Prime Running Low On Trucks?

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Gerald W.'s Comment
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Anyone heard anything About Prime Having a 2-3 week wait for Trucks?

Just wondering.

Thanks GW

Rainy D.'s Comment
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This is a fallacy every class hears. We have a high volume of drivers in need of trucks and a high volume of trucks coming in every week.

Example, My student signed up for his truck on Tues morning. He was in the 80's on the list. They called him on Thurs afternoon.

I got on the list on Wed afternoon for a new truck was told I was 73, and I am currently on Friday I am #2 on the list.

When Prime orders trucks, they order them by the hundreds. I was told by the local International dealer that 800 are coming shortly and 200 of that is next week. And that is just International which we also have Freightliners, Petes and Volvos coming in.

Also, at any given time, trucks are being turned in by people quitting, getting fired, going from company to lease, and those going from lightweight to condos.

If they dont have trucks in Springfield which happened a few times in the last few years, they bussed people to another terminal to get them.

No way in heck is it a 3 week wait. IF i decide to wait for a brand new truck, my wait for be a total of a week.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gerald W.'s Comment
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Thanks for the Reply Rainy!

Just curious as i will start the next book (finished with the last one..:) ) of my life on Mar 11th and was wondering if this is something i should expect towards the end of my training.

I know I'm counting my chickens before they hatch , but one cant help but wonder.

Anyway, Thanks for the response

GW

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Good luck and if you need anything, let me know. We have another forum member coming at the same time.

Turtle, PlanB and I and a few others can help.answer your Prime questions.

PackRat's Comment
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Rainy...How many trucks is this for you now?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Rainy...How many trucks is this for you now?

Hahha.... well....

In Feb 2016 I got a 2015 cascadia. they made me turn it in Mar 2017 so they could sell it cause it hit 400k miles.

That gave me a 2016 Cascadia Mar 2017, but in Aug 2018 I turned it in when I went out for surgery and it also hit 400k so they were selling it anyway.

Then they gave me a 2017 International which I hated the backing, but after a month I loved everything else. If it had been a manual and wasn't possessed by the devil it would be the perfect truck.

So now I'm waiting for a new truck cause the exorcism failed. This truck is just guano crazy!

Therefore, Im waiting for my 4th. Hopefully i can bat my blue eyes into a brand new one and be in it for a couple years. 😘💋

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Gerald, what terminal are you training at?

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Rainy...How many trucks is this for you now?

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Hahha.... well....

In Feb 2016 I got a 2015 cascadia. they made me turn it in Mar 2017 so they could sell it cause it hit 400k miles.

That gave me a 2016 Cascadia Mar 2017, but in Aug 2018 I turned it in when I went out for surgery and it also hit 400k so they were selling it anyway.

Then they gave me a 2017 International which I hated the backing, but after a month I loved everything else. If it had been a manual and wasn't possessed by the devil it would be the perfect truck.

So now I'm waiting for a new truck cause the exorcism failed. This truck is just guano crazy!

Therefore, Im waiting for my 4th. Hopefully i can bat my blue eyes into a brand new one and be in it for a couple years. 😘💋

I would really dislike having to move in/move out that often. Once every 4 years is enough for me, but I carry about half a ton of gear, literally.....PackRat.

Gerald W.'s Comment
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Springfield

PlanB's Comment
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Roughly a month ago when my previous student was due to upgrade I got a call from my fleet manager that they were low on trucks and had a long wait time for upgrade trucks. He wanted my student to stay on my truck for a couple more weeks.

Less than a week later he contacted me again and said they are caught up and he routed us back to Springfield the next day.

Took my student about 3 days to get a truck and he was given a choice between 2 lightweights, 2018 and a 2020.

Maybe this is a left over rumor from that short backlog????

Fleet Manager:

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.
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