Stuck Between Prime Or Maverick

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MightyQuinn's Comment
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Hello all, I’m new here and planning on doing cdl sponsorship I’m stuck between prime, and maverick. Being ex military I’m more leaning toward maverick, but the more forums I read about prime the better it looks!! Anyways I just wanted to say hello to you all and love the forums. Any thoughts between the 2 companies are highly recommended thanks.

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.
Big Scott's Comment
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Thanks for your service. Maverick has a small refer division, flatbed and glass divisions. Their trucks always look good. Prime is a much larger company with refer, flatbed and food grade tanker divisions. Prime has many perks. Both companies are top notch. What is important to you?

MightyQuinn's Comment
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Really the only importance is top notch training and of course pay. I’ve worked 11 years in core trans shop and have backed thousands of trailers into the bays, and the yard I know how to drive them in the yard but never tried double clutching which makes me a little nervous to learn lol. From what I’ve read is chances are I’ll probably be testing on a auto anyways. Flatbed is what I’m leaning towards also.

Thanks for your service. Maverick has a small refer division, flatbed and glass divisions. Their trucks always look good. Prime is a much larger company with refer, flatbed and food grade tanker divisions. Prime has many perks. Both companies are top notch. What is important to you?

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Old School's Comment
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Just my two cents...

Both companies are great, but I see that you have a very cute little girl in your life. My wife and I raised three of them, so I'm a little partial to girls!

Were I in your shoes, I'd go with Maverick. That little girl is the reason. In most cases they can get you home on the weekends, and still have you making some great money. Remember these weekends will be short, not your typical home on Friday by 5:30 and back to work Monday at 8:00 a.m. They will vary on when you get home and when you need to leave. Typically they will only be 34 hours, but that's 34 hours each week with your family that you won't be able to get at Prime.

MightyQuinn's Comment
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Just my two cents...

Both companies are great, but I see that you have a very cute little girl in your life. My wife and I raised three of them, so I'm a little partial to girls!

Were I in your shoes, I'd go with Maverick. That little girl is the reason. In most cases they can get you home on the weekends, and still have you making some great money. Remember these weekends will be short, not your typical home on Friday by 5:30 and back to work Monday at 8:00 a.m. They will vary on when you get home and when you need to leave. Typically they will only be 34 hours, but that's 34 hours each week with your family that you won't be able to get at Prime.

Thanks old school you bring up a very good point about maverick! This pic is a few years old she’s 9 now, but still want time with her. Thanks a lot for your reply.

andhe78's Comment
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Maverick’s hometime is pretty dependent on your location. Tmc, Roehl, and weirdly Crst all have better flatbed hometimes in my area.

Either choice will be fine. I’m biased toward Maverick, but if I ever leave here, prime would be the second place I’d call.

Old School's Comment
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Maverick’s hometime is pretty dependent on your location.

Yes, Andhe78 is right about that, and it's why I used the phrase "in most cases." That is something a recruiter should be able to clarify for you.

Turtle's Comment
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Some good points have been made here. As a Prime flatbedder myself, I'll add this just for the record, regarding home time.

Some months ago I was offered a NE regional position which would have me home the occasional weeknight and most weekends. I wasn't interested at the time so I didn't look into the details. If memory serves it came with a $1200 minimum weekly guarantee. I live in NY, so I don't know if other parts of the country will have the same opportunity.

One other thing hardly worth mentioning, but it was a factor for me:

Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all Maverick flatbed trucks are mid-roofs. With my wife traveling full time with me, it was important to me to have a full size condo for the extra room. Just throwing that out there.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

MightyQuinn's Comment
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Maverick’s hometime is pretty dependent on your location. Tmc, Roehl, and weirdly Crst all have better flatbed hometimes in my area.

Either choice will be fine. I’m biased toward Maverick, but if I ever leave here, prime would be the second place I’d call.

May I ask your bias on maverick?

MightyQuinn's Comment
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Some good points have been made here. As a Prime flatbedder myself, I'll add this just for the record, regarding home time.

Some months ago I was offered a NE regional position which would have me home the occasional weeknight and most weekends. I wasn't interested at the time so I didn't look into the details. If memory serves it came with a $1200 minimum weekly guarantee. I live in NY, so I don't know if other parts of the country will have the same opportunity.

One other thing hardly worth mentioning, but it was a factor for me:

Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all Maverick flatbed trucks are mid-roofs. With my wife traveling full time with me, it was important to me to have a full size condo for the extra room. Just throwing that out there.

Hey turtle nice to meet ya! Watching your training forum was what steered me into the direction of prime you seem like a straight forward dude, and was very detailed. So how are you liking trucking life now? What kinda mileage you averaging?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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