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Flatie C.'s Comment
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Okay so Im back again guys. I followed brett's advice upon putting more application until I hear back from a recruiter. Now, I have all the company list that I am pre approved but can't decide which one is the best for me?

PRIME - Applied to them 2 weeks ago but the recruiter said I need to stay in my current job until May due to employment stability then I should be good to go.

SWIFT - I got approved and my recruiter is just waiting on my start date.

CRST - Same situation with prime. The recruiter is just waiting for my call to when I want to start.

MAVERICK - Like swift and crst maverick is also waiting to when i would like to start my training.

PAM - They are also waiting for my call back regarding the start date.

MILLIS - Got a call but I doubtful if I will go here anymore because of the 500 upfront cost.

I have all the selection now but I can't decide. I'm needing some advice please.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Depends on you... Which kind of freight do you want to haul,home time and pay... Whatever else you want like pets,team driving,length of training and type of trucks... Make lists of each companies pros and cons and pick which one is best for you...

Errol V.'s Comment
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Your situation, Flatie, is a choice among several companies that are too much alike. Try this: make a list of what you want, then compare the companies to find the best match. Here's some articles from TT.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jared H.'s Comment
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Flatie, look up Jim Palmer Trucking. They have the same training program as Prime and they also haul their freight. They start you off at .40 a mile after training and will pay up to .45 with incentives. I've been talking to their recruiters and they seem very nice and honest. All in all I truly think they are an amazing company. But like I said look into them and see what you think. They have a very friendly pet policy. Just to tell you how friendly their pet policy is they would allow me to bring a fully grown great dane.

Flatie C.'s Comment
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Flatie, look up Jim Palmer Trucking. They have the same training program as Prime and they also haul their freight. They start you off at .40 a mile after training and will pay up to .45 with incentives. I've been talking to their recruiters and they seem very nice and honest. All in all I truly think they are an amazing company. But like I said look into them and see what you think. They have a very friendly pet policy. Just to tell you how friendly their pet policy is they would allow me to bring a fully grown great dane.

Do they have the same policy like prime regarding the work stability? I also have a puppy and would like to take him with me. What about the passenger? I might give them a call tomorrow.

Jared H.'s Comment
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I just figured if they would allow a dog as big as a great dane then they must have a very flexible pet policy. I know they have a rider policy but I don't know too much about it. Look up Allie Knight on YouTube, she drives for Jim Palmer Trucking and has a lot of really great things to say about the company. Go back about 6 months or so in her videos to find where she started with the company. For a brand-new person fresh from CDL school. 40 to .45 a mile is pretty good. I have been really doing my homework on this company and I have yet to come across anything negative about them. There was another post I started on here about Jim Palmer Trucking, just search the company name in the search bar here and find my post. There has been a guy posting on there that has just started their orientation and will keep providing his feedback as he goes through training. So far he has said the company seems really good, going as far as to make him a welcome sign on the main entrance of the corporate building.

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.
Flatie C.'s Comment
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I just figured if they would allow a dog as big as a great dane then they must have a very flexible pet policy. I know they have a rider policy but I don't know too much about it. Look up Allie Knight on YouTube, she drives for Jim Palmer Trucking and has a lot of really great things to say about the company. Go back about 6 months or so in her videos to find where she started with the company. For a brand-new person fresh from CDL school. 40 to .45 a mile is pretty good. I have been really doing my homework on this company and I have yet to come across anything negative about them. There was another post I started on here about Jim Palmer Trucking, just search the company name in the search bar here and find my post. There has been a guy posting on there that has just started their orientation and will keep providing his feedback as he goes through training. So far he has said the company seems really good, going as far as to make him a welcome sign on the main entrance of the corporate building.

I applied last night called the recuiter but didn't accept me due to my center lane violation wayback in 2013. So idk. They are very strict with road violation :| Celadon accepted me just today but wants me to do the DOT.

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.

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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"Way back in 2013" Lol. OH how our perspective changes as we get older. Thanks for the chuckle this morning Flatie C. I'm 55 years old. 2013 seems like it was last week!rofl-3.gif

Baby bull's Comment
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Prime bought out Jim Palmer that's why you see lots of Palmer trucks pulling prime trailers. In my opinion with the list you provided I would go with prime or maverick. Try sticking with a smaller big company if you can I know several people who have went through prime trailing and continue to work for prime and make dead. Money and I have looked in to maverick myself a few years ago from what I seen they seemed to be prev x decent

Flatie C.'s Comment
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Prime bought out Jim Palmer that's why you see lots of Palmer trucks pulling prime trailers. In my opinion with the list you provided I would go with prime or maverick. Try sticking with a smaller big company if you can I know several people who have went through prime trailing and continue to work for prime and make dead. Money and I have looked in to maverick myself a few years ago from what I seen they seemed to be prev x decent

Yes. Maverick might be my other option. Spoke to the recruiter and just waiting for the final approval. They only have one opening for each month. So we will see. Wish me luck!

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