US Xpress OR ????

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WHITE BOI's Comment
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So here's the plan After weeks of searching My Girl and decided we are going to Prime Inc for our training we want to Team after that. Anyone have any ideas on a good solid company that we can team up with. I recently heard some good things about US Xpress They pay 7000 for your school and have decent benefits. Believe it or not I also was told good stuff about Werner Enterprises. Any input will help.

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.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I currently run teams with my brother. More than enough miles. We are pretty much up against our 70 hour clock due to the amount of miles we get. I run in the JT fleet. Just In Time freight. Hardly ever have to sit and wait for a load. Though there is some live loading most is drop and hook freight. As long as you are willing to run they will run you. Beside teams get the newer trucks.

But like most companies you will still have your initial training period with a trainer.

Just remember don't discount a company because of reviews you have read or talk you may have heard. Most of the larger companies are all the same. It's the drivers that give companies a bad name.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

WHITE BOI's Comment
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THX Guy. We just want to find a good company run hard and make money.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ok, I'm confused. You said you're going to be training at Prime. Wouldn't that mean you're also going to work at Prime? That's generally the idea with Company-Sponsored Training . You go to the company to get your training and once your training is complete you're hired on as company drivers. And Prime would be a fantastic place to run teams. Refrigerated companies normally are.

So I'm a bit confused about your strategy.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I did my training with Prime, they are very good to work for.

They have team positions in the reefer & some in the flatbed divisions. I can't tell you anything about the tanker division.

I was a trainer for the reefer division, really good miles as a team if you are willing to run. The only thing I would caution against is getting dispatched out of the Pittston PA terminal. Being you are out of Phoenix, good possibility you will be dispatched out of Springfield MO (insist on that).

When I was doing my training for the flatbed, they really don't have much that is actually team freight. Just that as a team you can get it from point A to point B faster, so you can get more runs in the same time period as a solo can. This only applies to the flatbed only.

Best bet if you are looking to go with Prime, is to be teams in the reefer division.

Anything else, let me know, will do my best to help if I can.

Ernie

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

WHITE BOI's Comment
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Yea Brett, I can see the confusion, Lol. Yes we will drive for Prime for at least the year. I was just thinking after our obligation if we don't get miles or we just don't like how they conduct business. I already have had some issues with their recruiting, had to contact the Director of Training and Driver Recruiting. After a very respectful email telling him what bunch of rude unprofessional a@#$ his recruiting staff are he called me and we resolved the issues. So I'm just getting all the intel I can for future reference. Prime a good training company but may not be for the experienced drivers. What do I know? Lol.

Thanks Ernie that's good to know. I'm set to go. I'm waiting on my girl to get her AZ CDL permit, and get everything in order before we take off. We both still have to give our two weeks notice. Kasey just filled out the online app today. She is vigorously study a combination of the AZ CDL guide along with Brett's CDL program.

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.
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