Prime Reefer

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Bolt's Comment
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Aster tossing around flatbed for nearly 2 months now I am starting to think reefer. Are there any prime reefer drivers on here that could help me out?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yeppers.... what you want to know? I love it.... both prime and the reefer. It's easy and I love my FM. Never drove a stick or truck before September. .. got my own truck in Feb.... FM says I'm doing great. I even get decent bonuses for a rookie for fuel and on time deliveries.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bolt's Comment
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Thanks for your response Rainy. I know what the recruiter has told me, but how many miles are you actually getting?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Of course it ranges.... between 2100 and 2900. Usually averages about 2500 or so. I have heard it depends on YOU. I was told the first month to expect 1200 to 1500 to give me time to adjust and trip plan etc. Others in the class before me got that. My first week I got 2300 or so. I make sure I'm WAY early and ask for preplans for after my night deliveries. I washout each trailer and fuel it right after my 90 so I don't have to bother when I get assigned. I tell my dispatcher as early as possible ... even a day in advance if the Appt is a problem so he has time to fix it. Every month I call him with a "hey I've been solo another month. Any input.. improvements... things we need to talk about".

This week sucked cause... long story but delivered on Tuesday before pay cutoff....picked up Wed and shipper was 8 hours late. Got to terminal to fuel and trailer needed maintenance. I was soo sick that after they repowered me I asked for hometime. Came back out mon.... but deliver tonight.... 1300 mile run..... plenty of time for rest of week... but only 40 miles last week... so in the hole. It will average out though.

If you get to places early... ask for pre plans if delivering at night... scan your paperwork in ASAP. .. you will get miles. Some runs have more time than others... so sometimes the break is nice. Some days I run 300 miles... others 550. It depends.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bolt's Comment
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Thanks Rainy. I'm still a couple months from being able to apply. It is looking like prime is,where I'll be.

Bolt's Comment
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I need to be home the 2nd Sunday of the month, is that something that can be accommodated?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I need to be home the 2nd Sunday of the month, is that something that can be accommodated?

Normally, no. There are jobs that can get you home on weekends and of course local jobs that get you home daily. But even the jobs that get you home weekends normally won't guarantee when you'll be home or for how long.

If you really want to find a job where you can do that, they're out there. Prime isn't one of em though. You would want to look at dry van or flatbed jobs to get home weekly.

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.
Bolt's Comment
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I don't need to be home weekly.

Bolt's Comment
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Prime says they bring you home every 3 weeks just wondering if I could plan that home time around my monthly B.A.C.A. meeting.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Roehl can get you home every 3 weeks definitely. That is the schedule I work because it seems to net me the best money. Roehl will get you home every other weekend of that's what you want. I found I make about 5 to 600 bucks a month more spending the extra week out. Reefer starts out at .34 cpm and I average about 2500 miles a week.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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