I Would Like To Learn More About Prime Tanker Division

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Joe H.'s Comment
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Hello I will start orientation on Monday, January 18th 2016. I am looking to hear about the Tanker Division from someone currently driving for Prime. I already have my Class A with Tanker and Hazmat Endorsement. I have not driven since 2011 so I have to go back through the training program. I am trying to find out the average miles you get? Is it mainly drop and hook? Do you have any tanker trainers or will I end up with someone for 3 months that's not in the Tanker division? You really don't find to much info or post from tanker drivers on the internet.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I don't drive for Prime but I seriously considered their tanker division when I graduated from trucking school. From what the recruiter told me, and other tanker drivers for Prime, average miles in the Northeast would be 1500-1800 miles a week. Out for around 14 days at a time. Lots of owner operators as tanker drivers for Prime. Possibility of having to do some training with a reefer driver before being assigned your own truck in the tanker division.

Mileage could vary depending on region. In the Northeast, most miles stayed in the Northeast, maybe a little into the Midwest and Southeast. Not many cross country runs. I'd be curious if you stay on the east coast too since you're out of the southeast.

Nice thing about Prime is that it's food grade - if you're not into hauling chemicals.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Josh S.'s Comment
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They have trainers in the tanker division, not sure how many. Also not sure how much drop and hook freight they have. If you are on Facebook join the prime drivers past, present, future page. I know there is tanker guys on that page.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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They have trainers in the tanker division, not sure how many. Also not sure how much drop and hook freight they have. If you are on Facebook join the prime drivers past, present, future page. I know there is tanker guys on that page.

They do have tanker trainers, but not many. Hence, the reason why trainers from the reefer side are often used.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Joe H.'s Comment
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I don't drive for Prime but I seriously considered their tanker division when I graduated from trucking school. From what the recruiter told me, and other tanker drivers for Prime, average miles in the Northeast would be 1500-1800 miles a week. Out for around 14 days at a time. Lots of owner operators as tanker drivers for Prime. Possibility of having to do some training with a reefer driver before being assigned your own truck in the tanker division.

Mileage could vary depending on region. In the Northeast, most miles stayed in the Northeast, maybe a little into the Midwest and Southeast. Not many cross country runs. I'd be curious if you stay on the east coast too since you're out of the southeast.

Nice thing about Prime is that it's food grade - if you're not into hauling chemicals.

Thank you wow the northeast huh? Well I am confused because would I have to train 3 months with a reefer guy then train 3 months with a tanker guy?

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Joe H.'s Comment
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They have trainers in the tanker division, not sure how many. Also not sure how much drop and hook freight they have. If you are on Facebook join the prime drivers past, present, future page. I know there is tanker guys on that page.

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They do have tanker trainers, but not many. Hence, the reason why trainers from the reefer side are often used.

Thats what my recruiter told me and I am confused....If i dont get a tanker trainer the does that mean I have to train twice or what???

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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