Profile For CK

CK's Info

  • Location:
    North Orange County, CA

  • Driving Status:
    Rookie Solo Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 8 months ago

CK's Bio

30 years old, married father of two. Southern California Native. Aviation and railroad enthusiast, pilot with low hours, Star Wars fanatic, former FAA ATCS Enroute Trainee and former Disneyland Resort Cast Member. Love riding my Ninja 650.

I've learned an awful lot about this career here on TT. I started my journey in January, 2019, got my CDL through a company training program and have been solo since end of May 2019. This is truly the best job I've ever had!

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Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

That is a pretty truck. I know I’m a guy lol but I have always liked the purple trucks.

I guess it may come as a surprise to some, but I'm a guy. My purple truck is badass! lol

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

I should mention... what you've heard about the dungeon... well...

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Rainy has truly been a huge help and always makes herself available to answer questions, and to listen to me bounce ideas. We're very fortunate to have her at Prime and here on TT.

As for my experience at Prime, it's been a wonderful year and I'm looking forward to many more. I've made several very good friends here and it's fun to find out where we all are to try to meet up and run (at least part way) together. I recently met up with a friend in Albuquerque, he had extra time on his load so he was just hanging out for a bit. I was there and got my next load with a pickup in west TX, heading up to SLC. He was also delivering in SLC the same day I was supposed to. On my way back to ABQ from my 01, we found out another friend of ours was in Tucumcari heading toward ABQ, so we called him and arranged it sothat we'd all meet in ABQ, have lunch and then "convoy" to Gallup, before he had to head to CA and the two of us could continue north up to SLC. We played Cards Against Humanity in the lounge at the Jamestown FJ, broke off the next morning and the two of us went for a hike around Wilson's Arch south of Moab, UT. We maintained a conference call throughout the trip and had a blast. Upon reaching SLC, we found two of our other good friends there and were able to get to see them for a few minutes too.

Anyway, back to Prime... The facilities are great and getting better all the time, my equipment is always maintained very well and when there is a concern it gets resolved immediately - I've never had to argue over a repair or concern. My Fleet Manager is a great guy and I've never been talked down to, he works with me and keeps me rolling. I've taken several weeks of home time, a week at a time, and never have issues getting home - however I occasionally end up making a delivery during my HT, but I take along my wife or kids (with rider permit) to enjoy the local run. I've taken my wife and kids on the road for multiple weeks, and most recently had my teenage daughter with me after Christmas. She got to see 28 states over 15 days. I usually run Western 11 Regional now, but occasionally make trips outside that area too.

This job is an adventure, and I love it!

How's that, PackRat? :-P

Posted:  6 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

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Posted:  11 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

So, it's been a while!

I finished TNT training back around the second week of May, 2019. TNT training was....well, you just gotta suck it up and knock it out. I upgraded and then had to wait just over a week for a truck, but ended up with a brand new 2020 FL Cascadia. I love this career, and the only thing that sucks about it is being away from family - thank God for modern communication methods like cell phones, video calls, social media, etc. I spend all day talking to friends and family on the phone, (I have made some really amazing friends here at Prime,) singing to music that is either streaming via Bluetooth, or on the little USB dongle I stuck in my radio, and enjoying the scenery.

I find this to be relaxing work, that doesn't really feel like work at all - the only stress I really feel is from tight city driving or difficult backs. I should say, the work isn't difficult at all (refrigerated), but adjusting to the lifestyle is probably what gets people. I rather enjoy it. I recently took my wife and kids on the road with me and they loved it, and can't wait to do it again. It's a big adventure, and I wish I had gotten into this years ago.

The money - while I'm not going to get into specifics, as everyone's results will vary, I'm making very good money and it's been life changing for my family.

And I have to say a big Thank You to Rainy - she's always there to help out if I need to call her with a question or just want to chat for a few hours. So, thanks Rainy!

Keep the shiny side up!

-Chris

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Oh believe me, I understand where you're coming from. I made a really good friend while I was in Salt Lake City over on the flatbed side, and his trainer is taking a week of home time right now. My friend lives in California, and his trainer lives in Texas. So, my buddy is stuck in a truck for a week in Houston. He chose to give up his pay during the week rather than fight for it, and is going to use a few days of this time to visit some friends from back when he served his mission near by. Again, his choice, but I probably would have had a different opinion had I been so far from home.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Basically, it wasn't my decision but I intend to take full advantage of it. If I were stuck away from home it would be different.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Turtle, I get what you're saying. It wasn't my decision to take home time, but my wife is rather excited that I'm coming home for a week and frankly I'm happy to see her and the kids. She's got it all planned out, Haha. I feel like it's kinda crappy to "make" my trainer pay me, but that's just me. By the time I get home I should be at around 23,000 miles. So, an extra week and a half on the truck and then I can upgrade.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

I'm 19,000 miles into TNT. My trainer decided he wants to take a vacation in a week, for a week, so I'll be home during that time - not paid, because as a lease operator he would have to pay me out of his pocket. I stopped at Iowa 80 the other night and bought a toy truck for my 7 year old son to help him be a little more ok with daddy being away so much. We'll be doing some fun things with the kids while I'm home.

