Thinking Of Teaming At Prime After TnT

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Rick S.'s Comment
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My trainer is 6'6 250 lbs we both still have plenty of space but we are both clean and organized. Sailboats are also my thing and those have about as much space with more people. Space and pay not the problem. I wanna keep moving. Just don't want to hinder my career by not going solo. The good folks here suggest against teaming from the start and I would be a fool not to heed their advice. You haven't steered me wrong yet T.T Thanks for the input.

It appears for whatever reason - you have an established notion on your head that you want to team.

So GO FOR IT. But in all honesty - teams don't usually make any more or less $$ significantly - and certainly not more enough to justify (in most people's minds) sharing a walk-in closet with a stranger and being in a truck that almost never stops moving. It also (potentially) makes home time more difficult to plan around (having to accomodate 2 peoples locales).

Teaming DOES seem to work well when you're doing it with a partner (wife/gf/bf/etc) or people you know that you're compatible with. And obviously better with a partner that you "commingle finances" with, because there's never a sense of who's pulling their weight (over who isn't) - because the job is getting done, and ALL the income is going in one account anyways.

In the PAY situation, the CPM is going to the truck and being split - so even though you may or (may not) be running 2X the miles of a solo, you are still only getting 1/2 the pay - so it equals out anyways.

The companies like it - because they're getting even more utilization of their asset (the truck), versus having a unit that has to sit idle 10 hours a day.

At any rate - it sounds like you've already talked yourself into it. You can certainly try it out - and if it doesn't work for you, you can switch to solo.

But for the most part - folks on here that aren't partnering with a "life partner", don't care for it. And one of our members here (Susan I believe) did it for awhile with her "life partner", and ended up going solo again anyways. It gives you ZERO TIME to "stop and smell the roses" (that is, stop and visit places on a reset, etc.) because the company wants that truck ROLLING.

Just my $.02...

Rick

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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I have to completely agree with everyone else on this issue. Teaming is hard all the way around. I enjoy my space and freedom too much.

Errol V.'s Comment
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To add to Rick's idea that teaming with your Significant Other is OK, I'll tell you about my sister-in-law.

Melanie and Steve have been married many years. Melanie rode along with Steve on his trips then a few years ago decided to get her CDL so they could team together. Yes, Steve had taught her a few things about backing, so she aced the CDL class and examination. Team Driving was their life...

... for about 6 months. Though they still love each other (often the team life causes separation of spouse or buddy teams) but they split to separate trucks. Both of them feel much better now - driving separately.

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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yuppp didn't really wanna do the team thing.....But for now I will handle it at least to fulfill my 10 month to 1 year with CRST.....My trainers ok we get along mostly. He did give me plenty of space, bit more than I need but its cool he did.

He just at times raises his right foot in the passenger seat scared because he "thinks" I am not slowi g down fast enough at off ramps etc......Hell I have my foot locked on them pedals....Just weird getting used to.....So far been to or thru 24 states now mostly midwest to south.....Flagstaffs and West Virginia's weren't too fun at first.....At least were dry n clear so far....Jokingly I said going thru torrential rain in Kansas " All we need now is a tornado and some hail!!" Lol Couple hours later middle of the night as I drove and he slept I got the Hail damn blowi g fast n hard sideways across the highway.....At least he can sleep while I drive hahaha and snore too

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Stevo strikes fear in the heart:

[My trainer] just at times raises his right foot in the passenger seat scared because he "thinks" I am not slowi g down fast enough at off ramps etc.

Not a criticism of you, Stevo, but your trainer, with more miles in an 18 wheeler than you drove in your life, has a seat-of-the-pants feel for the best speed at that point.

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Keep in mind your truck has a higher center of gravity than a car. Notice you don't see such rollover signs for cars. Thats what probably made him nervous.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Correct Errol well he has just been at it 1 year or so. He started with Steven's.....Now he has been a L/op with CRST 2 months....I am his 2nd student so far got a week or so left with him....I slow in plenty of time the auto downshifts goofy at times. still getting the hang of it.....

I don't wanna have incidents either. I did have 1 critical braking thing in mountains of Flagstaff....But I kept us safe from being clipped in front by inches by an obviously sleepy big bobtail driver...I was in the process of passing him, when suddenly He weaved halfway into our lane on a slight curve... I quick stabbed the brakes just enough to drop out of his way or he woulda clipped us in the worst way......by the hair of our chinny chin-chins lol

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Errol V.'s Comment
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'S alright, Stevo. As long as the driver has control. I have bit my lip many times, allowing pre-CDL drivers find their own "seat-of-the-pants".

Side note: my wife and I passed through Flag on I-40 heading to LA. As I drove, my wife started looking at Flagstaff real estate listings!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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