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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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I dunno, I just don't know.

Maybe you wrote it up elsewhere, but good to hear more of your story, NaeNaeinNC! Prime mentions that they hire from all 48 states, but it's interesting to hear that they could only offer your flatbed while you were still living in Montana. I guess they don't specify *what* they offer to people from each of the 48 states. I assume you run reefer now?

I do run reefer. The thing about Montana, is that there is very little large quantity food production, which is the bread and butter so to speak of Primes reefer division. We also tend to be more along the lines of hauling direct from production to distribution centers, instead of to retail locations. In Montana the reefer freight just isn't there, and tanker division is primarily North East.

As for flatbed, Montana does produce a whole lot of items that need to be hauled, so that makes Montana viable as a home base, due to ease of getting a driver home.

I went "home home" to Montana the first week of September, and requested 3 days. It took until the 7th day to get a load out. NC takes on average 2 hours to get a load when coming off hometime.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Considering a Career in Trucking

Truck driving is just an idea I have been throwing around in my head. Thanks for all the input guys.

This right here, I believe, will be your biggest issue. Trucking is a whole lifestyle. It requires sacrifice and commitment. It's not something that one can just randomly half-@ss. You have to want it bad enough to deal with the lousy parts of it. A passing interest in trucking won't let you hang on through the bumps and confidence shaking days that every new driver goes through.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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I dunno, I just don't know.

As for $$$$ during training, here goes: Day 1 through the end of payroll the week you pass your CDL test, you are not paid. As of right now, the company loans you $200 per week, that will be taken out at $25/wk once you are hired. Unsure about how it's paid back if you quit the program.

Prime switched it's guarantee pay for TNT students to a daily rate, that equals $900/wk before taxes.

Hope that covers the info about starting with Prime, and sorry about the wall of text!

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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I dunno, I just don't know.

As a relative Noob myself, I have a somewhat recent review of Prime, but keep in mind, it's from the perspective of a female. I wouldn't hesitate to send someone there, especially if they understand that trucking is fully dependant on your work ethic and attitude.

I first applied at Prime back in October of 2020. Within 24 hours, I had an offer of flatbed. I lived in Montana, which is kind of a dead zone for reefer freight for Prime. I declined, as I was in the claims side of Workman's Comp and one of our biggest and gnarliest accident producers was a flatbed company. (Not knocking those that do flatbed, I just know it's not right for me, at this stage in my life.) I was told if I could relocate to a state that they hire from, resubmit my application then.

After a "really gnarly™" week in claims, I got fed up. Called a friend in NC and asked if I could crash on her couch for a few weeks within the next month, put in my notice at work for an end date of March 15th 2021. Left Montana, took a leaisurely drive 2500 miles, and landed in my friend's house end of March.

As soon as I got there, I got to work switching residency. Got my car registered, etc. April 6th, I switched my Montana DL for a NC one, and had to come back the next day to take the written tests.

April 6th, 9pm, fill out application again. April 7th, 8am recruiter phone call. 2pm, doing drug screen. 4pm, offered a start date in Pittston PA 5pm, accepted, and here we go.

