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    San Diego, CA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 3 months ago

Spaceman Spiff's Bio

Company flatbedder at Prime, Inc.

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Posted:  5 hours, 13 minutes ago

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On food storage ideas for when you go solo

Susan you have the sat tv too. I forgot that I'm adding a small TV soon as well, going to have to get creative.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Off to Prime to Start Training

No worries, 99 percent of drivers out here are very friendly and accommodating. Just keep your ears and eyes open and try to learn the CDL portion at first, not the entire job/industry.

Posted:  1 day, 10 hours ago

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On food storage ideas for when you go solo

That Foreman grill seems space friendly. I should consider that.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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On food storage ideas for when you go solo

This was the truck I did PSD in. This is from the pride and polish event Prime does every year. You can find it on YouTube , it's Prime pride and polish 2019, minute mark 21:30.

He built out a lot of space maximizing equipment and containers. Up in the top bunk there is a shelf system for his students gear. Nifty ideas but way beyond my skill set.

No that is not champagne.

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Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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On food storage ideas for when you go solo

I do sometimes wish we could find the motivation well to cook, but it's just daunting to find a place to store the appliances and clean them etc at this point. Plus the last time I made a stew in the Crock-Pot, I ended up eating it in one sitting watching Archer. Not my proudest moment upon realizing the Tupperware was going back on the shelf, MT.

For those that cook, what's your regimen? Laying a skillet on the engine block for some eggs and ham? When do you have the energy? The cleaning time? My PSD trainer had a pack of baby wipes as his kitchen sink. Bleh.

Posted:  1 day, 13 hours ago

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On food storage ideas for when you go solo

Yeah that aged yogurt punishes you for making that mistake. Same goes for the forgotten chicken.

Posted:  1 day, 14 hours ago

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On food storage ideas for when you go solo

Hi all

It's been six months give or take a week since I left for Prime's training program. Naturally I have learned a few things about trucking in that time but I'd like to show some things on my truck for the prospectives that are curious for storing food.

Originally I had illusions of being motivated enough to cook and use recipes and ideas from this site out on the road. In short time I learned this motivation was not making an appearance and have decided to embrace that fact by adhering to my current dietary choices: if it's not on the truck, I can't eat it.

While I'm not capable of clean eating exactly, I've tried to limit myself to light indulgences when the urge strikes on a particularly long day, i.e. chocolate with almonds instead of a pint of Ben and Jerry's.

My truck is a 2018 cascadia, with what I believe is a Freightliner refrigerator mounted to the deck under the carpeted area (strange I know).

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Here's the fridge with junk drawer built in top.

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Inside I've stowed 2 bags of apples, bag of carrots, bag of grapes, yogurt, a roasted chicken and 5 wrap style sandwiches. The freezer is tiny and I have 3 bags microwaveable veggies and a secret chocolate bar for previously mentioned bad days.

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I carry 4 gallons of potable water in 2 separate containers, one for backup drinking water and tea, another for washing hands or whatever. I live on sparkling water and carry close to 100 lbs in at a time when I hit a Wal Mart.

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The cupboard has various canned goods in case I get stuck somewhere, very necessary for the upcoming winter months I think. I also keep popcorn for similar reason.

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Ok, so I'm cleaning the truck now during my 34 here in Carlin NV off I 80. That's gonna keep me in a prepared mode for the week ahead, knowing I'm clean and stocked for the road. Got a Monday morning delivery in down town San Francisco.

What kinds of things do you stow in your truck?

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Posted:  2 days, 8 hours ago

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Complete truck driver's packing list. Did I leave anything out ?

Amazon cheese sounds suspicious...

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Trucking Statistics

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Delivery to New Construction Sites; Don't Search Google Maps

Ditto to turtle. Not sure what our parameters are and I always try to find out first.

My first route was from salt lake City to Seattle. My trainer locked all the GPS to the address and it came up as routing us north 15 to 90 west through south Washington state. Trainer said eff that, jubitz has a sweet deal for st Patrick's day meal. So we drove along the beautiful Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, stayed in Portland then up to Seattle. This is about 100 mile detour. So I guess the minimum threshold for having a problem is over 100 miles?

Rob, I gotta tell you, I really thought I'd have seen a cell phone leaving a truck window at rapid velocity by now.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Delivery to New Construction Sites; Don't Search Google Maps

My company (Prime) has a lockout on the app and my Qualcomm while driving so I have taken to pre programming a "Delivery" contact in my phone. Each time I get a load, part of the trip plan is re programming the delivery number there. This way, if I get the two lane road with no sides like you mentioned, or I am unsuccessful in getting a person to answer until I am close, I don't have to also block traffic or panic looking for an accessible stopping point just to call again.

Most trucks in Prime are 2018 or newer and have all kinds of connection you will sync your device with. The downside is if said device wants to link with all smart devices (GPS, radio, smart watch, etc), you end up yelling at lots of inanimate objects like a lunatic when they try to steal the mic connection from each other when the phone rings.

Past that, slow is the correct speed and try to find a safe parking area the day before that is nearby in case you really can't find access or the site itself. No one likes driving around your big blinking butt in the wee hours of the morning (no experience with that or anything).

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Preparing For Cdl School

Cheers and safe travels

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Setup

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Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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My Truck Has Been Sold...What!?

Still at the terminal? Want to see your new truck!

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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In Sprimo tonight

Short delivery about ten minutes from there Prime terminal in Springfield. Training pad looks good with the re paint. Anyone training in it today?

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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Thinking About Leaving Schneider

Aww yisss , come to the flat side

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driving for Prime

I still say bad words going through Atlanta in a four wheeler.

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I was through Atlanta couples days ago and only said one or maybe two ugly words.

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Atlanta is an hour drive from Atlanta.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driving for Prime

My advice, keep reading here, study the high road CDL course here and don't try to think too much about the what if s.

You can do it, like all us others on here and out in the world. It's a life change best done like a cannonball, not a super slow wading in.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Prime Inc - Company Driver Travel Allowance? What Exactly Is Travel Allowance ?

JP, I'm company flatbed, trained in the Salt Lake City terminal as a supposed Western 11 regional driver. This morning I woke up at 130 and drove from New Hartford CT through NYC, New Jersey, Baltimore, and DC to get to Manassas. Now I'm back in Baltimore catching my 10 before heading down to the Carolina area with a load of shingles for the hurricane damage (boy are these going to be piling up in a warehouse).

I've come to understand that OTR is kinda just how it is. Like it's been stated, those dedicated customers are generalized. I think there is a few more in the tanker division but we do not recommend new drivers going to that division.

Most miles in a week has been just a touch over 3400. This week is 2400 ish plus two tarp jobs ($160) and some detention pay.

Kearsey did you get 50 bucks worth of Prime points in your app yet?

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