My Prime PSD Experience

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Rainy 's Comment
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Oh and the fuel book not only has all of the fuel stops and washouts by state but also a bunch of info on the equipment and guidance for safety, and other tips.

You can use the prime app the same way. If you go to "fuel stop" and hit one you will see a code usually the first two initials of the state and three numbers.. So MI224 is a flying j in Michigan.

Just message dispatch "plz fill reefer at MI224 Livonia MI" or whatever. They send you a message back saying "approved for 25 gals until blah blah blah". For a little while they wouldn't approve tractor fuel this way... Only reefer, tractor had to go thru Mac 27/

I sent a message " have a quarter of a tank which is why I asked. For both tractor and reefer. I can make it to the 90 with this but there is no fuel stop within 70 miles. I suggest you open my fuel card or I can have road assist send someone to the 90 with fuel thanks". Response... "Approved for 150 gals by blah blah blah" lol

I love being company. As long as I report mechanical issues and get to customers on time.. Nothing is my fault or responsibility. Not one time have they denied me a repair request. I love it here ;)

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Wow Rainy, look at us. As the old cigarette commercial used to say "You've come a long way, baby!" My backing is not the best, but I'm no longer afraid of it at all. I KNOW I can back no matter what. It just might take me longer or more maneuvers than others. And if people are watching I laugh out loud and say "who allowed me to drive this thing???" and others laugh with me then help me finish.

To anyone reading, pay attention to what Rainy has posted and the positive responses. The naysayers in this thread have it wrong. Prime is an excellent company to start with, and if you're like me, you'll quickly realize that you'll want to stay with them a long time. Name a career where they will basically pay for everything to give you the skills you need to be the best employee you can be and get full benefits and clear almost $1k/week after only training for 3 months. Prime is the place to be. I'm sorry if others had bad experiences with them. I would venture they are in the minority.

Rainy 's Comment
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Omg.. Today I got into a tight door... Took a bit but got it in. The guy behind me got out of his truck and asked me to guide him "I'm not very good at this yet. Can't wait til I can back like you" hahahah WHAT??? hahah

Glad to hear youre doing so good. I'm finally starting to stop at smaller truck stops and liking then better not as crowded and more likely to find a spot.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Yeah, this Walmart account gave me backing chops in a hurry. Best thing that could have happened.

Penny's Comment
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Rainy,

I know this information is not new, but I wanted to thank you so much for posting it! I plan to start school in January at my local technical college and I am already looking at companies here and there. Prime is definitely going to be on the short list.

I'm also interested in Miss Miyoshi's experience and the other ladies on the forum here.

I am older than both of you. This will be a later in life career change for me, but you ladies are SO encouraging! I really, really appreciate your taking your time to update and give details.

Thank you again and I look forward to seeing more from both of you!

Rainy 's Comment
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Rainy,

I know this information is not new, but I wanted to thank you so much for posting it! I plan to start school in January at my local technical college and I am already looking at companies here and there. Prime is definitely going to be on the short list.

I'm also interested in Miss Miyoshi's experience and the other ladies on the forum here.

I am older than both of you. This will be a later in life career change for me, but you ladies are SO encouraging! I really, really appreciate your taking your time to update and give details.

Thank you again and I look forward to seeing more from both of you!

Hi Penny and thanks for reading ;)

In a few days I will hit my year mark.... YAY!!!

The age thing doesn't matter. There are more and more women coming into trucking every week. Despite what I thought before. I started...men are used to having women around cause there are many many wives who either team or ride along with their husbands. Most are 50s and older who have raised the kids so now they can do it.

As far as the women.... Be sure to check out Sue D and chickiemonster. Chickiemonster almost left her company in the beginning but after some discussion on this board she stuck it out and became very successful. She's now changing to a company after gaining experience and leaving on good terms.

Training is hard. .. Get through it and I don't mean just "school" I mean the tens of thousands of miles of training needed after school. Once on your own you have a lot of freedom.... At least I do.

Good luck.

Penny's Comment
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I thank you again for the encouragement.

I am in the position you described. My kids are grown and I'm ready for a new challenge.

I can't make the money I'm making now anywhere else in the same type job, partly because I've been here so long and partly the industry I am in. I know it isn't all about the money, but that is a factor. I also know it is challenging work as I have been around trucking and truckers during my childhood and adolescence. I have had a friend I've ridden with more recently just to see if I still like it and I do believe I can handle the lifestyle without a problem.

Backing up...shifting...learning the ins and outs...well, those things will probably take a little longer to master.

I will check out the ladies you mentioned and I hope to become an encouragement in the future to someone with my story as well.

Stay safe out there!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Wiseguy84's Comment
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Hey Rainy howya doing??? Was seriously looking at Prime to obtain my CDL and you look like the right person to ask a couple of questions. I am also from NJ, how does it work when you want home time?? What is the closest terminal in NJ? Do they let you take your truck home or can you leave it at the nearest terminal?? Did you take your training at the location in PA?? Whats the max amount of days you can consecutively use for home time?? If you wanted to travel somewhere other than home, lets say Las Vegas or something, would Prime let you take your truck there?? Hope youre staying safe out there and be really careful, winter is right around the corner!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rainy 's Comment
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Hey Rainy howya doing??? Was seriously looking at Prime to obtain my CDL and you look like the right person to ask a couple of questions. I am also from NJ, how does it work when you want home time?? What is the closest terminal in NJ? Do they let you take your truck home or can you leave it at the nearest terminal?? Did you take your training at the location in PA?? Whats the max amount of days you can consecutively use for home time?? If you wanted to travel somewhere other than home, lets say Las Vegas or something, would Prime let you take your truck there?? Hope youre staying safe out there and be really careful, winter is right around the corner!

Hi wiseguy ;)

When I want home time I send a message to my FM with the date I want to be home. You earn one day off for each week out. Max days is FOUR consecutive. If you want more you can take it but must turn your truck in and get assigned a new one when you come back out.

The closest terminal is Pittston Pa and a drop yard in Bensalem PA but that doesn't matter. No need to go to terminals other than trailer repairs, truck repairs truck atooa can't do, or to get supplies.

I am required to drop my trailer at a customer or yard before home time then bobtail home. I park it at the truck stop near my home.

You can take home time anywhere in the country basically. I've taken it in NC, AL, FL. Just park it at your hotel or truck stop.

I went to Springfield MO for training. It doesn't matter which terminal you go to for training...after orientation you go out on the road with a trainer...so location doesn't matter.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Wiseguy84's Comment
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Rainy, thanks a lot for answering all my questions. Im filling out an application with Prime tomorrow. There is no time like the present. Ive been researching companies for months now and I feel like they are best suited for my needs. Im really excited and nervous to start. I know there is so much I need to learn and will be consistently learn of I decide to pursue this as a career. Im really mainly concerned about actually getting my CDL. What is really nervewrecking is the idea of them just sending me home if I dont pass my road test etc. Ive beed studying for the permit relentlessly using the High Road Training which has been great. Ive really got nothing to lose ar this point. I really want to do this. You and many of the other members here have been really inspiring and helped motivate me in making this decision. I know i can do this. Thanks again and stay safe!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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