April 17th, pick up rental at 4pm, instructed to return it in PA by 4pm the next day. April 18th arrive in Pittston. Still single occupancy at Holiday inn Express due to COVID. Turn in rental. Complete paperwork packet at hotel. April 19th, 6am shuttle to the terminal. 7am Orientation starts. More paperwork. Make sure you have ALL your ducks in a row. Three people sent home day one, for documentation issues and undisclosed old criminal record. All day computer based learning. Simulator road test. (Read your signs!) Continue computer learning, and pre tripping the truck they try and keep at the terminal for orientation. April 20th More of the same. Some people already cleared and given the green badge, sent to training Pad. 4:30pm get the phone call that I'm cleared, come in early next am to get the badge and assigned trainer. April 21st (Wednesday) get assigned a pad based trainer. He has 3 students testing Thursday, so while he is having them practice road driving, I'm buckled behind the net in the sleeper observing. He dismisses them after lunch, and has me start "doing laps" at the pad, to get used to stopping, starting, and turning. Pretty sure I gave us both whiplash thinking I had to stomp the brakes. Then he takes me out onto the live road. Luckily it's an industrial area-ish and the traffic has slowed greatly by this time. April 22-May 5th Road driving, short deliveries, backing maneuvers at the pad with myself and one other student. Some days I nail it, other days I can't back in a straight line to save my life. Pre-trip a truck minimum 2 times a day, memorize what I need to talk about and what they are looking for about each part/segment. (All total, 26 official hours pre trip alone, but speaking it every chance I got) May 6th, 9am. Scheduled Testing slot. The guy before me failed pre-trip and didn't even manage to move onto the backing portion of the test. I started my test at 8:30am. Pre-trip:picked up 90 out of 90 points (you need 60-something to be passing) pro tip: if you get lost in airbrakes you can re-start from the beginning of the airbrakes test. It's not fully over (in PA) until you say you are concluding your pre trip and air brakes inspection. Backing: Straight line, Offset Right, and Parallel Right. Nailed it. Didn't touch a cone or a line. No error points. Road test: picked up 7 error points. Mostly for cancelling my signal too early, and a hard braking during a speed change getting off the interstate off ramp to 25mph. Bottom line, I passed. Was immediately given the employment paperwork, w-4 and medical benefit information. Heck yeah. I officially work for Prime! Got sent back to the terminal to get the purple badge. Expect to be waiting a long time for a TNT trainer (woman student, non smoker, walking allergy.) Later that day, I am temporarily assigned to a trainer that lives in NC. He was due home time, and his student failed, so my trainer took that student, and I checked out of the hotel, and was on the trainers truck at 6am Saturday. Deliver a sold trailer, then pickup a loaded trailer, headed for NC. May 8th arrive at home. Prepared to wait for a trainer. May 10th attempt walk in at DMV to update my DL. No go. Told try again tomorrow. 1pm, phone call from fleet manager, get told my trainer has been assigned, and will be reaching out to me within the hour. Speak with trainer. Make a plan to meet at the Walmart closest to me 11pm the next night. May 11th, walk in appointment successful, upgraded my DL with the state, had paper copy. Meet my trainer, and proceed to spend the first night in the truck. May 12th to July 26th. Run hard. Take a full week off. Run hard, take a full week off. Run hard, take a full week off. July 27th dropped off the truck in Springfield to be upgraded to my own truck. Some people get it done faster, some get it done slower. 30k truck miles is the bare minimum. (I did 38k.) I didn't think I was ready, as my backing sucked. Turns out, I needed to be on my own to get it. To be continued.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Murphy's Law: Backing with an audience edition

Why is it, that whenever I am in a backing situation where I have an audience of 5 or more people, in a simple setup, I jack up the set up, multiple times then nail it when it's a difficult spot with nobody watching?

It took me 30 minutes to get into a dang door the other day, with a slightly shallow area to get it turned. It should have been no big deal. By the time I was in, I felt like Austin Powers in the luggage cart/hallway scene.

Later that day, I get sent to drop a trailer, in a similar situation, slight incline, and even shallower area to move. Nailed it. It went right in, no pull ups, one GOAL. What the heck? Of course there wasn't anyone to witness the resulting fat girl happy dance either! (Thank Jeebus!)

Posted:  1 month ago

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Cooking/Eating OTR

I tried instant mashed potato flakes today. The kind in a pouch, not the box. Just add to boiling water. Mine was garlic and herb. I also added Creole seasoning. Turned out pretty good. I am thinking about purchasing a 5 or 10 bag of potatoes, and baking in the microwave. The only downside to the baked potatoes is that, I would probably have to use butter and sour cream, which would take up space in the fridge, and of which I would probably have no other use. Do any of you microwave potatoes. Another concern is, the bag of potatoes taking up room in the cab. But, I am sure I could make adjustments to fit somewhere. Are there any other instant foods that you guys use?

I use the mini cups of instant mashed potatoes, so I don't waste a whole bunch from the pouch. I believe Walmart has the 4pk for less than $2. As for other potato options, I have done hash browns on the truck. Get the bag of frozen ones, and I used the $8 sandwich maker with a smidge of PAM spray, and a small pat of butter.

