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Posted:  2 months ago

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Need money who can help.

Walmart is the least expensive way to do this. Or your company can advance some money to you at a truck stop through your fuel card or even a commdata check, or similar item that you'd use to pay lumpers with.

Some Comdata cards you can use at the ATM. I've pulled out cash advances that way, but if you get fuel, it's better than paying the ATM fee.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Two Days With No Load

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I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not

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Did you ask to be deadheaded? A couple of months ago I was stranded in the Northwest. I made a call to my Fleet Mgr. Was promptly deadheaded almost 500 miles to a "freight zone" Be proactive and polite. Good luck!

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I did not ask, which I probably should have. But I figured I was in a deadzone, considering there are other mega carriers that have been parked here for the same amount of time as I have, which one of them being here before we got here. But I wasn't expecting to wait all weekend for a load.

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Hope it gets sorted for you soon Jamie, is the wife still on the road with you? Did she or is she enjoying time on the road?

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Yeah she's still on the road with me, and so far she enjoys it besides all this waiting... She hates waiting around. rofl-2.gif The first few days I slept on the top bunk, but we figured out how we can both sleep on the bottom bunk without being uncomfortable which I'm glad because it gets pretty hot up there...

My wife and I sleep on opposite ends of the bed and that seems to work, but yeah, it gets hot up there.

Posted:  2 months ago

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SpriMo Bound for Prime Orientation... Anyone Else?

With my experience on bus rides, always expect them to be late. That is a bit more than I would have expected, though. embarrassed.gif Good luck!

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Two Days With No Load

I was just coming out of New Jersey on I-80 through Pennsylvania and I noticed there were fewer trucks sitting at the rest areas and truck stops than there usually was for that time of night. It would appear there isn't much going in the North East.

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

I can't remember exactly, but I know it has to do with experience. D is student driver with Prime, C is student driver from a private (or another employer with no experience on the road past training) CDL school, B2 I believe it's less than 3 months, and B1 is 3-6 months.

Those numbers may not be completely accurate, but there is some truth behind it.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Tight TA Lot

I would like to say that my wife and I help each other out in particularly tight spaces. Since we're a couple, the dynamic is a little different than some others, but we do help each other out from time to time.

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

I found this on a Prime driver page.

Training Program Update:

Here at Prime, we are driven by the best and continually looking to be even better! Due to large growth in the last year, unprecedented low turnover, and limited availability of equipment, we are making some changes to our training program intervals and the upgrade process starting in June. In March, we adjusted our hiring areas for incoming drivers, as well. Our goals with these changes are to ensure that we protect the earning potential and maximize the utilization of our current drivers. We have adjusted the TNT mileage requirements and upgrade process for any NEW drivers starting the orientation week of June 3rd. This change below does NOT affect current trainees already at Prime.

New TNT Mileage Requirements: B1 Seats: Required to obtain a minimum 25,000 team miles with a Prime Trainer. ----$800/week guarantee as long as they are available for dispatch until upgrade

B2 Seats: Required to obtain a minimum 40,000 team miles with a Prime Trainer. ----Before 40k is reached: $700/week guarantee as long as they are available for dispatch ----After 40k is reached until upgrade: $800/week guarantee as long as they are available for dispatch

C Seats: Required to obtain a minimum 60,000 team miles with a Prime Trainer ----1st 30 days: $600/week guarantee as long as they are available for dispatch ----After 30 days until 40k is reached: $700/week guarantee as long as they are available for dispatch ----After 40k is reached until upgrade $800/week guarantee as long as they are available for dispatch

D Seats: Required to obtain a minimum 50,000 team miles with a Prime Trainer after obtaining CDL. ----Before 40k is reached: $700/week guarantee as long as they are available for dispatch ----After 40k is reached until upgrade: $800/week guarantee as long as they are available for dispatch Once the minimum mileage goal is met, the trainee will become eligible for review for upgrade. Drivers will be selected for upgrade based on factors including equipment availability, service, safety, and performance. We will be revising our websites and marketing materials this week to reflect these changes. If you have any questions, let us know. Thanks, Andrea Mueller (Recruiting/Media)/blockquote>

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SpriMo Bound for Prime Orientation... Anyone Else?

