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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Official solo Primate soon with questions!

As always, much appreciated Kearsey! Finish my first load but this second load is starting off bad, no blue beacon or truck wash near where i needed to go. This trailer looked like it hasn’t been touched in months, rotten corn everywhere inside. 01 is at 9 but can be opened but the 90 is 6 am tomorrow. Really wished i was trained by a company driver and not a lease op. Anyways there’s another blue beacon 11 miles down the road, if my math is right, i have to leave before 12 and arrive before 8 at least to make the 90 appointment time, really should’ve added this in my journal 🤔

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Official solo Primate soon with questions!

Also forgot to ask about fuel, with the recommended fuel stop for this first load, it said to only fill up 86 gallons here in pittston, doesn’t say anything about the refer, seeing as this is a drop and hook, it needs to be full. What about the other trailer i’m picking up? I was trained by a lease op so he always gets reefer fuel before 2 hours for the credit back. As company, is this even a thing?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Official solo Primate soon with questions!

Got a call from my logs advisor asking if i slept any at all during training lol

My trainer trained me to only use on duty for fueling and vehicle inspection and off duty for everything else. So we talked for about 45 mins and everything she said sounded new to me (she also called my trainer bad which made me chuckle a lil bit), so i’m trying to see if this is the right way to do things.

Off duty (after sleeper berth, a new morning) go to bathroom etc.

Off duty pre-trip

Drive, do i stay off duty and drive or go on duty? I know statue changes to driving when going a certain mph.

Off duty, 30 min break

Off duty driving? Or do i got back on duty after break?

On duty paper work or whatever at a receiver/shipper when first arriving?

On duty yard movement to dock (below 20 mph and doesn’t eat clocks)

On duty loading? Or go off duty since i’m not the one loading freight?

On duty yard movement back to security shack and where ever receiving is?

Drive on duty

On duty post trip and to/until 2 hour off duty for the day has been reached.

Sleeper berth for 8 hours or 10?

From what i gathered, i only go off duty for when i’m not doing anything work related; bathroom, eating, etc. on duty for everything else.

Also how many truck washes do us company guys get per week/month?

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime Reopened Hiring from Florida!

Hell in my 3 months of tnt just about, i’ve only been to florida once for a tropicana load and that was it.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Prime pay raise & guarantee Team Pay

$1400+/week?!! Lets team! J/k, finally got my truck and everything situated inside. A LW was smaller than expected but got everything i needed in. Waiting for the trailer shop to assign me a trailer here in pittston for my first load, which is a drop n hook at both the 01 and 90.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Official solo Primate soon with questions!

Don’t suppose anyone know how to get wifi on the truck? Trainer has a modem but his trainer was the one that hooked everything up. He says all he knows is you need a modem compatible with a sims card, an ipad/andriod notebook, an unlimited data sims card, and an internet provider. How does that all come together? 🤯

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Official solo Primate soon with questions!

Sweet just bought the 750, should be able to pick up everything when i go home next week, last question on fridge size, any “dorm” size fridge should work right? Any “must haves” ya’ll have that will come in handy now or in the future? 🤔

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Official solo Primate soon with questions!

So when you say you get an extra .5 cpm running NE, is that only if you choose NE to NE or is it any loads going to NE?

As for the gps question, i should’ve specified a little more, i was planning on getting a rand mcnally but was wondering which, the 540? 740? Seems most truck gps on amazon has horrible reviews so wanted to be sure i’m getting the right one.

As for the bonuses questions, i know LW gets an extra .5 cpm, this question was mainly geared towards fuel bonuses, safety, and whatever else. I read a thread by kearsey a while back but it never actually showed how much extra in bonuses, just the different types.

I’m just trying to buy all my stuff at once because i know the terminal over charges you for a mini fridge and such. $500 for the same mini fridge that is $200? No sir! I know they take out a fixed amount per check but still, save money when you can right?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Traning w/ Prime Inc.

Congrats man, i’m nearly done with my tnt, it flew by like it was nothing. Good luck with your tnt, don’t be afraid to back, i know my first 2 weeks i was scared to back, once i started actually backing and learning where to put my rear trailer tires and how to fix it from overcompensating, it became so much easier. Learn from your mistakes and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Official solo Primate soon with questions!