Ultimately, it depends on how much space you have, and how creative you want to get. I am a big proponent of multi use gadgets in the "kitchen" so that I have a set of well rounded options. Tomorrow night is shake n bake chicken, fresh baked asparagus, and probably some potatoes

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Cooking/Eating OTR

From what I understand, these units have to have a certain amount of overhead clearance, and not just fit in a cubby.

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0717098001632034939.jpg The first thing when thinking about cooking comes to mind is the best portable freezer for salmon, meat etc... I could stock up at Costco on healthy stuff like wild-caught salmon etc then use a toaster oven, not a microwave to cook it. For those of you using the microwave, you might want to make the switch to a toaster oven for health reasons. Nuking your food kills a lot of food's nutrients and just isn't the healthy way to cook. Anyone care to share their freezer recommendations? This one had some ok and bad reviews, the company won't replace it. So I'm looking for something like this for a better company.

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Ryan, might I suggest the Galanz 3 in 1 appliance? It is a microwave, air fryer and convection oven all in one. Toaster ovens are fairly limited in what they can cook/bake.

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If I am going to use it for longer than 20 minutes, I aim a mini fan into the gap above it to dissapate the heat. There are a whole lot more that use the daily without issue.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Have you ever spotted something scary and/or exciting while driving at night?

Nothing scary yet, but I have smelled my Grandfather's truck on a handful of occasions, and it is usually followed closely with a "there by the Grace of God, go I..." Moment

Middle of Virginia. 3 am. Pouring down rain. Relatively blind curve to the right coming. Get that weird tingle, move my ass over one lane. Smell grandpa's truck. Go around the curve, and a JB Hunt truck had jackknifed and his trailer was in the driving lane. I would have plowed into him.

I am learning to be even more viligant whenever that old truck smell goes rolling through mine.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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GPS???

The driver that did my road training taught me to write down all the exits and pertinent info on an index card before leaving for a delivery. This included receiver address and phone number. Then he would tape the index card to the dash for easy reference. This really saved my assignment once when I lost communication with the company navigation app.

I do my interstates on the upper part of the windshield in dry erase marker, and our last mile turn by turn down the side. Has saved my bacon a few times already.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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GPS???

"Ehhhhhh, Haven't you heard of an atla Back in my day, we did it by pay phone call, word of mouth, cb and an Atlas! All y'all steering wheel holders are the exact same" *ptooooooey*

Having got the obligatory trucker comment about using GPS vs not, I would say splurge on the dezl otr800 from Garmin. Yeah, it's expensive, and in my opinion that extra inch is truly worth another $200 😜😳 seriously though, I like the mounting bracket better, and the 4 points of information in the " up ahead" tab.

Now, I use a combo of the atlas, Garmin gps, and the Navigo on the Qualcomm. Are they perfect? Nah, but if you can get two things to agree in the trucking industry, consider it a miracle! Use common sense, read your signs, and remember your " Nevers. "

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Getting my CPAP machine Monday.

Upper left, a month before my sleep study. Upper right, the DAY I hit my head severely and had a concussion. The others are random throughout the years between.

My avatar is me weeks ago. At 41 I look younger, feel better, don't look so puffy,and actually sleep.

I give up lol suffice it to say, it wasn't pretty back then lol

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Getting my CPAP machine Monday.

Upper left, a month before my sleep study. Upper right, the DAY I hit my head severely and had a concussion. The others are random throughout the years between.

My avatar is me weeks ago. At 41 I look younger, feel better, don't look so puffy,and actually sleep.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Getting my CPAP machine Monday.

Part of CPAP treatment related to weight loss is that you are now moving through the different stages of sleep appropriately, which allows the restorative sleep that your body needs in order to heal, and operate effectively. If I can figure out how to upload a photo, I can show a collage of what 6 years of treatment did, just in my face.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Drive Tires Sidewall Mystery

I didn't even look twice at the pics before I said "porcupine." Those things are the debbil! I HATE that side of Montana

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Getting my CPAP machine Monday.

Some people fare better if they have the unit on while watching tv or reading in bed, just to gets feel for the breathing against pressure.

I use the Phillips Wisp nasal mask, with the old style fabric frame (none of this DreamWear poo) and have zero issues with mouth leaking.

