I can't decide!!! Prime Trucking or Jim Palmer

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by ArcticWolves, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. ArcticWolves

    ArcticWolves Bobtail Member

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    I just can't decide anymore. I would like to be able to have home time in Southern California but I don't know which company would offer that more for me. I'm a new CDL student so would need to go through their schooling. I finished taking all my knowledge tests for the CDL A permit and got all my endorsements yesterday. Prime already has approved me for their CDL School and they want me for orientation next week in Utah. However, the more I look into Jim Palmer I feel that they would care more about their drivers and family as they are a much smaller company. Also, I noticed they have a terminal in Fontana, CA and Prime only has a drop yard here. Parking my truck to get hometime is going to be an issue if I can't leave it at the yard or terminal because I live in Whittier.

    Equipment, it appears Jim Palmer has the best of the best. They state they have flat screen tv's already in their trucks! That's a nice benefit will save me the money of having to set all that up. The only other thing I'd need is to be able to bring my wife and 2 year old daughter along with me once I have a year of experience under my belt and my own truck.

    Thoughts??? Should I just stay with Prime or go with Jim Palmer they've been calling me every day.
     
  2. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Jim Palmer Trucking; you answered your own question.
    You need a full size truck for a rider & pet. Jim Palmer has only full size trucks. Prime has small Eco trucks, but will let you have a full size truck if you agree to take a $.05 cpm pay cut.
    Plus, the terminal in Fontana is a huge plus.
    Which company calls you every day?
     
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  3. ArcticWolves

    ArcticWolves Bobtail Member

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    Gosh how bad does it look though when you have a company go to all that trouble to get you onto their orientation with a bus ticket confirmation and you bail on them for Jim Palmer. :p I guess I'll give Jim Palmer a call tomorrow then.
     
  4. HL Drvr

    HL Drvr Light Load Member

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    I'm not sure about Palmers trucks, but Prime only runs like 62 mph...or slower, it seems.

    Goodness their trucks are slow.
     
  5. Chinatown

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    Doesn't look bad at all; they have thousands of applications to keep up with.
     
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  6. ZhenyaP1991

    ZhenyaP1991 Medium Load Member

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    I had t680 like that. I could literary touch half of my bed from driver seat. I don't wish that those trucks for my enemy.
     
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  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Take the passenger seat out just to have a refrigerator. If I was going to work there, I'd take the pay cut for a full size truck.
     
  8. ArcticWolves

    ArcticWolves Bobtail Member

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    Even if I were to go to Prime I would not see myself ever doing that option just to get .05 cents more a mile. Does anybody know how are the medical benefits at Prime compared to Jim Palmer assuming I wouldn't lease a truck. ;)
     
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  9. RoadRooster

    RoadRooster Road Train Member

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    Might have trouble finding a company that let's you take 2 passengers... usually an age limit too.

    Get a local job... don't miss those growing up years.
     
  10. redeye18

    redeye18 Light Load Member

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    Jim Palmer is owned by Wil- Trans. So you will be pulling all of Prime freight and using their terminals also. So no real difference which name is on the door.
     
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