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Spencer Hastings's Comment
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So as many of u know i started off was going to go to prime inc for school then i desided i would do private school here at my home town chicopee Massachusetts and i was in a debate between warner . Schneider or prime inc well im here for a update and a question so here we go i am all done with school now and i test for my cdl on aprill 2nd 2015i am pretty confident have picked everything up very nicely and quick if and when i pass i have desided to go with prime they are offering the best pay for me as a rookie and im prob going to do north east it pays a little more if i do lightweight now my question is for anyone that works for prime i didnt see any threads on this . The closest terminal to me is in Pennsylvania i am curiouse tho when i come home for hometime i know i take my truck with me but what about my trailer does that go to Pennsylvania or? And if so do i have to pay for my gas from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts or is that on them too?

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.

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.

Brian M.'s Comment
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It depends on the situation. Sometimes your fleet manager will find a load that will be a drop close to home so you will drop the trailer and bobtail home. Other times you may be responsible for an empty trailer unless there is a drop yard nearby. One thing you can do is find a yard nearby and rent a space for your hometime. I found a place nearby that rents space for 25 a day.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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.
Spencer Hastings's Comment
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Where are u located

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I did some research and found a secure storage place that rents out spots for rv's and such. I called them up and they told me $50 a month. I explained why I needed it and they told me no problem. They have a lot of people who store their tailgate vehicles for football season there and have never hada security issue. I have enough room at my house for my truck but not enough with a trailer, so I figure I'll just park it there when I'm home and run the truck to the house when it needs a bath lol.

James U.'s Comment
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Your FM will have you drop the trailer at a shipper or receivers and you take the truck home. When you head back out you will get a load either at the place you dropped the trailer or somewhere else . Now you mite have to go somewhere to get a trailer first then go to your shippers.. I did north east for Prime and I live in Townsend Ma . So when i came home I dropped my trailer at devens ma. or haverhill ma. They told me where to take it. When I went back out if I dropped the trailer in devens but was picking up a load in haverhill. My FM would call me and say get a trailer from where you dropped it call me with the trailer number of the trailer you take then head to haverhill.. Yes they do pay you for the miles.

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.

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.
James U.'s Comment
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I used to deliver down by you all the time there are places down by you where they will tell you to take the trailer

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