Oh Man...its Finally Real!

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Britton R.'s Comment
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It looks like I will be starting at Prime on the 27th. No more is it a dream. Now its a reality. Today I gave my notice to my job and pending a current background check I'm heading out in two weeks. They ran the background check two months ago when I first applied and all was well. Its only good for 30 days so they are running it again. No worries though, nothing has changed. I went to a drug testing center for a drug test of my own. They assured me it was confidential. It came back clean today.

I'm definitely excited but there is a bit of fear in there as well. Its going to be a crazy experience, but I can handle it. Permit and endorsement tests are done. Now to focus on pretrip and driving. My mind is a sponge, ready to soak up all of the information I can.

Thanks to Brett and everyone else on here for answering questions and helping as needed. This site is truly a blessing.

Be safe. Be blessed.

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Hey Britt, I'm hoping to start The week after you, so maybe we'll bump into each other. Good lucksmile.gif

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Hey Britt, I'm hoping to start The week after you, so maybe we'll bump into each other. Good lucksmile.gif

Who was your recruiter? I'm having trouble getting mine to call me back, and am thinking about requesting another

Britton R.'s Comment
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Hey Britt, I'm hoping to start The week after you, so maybe we'll bump into each other. Good lucksmile.gif

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Who was your recruiter? I'm having trouble getting mine to call me back, and am thinking about requesting another

Julie. I called and lef a message on a holiday and she called me back the following monday. Today I left her a message but she was leaving early but she emailed me to answer my questions and will probably cann ttomorrow sometime.

You can send me a pm when you get down there. Hopefully I can get a trainer and be gone by week 2. Best of luck to you

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tim L.'s Comment
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Good luck, Britton. Are you wanting reefer or flatbed? I applied to Prime last week, but have yet to hear from them. I have already had contact with Swift and Stevens. I like Prime's starting pay, and other things about them. I think they are a good company from everything I have been able to research on them. I am leaning toward dry van as a better fit for me though over reefer. If I thought I could handle flatbed, I would really love to consider Prime for that. I am just not sure that the extra climbing and squatting is right for a 58 yr old really tall guy that could be in better shape. If I thought I could handle it though, I think I would probably prefer flatbed over anything else. It just seems in general, flatbed drivers are happier with their jobs, although I don't have any stats to back that up. It may just seem that way to me.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Good luck, Britton. Are you wanting reefer or flatbed? I applied to Prime last week, but have yet to hear from them. I have already had contact with Swift and Stevens. I like Prime's starting pay, and other things about them. I think they are a good company from everything I have been able to research on them. I am leaning toward dry van as a better fit for me though over reefer. If I thought I could handle flatbed, I would really love to consider Prime for that. I am just not sure that the extra climbing and squatting is right for a 58 yr old really tall guy that could be in better shape. If I thought I could handle it though, I think I would probably prefer flatbed over anything else. It just seems in general, flatbed drivers are happier with their jobs, although I don't have any stats to back that up. It may just seem that way to me.

I'm with you Tim, I don't think my knees would handle the rigors of flatbedding, so I'm pulling for the reefer division. I like the idea of driving coast to coast, and, I think it was starcar that mentioned the naps while waiting to load unload the reefers. I like my naps too ...lol. PLus the turnout pay is the best I have found so far, they have good benefits, and I like the home time they offer. It just seems to all 'fit'. Now, if I can just get my recruiter to call me back. lol

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Oh, and Britton, I'll definitely look you up when I get there. Being we will be starting about the same time, I think it will be fun to keep in touch over our careers and swap stories and experiences. Kinda like trucking brothers smile.gif

Britton R.'s Comment
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Good luck, Britton. Are you wanting reefer or flatbed? I applied to Prime last week, but have yet to hear from them. I have already had contact with Swift and Stevens. I like Prime's starting pay, and other things about them. I think they are a good company from everything I have been able to research on them. I am leaning toward dry van as a better fit for me though over reefer. If I thought I could handle flatbed, I would really love to consider Prime for that. I am just not sure that the extra climbing and squatting is right for a 58 yr old really tall guy that could be in better shape. If I thought I could handle it though, I think I would probably prefer flatbed over anything else. It just seems in general, flatbed drivers are happier with their jobs, although I don't have any stats to back that up. It may just seem that way to me.

I'm too lazy to flatbed. Dont get me wrong, I'm a hard worker and everything. I just don't think I can handle the tarping and securing all of the time. Having to do that in the snow would have me too mad to actually drive the load. I prefer to just drive the rig. Loading and unloading wouldn't be terrible. Just that tarping and such isn't for me.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Philip F.'s Comment
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Hey Britt, I'm hoping to start The week after you, so maybe we'll bump into each other. Good lucksmile.gif

Hehe...same here. Hope to see you guys there!

John B.'s Comment
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Good luck, Britton. Are you wanting reefer or flatbed? I applied to Prime last week, but have yet to hear from them. I have already had contact with Swift and Stevens. I like Prime's starting pay, and other things about them. I think they are a good company from everything I have been able to research on them. I am leaning toward dry van as a better fit for me though over reefer. If I thought I could handle flatbed, I would really love to consider Prime for that. I am just not sure that the extra climbing and squatting is right for a 58 yr old really tall guy that could be in better shape. If I thought I could handle it though, I think I would probably prefer flatbed over anything else. It just seems in general, flatbed drivers are happier with their jobs, although I don't have any stats to back that up. It may just seem that way to me.

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I'm with you Tim, I don't think my knees would handle the rigors of flatbedding, so I'm pulling for the reefer division. I like the idea of driving coast to coast, and, I think it was starcar that mentioned the naps while waiting to load unload the reefers. I like my naps too ...lol. PLus the turnout pay is the best I have found so far, they have good benefits, and I like the home time they offer. It just seems to all 'fit'. Now, if I can just get my recruiter to call me back. lol

I guess I'm not the only old newbie with bad knees. I would rather do flatbed but I think it just be too much. I'm also looking at Prime, every time I think I have it nailed down to 3 or 4 another good outfit comes along worth considering.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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