Apneaboard and OSCAR (Formerly Sleepyhead) were resources that helped me in the beginning to understand why it sucked, and how to ask for the right changes.

Some old school sleep docs refuse to use the auto titration setting built into modern CPAPS, because they think the machines just chase leaks. That's only half truth. The first gen of auto machines did that, bit heck if you can break the Docs of that belief. I was actually "fired" as a patient by a sleep Doc because I refused to take sleeping pills. If I was going to just medicate myself, why was I fighting and pay for a machine? Advocate for yourself!

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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What If The Judge Doesn’t Show Up To Court?

I worked in justice court previously. The way it worked in our court was that the judges only had hearings on even or odd days. (Two judges, assigned cases via first citation number, even went to judge H, odd went to judge A)

In my county you actually had to appear in front of the judge to plead not guilty, and they would then set it for trial.

Were you showing up based on the "failure to appear by....." Date, or were you showing up for an assigned open court general pleadings day?

The clerks can bump out that FTA date, based on court procedure and guidelines. Ours was 7 day bump, if they showed up on or before the correct date.

Now, the clerks will try to make it seem like your only option is to pay it and move on. Don't do it. People don't always connect the "I paid it" with "I pled guilty via paying my fine." Big difference.

Call an attorney in the morning.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Bent Bat wings (cab extenders)

I am slightly fearful of crunching mine. I actually jumped the pin on this trip, but luckily I didn't crunch the sleeper/cab extenders..... Also very thankful that I knew how to fix it because of this forum! (Less than 2 minutes, no frustration)

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Seeking a Lengthy Training Program

I would have to agree, Prime seems to be longer than many of the others I have seen and heard of. (I drive for Prime Inc.) I am biased towards them, because my journey had ZERO hiccups from first recruiter contact, all the way to upgrading to my own truck. (Truck and I had to have a come to Jesus meeting, and now we see eye to eye..... And he's got the "act right" down.....)

For me, I chose them because of their reputation with training women. There seems to be a very fast reaction if things do go sideways on the harassment scenario.

I know my trainer was VERY aware of propriety. He would see me crawl into bed in a hoodie, sweats, fuzzy socks (he kept the truck an icicle!) And cacooned in my sleeping bag, and he would always pop open the way top of the curtain, and go "ya decent?" It was funny, and a smidge sweet knowing that he didn't want to embarrass either of us!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Cooking/Eating OTR

I use Clorox wipes on everything.

My "appliances" are all nonstick, so they get hit with a wet paper towel first to get the majority of the gook off, then a dry one if necessary, then Clorox/Lysol wipes.

As for paper/plastic/utensils issue? Food is fuel. Treating it in any other manner caused me to get fat, so it doesn't matter what it is sitting on, any more than my truck cares wether the diesel pump has a splash collar or not.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Cooking/Eating OTR

In TNT I got sick because of the junk in truckstops, my stomach was def NOT used to eating trash food.

On my last hometime, I stocked my freezer. I have chicken breasts, steaks, pork chops, burger, and pre-seasoned taco meat. I stocked up on charcuterie board items (meats and cheeses) pickles, lunch meat, eggs, etc etc.

Dry goods I get the single serve veggie packs in the canned food isle, a couple cans of soup, easy Mac cups, and the pre-cooked chicken pouches just in case my fridge dies. Then I have my cashews, almonds, and peanut mini packs, protein bars, fruit leather, etc.

Prime is switching to a 1500w Cobra inverter, and I am lucky enough to have a new one, which runs the Galanz 3 in 1 on microwave without having to high idle., But to bake or air fry, the truck needs to be running. I have a 600w electric skillet (very small square) and the cheap $9 sandwich maker from Walmart. The sandwich maker works wonders for fried eggs, hash browns, or grilled cheese sandwiches.

I carry a sharp knife, flexible cutting board, one reg plate and bowl, a few Rubbermaid type storage bowls, paper plates, plastic utensils, can opener.

Ultimately, instacart and Walmart+ is how I plan to keep stocked up, but luckily I have been able to walk to the nearest grocery store, so no need to online order yet, but it's coming!

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