Company Driver for Prime Inc.

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  1. Flipper0_0

    Flipper0_0 Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys, just started out with Prime Inc. And I'm currently in the Team Training phase I'm halfway through my training miles, so far I'm liking it. Anyways this is my first time trucking, and I would like to know your pass experience with Prime. Now I've read enough about how would complaint about dispatchers, I would like to focus on what it's like to be a COMPANY driver, what truck are you using, how fuel bonus work, your average miles, maintenance and most importantly do Lightweight Frieghtliners comes with an APU cause my trainer said company drivers dont get them and it seems he keeps pushing me to go be a lease operator.
     
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Do not fall for their leasing BS. That trainer gets a kickback if he reels you in. If your goal is to someday own your own truck, Stay company driver for a least a year, better 2 or 3, as you learn the business. Most companies lease to own programs amount to nothing more than buying a job. Very few are successful.
     
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Tell Prime you want a full size truck. If you're told you have to lease to get one, say, "Well, then when my contract is fulfilled, I'll move on somewhere else that has full size trucks."
     
  5. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Get 18 months clean, then bail out like a paratrooper.

    I have zero good things to say about this company’s business model.
     
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  6. Eowyn

    Eowyn Medium Load Member

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    I never worked for Prime, so I can’t tell you how they operate.


    DO NOT LEASE A TRUCK!
    My husband and I run team, we used to work for a smaller trucking company that did help with leasing a truck, they didn’t push it on us. We looked into it and saw that we would be paying $ 4000 to $5000 a month on payments alone. We were on a dedicated route also so by the time we were done paying it we would have a million miles on it. We would also be paying for fuel, maintenance, etc for a little more money.
    You need to learn the business and make sure it’s what you want to do before making a commitment to your own truck (when leasing it is not your truck).

    We eventually bought a used truck with only $10,000 down and not great credit. We’re leased on to a decent company (the truck is in our name, not the company’s, we can always leave and go someplace else or be completely independent) and make good money. In two more years it’ll be all ours. I just hope it’s still running and the transmission lasts. Repairs are expensive.
     
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  7. Cobrakaiguy

    Cobrakaiguy Light Load Member

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    Avoid the lease like the COVID vaccine, be a company driver like others said for a few years, then re-evaluate, that means buying your own truck and running it under your name.
    Prime pays a few extra cents per mile for the lightweights and they do have 1500 watt inverters, YouTube them, they are small and if you are one of those with a lot of crap you will be cramped quick.
     
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  8. Flipper0_0

    Flipper0_0 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you all for responding. And dont worry I never intend to lease. He almost got me though until we broke down due to a blown engine. Before the break down he always bragging about he could buy a brand new car off the lot however after that he couldn't even afford his own hotel when we were waiting for a loaner truck. I'm not making fun of him not being able to afford it but seems kinda fishy considering all the good stuff he said about leasing. On another note I dont mind being in a light weight matter of fact i want it so i can get better mpg for bonus and get that extra 5cpm i know it's not a lot but it adds up
     
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  9. Cobrakaiguy

    Cobrakaiguy Light Load Member

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    That will cost him 20 grand plus, most don’t have enough to cover two weeks of fuel and truck payments, I would also go with the lightweight if I went to Prime, I have one of those 80 inch KW sleepers and I hate it way to big. Up to 30 bucks a day adds up.
     
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  10. Flipper0_0

    Flipper0_0 Bobtail Member

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    Well luckily it was covered by the warranty he said it didn't cost him. Also unfortunately the lightweight Freightliner is no shorter than the full size only the cab is smaller but it is lighter so better fuel economy
     
  11. Eowyn

    Eowyn Medium Load Member

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    When you are a company driver, the company will get you a loaner truck. They usually suck, but you’re still making money. The load has to get there.
     
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