Prime Inc Tanker Division.

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Jason M.'s Comment
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Hey all. I plan on going back to Prime as soon as I'm cleared by doctor and the DOT physician. I started as Reefer. I would like to try the tanker division. I have some questions though.

Is it true there is generally less of a wait time for loading/unloading?

What are the average number of miles one can expect? More or less than reefer?

What is their operating area?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Sorry that your questions have not gone noticed. But alas I'll save you!

The wait time varies. It's typically shorter wait time than reefer but you still have your delays. Don't expect to always get in and get out. However tanker washouts take much longer than a reefer washout so you'll experience longer wait times doing that.

Much less than reefer. You don't get cross country loads and Prime's tanker division isn't as dominant as their reefer division, in other words the freight isn't as strong. I've heard many tanker drivers complain about their miles honestly. However they do pay slightly more per mile.

Tankers division runs and hires primarily from East of Chicago.

I wholeheartedly, strongly discourage you from going tanker from the start. Go reefer for at least 6 months, learn how to be a safe driver then make up your mind. You simply don't have the driving skills to control a baffle-free liquid tanker as a rookie driver - don't get too far ahead of yourself or you might kill yourself or someone else.

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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