Trip planning is important. I was asleep and was told that the Rand McNally GPS and the QC Navigation froze at the same time, causing my trainer to make a wrong turn into a dead end - this happened last night and my trainer had to back up for several blocks to get out of that jam.

A week ago, I was asleep and he missed an interchange, and ended up on a small Texas state highway. TX-243 runs through the town of Kauffman. It was a truck route, but recent changes to their courthouse square area to facilitate parking and beautification, by adding new planters that reduce lanes make the turns far too tight for a 53' trailer with tandems in the 6th hole. Our right side trailer tires jumped the curb and went deep into a muddy trench - so deep our DOT bumper was resting on the curb. Police showed up and called a heavy wrecker before I could even get my shoes on. They pulled us out by lifting the rear of the trailer and swinging it to the left placing the right tires back on the road. The cost - $900 for the wrecker plus damages to the curb and road surface. The responding officer was polite and told us we weren't the first ones this week to get stuck, and did not issue a citation. Hopefully they will update the truck route around this turn soon, but this is a great example why not to miss your ramp! Just because the GPS says something is shorter in miles doesn't mean it's the best choice - trip plan!

Oh, Rainy, I was in Newark the other day. The turn pike coming into Newark just about made me puke... I thought I might have taken the wrong ramp into NYC. My biggest worry was heading into the city and having the GPS recalculate over and over as I miss each turn, going deeper in. You could say I've been a bit psyched out by Brett's book on this particular subject. (Drivers with puke stains down their shirts, etc.)

Also... winter driving is no joke, and nothing gets your attention quicker than a sudden loss of traction. We're ok, but stuff happens quick when ice is uninvolved.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Swift everywhere! Oh, that's why...

Rainy has eluded me on multiple occasions....

Rainy does not elude people. She simply waits until the right moment to capture you.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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PLZ help -Need insight on my new career as a trucker with my MVR & Background

I had to check the GPS tracker to make sure he wasn't from Boise, ID.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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How Old is Too Old?

At Prime we have a 67 year old woman who just got upgraded it solo, and her 64 year old sister just got her CDL and is currently in THT and will be joining her. They're going to be teaming. There is no too old. Good luck!

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

All the easy ones?

Haha, it's just where we have been dispatched to and/or routed through. I'm not sure I'd call chaining, blizzard driving and ice skating easy, but that's a newbie's perspective. Perhapse it will become easier as I gain experience. To each his own.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Let's try again...

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

If anyone is interested, these are the states I've been to in just two and a half weeks.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Hey CK! It's good hear from you. Are you going to wear that raptor suit too?:)

The raptor suit was a Halloween costume and I got the brilliant idea to try to ride my motorcycle while wearing it. I do have my helmet on under that, but as soon as I started moving it blocked my vision and I had to pull over. I made it about 3 houses down the block, but at least my wife got some good pictures! Haha!

Enjoying a few hours of home time before delivering tonight in Riverside. No pre-plan yet, so I may get to spend the night at home tonight too!

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Things are great! I'm 10,500 into my 30,000 and I get to go through the house for half the day today!

In Barstow, CA now taking my 30. I got a cute little reflective vest from a TA that says Daddys Little Helper on the back for my 7 year old son, a Prime Reefer hat with flames for my teenage daughter and the American Flag hat for myself and one for my wife. The kids have no idea I'll be there about the time they're waking up for school- and I'll get to take my son to school on the motorcycle today :-D

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Nice. We're in Gallup, NM now, headed up to SLC. Chaining is a distinct possibility in Colorado this afternoon/evening.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Haha, my wife told me about it. I've had plenty of rain, snow, and ice to last me for a little while.

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Who is in Prime Salt Lake City today???

Not until 2/23

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Prime CDL Training Salt Lake City - January 2019

Hi all, greetings from Miami, FL! I was up in the NW and asked my trainer to allow me to go through conditions that I would likely shut down in when I'm solo so I could experience poor winter driving conditions and chaining while with a trainer. I had to chain twice in WA and over Lookout Pass in ID. Saw plenty of examples of what happens when drivers drive too fast for conditions... jackknifed semis and cars on their roofs. Good driving experience for when I encounter this stuff on my own.

As for motion sickness while sleeping, there is a reason truck stops carry Dramamine, lol!

Anyway, my 34 will be done in an hour and I'll be starting back toward Utah. When this load is done, I'll be right around 7200 miles. Trainer says I'll be done by the end of March.

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