Appreciate the well wishes Scott and JJ... Yeah, I just read about the changes to the TNT program last night. Was wondering if it was gonna have any affect on me. Looks like I'm just squeaking in before it goes into affect?

It would appear so. You might not have to do the 50k miles, but you may be with a trainer a not longer due to truck availability. That part of the policy is already in effect, just not the updated miles. It appears that goes in effect for students starting on June 3rd.

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SpriMo Bound for Prime Orientation... Anyone Else?

Best of luck to you! Prime is a great company to work for. They have a great training program.

Posted:  2 months ago

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No ELD

I'm sorry, but I would have never left the terminal without an ELD. Then, after the officer escorted me to the truck stop, I DEFINITELY wouldn't have left there.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Swift new recruits

Back to the matter at hand, I will say not all dedicated account are something to jump on to. I just talked to a Walmart dedicated driver a few days ago in Phoenix and he said he was getting short trips and was unable to make a decent wage. However, the account I am on offers typical loads between 2,200-2,600 miles with very few short hauls. It is mainly drop and hook, DC to DC, and have no appointment times. This is a team account and it requires you to have a minimum of 4,100 miles average during the quarters. This is easily manageable.

The point is, look more into the account. Ask the recruiter for average miles and other info you might need to know prior to accepting it. Just remember, nothing is set in stone and you can always switch if you are not happy. Swift has many opportunities.

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Swift Refrigerated

That's the great thing about Swift, is there are more opportunities than you can shake your finger at. My wife and I enjoyed doing OTR reefer for Prime when we were there. Things happened, and we ended up here at Swift. Our original plan was to go back to OTR reefer, then we got offered a position doing dedicated dry van across country. I have been following this thread for the reason that I'm interested in seeing real life numbers on OTR as opposed to what the terminal leader and recruiters have said.

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Swift Refrigerated

Being able to go 70 would make me feel a little less in the way when going out west, and more miles in a day.

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What Are The Best Truck Stops, And Why?

I've seen reefer drivers nose in because of their reefer noise.

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Swift Refrigerated

I used to work at Lowe's in receiving, and we didn't care about appointment times. I did hate receiving plants because I had to scan them all and count them before signing the bills.

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App?

I've actually never heard of Tapatalk until just now. Didn't even know it existed.

Yes, I built all of the software that runs this entire website. Back in the day I used things like Wordpress and VBulletin but they were bloated, lacked the features I wanted, had a trillion features I didn't want, were nearly impossible to customize, and made it impossible to integrate one registration system throughout the website.

The entire concept of an app, and things like tapatalk, were mostly invented when phones became popular and the web at the time just wouldn't work well on a phone. I was able to build a custom website that worked fantastic on all devices of all sizes, had all of the features I wanted, and loaded fast.

For instance, our blog used to run on Wordpress, which was a nightmare. It's up to like 400,000 lines of code at this point, and that's without the 25 modules you'll need to install and update continuously to make it usable. The software I wrote to manage the blog has every feature I used with Wordpress and is probably 1,000 lines of code. I can also customize it instantly to do anything I want it to do.

So as always, if you want something done right, do it yourself.

By the way, I have a complete website redesign in the works. It's going to be a while before it gets implemented, but it's a pretty radical upgrade. Everything will function exactly as it does now, it's just going to look a lot better.

Ok, first of all that's amazing! I could only imagine the time it took you to build this site.

Second, WordPress is garbage. I tried it a while back and couldn't handle it.

Third, I can't wait to see the new design!

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App?

Brett, can I ask you what platform these forums are running on?

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App?

Tapatalk is where most of my forums are located, but I'm not sure what would have to be done to integrate that.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Walmart dedicated in Los Luna's NM

Are you talking about an outside carrier hauling those loads?

Posted:  2 months ago

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I hit a deer this morning

I've always heard to not try to about the deer anyway, because chances are they will get scared and move where you moved to anyway.

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