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Larry K.'s Comment
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You should go with the one that has the most of what you want. Routes, home time opions, type of frieght, trucks (age, make and model, manual or automatic, etc), rider policy, pet policy, etc. Different companies offer different incentives. Prime has a lot. Do the trucks have APUs or inverters? Some companies offer free satelite TV or radio. So, the companies you mentioned are all great companies. Now you have many other questions to ask yourself to find which is the best fit for you. Good luck.

All good stuff, how does one find the kind of routes the comp has prior to being there. Since i am based in Fla which is not a hot bed for either company. Home time us not that big of an issue either, as kids are grown, wife is working on second career in traveling nursing, only have the dogs for most part and one is very old now.

So do appreciate the feedback. JP and Prime are my two leading, and dont know yet how big class sizes are for Prime ( new thread just started re Prime so will find out shortly ) Beyond that so far only differance i can see on surface........

Is color of trucks

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APUs:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Big Scott's Comment
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There are many threads on Prime, just search Prime in the search bar at the top of the page. Also, look here Trucking Company Reviews and here Paid CDL Training Programs. These may also help.

Jim Palmer and Prime run all over the country. You can speak to each company to find out where they run. I'm not sure about the class size at Prime, however Jim Palmer's training is modeled on Prime's.

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.

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.

Larry K.'s Comment
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There are many threads on Prime, just search Prime in the search bar at the top of the page. Also, look here Trucking Company Reviews and here Paid CDL Training Programs. These may also help.

Jim Palmer and Prime run all over the country. You can speak to each company to find out where they run. I'm not sure about the class size at Prime, however Jim Palmer's training is modeled on Prime's.

Good stuff, yes that is how i got down to Prime, or JP.

Have read through a few of the Prime diary threads, always good to have most current info to work with. More i look at those two, the lower i move the RoadMaster stuff, just still appears to have a greater pool of Comp. To draw from. But have no issues at this time with Prime or JP. There is something to be said for company paid training.

But really, just how short of drivers are these companies? Is turnover so high they can sustain training 5 to 10 people a week to drive?

If turnover is that high, why? I get that this is not for everyone, it is a lifestyle, etc...

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.

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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This industry has a high turnover rate as a whole. That should not matter with companies like Prime and JP. Many people jump into this industry without doing half the research you have. They can't take being away from home, or they didn't realize they had to drive to make money. It's all about attitude. Pick the name of the worst company you can think of and search it here. You will find at least one person loving the company. Why because of their attitude. Prime has a lot of amenities. Some are massages, doctors, restaurants and more in their terminals. You are trying to pick between two great companies. If you are ready to go, then call the recruiters and ask your questions. Good luck.

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.

Larry K.'s Comment
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This industry has a high turnover rate as a whole. That should not matter with companies like Prime and JP. Many people jump into this industry without doing half the research you have. They can't take being away from home, or they didn't realize they had to drive to make money. It's all about attitude. Pick the name of the worst company you can think of and search it here. You will find at least one person loving the company. Why because of their attitude. Prime has a lot of amenities. Some are massages, doctors, restaurants and more in their terminals. You are trying to pick between two great companies. If you are ready to go, then call the recruiters and ask your questions. Good luck.

Yeah...😀 the industry has very definatly changed since 78/79

401k plans, medical benefits, seriously... massages ! ! !

Gonna have to say as a result of these posts that Prime is leading, all i teally have to do is submit the stuff they sent me, contine with the practice test stuff, and read.

Oh and i guess start packing Oct 3 is not that far away, i can start earlier, just wanted more decision time. Did not want to get jaed up with a company i was not a good match for.

Very much appreciate the feedback you have offered up.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Big Scott's Comment
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The most important thing for me is how much is training pay. JP and Prime have the highest. These are my first two choices. They are my number 1 and number 1.

Llandros's Comment
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Prime and JP are two of the three that I am looking at - the third is Wil-Trans (which owns JP). I can't get started until June (not happy to have to wait that long) due to a work and lease contract that ends around that time. I like the smaller training size with JP and WT but love the access to doctors and such with Prime. Also, i have two pets that are inseparable and Prime only allows one - still not sure on the limit with the others but that may require leaving both pets with a family member. I'll be 'living' in MS but that will be irrelevant since I don't need excessive home time there - would rather take some time when wanted in other areas of the country.

Good luck on heading out in October - hope you keep us posted.

And so glad that Aaron started this thread - have read it multiple times as well as several others. Now the hard part of waiting until I can finally make the move to this. So beyond ready to get this started!

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.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Thanks, I will do my best to keep it updated especially when I go solo.

Biggest thing is the lanes between JP and wil trans, I'm sure prime has no problem with it. But we get ton of miles if we stay west, which is what I wanted anyways. Even tho living in Maine. I plan to move my family out west at some point. It also seems once we head east the runs are smaller, 500 mile runs. But once they find us the load back west it's good.

JP will allow two dogs. They just don't want a crazy amount but I believe some people have two or three with them. All in all, the three companies are all solid. The way JP is I'm sure wil-trans is the same and you wouldn't have much problems there. Prime well we know they are a good company, a lot of success stories from them, they are just the big brother in all of this.

Since you can't make it out till June, you have plenty of time to study, keep doing some research, and just find the best fit for you. You can also call and talk to the recruiters, doesn't hurt to let them know if you haven't already. They're all pretty nice but Alex for me has been pretty awesome. She still checks in on me to see how I'm doing and the wife is doing back home. Makes me happy to have picked a company that cares about what's been going on lately.

Anyways, Just let me know of any other questions and I'll answer the best of my abilities and as soon as I can. Take care and be safe.

Prime and JP are two of the three that I am looking at - the third is Wil-Trans (which owns JP). I can't get started until June (not happy to have to wait that long) due to a work and lease contract that ends around that time. I like the smaller training size with JP and WT but love the access to doctors and such with Prime. Also, i have two pets that are inseparable and Prime only allows one - still not sure on the limit with the others but that may require leaving both pets with a family member. I'll be 'living' in MS but that will be irrelevant since I don't need excessive home time there - would rather take some time when wanted in other areas of the country.

Good luck on heading out in October - hope you keep us posted.

And so glad that Aaron started this thread - have read it multiple times as well as several others. Now the hard part of waiting until I can finally make the move to this. So beyond ready to get this started!

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.

Damon B.'s Comment
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Aaron I've been reading your posts for a while. Thank you they are great. I just got the call from Jim Palmer today I was accepted and start on October 24 I'm so excited it's crazy. I've been working for the City for over 12 years at the local ice rink. So now it's time to hang up my Zamboni keys and start a new adventure and chapter in my life.

Aaron Placencia's Comment
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Congrats, you'll enjoy it, just study and it'll all be a breeze. Considering you've have 12 years of working the same job your dedication sounds like it wouldn't be a problem. So keep me updated on how everything goes in October.

Aaron I've been reading your posts for a while. Thank you they are great. I just got the call from Jim Palmer today I was accepted and start on October 24 I'm so excited it's crazy. I've been working for the City for over 12 years at the local ice rink. So now it's time to hang up my Zamboni keys and start a new adventure and chapter in my life.

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