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

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

  1. luckystar

    luckystar Light Load Member

    Aug 1, 2017
    No one cares, don't feel obligated because of that.
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  2. ArcticWolves

    ArcticWolves Light Load Member

    Sep 6, 2014
    Whittier, CA
    I thought I read somewhere that if one leased their truck with Prime they could bring their daughter and wife and onboard with no age destriction. I'll have to search again for that post.

    In regards to getting a local job I've had one for 7 years driving tour buses. I haven't made more than 38k and that was one of my best years out of the 7 years I worked for them. So when you say get a local job don't think I haven't tried looking and submitting my applications to places. None of these jobs out here pay a Class B driver a decent wage. So i'm willing to make a small sacrifice while my daughter is young so I can be there for her in a few years when she's older.

    I don't plan to stay OTR I'm only doing it because I can't afford CDL school on my own and I want the experience so I can get a better paying local job then what I'm making now. I'm not new to going out of town and being away from home for weeks on end with tour groups. Only difference was we stayed at motels/hotels. It's not like I haven't slept across 2 seats before either at times. So I'm sure trucking for me won't be that hard to adjust to as far as being away from home for the time being.
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  3. UsualSuspect

    UsualSuspect Road Train Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    Yo Mama's
    If you plan on being a Company driver, take Palmer over Prime, lease operator, Prime over Palmer.
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Do your time with Prime or Jim Palmer, then after you've fullfilled the obligation, move on to a line haul job with a company like Old Dominion Freight Lines or Estes Express and a few more.
    UPS Freight or UPS Truckload will hire you also. They don't hire out of the warehouse for those jobs; they hire off the street. The milage pay is $ .7042 cpm plus accessorial pays.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2018
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  5. ByoDyne

    ByoDyne Bobtail Member

    Jan 27, 2018
    Roehl has a terminal in Fontana.
  6. Oldironfan

    Oldironfan Road Train Member

    May 22, 2017
    Wil trans is owned by Prime, or was. And they haul mostly prime freight and use prime trailers sometimes. Lol neither.
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  7. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    This is rare that I would not agree with China.

    In my opinion Prime is the best answer, plus if your already there finish what you started.

    I have a couple of cousins that did the Prime lease that are now independents with the truck from the lease doing quite well.
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  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Until you sign paper you are a free agent. The only downsides to Jim Palmer is the pay for pulling Prime loads is a few cents less per mile than pulling Prime loads for Prime. Also, Jim Palmer insurance is expensive and it's not insurance, it's a Health Savings Account. I think it takes $85 per week from your check for a single driver. I'm not sure how expensive it is for family insurance. Anyway, the cash comes out of your paycheck and into a HSA account. The cash in that account is always and only your money. With that cash you can pay for medical expenses. Any money you don't spend is yours to keep. If you leave the company the cash comes with you. It's untaxed as long as you spend it on qualified medical expenses. If you decide to spend it on a big screen TV instead you pay income taxes on the amount you spend.

    Both companies give excellent training. Both companies haul Prime freight to Prime customers. Jim Palmer is like working for a small company and having big company freight and service facilities.
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  9. Bumper

    Bumper Road Train Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    Fernley, Nevada
    Prime does not nor ever has owned Wilson/Jim Palmer. Wilson is just a contractor to them. I worked for Palmer a few years ago, they did not have a Fontana yard then, they used the Prime yard for drops. They are a decent family to work for. I just couldnt take the On Guard and 62mph trucks anymore. But get your year on and then head to greener pastures.
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  10. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
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