Info from L/O at prime, inc.

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  1. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

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    It varies... say between 1 and 2-in-5.
     
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  3. T_TRUCKER.

    T_TRUCKER. Road Train Member

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    Hey IP if you don't mind me bugging you with a few more questions I sure would appreciate it.
    i talked with tammy about me starting in the beginning to middle of December. Now, how difficult will it be to make some money during the slow spell. I've worked my way to 3,500 in my savings in prep for any situation that may come up.
    Also, this is important for me. I will be moving to the Knoxville area come the first of the year with my girlfriend she FINNALY got a job out of florida, I told her since we are out of Florida I'll be able to be home a bit more. I stay out now 3-4 weeks at a time, take 3 days. My question is will I be able to be home more frequently but not more than 4 days out of a month?
    My goal here, long term and short term is to clear after taxes between 1100-1400 a week while being able to be home more frequent than once a month, all while paying for a truck I plan to own. How realistic is this? I Am very determined to make this work and have been prepping myself for the change, I feel good about everything I've found about prime. Just like to know if my goals are realistic or not. I'd say being home is a little more important since me and the ol lady are moving to a new place.
     
  4. haywire12

    haywire12 Light Load Member

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    T_Trucker, From my Experience on the OTR side it can be possible to make about 8-12 a week. I depends on how you run and where your loads go. I did the 4-5 week rotation based out of California and was home for about 4 days a month and had very little issues. Though the 1st week out was very low but the following weeks were greater in pay afterwards. Being a lease operator means you make money when you move and not when your at home. From my experience its best to get home by Thurs/Friday and then you can ether roll out on Monday or Tuesday. This way you can cover your basic needs when you get home and when you leave form you home of record.

    When you start out on the Lease program your 1st week truck payment is 0 your 2nd weeks is 1/2 the following week and in the 3rd week your at the full rate. But this is the the deferred program.

    Hope this helps
     
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  5. T_TRUCKER.

    T_TRUCKER. Road Train Member

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    Appreciate the reply man, I'm weighing my options out but for the moment it looks like I will be staying at my current company and doing a lease purchase with them. Hometime is important now it hasn't been for the past year but with my job now I'm able to be home on the weekend and still make some cheddar. I still may go to prime i just hate switching companys, this time of year no less.
     
  6. ironpony

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    It's going to entirely depend on your personal finances. December through February is the ebb of the yearly freight cycle, and it picks up in March. If you have the resources to supplement your trucking income to stay afloat for those months then I'd say you'll be OK. I'm not saying that we necessarily do poorly in those months every year, but the potential is there for freight income to be poor until the spring produce starts tightening up the truck to load ratio. So many folks start these leases with huge dollar signs in their eyes, no cash reserves, and a lifestyle that is difficult to support on a trucking income...

    Just be realistic about what you need to support your life, and what it takes to be successful as a trucking business entrepreneur.
     
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  7. teamster85

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    I was one of the drivers that was given the opportunity to lp and turned them down. Back then at the time of the lease you were given a choice of what truck you wanted and they would tell you the major maintainence history. Turns out they wanted to lease me a truck that had been in a rollover. I figured if they were so tricky about sneaking you a questionable piece of equipment they weren't worth doing business with. Just my humble opinion and possible warning to newbies.
     
  8. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

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    That must have been quite some time ago... only been a trucker for one year too. While you can try to get into a used lease (and you have to ask for it,) the majority of lease trucks offered are straight off of the assembly line.
     
  9. Rodneylh

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    What are the chances of there being a Pete or KW (I know they aren't ordering any more KWs) available for flatbed? Also I was told if you lease for 3 months they will let you order a new one to lease. What type options do you have when you order one? Is it mainly just color and stuff or is there more than color?
     
  10. ironpony

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    Pretty good I'd imagine... because of the headache rack. When you order one, pretty much all the options are available, but there are limitations... for example, the wheelbase length. The further you get away from the standard equipment that Prime specifies, the higher your weekly payment will be.
     
  11. Rodneylh

    Rodneylh Light Load Member

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    Would a 13 speed be an option?
     
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