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Luffy D.'s Comment
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Anyone out there know how long the upgrade process at prime Inc is supposed to take once u finish ur 50000 miles? I'm asking cause I passed my 50000 miles this past weekend and called my fm on Monday to try and upgrade and he just told me he'd start my upgrade process and get me to Springfield once a truck is available for me and I didn't think to ask him how long all this would take (I plan to call again in the near future to get an update cause living in a truck with someone else is driving me bonkers). So if anyone has some experience with this and knows how long it takes on average, I would love to know. I'm worried that their might be a long line of people in the same situation as me built up waiting on a truck to be available and this might mean I'd have to stay on my trainer's truck till God knows when. I hope I'm wrong and my fm contacts me before I contact him for an update. Thanks

Fm:

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.
Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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It seems to vary but consider this. I spent almost two weeks in the Campus inn not getting paid waiting to upgrade. Eventually me and two other drivers were handed keys to a rental car and drove to Pittston to get our tractors.

If it's bonkers at least it's paid bonkers. Definitely ask what time frame you are looking at tomorrow or soon. Getting some solo time will be awesome once you are in your own truck. Eye on the prize

Luffy D.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply Calvin, honestly at this point I would prefer to be in the the hotels, i'd even go home. The money is nice but not worth how much being with a person in a box for this long has mentally drained me

PackRat's Comment
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Eye on the prize, Luffy!

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Something to discuss with the fleet manager then. Tell them directly you would rather wait without pay. I'll be curious to know what they would do if it means your trainer can get another trainee and keep rolling so the freight can keep moving.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Shoot me an email rainydal74@gmail.com

i can tell u who to contact

Luffy D.'s Comment
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Thanks kearsey, I may contact u at that email though i'm not sure yet. Right now I'm planning to contact my fm this Wednesday and get an update on my upgrade and see if I can get any sort of date out of him for when I could get off this truck (I don't hate my trainer or anything, I just can't live with another person in a box and follow their rules anymore after enduring it for a few months). If my fm doesn't give me any helpful info and doesn't seem to care, I'm planning to ask him to route me to Springfield and put me in the hotels until a truck is available like spaceman spiff suggested and if that's not possible to route me home and I'll wait there until a truck is available. One way or another I'm getting off this truck and if he doesn't want to do either of those or give me any options, then I'm most likely just gonna tell him I'm grabbing my stuff and jumping off the truck and done with prime.....which sounds extreme but I'm honestly at that point where I don't care much anymore and whichever happens, I'll be excited for the change. Hoping to take my few months of training along with my CDL and find a local truck job for a year or two and use that experience from that to get other jobs. Though hoping prime works out, I enjoyed otr.

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.

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.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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then I'm most likely just gonna tell him I'm grabbing my stuff and jumping off the truck and done with prime.....which sounds extreme but I'm honestly at that point where I don't care much anymore and whichever happens, I'll be excited for the change. Hoping to take my few months of training along with my CDL and find a local truck job for a year or two and use that experience from that to get other jobs. Though hoping prime works out, I enjoyed otr.

Don't handle it this way. Things may seem as horrible as can be right now, but if you split from the truck without getting cleared, it's going be percieved as quitting the company.

As you posted that you enjoy OTR , if you go local first (IF you get hired somewhere), it will not count much for experience. If you return OTR to any company later, guess what? Out with a trainer you go again, "living with them in a confined box."

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.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Packrats advice is 100% correct. I'm a couple months away from 3 years experience. All my experience is local driving and if I were to ever decide to go OTR I would end up being sent out with a trainer.

If you were to leave Prime now not only will you be on the hook for the tuition but you'll be sent out with a trainer at the new company IF you're even able to find something. It wouldn't look good on your application to see that you quit before turning your first solo mile. I highly recommend contacting Kearsey, she knows who to talk to for things to happen at Prime if you're not happy with the answers you've received so far.

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.

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