My Prime TNT Progress Updates

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PackRat's Comment
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That new headset definitely makes you appear younger. You'll lose another five years once you are solo!

Dennis L's Comment
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I’m ready for that, Pack Rat!

Plus all the weight that I’m losing.

Just grabbed our empty trailer in Ogden. Not too dirty so I tried out the new rechargeable blower. A lot easier than the two that I swept out!

Going to fill up the reefer tank next and then off to Logan. This 01 Loc has onsite overnight parking and restroom. So get there early and wait. Maybe even get docked early?

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Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bill M.'s Comment
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That new headset definitely makes you appear younger. You'll lose another five years once you are solo!

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Dennis L's Comment
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I’ve got bags under my eyes! A job hazard of Team driving.

Chief Brody's Comment
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Dennis

I have to give Turtle the credit for the sandhill crane, ribeye in the sky. But I think he got it from listening to Ted Nugent.

As far as your TNT miles you'll be there before you know it. Whenever I see the current drivers talking about getting there 30,000 miles I actually had to do 50,000 miles. I feel like Dana Carvey from Saturday Night Live, grumpy old man. "Back in MY day we had to do 50,000 miles, in reverse, uphill both ways, and we LIKED it."

As far as the Salt Lake City terminal , the shuttle there is more like an on-call driver. You just call the number and he takes you wherever you want to go with him reason.

As far as fleet managers go, I have a very good fleet manager that keeps me running and I have had the same experience with weekend dispatch which I try to avoid. I do the same thing as far as getting a weekend load on Friday so I don't have to deal with weekend dispatch at all.

As far as top-tier drivers that get rewarded with good loads, I can only say about my personal experience, which has been The Good The Bad and The Ugly. But I do have something to share that I'll post in the separate thread.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

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.

Dennis L's Comment
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Turtle and Ted Nugent, that explains a lot.

I felt for you reading your diary about 50k TNT overkill. You likely got caught up in the April-July 2020 Covid-19 response panic.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Dennis;

You are quite the 'pillar' of a perfect student, good sir! So nice to finally 'meet' you, via the selfie! IMHO, you've got so much going for you; especially your trainer, and your company's support/training/reputation. This (these) diaries will be SO beneficial to future Primates, more than you know. It's exactly what Trucking Truth is all about, and what Brett had hoped for, in its design, within these walls. Pay. It. Forward. You, sir... .sure are! (As Is Chief Brody, of course!)

Like said prior, you are so close; you can probably taste it; and when it's over, you'll 'miss' that licorice 'aftertaste.'

I'm so happy for ya, following, et al! Keep in mind; one thing you 'are' also learning, is that being an L/O does NOT the pockets, line. Sorry to hear of his struggles, honestly. Ouch.

If you'd mentioned prior, I've forgotten, and apologize. Question is this: 1.) Is your trainer's truck a L/W or a condo? 2.) Do you plan on getting a L/W or condo, when you trifecta?

In the 'general' forum, Francis (an SNI guy, pulling intermodal) is in some sort of a L/W truck, and can't even fit a cooler/fridge/microwave/hotplate nor coffee pot?!?!? Is this true? I looked at some various videos on Y/T, per PackRat's suggestion, but ... it sure doesn't look 'that' crowded. Thoughts?!?!? I'd go with the condo for a few cents less per mile (like Rainy/Kearsey) but then again, 'we women...' nevermind, ... I know, haha!

Dennis, always wishing and praying you the best; you're a dynamo of a trainee; it's apparent.

Tom and I enjoy reading your perils, plights, and positivity!!!

Always, best wishes~

~ Anne (& Tom!) ~

ps: TL;DR ... KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK! Your diary ROCKS!

pps: Cucumbers do WONDERS for those EYE BAGS!

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Dennis L's Comment
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Hi Anne, thanks for your continued support.

I’ll start with the truck questions. I’ll get whatever truck Prime assigns to me as it becomes available. I won’t have any choice in what type of truck.

The Lightweight is a one person truck. There really isn’t room for two people to live in it. That is why Trainers and Teams need the full sized Condo for two people.

A lot of Lease/Operators become TNT trainers to make extra money. So they get Condos.

Drivers with Lightweights often have the passenger seat removed to make room for a refrigerator or extra storage containers. It all comes down to personal needs and preferences.

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.

Dennis L's Comment
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Hopefully I haven’t shared any personal information that would give away my trainer’s identity. It is not my intention to embarrass him in anyway.

04/04/22

I stopped my driving shift today at about 09:45 CDT at the Valley Wells Rest Area on I-15S. I drove 444 miles in 7h 53m.

Robert will have 210 miles to our 90 Loc customer to D&H this afternoon. Will be about 24 hrs ahead of appointment time.

Hopefully we will get another long run back east.

With this trip my total TNT miles are 16,669 over 3.57 weeks of actual driving days. We are averaging 4,669 miles per week.

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.

Dennis L's Comment
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Our next load assignment came in while I was napping.

We live load Tuesday morning in Carlsbad, CA and then haul it to Hebron, KY to live unload at 24:00 Thursday night.

This will be a nice 2,259 miles to close out 4 weeks at 18,928 miles averaging 4,732 MPW.

I LOVE IT!

Keep Rollin Big Mama

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