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Greenrookie Tim's Comment
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Hi everyone, my name's Tim. I been a lurker on here for a few years now. I finally made the move to come to Prime Inc. I'm in the reefer position and I only got 3000 miles left in TNT. I live CA. He will let me use his address so I can lease since he is a lease operator. I don't really want to lease. But he says there is a lot of money to be made... Mind you, I'm his first trainee and his first time training. He's pretty good. Then a few days ago I got a call from a friend telling me his uncle was asking me to join a company he works at. But with that company, I would have to learn a manual and sent me a school and person to get into contact with. I've contacted them to see what's going on and according to them, they accept newly held CDL holders. This is a local position operating in a 60 mile radius with as much overtime as you can handle. Day shift is starting at 18-20 with nights going for 25 an hour. All benefits fully paid by the company. This is also aggregate trucking. For the school, it would only be 1600$ to take. So what I'm asking really is, should I break my contract and go for this place? Or should I stick with prime and see what happens? I really torn up what to do and I just need some guidance. I have read the book Brett has wrote and that helped form my decision to join this industry. Please help me make a decision and no sugar coating needed. I will listen and absorb everything you tell me. Thanks in advance

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Greenrookie, this one is easy. Quit tearing yourself up. Do what you came to Prime for.

Stick with your original plan. DO NOT LEASE! That is really a bad move for a rookie. It will not turn out well. Why do you think the company leases trucks? They sure don't do it so you can make a lot more money. It's because they can make more money. That one is a no-brainer.

I would never recommend you break your contract. Once again it is a no-brainer. Keep your commitments. You don't want to start a local job right at the start. You have still got a lot to learn before you are ready for that.

Stick with your plan. You started well. Now you need to prove to yourself that you can finish well. Stick with this plan until you have completed your contract. At that time you will have a lot better feel for exactly what it is you want to do.

Scott M's Comment
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Tim. In 2016, I was trained and got my CDL from Prime. Cost of breaking contract is $4000-6000. I don’t remember exactly.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I have lease settlements and company driver pays stubs. Guess what...we make the same in the end.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I’m 100% with Old School. When you are working a good plan, someone or someTHING comes along to see if they can knock you off course.

DRIVE ON!

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