Profile For Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf's Info

  • Location:
    Roanoke, VA

  • Driving Status:
    Preparing For School

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  • Joined Us:
    1 year, 6 months ago

Lone Wolf's Bio

Hey there.

My names A.J. and I've always wanted to be a trucker ever since I first saw 'CONVOY' and 'Smokey And The Bandit' preferably without the running from the law parts...

I've already got a head start by passing the learners exam but, I am still doing a bit more research before taking a dump on my current employer. I'm an IT and radio technician by trade and my current employers are like family to me. Trucking is something that I am dead serious about. I'm 42 years old and can see myself later in life retiring in a truck.

I am here to ask questions and to learn much more about the industry to better prepare myself should I sign on the dotted line.

Thanks!

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Thinking about Prime Inc.

Hey Laura,

Yes, the video say's that he and Honey had a blowup and Prime washed their hands of the situation and he was let go. That means he was terminated, fired.

I shouldn't base my decision on this one video as I really don't know the entire story. However, it does seem very fishy for someone wanting to switch jobs. So, is this guy telling the truth that Prime fires people for no reason? I've always thought that companies such as Prime would reassign a trainee if they couldn't get along with their trainer. Personally, I get along with 99% of everyone I have ever had to work with. I don't care about things such as race, gender or whatever. I just do my job and that's it. There's always going to be that 1%, that one person that you will never be able to get along with but that person has never got me fired ever!

Hey, I am just digging around a bit. Looking for a good company. I'm sorry that I worded my post wrong.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Other people’s doubts

I've decided not to tell anyone else just because of this very reason. Back when I was in a relationship, I would have just jumped right into trucking because a school had approved me and promised me a job after to pay the cost. Thankfully, my now ex-girlfriend was against the idea of me living on the road at the time because I would have jumped right in the drivers seat without doing any research, study or considering my other options.

Now, I am a firm believer in doing all that I mentioned above. I also have a mutual fund set aside that I am stacking money into, just to have for when I make the ultimate decision.

I'm not telling anyone else about my decision to switch careers. I've found that the blow back is usually from people that don't drive truck's.

Are the one's telling us that trucking is a horrible idea... Are they paying our bills? Are these people going to buy us a new car or motorcycle? Are they paying for our retirement? Probably not. So, their opinions are just as useless as they sound!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Thinking about Prime Inc.

This is the video I am referring to - https://youtu.be/cWaKyf3f6qI - I have watched all of his videos and this happened...

I have nothing against women, gender or whatever. All I want to do is become a successful trucker and drive safe.

No man at Prime EVER got fired just for taking on a female trainee. Period. That is just stupid. There are lots of men who train women and are professional. I had 2 males and 1 male to female transgender. You have to sign a paper saying you will or will not accept the opposite gender. Sorry...if it is the one I am assuming it is .there was way way more to that story and he was no victim.

But I digress..... Watch my videos on "Prime Promotes Women" parts 2 is about our female driver program... Parts 3 and 4 talk about our classes and programs..driver health and fitness with physical trainers and dieticians for free...the 2nd year they pay us quarterly to park take. There are others in my channel called "why prime"

Trust me....if ANY student has a problem they can come to me 24/7....and for women we have a female driver liaison to contact as well. Rob, Donna and others here can attest to that.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Thinking about Prime Inc.

Hi, again...

My former roommate/ co-worker used to be a trainer at Prime and he told me that if I wanted to go into trucking then, I should go with Prime. I asked why? Because, not only does Prime teach you how to drive... they teach you how to become a trucker. I've never even heard of Prime Inc. at the time until I Googled them and started watching the Prime YouTube videos.

It's a really nice terminal they have. Where else will I get a job that has an basketball court and a gym?

I started following one of Prime's YouTube channels and I really appreciate that, they take safety seriously! I climb radio towers. One wrong move and, I am a dead man!

I haven't accepted a job with any trucking company. I've been with my current employer now over six years. I am digging around. Doing a bit of investigative work before, I decide which trucking company is right for me.

I don't like talking about others behind their back but, this guy whom was a lease operator with Prime Inc. posted on YouTube that he got fired because the person he was training was a female. No explanation or, anything. Prime just fired him!

That doesn't sound like a company I would want to work for.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Erratic Sleep Schedule

Once the stress of working a 100 hours a week goes away you just might find your sleeping ability increases, day or night.

Thanks!

I think so too! My biggest hobby is gaming and I never have any time for it except after work. I am so wired that going to sleep is not an option. I just want to play my game! My boss'es will often say, "Go home, Go straight to bed!" "Need you for another 12 hours in the next 5 hours!"

This really isn't a healthy lifestyle...

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Frustrated with CDL permit testing

Also, I would suggest skipping the parts of the book that you feel comfortable with. It may make it seem easier. For me stuff like traffic signs and the Combination Vehicles part was a breeze. I basically just needed to study Air Brakes and then I was okay. Also, I failed my first try because I made it all the way to the end of the test and missed the question on BAL (blood alcohol level) because, I totally just skipped that part of the book altogether. Be sure to study that part!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Website Problem

Is there a settings link here to stay logged in? Been reading up on the articles and every time I try asking a question or, posting a comment I keep getting kicked off/ logged out. I'm now typing my comments on a blank text document before I refresh the page or, log back in...

