Wil-Trans Or Jim Palmer Trucking

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OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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No worries man! I work for Jim Palmer on the advanced fleet (Prime trailers). I live in Central Texas and have absolutely NO troubles getting home!

Yes, the Palmer terminal is up in Montana with a Wilson terminal in Missouri. No need, at least for me, to be near a hub so to speak. I take my tractor home for breaks....

Pulling Prime loads you could live on the moon and there would be a drop yard a few miles away...really!!

I now operate as a trainer so I'm in Montana regularly.

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.

Jason K.'s Comment
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OtrEscapeArtist quick question for you regarding Jim Palmer.

Are you O/O? No question here

Are you a Company Driver? How well do you fair financially threw the year and during tax time without Per Diem , and due to the new tax law changes?

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.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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I'm company. I do alright. I image its average to above for like positions and companies. The quality of life, equipment and professionalism is solid. Of course we drive to make a living. That being said, I would not consider a move for a few more bucks!!

My most significant variable regarding taxes is no state income tax...lol..

OtrEscapeArtist quick question for you regarding Jim Palmer.

Are you O/O? No question here

Are you a Company Driver? How well do you fair financially threw the year and during tax time without Per Diem , and due to the new tax law changes?

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.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Jason K.'s Comment
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Ok, Thanks Otr. I have Jim Palmer/Wil-Trans, Werner, and Knight so far that I'm zoned in on. Still have a few more to look at though.

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.

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.

Charlie T.'s Comment
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OtrEscapeArtist

Thanks for the reply and the info on Jim Palmer. I just submitted my online application to Wil-Tran/Jim Palmer yesterday (Tuesday), and have been in contact with recruiter Jason--seems to be a very nice guy. I was advised that my application looks good and should hear back in mid-March once all the background work is completed. Thanks again....perhaps I may be lucky enough to get you as a trainer once I make it through.

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.

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.

Charlie T.'s Comment
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G-Town,

Thanks for the welcome to the forum..So glad I found this site. I have learned so much from everyone and have been hitting the CDL manual and taking the high road tests. I want to be totally prepared and ready to learn once I reach CDL training. Just a little background I am 66 yrs old...hope that doesn't make me too old to comsider a career. I spent 32 yrs in law enforcement before retiring and have always wanted to drive a T/T and see the country.

I just applied to Jim Palmer/Wil-Tran online and have talked to recruiter Logan--seems to be a great guy. I know through this forum that they are very selective and taking your advice I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket. I see that you are a Swift driver asnd just wanted to pick your brain on that company. I have read the reviews on Swift and Prime on the forum and I am going to apply to both also.

If you can supply any additional info on Swift as far as training and road training and overall experience at Swift would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much. Take care and safe travels.

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.
OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Hey Charlie T. Best of luck to you. This page is a super resource and helped me a bunch when I was starting to venture towards this profession.

No matter the company you get going with, place the high expectations upon yourself. Study hard, work hard and keep your chin up. Setbacks will come come along the way without doubt but string all the small victories together and you'll come out on top!!

Enjoy and have some fun along the way man!!

OtrEscapeArtist

Thanks for the reply and the info on Jim Palmer. I just submitted my online application to Wil-Tran/Jim Palmer yesterday (Tuesday), and have been in contact with recruiter Jason--seems to be a very nice guy. I was advised that my application looks good and should hear back in mid-March once all the background work is completed. Thanks again....perhaps I may be lucky enough to get you as a trainer once I make it through.

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.

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.

Charlie T.'s Comment
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OtrEscapeArtist

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. Looking forward to my CDL training and working hard and learning all that I can.

Thanks again!!

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.

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.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Enjoy and keep us posted!

Mike D.'s Comment
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What part of Central Texas? I am trying to decide between Wil-Trans and Millis.

No worries man! I work for Jim Palmer on the advanced fleet (Prime trailers). I live in Central Texas and have absolutely NO troubles getting home!

Yes, the Palmer terminal is up in Montana with a Wilson terminal in Missouri. No need, at least for me, to be near a hub so to speak. I take my tractor home for breaks....

Pulling Prime loads you could live on the moon and there would be a drop yard a few miles away...really!!

I now operate as a trainer so I'm in Montana regularly.

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.

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.

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