So as some of you know, I started my journey back on April 8th, on my birthday to become a prime driver. Graduated psd April 24th and got on my tnt trainers truck on the 30th. Last week we put in 6212 miles and this week we put in 6700 miles, i only need 900 miles to finish my tnt before i have to be approved by safety for me to upgrade to solo.

My question is, i’ll be taking a LW if possible and was wondering if we have any LW drivers here that can share your setup for your truck so i can get a general idea on how i can set it up for max comfort (pictures if possible). Also can i buy my own appliances and have them install it for me? What size tv can go into a LW? What volt/wattage do i need to look for said appliances? Can anyone recommend a good gps?

I know company drivers get some bonuses, how much extra in pay is it or is it cpm? Also as a company driver, can you reject loads? I have a serious problem with the NE 🤬 really can’t stand the roads and traffic. Since i live in Louisiana, will i still be going coast to coast or certain regions?

My trainer is actually leaving prime next week, he got a job as a fuel hauler in montana with a girl he met on tinder about a month ago. He said he’s giving me his chains and detention stamp which will save me a little bit of money. He got on my nerves at times but we never really argued, he answered all my questions and showed me what and how to do something if i asked so all in all he was a good trainer. I lucked out and got good trainers for both psd and my tnt phase.

I’m taking some tips and advice for going solo, i’m pretty confident i’ll be able to manage without someone guiding me but any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

Currently @ 48,071 miles, we ran 6212 last week and 5700 so far this week. Waiting for dispatch to give us a load before pay period ends, hopefully 800 miles or so going from NY to IL to put me at less than 1200 miles needed to finish TNT. Think i’m going to finish my first year in a LW for the extra income then upgrade to a condo after.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

Not sure how accurate this is but my trainer said there’s people still waiting to upgrade since September. I seriously hope this isn’t the case because he’s starting to drive me crazy lol. After this Wednesday, i’ll have 8k miles left, we drove 6k miles this week alone. The load we just dropped was a low elevation load coming from Palmyra PA to Ogden UT, pretty much i-40 all the way until i-15 with a side of i-80, was around 3300 miles. Had to use via points over the QC, also done a high value load a couple weeks back. Think i’ve done most reefer loads except for beer.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

Any updates, Mitchell?

Yeah i’m still here, we’ve been running non stop. I told my trainer every-time he pulled into a shipper/receiver to wake me up so i can get more backing practice in. Up until about 2 weeks ago i’ve been going for easy pull in parking spots. I’ve been doing a lot of tight parking spots and empty trailer sections that has tight spots as of late. I only have about 3 weeks left of tnt until my 50k is up so i’ve been doing the majority of things. Lumper fees, macros, live load calls, etc. On my next 34 hour reset which should be soon, i’ll add more stuff, i forgot a lot of it except for the mistakes i’ve made. Also got a level 1 inspection about a month back, wasn’t bad.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

Man load 3 has been a huge pain in the doo-doo. The 01 kept rescheduling us because they were missing a pallet, after waiting a full 24 hours in their lot, dispatch said to go and pick up 02, had no problems, just took them forever to load us, around 6 hours for 12 pallets. Then we headed back to the 01 at around 3 am. Back in the 01 we got rescheduled again until 10 am, ok fine, waited until then and finally got a door. Took them 5 hours to load 13 pallets, one of which was a partial. Called live load and they asked why we had a partial and then they had to figure out if we’ll be fine for the 03. An hour later they called back and said go ahead to the 03, we got there at 5 pm, then had to wait for a door. They called at 8 pm and gave us a door and took them 3 hours to load 3 or 4 pallets. These shippers don’t pay detention so we missed out on a lot of driving time and just general time wasted. If i could blacklist a company it would definitely be these 2. Ocean mist an taylor farms. We’re finally on the road and i’m currently on my 30 at a loves in arizona, lots of road construction on i-15.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

Small update, i got a pretty good tnt trainer, his condo is pretty decked out and has wifi.

Load 1: Our first load was from Springfield, MO to Reno, NV. It was a Walmart DC load, 1716 miles. I enjoyed the drive but hated Wyoming, i got hit by light/hard rain and light/hard hail, and strong winds, i literally couldn’t see anything for a good 10 mins, was driving around 15 mph. Rest of the drive was smooth. Enjoyed my time through Nebraska and Utah.

