Any Prime Flatbedders?

Discussion in 'Prime' started by OpenRoadDreamer, Sep 30, 2011.

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  1. JimTheHut

    JimTheHut Road Train Member

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    I had heard that they charge you for every thing, but was not sure if it was true! I pay for nothing...except two locks when I started.
     
  2. DragonTamerBrat

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    No clue. But you guys know the old adage right? If YOU own it, aka bought it, you take better care of it.
     
  3. Longshot34

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    Well ya, that's what I'm saying...there are many different things that can go wrong if not done correctly, but don't you think that common sense tells you that pulling to sharp while loaded and pivoting on the front of the spread will eat away your tires or pop the bead? To me that just makes sense and you make sure not to get yourself in that situation... But some of these guy (not particularly in this thread) talk about how much more difficult pulling a flatbed is...I'm saying it's not difficult at all, just common sense. Ya know what I mean?
     
  4. nate980

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    It would be like a company giving you a truck with no tires. "No sorry we don't supply them, you have too. O can't afford them? Don't worry you can make payments. We'll just take it off your cheque"
     
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  5. JimTheHut

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    I know exactly what you mean....but I am sure you have seen all kinds of things that go beyond common sense...lol!
     
  6. JimTheHut

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    I have always taken care of the company I work for equipment probably better than I would my own just because they are intrusting me with it and I want to do a good job for them!
     
  7. DragonTamerBrat

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    Not everyone does. Which is why these kinds of policies get put in place.
     
  8. notarps4me

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    One company out of what 3 million?:biggrin_2554:
     
  9. JimTheHut

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    Yet they get people to work for them and hand over their money...go figure!:biggrin_25518:
     
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  10. cpape

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    This is an interesting thread, but there are several things that need to be addressed. This is the only instance where I have ever heard of an open deck company requiring drivers to have their own chains and binders. They will not be of any use to you going forward, unless you decide to buy your own truck. No other company that I am aware of requires company drivers to own their own equipment. In addition, your equipment will wear out. Prime is reaping the benefit of your equipment (higher rates for flatbed loads). You will end up with a bunch of junk equipement and you were not collecting a premium rate for owning/using it. .36/mi is not a premium rate.

    Open deck trucking is not necessarily tied to the economy in general or housing specifically. In fact, it often moves in different directions all together. For example, my company will have one of the best years in our 50+ year history despite the poor economy. Many of our customers serve the agricultural community. In addition, people willing and able to do flatbed work are in far shorter supply than those willing/able to pull van trailers. If you are open to some hard work, I would suggest making this decision. You will have many career options open to you.

    JimTheHut drives for Maverick. I believe you have to have your CDL before going there, but I don't think they require experience. I believe TMC would be similar. Both would offer more home time than once every 4-6 weeks. Once you have a year of experience, there is no reason you should not make .40-.45/mi pulling open deck equipment, and be home every 10 days unless you want to be gone longer.

    Although NoTarps is a little abrasive, and probably doesn't like Prime, he is pretty much correct in his assessment of this policy. You are referring to him as a troll. Wouldn't you rather have all the information you can get? Or did you just want someone to congratulate you on your choice to work for Prime and tell you how awesome you and your company are?

    I am not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in my post or any other. I am a believer in information. New drivers should know what things are like elsewhere in the industry. In this case, I have to say you are being taken advantage of.
     
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