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Kat's Comment
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I got lucky. First I was assigned a 2015 Freightliner that was manual, and I asked a couple of days in a row about an automatic. The Gods smiled on me because I ended up getting a 2017 International ProStar automatic that someone had turned down. I love it!

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I have a 2015 freightliner cascadia condo. Stick. I love it. I'm dreading having to move all my stuff into another truck and get used to a different clutch and stick.

My first trainer with my permit had the same truck as I was glad when i got this. By sheer luck i got the color i wanted lol. But when he left prime I practiced on a 2012, and 2014 cascadia. The stick gear widths were completely different. The one stick was literally across my lap when in reverse. The other was so narrow I thought I was in second but really in 4th. One clutch i had to go down to the floor with, the other barely touch.

Then my TNT trainer had a 2010 cascadia she owned. Her gears were stripped which made me feel incompetent cause I thought it was me. She sent me to her best friend for my final two weeks of training who hate a Pete. The gears are more boxy but was much easier to shift than the stripped truck. The biggest difference was the turn radius. His was much longer than hers so turns and backing felt completely different.

One of the reasons I insisted on the condo was cause I wanted the closest thing to the truck I learned on. I had hoped I'd get a 2015 cascadia like the first truck cause that one. Was the easiest for me. Going solo I wanted easy. Next year or two then I can worry about different trucks and lengths etc. But I have the same truck I had with my permit and felt at hone once I climbed in it. ;)



Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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