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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Good News, Bad News

Hello all, I'm a bit frustrated with my past self. I'll explain why.

When I first started looking into a Trucking career i started by exploring CDL schools. One such school I looked into was RoadMaster and I applied via their site. However I think I applied broadly or something, or perhaps they used my info and sent it to Trucking companies. I say this because my email has been blowing up ever since!

I've gotten emails and text messages from about 4 companies looking to hire me. And I still don't even have a CDL! I don't want to respond to them either because of my past drug use. I'll Probably fail a urine test and certainly fail a hair follicle test. Ugh I'm frustrated. Why did I smoke the green!

I could seriously be in training right now if I'd never touched drugs. But I did. So now I have to wait upwards of 3 months before I even get into a truck. Now in the mean time all I can do is make Chinese food for an honest wage. Every time I clock into work now I quietly beat myself up. No amount of Orange Chicken will satisfy me lol

Sorry everyone, I simply felt like ranting because this seriously has gotten to me. In addition I here Prime Inc has given out raises. I wish I'd known about trucking sooner before I locked myself down with bad choices. Ie smoking weed.

If anyone's out there reading this and is new to Trucking. DON'T DO DRUGS! All you'll do is hold yourself back from making good money in a good career.

Best of luck, Luke Appleberry.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Prime pay raise & guarantee Team Pay

Another reason for me to start with Prime. Thanks for posting the update.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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What Would Cause a Trainer to Kick a Student from a Truck?

Besides, where would they sit when I'm driving? My dog sits shotgun 😄.

Mad respect to this man. :)

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Road to Trucking

Try buggin us... i dare you... that is when things get really interesting around here hahahahha welcome

sorry... I am a sassy jersey girl... and Prime trainer. been at Prime 5 years... and love every minute of it. There are some bad days, but i could never regret my decision.

That's great how you work with Prime. Not to mention being a trainer and all. I've decided I'll wait a 100 days before I apply to the company, or any company in general, simply to be cautious of a failed drug test.

Would you happen to know if the training pay of $700 is gross or net weekly? If not don't fret.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Wow! This was a great month.

Big Scott,

Pardon my ignorance man, I'm new to this. Does that picture up there repersent how many miles you've went or is that a paycheck of sorts? Or actually both now that I think about it. Either way if that's miles, and the Earth's equator is 24,000 miles around, that'd mean you traveled half the distance of the earth in a months time....$$$

Or I could be completely wrong on what that number means exactly. Enlighten me someone, please.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Road to Trucking


All of this is a bit down the road though, because I still have to be able to pee clean.


Most of the large companies do a hair follicle test as well as urine. They use an inch and a half of hair cut at the scalp which shows roughly 3 months in the past. If bald, they use body hair which can show use as far back as a year. Unfortunately, since you just stopped smoking, 3 months will not be long enough to test clean. You’d be better off waiting to apply until you are sure you can pass both tests. A failed drug screenIng will make it extremely hard to ever get started

Thank you for the advice, It's much appreciated! I reckon I'll just study up and plan for it all in the mean time. Maybe bug y'all when I'm bored.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Road to Trucking

Thank you to the both of you two for the warm welcome, it's much appreciated. Old School those links you sent me will come in handy, I suspect I'll go through that High Road CDL training ASAP. I'm glad you think I'd be a good candidate as well, I'll just have to take your word for it though Old Timer. ;)

You're right about not putting my eggs all in one basket. To be honest I should've already known that. I reckon I'll start with Prime Inc and see what they tell me. If that goes south then I may apply to Swyft. However I've seen to many horror videos on YouTube to apply to C.R. England. All of this is a bit down the road though, because I still have to be able to pee clean.

As for you Mikey, thanks for the welcome. I reckon my logic is a bit flawed, with this being my first post and all it may be hard to "deduce" my being interested. At closer study though you could understand that maybe people wouldn't sign up to a trucking site if trucking didn't spark some kind of interest in them. Let alone type a mini-novel right out the gate!

