My Prime TNT Progress Updates

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Dennis L's Comment
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The load rework is done at 05:10 PDT (07:10 CDT).

Robert checked out at the exit scale at 05:26 PDT (07:26 CDT). Weight ok.

Depart at 05:40 PDT (07:40 CDT) following a “live load call” with dispatch.


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George B.'s Comment
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Grimway Farms?

Dennis L's Comment
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Bolthouse Farms

Dennis L's Comment
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Robert stopped at A truck stop near Las Vegas Speedway so we could each lunch and switch drivers.

I’m back on duty At 14:10 CDT.

We followed this same route on a previous trip from LA to Maryland. I-15 to I-70 to I-76 to I-80, etc.

Chief Brody's Comment
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I-70 in Utah and Colorado is one of my favorite drives.

Dennis L's Comment
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I start driving at 14:21 CDT.

Stopped at 19:48 CDT in Richfield, UT on I-70 for fuel and break.

Started driving again at 20:21 CDT.

I think that I saw a black bear by the highway near what looked like a trash container, but not 100% certain as it was a glancing sighting.

I agree with Chief Brody that I-15 & I-70 through Utah and Colorado are beautiful drives. Plenty of mountain grades to deal with, I just take it slower.

Stopped at 23:24 CDT to switch drivers. Parked in a rest area about 16 miles east of Green River, UT.

I have only 5h 54m available on my 70- clock now, with 9h 18m recaps coming at 24:00 tonight for driving on Sunday and 5h 45m coming for Monday.

We are about 300 miles behind schedule for today because of the delay getting out of Bakersfield. We need to be making about 980 team miles per day for Sat - Mon. Will need to push hard to make it up, but our 70 clocks are tight.

I had a total of 471 miles today in 9h 39m drive line time. However, 1h 12m of that was used driving into Bakersfield early this morning.

Robert sent a message to our FM today to start thinking about routing us back to Springfield next week after I complete my 30k TNT miles.

This was the FM’s reply:

“10/4 remind me after next dispatch / we are very close on miles. Empty Miles: 2212 Loaded Miles: 27521 Total Miles: 29733 BE SAFE / THANK YOU DOUG”


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.



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.

Dennis L's Comment
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04/23/22 wrap

My wife’s 3 great grandkids were helping their Dad plant a garden today.


Dennis L's Comment
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I was laying on top bunk. I heard Robert stirring about 01:30 CDT, so thought he was getting up to drive, thus I will move to bottom bunk.

However he laid back down. We both fall asleep.

I wake up at 04:30 CDT and decide to call out to him about what time him plans to start driving. He then gets up to drive, so I move to bottom bunk. Now go back to sleep for awhile.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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04/23/22 wrap

My wife’s 3 great grandkids were helping their Dad plant a garden today.


Adorable kiddos! Thanks for sharing.

~ Anne ~

Dennis L's Comment
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04/24/22 continues

Robert stopped at Wheat Ridge, CO on I-76 in Denver area for an unscheduled fuel stop plus his break at ~11:30 CDT. So now we have a new fuel stop plan going forward.

My fuel stop in Richfield, UT called for only 81 gals, which only put us slightly above 1/2 full. The next scheduled stop was in NE.

Going over the Rockies probably burnt more fuel so Robert decided to get a new fuel plan.

His stop called for 61 gals (with 45 gals in the tanks). The next stop is at Henderson, NE for 85 gals. The last stop is in Angola, IN to fill up.

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