Profile For Trucker Chris (CK)

Trucker Chris (CK)'s Info

  • Location:
    Syracuse, UT

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 1 month ago

Trucker Chris (CK)'s Bio

Hey there! Thanks for checking out my profile. Here's a little bit about me:

I'm a 33 year old married father of two. I was born and raised in Manhattan and Redondo Beach, CA. I've always been an aviation and railroad enthusiast, and I'm a pilot with low hours. We are a family of Star Wars fanatics. I am a former FAA ATCS (Air Traffic Control Specialist) Enroute Trainee and former Disneyland Resort Cast Member and Working Lead, having worked both in Attractions and Food and Beverage. I love riding my Ninja 650 motorcycle. We moved to northern Utah in the summer of 2021.

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

I became a certified CDL Instructor and OTR Trainer with Prime Inc in March of 2021 and have been running a TNT team training truck since then. Hit me up any time with questions about Prime or trucking in general and I'll be happy to help - If I don't know the answer, I'll find out! The numbers and information that I share are 100% accurate and I will not mislead people. Getting into this industry is a serious commitment and requires accurate information, and it is my sincere hope that I can contribute to your future success, whether you decide this industry is the right one for you or not. I am also available directly via WhatsApp. QR in Avatar picture.

Stay safe out there!

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Safe wind speed

I had to shut down to wait for the storm to pass yesterday. Saw a funnel cloud, wind hit me at 80-100mph while parked, and if I wasn't angled the way I was I would have been blown over. Penny sized hail, sirens wailing, the rain was sideways, dirt lot was under inches of water, and the truck was leaning so far over I thought it was going to flop. I had no where to seek shelter.

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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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What is causing the backlog at the ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles?

Tldr...

AB5 also plays into this. Many of the container drivers were paid via 1099, and when AB5 passed, essentially making independent contractors illegal, CA lost more than 70,000 drivers. A lot of them worked the ports. This was "the straw that broke the camel's back" and the reason I left CA when I did.

The idea behind the law was to prevent unscrupulous employers from hiring people to work for them, but paying them as an independent contractor to avoid providing benefits and other things required for employees. In the end, it hurt people who were legitimately utilizing independent contractors, and of course the independent contractors themselves.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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No loads for you….

I think I've exchanged 3 qc messages with my dispatcher all week, and that was to tell him I needed to drop a trailer at the shop, and another one later to tell him that I found I blew out a shock absorber on my tractor and had already made an appointment for that. And a third to laugh at a snarky comment he made about the 200+ warning messages my trailer had sent me. He has 85 trucks on his fleet, btw. If he's calling me it's because he needs help and knows he can count on me, and if I'm calling him, usually it's because something went horribly wrong.

Detention isn't as black and white as it first seems, btw. And a dispatcher truly ripping off their driver at a large, reputable company, is more often than not the driver just not understanding how things really work out here. I had a buddy that insisted his dispatcher was stealing from him (my dispatcher, actually) and so he quit on the spot and is now stocking the shelves at a Walmart store in Tucson.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Trucking and Unionization...

I've been a member of three unions. Only one of them was worth anything, and it was actually a professional public sector union. We didn't have people milking it there the way they did in the other two private sector unions. In the private sector, they were extremely adversarial with the company to the point where it made our jobs difficult. The public sector union readily worked with the agency to ensure our contract was adhered to, and to ensure the safety and security of the public; generally speaking, I'm not a fan of unions, but this one was truly top notch and had its priorities in order.

I'm perfectly happy not paying union dues now, and would rather keep it out of my trucking career. My company treats me well, I can call anyone I want to talk to right up to the founder and president himself day or night, and I'm paid very well. And I certainly don't think the government should force anything else on this industry... we already deal with enough as it is.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Starting Late in Life

Hey Jesse,

Welcome to TT! At 56, your not as old as you might think. I've seen people 65+ jump in and succeed. Company sponsored training is certainly a great way to go, and the route we typically recommend. When you're ready, be sure to check out Prime Inc. They've always treated me well and the pay is excellent (trainees make a guaranteed $900/wk!) We also have great facilities and equipment.

The first step in this journey is to take complete advantage of the High Road Training Program on this site, take a DOT physical and when you're ready, get your Class A permit, and be sure to get your tanker endorsement.