And of course all is forgiven Mikey, but why'd you think my name's Todd? My names Luke, 22, Missouri born but currently in San Antonio. Regardless, my first truck, due to this blunder Mikey, will be named Todd. Thanks!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Road to Trucking

Well thanks for the kind words and warm welcome! I will certainly read through the links Old School provided me, much appreciated by the way. I think I'll find the High Road CDL training program very helpful. Also that's good advice, not putting all my eggs in one basket, and I should've already known better. To be honest I don't care which company takes me so long as one does. I reckon I'll start with Prime Inc and go from their. I've heard to many horror stories about C.R. England, especially on YouTube, so

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Road to Trucking

Hello strangers, Luke here.

I'm new to the forum, this being my first post and all, however I think there will be many more following this one. As you could probably deduce by now I'm interested in becoming an OTR trucker, very much interested. Thus I've decided to join this community and soak up the information y'all are generously sharing. I've read a fair deal of what you've written in the past 3 sleepless hours and I intend to read more. I found an old post about some guy complaining about BBQ sauce from a DART orentation and how he failed. I laughed out loud. Then I watched as the moderators tore him apart with a "no-nonsense" attitude which immediately told me I was in the right place to learn this trade.

I heard on the radio once that truck driving was the #1 way highschool educated men made their money. But YouTube showed me a more focused look into OTR and I was immediately hooked. First off I'm the only person in my family whom graduated highschool. So it seems a natural pick for me, especially when college ain't an option. Poor life choices always kept my people down or the lack of a choice did. My Old Man drove a truck when I was growing up but for some reason I always thought driving a truck would be giving up in a sense. Or maybe I just didn't want to be like my father. Only now do I realize trucking may just lead to my salvation, as corny as that sounds.

I quit smoking weed because I heard the big mega carriers now do a hair follicle test. Which can detect THC all the way up to 90 days. So unfortunately my plan to be a trucker will have to wait for at least that long, just to be safe cause I really don't want to mess up my chances of obtaining a CDL. But at least I knew they drug test before I went up there else I'd have been screwed. Additionally I've slowed down on drinking so I could study a bit more during my free time. Basically I'm trying to cut the dead weight I've been carrying around with me for so long.

I've also decided that once I hit the 90 day mark in going to call PRIME INC, I hear they have a good training course and besides, you can't beat free schooling. Hell, I actually think they'll pay me 700 bucks A WEEK. Which I know probably aint much for you truckers reading this but for me, a young dishwasher and cook, 700 bucks sounds damn nice. All I'd have to do for them to train me is simply give them my word that I'd work for 'em for a whole year. Which I mean hell, I'm gonna have to start somewhere and why not settle for a guaranteed job? I simply don't have the money to pay for an independent CDL school and I utterly refuse to ask the government for a grant or loan. So a CDL for a years obligation sounds reasonable. What's Charlie Daniel's say? "A rich man goes to college, and a poor man goes to work." :)

Plus the freedom and solitude I'll eventually have after training. That's the real gift. Your telling me I don't have to settle down in one place? I move place to place, making money by the mile, a nice bunk to fall back into when I get to tired. Money in my pocket by weeks end. Maybe visit a new girl in a new state lol (forgive the thought but a young man's mind will eventually drift towards women, mine included!) What more could I want though? Or need? I ain't got no woman to tie me down, no kids, my family's all back up in Missouri. This **** sells itself.

My apologies reader, I've seriously been stuck on this trucking idea for about 2 weeks now. To the point I've written this at 5 A.M. It's literally possessed my mind and I'm glad it did. I want a good life for me and whatever family follows me. If any.

Welp, I'll be around the forum. Probably gonna ask y'all for advice/tips/pointers when I eventually get on the road.

Thanks for the free information gentlemen, much obliged.

- Luke Appleberry

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