First Year Pay Totals With Prime

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Roadpilot's Comment
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They lie. Lol or just don't know.

You can request a condo once you go solo. You need "approval" which consists of telling a supervisor "I'd like a condo". I got approved.

Others have stated things like " I plan on training later...I want to bring a passenger from time to time....my wife will be coming with me" one guy told them he was clausterphibic in the LW.

People with pets usually get condos cause there is no room for pet food, kitty litter..etc.

Well that's nice to know lol. I may just give them another call and see what they tell me now. Prime was my first choice but the LW truck deal was a major turn off. I know that going OTR means having space constraints but from what I've seen online those trucks are a bit too small for my taste. If they tell me I'll have a option then I may just have to rethink things

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Ask for Angela Gomez in recruiting.

Here's another thing...tell them you will be giving up your residence to live in the truck. Have been told that makes a difference. I was already being routed home to clean out my apt, so prime knew I'd be "homeless".

The recruiters and even the FMs sometimes try to entice you with dedicated or regional routes that require LW. Tried to get me into northeast regional. I was like no way.

Funny thing is...our member here Miss Miyoshi wanted a LW and they tried to out her in a condo cause that is what was available. The next day her LW came in.

Don't think u automatically get a FL either. Company drivers get whatever lease trucks that were tur end in...so international...Pete's....KW are all possible although FL are most common.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.
Roadpilot's Comment
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Thanks again for the information. My plan is to do the "homeless" thing and basically live out of the truck. While I don't have alot I think it would be kinda tight in a LW. Plus I'm a big guy (6'3/250) so comfort is a priority for me.

As for the truck type, I would love a KW, but I'll take whatever gets me out of Greyhound soon lol.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Thanks again for the information. My plan is to do the "homeless" thing and basically live out of the truck. While I don't have alot I think it would be kinda tight in a LW. Plus I'm a big guy (6'3/250) so comfort is a priority for me.

As for the truck type, I would love a KW, but I'll take whatever gets me out of Greyhound soon lol.

I'm five foot four...but a woman so I got a ton of crap on this truck..hence why I wouldn't post pics. Its cluttered but not dirty lol

USMC AAV's Comment
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I know this is a little late but what is the difference between a Light weight and full condo? Granted I know it is size related but what is the difference. Also is it true that Prime gives you 5cents extra per mile if you go with a LW? I ask because I am seriously going with Prime to do Reefer and I am wanting to find out as much as possible. I have talked to recruiters but I get some conflicting information. This question I havent asked but on her at trucking truth, but I saw this thread and thought I'd ask since it is on my mind at the moment.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I know this is a little late but what is the difference between a Light weight and full condo? Granted I know it is size related but what is the difference. Also is it true that Prime gives you 5cents extra per mile if you go with a LW? I ask because I am seriously going with Prime to do Reefer and I am wanting to find out as much as possible. I have talked to recruiters but I get some conflicting information. This question I havent asked but on her at trucking truth, but I saw this thread and thought I'd ask since it is on my mind at the moment.

HI.. LW drivers are paid 5cpm more, plis earn 7 days vacarion after 85k miles. Full size gets vacation after 125k miles.

both get an extra 5cpm for Northeast to northeast loads.

the room is different. LW have the ned directly behind the seat and no top bunk. Most drobers take out the passenger seat to pit a fridge. Condos have cabinets between the seats for a refrigerator as well as a short closet with a hanger rod for jackets and clothes. Also there is space for a microwave or tv, also a draw pulls out which gives a writing desk area.

different truck makes have different space as well. also, if a compamy driver gets a truck that was turned in by a lease op, he might have had different options when he orderrd the lease.

it works put to rpighly 5 $5k to $6k more per year for the LW dependong on how hard you run.

i have a cat...LW was too small for me and him lol

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.

USMC AAV's Comment
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Rainy, Thank you for breaking that down for me. Really helps out alot. I appreciate you going into detail about the differences. Makes my decision process so much easier. I have talked to two different recruiters and did the email back and forth for the last two weeks. I think I have a pretty good grasp on what I'm going to do, as long as the wife isnt to freaked out with me being gone 3-4 weeks

Rob T.'s Comment
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I know this is a little late but what is the difference between a Light weight and full condo? Granted I know it is size related but what is the difference. Also is it true that Prime gives you 5cents extra per mile if you go with a LW? I ask because I am seriously going with Prime to do Reefer and I am wanting to find out as much as possible. I have talked to recruiters but I get some conflicting information. This question I havent asked but on her at trucking truth, but I saw this thread and thought I'd ask since it is on my mind at the moment.

Miss Miyoshi had done a Video of lightweight truck when she was issued it. Watching that should give you an idea of exactly what the space difference is

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Keep in mind that Miss Myoshis is an International. The cascadia LW are somewhat smaller inside.

USMC AAV's Comment
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Good to know! Thank you Rob and Rainy. This gives me a really good understanding of what it would be like. Plus I think I could easily work into a LW cab, since I don't keep that much stuff in my cab anyway. I really do appreciate it :)

Keep in mind that Miss Myoshis is an International. The cascadia LW are somewhat smaller inside.

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