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Frustrated with CDL permit testing

Oops, forgot!

Using the computerized testing system, use the Skip button for any question you are not sure of. Remember, once you get 15 correct answers the test will stop (or if you miss more than 5), and you pass!

Not in Virginia!

We have the touch screen computer stations at the DMV and you are allowed to miss 10 out of 50 to pass. You have to answer all 50 questions. The first try to challenge the test is free but if you fail then, it costs $2.00 for the next two attempts. If you fail three times then you are not allowed to re-take the test until you go to CDL school.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Erratic Sleep Schedule

I've been reading up on how truckers have an unsettling sleep schedule and I've also listened to a few shows on Road Dog about this topic.

Well, I am in the very same boat. I work as a radio technician by day then, on weekends and sometimes during the week I'm working overnight as an security guard. I feel the pain trying to get decent rest even much so when I am the type of guy that will wake up to the sound of a leaf falling off a tree.

I'm in excellent health. There's literally nothing wrong with me other than I work up to 100 hours a week and I am constantly wired. Sure, I get tired at times and sometimes I fall right out until I get woke up and then there's no getting back to sleep. Sometimes I sleep perfectly.

I know that trucking isn't anywhere close to the hours I currently work because, that would be downright illegal. My question is... What's the sleep cycle like for a trucker when there's so much down time before your next shift?

Thanks!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Did people in your circle support you when you started?

My employer and I are like family so it's going to be, very hard for me to say goodbye when the time comes...

My friends tell me to go for it! They think it's cool.

My best friend however thinks that I have lost my mind.

I am just tired of working 100 hours a week living paycheck to paycheck.

Trucking is an opportunity for me to better my life because, nobody else is paying my bills...

Hope this helps!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime Inc vs CDL School

@Crispin G. The best school in California is only charging $4400? That's insane! It cost's over $5000 at the community college in Virginia.!

Prime Inc. seems like the better option for me. I am very impressed by their really nice terminal, gym etc. I mostly like the fact that they take safety very seriously! They seem to make everyone do mandatory safety simulators. But yeah, do your research on a company before deciding to work there...

@Truckin Along With Kearsey

Why would anyone pay someone with a license less? That's dumb!

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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COVID May Be Forcing Me Into A Trucking Career

Thanks everyone!

Work has really picked up for me hence, my late reply.

I have thought about trucking my entire life. Believe me that I know all about working 100 hours a week and being underpaid. I currently work for a local radio shop as a technician. I also help out with working private security and 24/7 alarm response. It's a small company and they are great people to work for. However, it's barely enough money to survive on. No benefits, I haven't had a weeks paid vacation in over six years! So, if anyone has something to whine about then... Just think about that.

Sure, it's very easy for me to just sit on my ass fixing radios and computers all night but, I also do install's during the daytime hours.

I like my job. I like everyone I work with but, I am living paycheck to paycheck. I have nothing for retirement. I am lucky if I can invest anything from $5 to $100 dollars a week on Acorns.

So yeah,

I don't care if I have to work a ton of hours. If the money is better and if the job comes with benefits then why not?

I posted this message as an question about new truck drivers coming into the industry because COVID, shut their workplace down. Many places are opening back up. How many new drivers are out here because of COVID?

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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COVID May Be Forcing Me Into A Trucking Career

Anyone interested in trucking work because the COVID crises has shut down a lot of work? I work for one of those places and I am now having to scrap for whatever work I can get!

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Wanting to learn on a Manual

Thanks!

If I get trained and pass my CDL exam on a "automatic only restriction" then, am I still allowed to drive my little 5 speed car?

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Wanting to learn on a Manual

I agree with Errol V. It is very different from how you drive your car. I had my restriction removed the next day after testing for company in an automatic. Then going home and testing again in an O/O's manual truck it is very different and very stressful to do but can be done. Just more opportunities for an auto fail. Have you researched proper shifting? Double clutch? Proper downshift? I held a class B CDL for 10yrs before trying to join the big leagues but I remember everything being backwards when I was learning. Bringing RPMS up during downshifting instead of hitting brakes like a car. Or putting vehicle in neutral and letting RPMS lower between gears. I taught my wife to double clutch on the on ramps or on empty highways when she had to stop. If you already own a manual I would practice that a bit. Plus side if you have a sporty car it can improve your racing abilities. Don't get a ticket there are tracks for that. My wife says it makes her feel like a bada** when she nails her shifting so worth learning but probably not necessarily needed these days. Best of luck.

Are you saying that you can double clutch a car? I never even heard of double clutching until CDL driving. I still don't know how to down shift anything that will slow me down when driving downhill on a mountain covered in ice. I haven't figured out anything when driving downhill and dangerous turns other than tossing it in neutral and trying not to burn up the breaks...

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Wanting to learn on a Manual

Within the next year, perhaps sooner... I will accept one of the many positions that offer paid training. I know that these companies are switching to automatic trucks to save on fuel costs etc. I have no problem driving an automatic if that's what they want to give me if hired. However, I already know how to drive a manual car. I just don't want the restriction on my drivers licence...

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