Load 2: Dreyers Grand Ice Cream load from Manteca, CA to Tualatin, OR. Empty 195 miles and loaded for 626 miles. God climbing mountains loaded has to be the most boring thing ever, i was actually nervous going downhill with a loaded trailer but got over it about 2 hours later. The scenery was pretty amazing. We had to pay a lumper fee of $691 (prime pays back) for them to unload their products which makes no sense to me but ok.

Load 3: This is a high paying load for trainer and our current load. We’re going from Castroville, CA to Salinas, CA then finally Springfield, MA. It’s a produce load. Empty 707 miles and loaded 3119 miles. At the rate we’re going i should be done with tnt by the end of July. We’re teaming now so i’ll be driving from 6 am to 6 pm and he vice versa.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Can trucking provide for your family? HECK YEAH!

Hey man congrats on the house! That's the middle goal for me right now, hopefully i'll be able to buy a house by the end of next year or 2022. I just have to find out where i actually want to live first lol, not going back to Louisiana.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

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Hopefully i get a call today cuz i want to start making some money lol

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Don't sweat it too much. You're making money right now to the tune of $700 a week while sitting in your hotel room.

No, it isn't what you'd be making solo, and you need to get through TNT to reach that solo money. But it'll come.

Oh i know it isn't solo money, i just thought i had to be on the road to get the $700 a week that's why i said that.

Small update, both the fleet manager and trainer called today. Trainer will be here later this evening, he's about 300 miles away in Arkansas dropping off a load before heading here to get his APU fixed (uh-oh). Talked to him for a few minuets, he asked if i dipped because his last trainee made a mess with his spit being everywhere and that i'm required 8 hours sleeper berth. His last trainee only took breaks and didn't really sleep. So he doesn't want to be put in a dangerous position and nor do i. I'll either meet him later today or tomorrow, apparently he's a lease op and i'm company. I thought you could only be trained by company if you go company? Regardless, i got my parking permit for my car so i'm getting my groceries out right now before i drive it to the prime parking lot.

Rob D is finally heading back this way today so i'll catch up with him later as well.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

I'm jealous, seems like your psd is pretty much tnt and here i am waiting in my room for a call to start my tnt phase. Sharon already got her trainer, she took her test Saturday, guessing she also trifecta.

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

Thanks for the support all, so i'm still waiting on my call for my tnt phase and nothing so far. Sharon already got her trainer and the only thing i can think of why she got hers before me was because i opted for a non-smoker. Hopefully i get a call today cuz i want to start making some money lol

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Prime Refrigerated - Springfield, Missouri - Spring 2020

Yes, yes i'm still alive! Sorry for the lack of updates, i was pretty much doing the same stuff everyday and figured it wouldn't be that interesting to post. Like the last 3 days i've just been practicing alley docking and driving on the road. However, i actually tested out today and trifecta'd! I got a 2 on my pre-trip, i actually forgot to do the break test and pull forward to 5 mph and apply breaks etc. I caught the mistake after i told the examiner that i'm done with the in cab. Literally a second later i told him i forgot to break check and he said it was too late since i already told him i was done. So i got 2 points on my pre-trip, 0 on my backing, did perfect straight, offset left (g.o.a.l once to be sure, didn't need it), and parallel left. So technically i could've taken the test 3 days ago and pass since i was worried about alley docking the most lol. As for the road test, i got 4 points, 1 point for not making a choice in time. I was stopped at a red light and no sign was up saying i couldn't turn but didn't make my mind up in time and just sat at the light until green. Didn't want to auto fail, another point for not turning my blinkers on until i got up to the turn, was a left turn, noticed this too late. 2 points for the safe stop, did everything right but forgot to shift to drive when i was trying to get back onto the road, so i revved up the engine in neutral and that gave me points. I'm now currently waiting for a call from either Stephan, dispatcher or tnt trainer. It's just a waiting game right now until 1 of those 3 happens! Also need to figure out what to do with 401k and insurance and all that jazz, if anyone has some advice on those, that would really be great!

All in all this has been a amazing experience so far, going from never driving and even being near a semi to trifecta is a pretty amazing feeling. My trainer knew that i would trifecta and he wasn't worried one bit he said.

Tldr: 2 points on pre-trip, 0 on backing, 4 on driving = trifecta.

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