sometimes require you to live within a certain distance of the DC to be on that acct) How does the training become truly free? (With Swift, they'll deduct the training in weekly increments for 1 year then they repay you the same way for another year) Which division are you interested in & do they offer training in that division? (Dry van, reefer, tanker, flatbed or intermodal) Tanker for a rookie is not recommended! We just had a driver roll his truck coming out of the shipper cause he took the exit turn too fast. How long is their training period? How much will you get paid during that training period? Theres a list of many other questions to ask the different recruiters you talk to. Good luck! Here's the list

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Company that will let me train my gf for team driving

Dustin you will have to contact whatever companies you're interested in driving for directly & speak with a recruiter. Prime requires you to drive for them for a certain period of time before you can start training. You'll also need to go out with a trainer for a certain amount of mileage before you can get your own truck. I didnt mention specifics cause it's different for everyone. It all depends on experience & how well you do during your evaluation period.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

You're right. I'm wrong. Not going there with you. Learned my lesson from the last time when you accused me of getting my feelings hurt when it was nothing close to that.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

Starting Pay: $.53 to $.56 per practical mile for OTR Drivers

That's from your company's website. I did ask somebody & I did my due diligence. Why do you enjoy calling me out, is what I'd like to know? You dont see me calling you out on spewing your rhetoric against liberals or Democrats like we're the enemy on the receiving end of your scope

Posted:  4 months ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

Splitter, this is the second time you've posted recently about what some Crete driver's told you what their cpm is. We currently top out at 57 cpm.

Best to ask to see their pay stub when any driver starts offering up big numbers because they're telling you a tall tale.

Recruiter told me I'd start at between .56-.58 running reefer.

Posted:  4 months ago

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First solo week. I did NOT anticipate the amount of stress!

RWD, everyday is a good day when: You're still upright & not pushing up daisies. You drove your entire shift & didnt hit anything. You got out & looked every time you were the least bit doubtful, no matter how many times it took. You weren't late for pick up or delivery.

The best advise I can give you is remember to breathe, take your time, trip plan & watch your clock! You're doing better than me in my first month out. Keep up the good work & enjoy that hometime you're earning!

Posted:  4 months ago

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Trucker Expenses have to pay ?

One out pocket that is huge here at Prime is for flatbedders. My friend told me he paid somewhere around $5K for all his gear. They do take it out in small increments but that's a lot of loot for someone starting out. He loves it though.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Update. Retirement and Werner

Ok , I’m now officially a Werner employee. Orientation Made the trip from Alabama up to Lithia Springs, Ga Tuesday evening and got checked into the hotel. The room wasn’t bad. Overall the hotel was pretty nice. You have to pick up breakfast the night before in a brown bag.

Wed morning the shuttle showed up to take ppl who didn’t have their own transport to the terminal , which is about 2 miles away. I was able to drive my own car to the terminal. For those with rental cars they drove to the terminal and turned in the keys.

Day 1 Wed was the physical and drug test which was urine and hair ( I told them to get the grey hair from my chest) and a lot of paperwork . Lunch is provided. More paperwork, and towards the end of the day the instructor took us out to a truck and showed us how Werner wanted a pre trip conducted.

Day 2 Thursday. Showed up at the same time And did a bunch of computer based training and more briefings . Lunch was provided again. After lunch a lady came in and told us what accounts we were scheduled for and that all cbts had to be done for the next day. And now all we had to do was wait for our drug test results to come back and for trainers. We were cut lose around 3pm.

Today Friday I waited at the hotel until they said I was good to go for my ua results and talked to my trainer. Lucky for me I was able to come home to spend tonight and I will drive to him tomorrow and get put in a hotel. (My experience there is a little different because I know my trainer and requested him specifically)

Overall impression is that I was treated very well. Everything was ran very orderly. Lots of info, lots of things to accomplish but was treated with the utmost respect and our instructor Robert who was in the safety department had just came off the road with a million plus miles under his belt answers every question to the best of his ability. They were very upfront about the safety policies. Get caught doing a uTurn =get let go. Get caught sleeping on the side of the road or Underpass=get let go. Idle when it’s appropriate, but don’t run your truck constantly or go way out of route.

Most importantly and I heard this a lot “You are the captain of your own ship”

I am proud to be part of big blue and am ready to start cranking out some safe miles. Hope y’all are well!

Congratulations Papa Pig. Good luck with your buddy, those close quarters will test any friendship. Lol. Be safe out here!

Posted:  4 months ago

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Running on Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

Sorry to hear you're having some problems in your personal life, it sounds like Crete is being very flexible allowing you to handle these issues. If you leave Crete I'm sure you'll have no problem finding something that fits you better given how hard you work.

I would hope that he could resolve whatever his personal issues are without having to leave Crete. I was just speaking to another of their drivers & hes been with them 3 years & is making ,12 cents per mile more than I do. And with how hard Jamie runs? I'm sure hes making some nice bank!

Good luck with your family/personal problems Jamie. Hope your parents are not suffering either. Mine are up there in the years & I'm very blessed to still have them in my life.

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