Trifecta At Prime

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40 Days's Comment
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Finally have my Class A. Sooo happy. Thank you to all the people here for the harsh reality of what this is. And again thank you for the inspiration, wisdom, and encouragement when needed most. Passed at Prime yesterday. Went home last night celebrated with wife. Back out on road again today. Loving it.

Matthew R.'s Comment
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Is it hard being away from your wife? Do you have any kids? Asking cause I'm married and have a daughter. My wife is very supportive of my decision to pursue a trucking career though.

40 Days's Comment
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It gets easier I have a wife 2 grown boys and a 10 year old daughter. Add a 180lb dog a cat and 2 sugar gliders. She has her work cut out for her.Wife was okay with it my daughter was mad about me leaving. Getting better.

PackRat's Comment
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Nice going 40 Days!

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Matthew R.'s Comment
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Right on. Sugar Gliders huh? And D*** that's a big dog! My daughter just turned 3 back in July, and I think being away from her will be the hardest, but with video chats I think it will be ok. My wife is somewhat used to me being away for days at a time as I used to be a firefighter and EMT for four years, (making s*** for pay) but that was before my daughter came along. Any advice to maintain a strong relationship with my family?

40 Days's Comment
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Set your girls up before you go. Like Turtle told me tune up wife's car fix dripping sink ect. You won't be able to go help her. Teach her stuff there was a scary learning curv with her on my new mower. BTW got home last night to celebrate and get cdl this morning and ohh fix mower something she denies. It happens you will be busy and tired make time video chat help a ton.

@PackRat 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.
Turtle's Comment
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Dude, congrats! You've had a rough go of it for sure, but you kept it together and saw it through to the end. Onward and upward.

As you know, the fun isn't over yet. TNT will be equally trying and challenging. Keep your head in the game, and come to us with any problems you have.

I'm happy for you bud.

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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 14ยข 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.

Matthew R.'s Comment
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Appreciate the advice man! My wife's family is all around to help her out as well. We actually decided the easiest thing (emotionally and financially until I start making money) will be for her to stay at her moms and save up to buy our own place within the next year or two. But yeah, I definitely am savoring every moment with them both until I leave and showing my wife a few things she will need to take care of like minor upkeep on my 95 Nissan d21. (also how to keep her eyes open when she shoots my 1911. lol)

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Appreciate the advice man! My wife's family is all around to help her out as well. We actually decided the easiest thing (emotionally and financially until I start making money) will be for her to stay at her moms and save up to buy our own place within the next year or two. But yeah, I definitely am savoring every moment with them both until I leave and showing my wife a few things she will need to take care of like minor upkeep on my 95 Nissan d21. (also how to keep her eyes open when she shoots my 1911. lol)

Heres an article I wrote.

OTR Relationships: Are they possible?

40... way to go

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Matthew R.'s Comment
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Thanks Kearsey! Appreciate it!

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