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Kim T.'s Comment
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Hello all. I just wanted to pop on here and give a little update.

Week before last we drove all kinds of places from Springfield to Wyoming to the northeast to Salt Lake City to South Carolina. I am now on home time and have transferred my CDL from MO to WV. My trainer is on home time in MO...she hadn’t been home in two months. She will have to get routed over this way to pick me up so it will be a few days before I am back in the truck. I have thought about driving to Springfield and having my son go with me to drive my car back. Or, it was suggested to me to ask for another Prime truck to pick me up and take me to Springfield. I’ll see what happens over the next few days and decide from there. I am excited and ready to knock out the remaining miles of the TNT 30,000.

It has felt really good to be home but I’m ready to get this show on the road. While I’ve been home I’ve been looking for a truck friendly winter coat. I’ll probably spend the extra money and get a Carhartt. I’ve also been getting a few things for my own truck like storage bins that can be strapped to the top bunk, blankets, two small rugs, etc. I’m even crocheting an afghan for my bunk.

Anyway, that’s what has been going on with me for the last two weeks.

Be safe and warm out there!


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.



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.

Old School's Comment
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Kim, it's great to hear from you!

My wife's name is Kim, and she's been crocheting an Afghan for my bunk for years now. It's become a joke that my kids tease her about. Apparently the only time she works on it is when she and I take a vacation together. She enjoys having something to occupy herself with while I'm driving our car. My three daughters, which are all grown and married, claim when I get my Afghan I'll be at the point of deciding which child to leave it to in my will.

I'm glad to hear you're doing well. Hang in there and you'll soon be managing your own truck, at which time you'll probably forget everything you've worked so hard at during training. It happens to the best of us, but we soon get over it once reality hits us.

Keep up the good work, you're doing well.

Bird-One's Comment
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I did the same just spent 75 dollars on a Carhartt sweatshirt. shocked.png

But they are worth it I think.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Old School, I love the story about your afghan! LOL I have several half finished afghans myself. I always say, some day. I’d like to have this one done by the time I get my truck though. A personal goal. 😁

Brian, I will probably get more Carhartt items if they are as warm as they say.

Have a great evening!

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Glad to hear you are doing well. One of these days I'll take picture of a blanket one of my cousins crocheted for my almost 20 years ago that I keep on my truck in the winter.


Kim T.'s Comment
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Hey Ernie! Please do, I’d love to see it. Hope you are doing well.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Hey Ernie! Please do, I’d love to see it. Hope you are doing well.

I'm doing well.

However, it sucks getting old. Had 2 Dr visits this last time home and next visit I'll be out 2+ weeks because of lab workups and outpatient procedure.

I will get that picture here shortly as soon as I remember how to post a picture here on the forum.


Kim T.'s Comment
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I hope your procedure goes well and you have an easy recovery.

Turtle's Comment
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Thanks for the update. Good to hear you're still in the game and having fun.

Your afghan may be cool, but is it "custom made super soft armrest sleeves" cool?!

My wife threw these together one day, and I love em!


Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Ok, I must be getting very forgetful in my old age. I can't remember how to upload pictures here on the forum.

I've done it in the past, but not enough to remember the steps.

Thanks in advance for helping this old codger.


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