I’m Back With Prime Inc

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PackRat's Comment
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Santa and I both appreciate green or red trucks. Congratulations!

Old School's Comment
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That's a nice looking truck!

Thanks for the photo - now we can wave at you as we are passing you on the interstate. smile.gif

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Bill M.'s Comment
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Welcome back, Dennis!

Dennis L's Comment
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Thanks all.

That's a nice looking truck!

Thanks for the photo - now we can wave at you as we are passing you on the interstate. smile.gif

You would definitely be passing me on the interstate since I rarely get above 60!

I’ll be ready to dispatch later on Monday.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

George B.'s Comment
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Nice truck, Driver! Congrats on getting back to the grind. Followed you thru training, upgrades etc. I felt bad when you hurt yourself. You have the right attitude, drive etc to be one hell of a trucker. God bless! Hammer down!dancing-dog.gif

Zen Joker (Andy)'s Comment
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Godspeed! 💪🏻🙌

Dennis L's Comment
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Thanks for the kind words George B. Now I have to live up to them.

Dennis L's Comment
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Today was more time spent getting a leaky drive tire replaced.

During that work the tire tech spotted a cracked S-Cam bracket! Zoom in to see the crack.

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Went to another service bay to get it welded. The tech said this is a common issue since started using the single wide drive tires rather than duals.

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Dennis L's Comment
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12/14/22 One last update to this post about how my first two loads are going.

I dispatched a repowered load from Prime yard on 12/12/22 to Marshall, MO. An easy 3 hours drive north on US65.

The load delivery was for 12/13 02:00 with onsite parking. I arrived at 19:00 12/12 and started a break. They got me unloaded by 23:12.

My next load came in with a lot of time on it, so I parked for the night. Weather was turning nasty anyway with high wind and heavy rain.

Morning of 12/13 I got a trailer washout across the street and took off for Orange City, IA to live load another meat load. This appt time was 12/14 06:00-11:00.

I drove the 415 miles in 7h 52m for 52.8 mph avg.

Arrived on 12/13 at 17:00 for the onsite parking. I checked in to see if possibility to load early that night before the dock closed at 23:00. No luck, but I was first in line for Wednesday morning at 07:00 opening time with a full clock.

3 other drivers arrived 12/14 about 06:00-06:30. Two were Primates with their clocks running. One guy also going to Dodge City like me.

I got loaded from about 08:00-10:00. Was on the road driving from 10:40.

My delivery in Dodge City on 12/16 16:00 could not be moved forward to 12/15 w/o a $180 “abatement fee” which my FM balked at.

So I drove 528 miles in 10h (52.8 mph) to park from 12/14 21:55 until 12/16 14:30 at Spearville , KS truck stop (25 spots). I’m only 16 miles from my delivery live unload (Dodge City TS’s we’re full per Trucker Path.

I’ll get a 34-reset with the 40.5 hrs parked rolling in with fresh clocks for my next pre-plan for Friday evening.

I notified night dispatch/FM of my plan with Est PTA of 12/16 18:00-19:00 to help them pre-plan me.

This reset will help me avoid a couple of days with very small recaps later.

My trainer told me this would be like riding a bicycle coming back to me. He was right. The driving is settling in quickly. My backing is passable, but needs work anyway.

Trying to push for the early loading/unloading, but it is what it is. I’m just glad to be back at it!

Hope I don’t get bored next couple days!

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.
Dennis L's Comment
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One PS. It was down to 25F overnight so I put anti-gel in my 3 tanks before bed. All ran well after. My first time to do that.

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