Hi Everyone! I’ve Been Considering Trucking For Many Years...

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TheBigAlabama's Comment
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I’ve got numerous uncles and cousins that drive in various capacities. However I’ve never taken the plunge but after having been in full time missions overseas for the past ten years. Plus with a wife and two young boys, it seems to be the right time to turn the page.

I’ve contacted two trucking schools and two companies which have CDL programs those being Prime and Roehl. Would any of you share your opinions on these companies? Naturally I’ll speak with my uncles but I’d like opinions from outside the family for comparison.

With our boys being so young I definitely want to find a good home time route etc. But I’m thinking of a career not a job so that’s the balance. The employment location is not a huge factor starting out but after a couple years and our boys begin school then it will become a priority.

Thank you in advance and I’m glad to be a part of this forum. Good Truckers are a part of the backbone of the country. God bless you and thanks again for your input.

Tim

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Welcome, I’m a little biased here, I am a roehl grad, from several years ago. Both companies will provide top notch training. The big difference I see for you are the hometime options. Roehl will get you home more than Prime.

Best wishes in your decision making

TheBigAlabama's Comment
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Thanks PJ!

If you could change anything about Roehl then what would it be? Are the starting salaries comparable between the two?

Welcome, I’m a little biased here, I am a roehl grad, from several years ago. Both companies will provide top notch training. The big difference I see for you are the hometime options. Roehl will get you home more than Prime.

Best wishes in your decision making

TheBigAlabama's Comment
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Thanks PJ!

If you could change anything about Roehl then what would it be? Are the starting salaries comparable between the two?

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Welcome, I’m a little biased here, I am a roehl grad, from several years ago. Both companies will provide top notch training. The big difference I see for you are the hometime options. Roehl will get you home more than Prime.

Best wishes in your decision making

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PJ's Comment
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Sorry just saw this. Changing anything, I have no idea. I went through in 2013 so I imagine some things have changed. I know they still have my email, because 3-4 times a year I get an email letting me know I’m always welcome back.

As far as salaries I have no idea these days. when I started I talked to Prime and they were comparable then. I know Prime has several other ways to bump pay, driving a lightweight tractor is one.

Contact both and ask questions. I know Roehl has better hometime options. But remember the more miles you get the better the pay.

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