Prime's Lightweights: Freightliner Vs. International Vs. (remaining) Peterbuilt

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ShortRound's Comment
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Hey all,

I am a little over halfway through a local private CDL school, and doing well so far. I have a pre-hire for Prime Inc. for the Reefer side. I was lucky enough to speak with a Prime driver at a truck stop during our lunch break today. He was driving one of the International Pro-Star Lightweights, and what I got a look at it looked very nice (and roomier than I expected).

My question is about how the three different brand lightweights compare; what are the pros and cons between them.

Also is there anyway to stack the cards in my favor regarding assignment of available trucks? I know I will drive what they assign me, but any "insider" info to politic for a preferred truck would be greatly appreciated.

Getting pretty excited about hitting the road, and it feels more and more tangible everyday.



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.


What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.


A refrigerated trailer.

James U.'s Comment
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Hey Dave , The light weight Pete's are very small on the insideand you can not stand up in them. I had one of these I liked it but there isnt much room. The freight or International have a lot more room.My friend got a Freight he loved it lots of room and he loved how it turned. We both were able to pick out our trucks from what was there on the lot in Pittison Pa. There were a lot of Pete's not many Freights and No internationals. I am heading back to Prime at the end of the month. I went local the last 2 years and really didn't care for it. I am going on the lease side this time instead of company even tho I had a Great company Fleet manager who I still text every now and then. if you want to send me a PM with your info and want to know more . I will give you a call.

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.
Fatsquatch 's Comment
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I'll give you my opinion based on the 10-ish months I spent driving an International. Give them a WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE berth. Yes, it may be roomy inside and look decent. But the ride quality is atrocious. Unless you want a truck that will try to throw you out of the seat every time you cross a teensy ripple in the road, that is. And maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time calling a truck trustworthy or reliable that gets put in the shop 12 times in 10 months. I could go on and on here, but for the sake of brevity I'll just conclude by saying you couldn't pay me enough to ever plant my butt in the left seat of another FailStar again.

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