Prime Flatbed; Springfield, Missouri; Spring 2020

Topic 27910 | Page 16

Page 16 of 20 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:
Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
member avatar

Declo Dave says:

Havertown is real close to my house, my stomping grounds as well!! Curious... are your loads going to the addition they are building to the elementary school near the intersection of Eagle Rd & Lawrence road?? Thats the only large construction job I recall seeing in Htown lately

That was it. If you've seen that construction site, you know that they are really shoehorning the building into a tight space.

As I mentioned we parked along the road that leads to Joe's Automotive and then had to turn around in the Joe's Automotive parking lot.

I was not driving so I can't take credit for the maneuvering skill. I shared the pictures just to show that flatbedders sometimes do encounter difficult sites.

Delco Dave's Comment
member avatar

Welcome to Delco!!! If I’m passing by and I see a garnet Prime truck, I’ll swing in and say hello

smile.gif

Mitchell C.'s Comment
member avatar

Not sure how accurate this is but my trainer said there’s people still waiting to upgrade since September. I seriously hope this isn’t the case because he’s starting to drive me crazy lol. After this Wednesday, i’ll have 8k miles left, we drove 6k miles this week alone. The load we just dropped was a low elevation load coming from Palmyra PA to Ogden UT, pretty much i-40 all the way until i-15 with a side of i-80, was around 3300 miles. Had to use via points over the QC, also done a high value load a couple weeks back. Think i’ve done most reefer loads except for beer.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PackRat's Comment
member avatar

Waiting 10 months to upgrade?

I highly doubt that.

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
member avatar

Posting a link to Turtle's training diary so that anyone who reads mine, can source Turtle's, a/k/a Master Kan's training diary. Because every time I ask Turtle when my TNT will be done he says "Grasshopper, when you can snatch the bungee from my hand, it will be time for your to upgrade.

Turtle (a/k/a Master Kan) Flatbed Training Diary

Also, while sitting here at home, I wanted to ask any of the flatbedders if they had the same passing thought as me when I was dragging chains across deck:

Tie a COVID 19 bandana below your chin and knot it over your head and drape several chains all over your body. Then shuffle over to the forklift operator, pointing a crooked finger at him, with a chain dangling from your forearm and say:

"Tonight, YOU will be visited by THREE spirits.

Listen to'em. Do what they say, or your chains will be heavier than mine.

Farewell, Ebenezer."

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.

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
member avatar

I think we've lost him, PackRat. I don't know if it was too many onion fumes, or having to tarp shingles that did him in. Either way, I think his hook has done come loose from the rub rail.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
member avatar

I think we've lost him, PackRat. I don't know if it was too many onion fumes, or having to tarp shingles that did him in. Either way, I think his hook has done come loose from the rub rail.

He told me yesterday (IN PERSON) that he has not hauled an onion load. He tried to waffle when asked about mushrooms or hemp trips, though.

Having some serious doubts right now.

smile.gif

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
member avatar

Not sure how accurate this is but my trainer said there’s people still waiting to upgrade since September. I seriously hope this isn’t the case because he’s starting to drive me crazy lol. After this Wednesday, i’ll have 8k miles left, we drove 6k miles this week alone. The load we just dropped was a low elevation load coming from Palmyra PA to Ogden UT, pretty much i-40 all the way until i-15 with a side of i-80, was around 3300 miles. Had to use via points over the QC, also done a high value load a couple weeks back. Think i’ve done most reefer loads except for beer.

For those reading... this is completely untrue.

And that trainer needs to be smacked. Most of my friends have waited 4 to 7 days after they signed up for a truck. You can't sign up until you get all of your miles.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike D.'s Comment
member avatar

The only problem with starting a career is picking a company. I chose Millis but Prime sounds excellent since I'd love to drive flatbed or tanker, and Wilson Logistics sounds great because I'd love to drive in the Western part of the country.

I guess diversity is a dial edged sword.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mike D.'s Comment
member avatar

Dual edged.

The only problem with starting a career is picking a company. I chose Millis but Prime sounds excellent since I'd love to drive flatbed or tanker, and Wilson Logistics sounds great because I'd love to drive in the Western part of the country.

I guess diversity is a dial edged sword.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Page 16 of 20 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More