Good luck to you and feel free to ask any questions you might have. Those resources above will answer a lot of your questions too.

-Chris

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Always expect the unexpected

I'm sharing that grin with you right now, man. That's one of my favorite parts of being out here, when a kid (or kid at heart) does the arm pump. Definitely upgrading the horn on the next truck!

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My New Gig

Very nice, congrats. I've been delivering to PFG more often lately it seems.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Question around securing a load

I have a buddy who accidentally tipped two pallets of blueberries... consignee rejected the entire load due to damage. He was personally responsible for $40,000 of the claim. Insurance doesn't cover negligence.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Question around securing a load

Secure your load every time. You are responsible for it if it causes damage or injury.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Weird noob question

There could be many it seems that way, but let's put this in perspective. Wisconsin has more than 60,000 trucking companies registered in the state with a population 5.8 million, Utah has more than 21,000 with a population of 3.2 million, and California with a population of 39.5 million has more than 135,000. New York State as more than 37000 trucking companies registered with a population of 19.5 million. Of the estimated 1.2 million trucking companies in the United States, 97% of them run less than 20 trucks.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My profile

It's like I am here but not.

You are a figment of your own imagination.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Looking to Relocate to Florida

Hello Everyone,

I am looking to relocate to Florida in the next couple of months. Can anybody refer me to a good trucking school that offers training and certification?

Thank You,

Florida generally limits your options significantly, due freight lanes alone. Just FYI.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Thinking about driving for Prime and/or TMC

In my opinion, I wouldn't dive straight into tanker. Some would disagree, but liquid surge and a brand new driver is just not a good combination. Prime Inc also offers a flatbed division. I've been with the company for coming up on three years in the reefer division, and they treat us really well. We offer company-sponsored CDL training, and paid on the job training following that. During the on-the-job training, what we refer to as TNT, trainees are paid a weekly guarantee of $900. I believe Prime also has a restricted hiring area when it comes to our tanker division, so your location may play into that.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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CDL through Megas

Why pay for something you can get for free? Megas also provide paid on the job training after you obtain your CDL. Schools teach you to pass the test, but not to do the job. Prime Inc pays $900/wk during the on-the-job portion of training, which is typically 30,000 miles.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Amazon driver tired of the grind, looking to change

25 posts, no name, and no status....?

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Glitch?

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Amazon driver tired of the grind, looking to change

Welcome! You mentioned going to a local CDL school, but I have to ask, why would you pay for something you can get for free? There are many large companies that offer free CDL training and paid on-the-job training with a contracted term, usually about one year.

I drive for Prime Inc, we are a large refrigerated carrier, but also run flatbed and tanker divisions. I got my CDL through Prime in 3 weeks, drove team with a trainer for 30,000 miles, and have been driving solo and as a trainer since the end of May 2019. After you get your CDL and are officially hired, we pay our trainees and guaranteed $900 every week until they finish training and get their own truck.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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New Driver, Third Day solo, I have some questions!

1. Rest areas and truck stops. A bottle is a good idea as well, but be discreet when you dispose of it.

2. It takes practice, but it will get better and quicker.

3. Generally no, if you plan on running recaps.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Creative Hobby Solutions

VATSIM Air Traffic Control

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Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Check your medical card!

I had something similar happen with my hazmat endorsement background check. The state of Utah "disqualified" my CDL because my background check expired. It happened about 6 months before I thought it was supposed to do I was caught completely by surprise, and the gentleman who called to inform me was rather terse. I never received a letter from the state.

Fortunately I had a trainee with me at the time who I had do the driving. I went to a universal enrollment office and resubmitted everything and the state told me it would be up to 90 days before they reinstated my cdl, and I would have to pay a fee at that time.

I got very lucky and everything was fixed in 48 hours.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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New driver. Incident on first load. Now fired.

One week training after getting your CDL and then straight up solo is a terrifying prospect. Who was the mega carrier? I really hope you'll let us know.

The good news is that they aren't all that way. After you obtain your CDL, Prime Inc requires you run team with a trainer for 30,000 miles. At that point, you should be comfortable with all aspects of the job and be fairly proficient on backing. Even if you obtained your CDL elsewhere, with the short time you have OTR Prime will still require training. If you're interested, driveforprime.com.

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