My Prime TNT Progress Updates

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Dennis L's Comment
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04/05/22

It is 00:42 CDT (22:42 PDT local). I’m getting ready to drive the last 15 miles to park on street outside of our new 01 Loc in Carlsbad, CA.

Their gate opens at 06:00 PDT and our appointment time for live load is 09:00 PDT. Will try to get in early.

I looked back over my TNT log for 03/11/22-04/04/22.

Total credited TNT miles = 16,669 Total miles that I’ve driven = 9,585

I’ve driven 57.5% of our team miles.

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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04/05/22 continues

I was parked outside customer location from 01:32 CDT (23:32 PDT). Went back to sleep until 05:30 PDT (07:30CDT).

This place opens at 06:00 PDT. So I crawled to the gate at 06:15 (sent macro 01 arrived at 01 Loc). Called Security to get in. Checked in with Shipping at 06:22 for our 09:00 appointment.

Was instructed to back into dock 4 to wait, but don’t bump because doing dock maintenance later. Put one load lock in the trailer. All set and waiting since 06:59 PDT.

Dock maintenance guy arrives at 08:00 PDT to do routine maintenance on the dock levelers. Still waiting for him to finish at 09:50 PDT and counting.

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Dennis L's Comment
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04/05/22 continues

Dock maintenance was completed at 09:50 PDT. However, shipper was not ready to load until 11:35. Finally docked being loaded. Sent Mac 02 “Docked at Location”.

Shipper asked us to bump the dock with a second empty Prime trailer sitting here so he can load it, too. Did my good deed for the day.

Now back under our trailer waiting again.

A lesson in communication with Dispatch on this load. Robert says that I could have sent in Mac 01 “Arrived at Location” when I parked on street outside of customer at 01:32 CDT to wait for the gate to open starting at 06:00 PDT. That way Dispatch would know that we were already here.

I sent the Mac 01 when I pulled up to the gate at 06:15 PDT. He says that would have been right if I had stayed parked at the rest area 17 miles away for the night and drove here in morning to arrive at 06:15. I get his point and how this applies to other places we have been.

I checked in with Shipping at 06:20 PDT, noted on their board. This will be important for detention pay claim later.

I sent a Mac 12 message to dispatch to update him about why delayed getting docked after I spoke with the Shipper following the dock maintenance guy leaving. Dispatch replied to note our arrival and departure times on the bills for determining detention time.

Robert explained that normally detention time starts two hours after the scheduled appointment time. So in this case after 11:00 PDT. However, because we checked in at 06:20 PDT the detention time starts after 08:20 PDT. We have been delayed beyond appointment time due to dock maintenance and load not ready.

Anyway, getting ready for 2.5 days of driving and trying to sleep.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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04/05/22 continues

Dock maintenance was completed at 09:50 PDT. However, shipper was not ready to load until 11:35. Finally docked being loaded. Sent Mac 02 “Docked at Location”.

Shipper asked us to bump the dock with a second empty Prime trailer sitting here so he can load it, too. Did my good deed for the day.

Now back under our trailer waiting again.

A lesson in communication with Dispatch on this load. Robert says that I could have sent in Mac 01 “Arrived at Location” when I parked on street outside of customer at 01:32 CDT to wait for the gate to open starting at 06:00 PDT. That way Dispatch would know that we were already here.

I sent the Mac 01 when I pulled up to the gate at 06:15 PDT. He says that would have been right if I had stayed parked at the rest area 17 miles away for the night and drove here in morning to arrive at 06:15. I get his point and how this applies to other places we have been.

I checked in with Shipping at 06:20 PDT, noted on their board. This will be important for detention pay claim later.

I sent a Mac 12 message to dispatch to update him about why delayed getting docked after I spoke with the Shipper following the dock maintenance guy leaving. Dispatch replied to note our arrival and departure times on the bills for determining detention time.

Robert explained that normally detention time starts two hours after the scheduled appointment time. So in this case after 11:00 PDT. However, because we checked in at 06:20 PDT the detention time starts after 08:20 PDT. We have been delayed beyond appointment time due to dock maintenance and load not ready.

Anyway, getting ready for 2.5 days of driving and trying to sleep.

Still following along, good sir! It just behooves me, that they schedule the dock p/m guy, knowing that YOU were scheduled for that dock, prior! Sheesh. (I'd charge the company BIG detention time, were I you!)

Always something, eh? Like I mentioned over in 'General' ... I don't know many laws of physics (related to Bird One's incident, in case you didn't see it) but one... Murphy's Law!! I recall Newton's law, a bit. If I'm laying down, I'm not moving...LoL! Also, 'What goes up, must fall down.' ;)

Get some rest, LoL!!!

~ Anne ~

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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I swear, sometimes it doesn't pay to get there early, then sometimes it does work for your benefit. The problem is you never know which one it will be until after awhile you get a list of specific places: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Dennis L's Comment
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Just closed the trailer doors at 12:30 PDT waiting on paperwork. Then get the heck outta Dodge.

I’m awake and stoked now, so will drive the ~2.5 hrs to Barstow to switch drivers.

Happiness will be Cali in my rear view mirrors.

Chief Brody's Comment
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Dennis says:

Happiness will be Cali in my rear view mirrors.

Two places that many drivers hate but I don't mind:

1. California including LA

2. NYC

Dennis L's Comment
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04/05/22 continues

Finally was ready to depart at 13:50 PDT (15:50 CDT). Since I have more hours available on my 70 clock, we decided to flip flop our work shifts.

I’m taking the Noon to Midnight shift starting now.

It has taken me 4 hours to get to the Pilot at Hesperia in LA afternoon traffic on the I-15/215N. Under “normal” traffic this would be ~2 hrs.

I’m sitting in a fuel line Off Duty doing my 30 mins break waiting my turn to run inside.

After this I’ll roll on stopping before Midnight, so Robert can take over.

One benefit of the last customer today was that I got to do all of the macros, paperwork for detention pay, and communication with Dispatch. Plus I saw what a dock leveler looks like underneath.

Overall a very good day.

Dennis L's Comment
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Chief, I think California is a beautiful state. I’ve lived there multiple times when I worked for Chevron.

I’ve experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly of it. Just have had a enough of it.

Cheers

Dennis L's Comment
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04/05/22 wrap up

I parked in a rest stop at 23:19 CDT to switch drivers. Robert is getting up now.

286 miles today in 7h 25m driving. LA traffic was slow!

End to a good day.

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