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Michael S.'s Comment
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Hey, are you a flatbed student trainer with Prime? I read somewhere that it can be tough getting a trainer in flats. Can we even request a specific trainer or is it luck of the draw? Anyway, just curious.

Turtle's Comment
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My wife rides full time with me so no I don't train, although my FM reeeealy wants me to lol. If I did I'd be glad to take you on.

Yes you can request a specific trainer, but if that trainer isn't available then yes it's luck of the draw. I've heard that lately there's been a slight shortage of all trainers, regardless of division. But I don't know how true that is. I'm not often at a terminal to get a feel for what's going on.

You may get lucky by starting training in the winter. There may not be as many fools like us who wanna play on a frozen flat.

I got extremely lucky with both my PSD & TNT trainers, having no wait time at all for either, and I started in late Dec. All I can suggest is to make yourself stand out as much as possible. Be early for every class, get your CBTs done early, be extra attentive, in other words.....over-achieve in all you do. Maybe someone will be watching.

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.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Where will you be attending orientation? Or do you know yet?

Michael S.'s Comment
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Where will you be attending orientation? Or do you know yet?

Jan 28 sprimo, drove anciently previously, mostly flats, drops, and 4 years of oversize loads, its ingrained in me, cant bring myself to reef or dry van , now, that being said, I'm approaching this as a new driver in training with nothing but the intention to overachieve and wow them! Excited to be coming full circle!

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Turtle's Comment
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Jan 28 sprimo, drove anciently previously, mostly flats, drops, and 4 years of oversize loads, its ingrained in me, cant bring myself to reef or dry van , now, that being said, I'm approaching this as a new driver in training with nothing but the intention to overachieve and wow them! Excited to be coming full circle!

Oh yeah I remember now. Seems there are quite a few Primates starting in that time frame. I'm losing track of who's who lol. I think you're the only knuckledraggin flatbedder though.

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Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Michael S.'s Comment
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Lol, a little something like this?

Michael S.'s Comment
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Turtle's Comment
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Now that's a profile pic if I ever saw one!

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