Jim Palmer

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William K.'s Comment
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I finally came across this company in my research and saw the 1 on 1 training for 40k miles. Really? No other students? And they have the veteran apprenticeship program? Sounds to good to be true.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I finally came across this company in my research and saw the 1 on 1 training for 40k miles. Really? No other students? And they have the veteran apprenticeship program? Sounds to good to be true.

They are a good company. Their program is the same as Wil-Trans. Both are in cahoots (good thing) with Prime. Youtube vlogger, Allie Knight drives for Jim Palmer. I was looking at Wil-Trans in my earlier seaching, but my boss said no, she wants me home more often.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Infidel's Comment
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Thats the over the road training part after you have your CDL. Its going to be team driving from the beginning once you go with your trainer. And you will run hard from the first day.

They just started their CDL program. Which I didn't do. So I dont know about that.

Im going too try to send you a PM. Never done it before.

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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

William K.'s Comment
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Diver Driver's Comment
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I just spoke to a recruiter from them yesterday. They sound really great, except for the 1yr contact. The pay rate seems to be what a 2 year driver would get at other companies. (when you finish your training)

The only thing that is keeping me from going there is the 1 yr. contact. This contract is even inspite of me being a cdl school graduate.

Just my own personal feelings and experience, (experience as a military veteran) but I have no experience as a trucker, I don't want to be on the hook for a year doing something I don't like. (Provided that I end up hating this)

Best of luck to you.

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.
Josh S.'s Comment
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I know prime offers a seven day forgiveness window. Don't know if Jim Palmer offers that as well, but from the time you get on your trainers truck you have seven days to decide that this isn't for you and you're free to leave.

Infidel's Comment
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Are you retired with tri care? If not check their healthcare. It's a weakspot. My GF sells insurance so It wasn't a issue for me.

William K.'s Comment
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Are you retired with tri care? If not check their healthcare. It's a weakspot. My GF sells insurance so It wasn't a issue for me.

Yes, I'll be retired with Tricare. The one year contract isn't a big deal for me since almost any, if not all, company offering training will require a contract.

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