Finally Moving...in More Ways Than One

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Kat's Comment
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So...today was day 10 sitting waiting for my ride to be fixed, with the shop swearing nearly the whole time it was within a day of being functional again. I gave up....

Prime got me a rental car, I spent about four hours cleaning out my truck, and now I am on my way to Salt Lake to pick up a new one. Moving stinks! I never realized how much stuff could be stashed away in the cab of a truck. LOL The only thing I wasn't able to take was my truck fridge. My FM assures me that I can get it and have it reinstalled in my new truck, so we shall see. Also had to leave my chains and load locks behind.

I am just so glad to be out of Pendleton, OR.

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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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I had the exact same thing happen to me one time in Albuquerque. I had an experimental truck with disc brakes on the tractor. The shop did a service and left the fill plug off the rear end and it burned up out in the desert. The dealership kept telling us the parts were coming in the next day. Finally, on the 8th day we gave up and they put me on a bus to Oklahoma City to get a new truck.

Turns out those parts were custom made and Volvo was going to have to make new parts for it in Sweden. Sure would've been nice knowing that a week earlier.

But hey, that's life. It happens. Glad to hear you're on the move, anyhow.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Kat makes an observation:

Moving stinks!

A year or so ago I posted that it took me four hours to move from one truck to another. Someone questioned the long time. Thanks for backing me up!

Kat's Comment
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Kat makes an observation:

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Moving stinks!

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A year or so ago I posted that it took me four hours to move from one truck to another. Someone questioned the long time. Thanks for backing me up!

And THAT was just the packing up and playing Tetris with the rental car! Oh man, I dread the unpacking.... LOL

Taxman's Comment
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And THAT was just the packing up and playing Tetris with the rental car! Oh man, I dread the unpacking.... LOL

Note to self: if moving a stuffed sleeper into a rental, rent a minivan.

Susan D. 's Comment
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OMGosh if I had to switch trucks I'd need more than 4 hours.. you must have been on warp speed mode. I'd definitely need a pickup or minivan.

Bud A.'s Comment
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A couple of years ago I was just trying to get my bunk heater fixed during a week of home time. During that time, I traveled back home for a funeral, which added a week to my down time.

I got the runaround for two weeks from a dealership in Denver with the same lame excuse, "The parts will be here tomorrow." After two weeks, the dealership required me to get the company call to release the truck so I could get back to making money. It was one of the most ridiculous experiences I've ever had with mechanics. The company shop fixed the problem in two hours the next time I went through.

And yeah, moving trucks is a drag, especially when you have to move flatbed equipment too. I've reduced the amount of stuff in my truck to a minimum.

Eric G.'s Comment
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I'm in Salt lake now. Waiting on my trainer so I can finish TNT. See you when you get here maybe.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

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 14¢ 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.

Kat's Comment
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I'm in Salt lake now. Waiting on my trainer so I can finish TNT. See you when you get here maybe.

Cool! I should be in sometime tonight. Trying to figure out which hotel Prime puts drivers in. LOL

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

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 14¢ 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.

Kat's Comment
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Got into Salt Lake and got assigned my "new" truck....a burgandy Freightliner this time and automatic as I requested. It was getting late, so I tracked down the right Ramada and will just deal with unpacking all my crap in the morning. LOL

So if you are at the terminal and see a frazzled woman tossing stuff into a truck, come say hello!

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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.

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