My Prime Adventure

Discussion in 'Prime' started by Seebs, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Seebs

    Seebs Medium Load Member

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    Haha ya. It was 104 here yesterday. So hopefully might cool off a little bit more. It's raining now, weather said ain't supposed to be over 90 today so I'm a little happier. Hopefully Friday ain't too bad. :biggrin_2559:
    I'm half German from my father's side. The quote I actually use because I've always liked it and I feel its stronger in its original language as opposed to English.

    Nice to here some other positive input on the machine. As I said, only thing I'm not fond of is the money for the thing. I've been having a great time though and will probably go ahead with the machine regardless. I'm just worried that if something went wrong and I had to leave, that I'd be stuck with a $2000 bill for that machine.


    I spent some time today talking with a Prime flat bedder and I got to say that it's starting to appeal a bit more to me then reefer now. Besides the fact that you don't have to bother with Hazmat, the extra exercise appeals to me. Any opinions on flat bedding with Prime?
     
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  3. CadetTrucker

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    How do they determine who takes the test? I've read a few posts that talk about it and it has to do with neck size???

    So I should have a sleeping bag with me when I get there, then?

    I like both colors :)

    Thanks for the update... sounds like I shouldn't worry about going, then, and worry more about learning :)

    Have a great week :)

    CT in KS
     
  4. Seebs

    Seebs Medium Load Member

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    If you are over 39% bmi then they do a neck test and determine from there. The doctor during the dot physical will usually recommend it. I was barely over the bmi limit but I do get frequent headaches, so the doctor recommended the test for me based on that more then my weight.

    Yes you should bring a sleeping bag for the the instructor/trainer trucks. They are a lot easier to carry then dealing with sheets/blankets and so on. Not to mention the lack of room you have on the Greyhounds on the way there. Might want to bring your own Pillow also if you're like me and can only use one pillow your whole life. :biggrin_255:

    Everything else can be bought at the store. i.e. Atlas, truck stop guide, gloves, rain gear, boots, reflector vest, and much more.

    So this gives you the advantage of not having to lug as much gear.

    I will recommend like many others have, get your Permit before you come to Prime. If you have your permit you can start the sim as early as the day you arrive. Not to mention you get more time off to relax or in my case make posts on the trucker forum.

    Other thing I would recommend before coming is adjust your sleep schedule to getting up by 6am. For us, every class (except Wed. for those with permits) begins at 7am. So if you spend time adjusting to this, it can make you a bit less miserable.
     
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  5. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

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    Hey Seebs, glad things are going well for ya!

    A couple of things...

    Alcohol consumption for trainees (PSD and TNT) is completely forbidden. Come in visably sloshed, blow positive on a breathalizer, or positive on a saliva swab and you're gone. No appeals. Consider this... if there is any trace of alcohol (not .08 or .04... a TRACE!) in your system after an accident that requires testing, you're new career is basically toast. The kind of carrier that would hire you after that is not one you'd want to drive for. Its better to think about giving it up.

    There is a list on TTR in the "Questions From New Drivers" forum that is quite good. Plus, there is a Walmart within walking distance of the Campus Inn for anything you didn't bring and can't get in the company store.

    http://www.thetruckersreport.com/tr...-drivers/16652-packing-list-for-students.html

    CPAP machine... you wouldn't want to pay the regular price. Prime negotiated quite a cut in the cost with the vendor for both the study and the machine.
     
  6. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    If you have to buy a c-pap machine and then end up leaving prime, so what. Do you realize that untreated sleep apena can lead to heart attack, stroke, depression,and erectile disfunction. If you have sleep apena you need to use the machine. Google sleep apena and read the facts. Good luck at prime.
     
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  7. lonnie

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    Hi to all..I have been using mine for ten yrs. Love it so much I have two,lol...if you need one get one. You will adjust to the mask. And the way you feel,after you finally sleep and rest is in itself no less than amazing. But I will give you just one bit of advice from someone who knows...make sure you het one with the card. Mine does not,and it a never ending hassle with dot card all the time. Even though it does have a readout of therepy hours on it versus blower hours... just trying to help all....but like I said,I love mine,and will not leave home without it,lol. I am oit
     
  8. Seebs

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    Oh ya I know about the Alcohol. I meant the other people were complaining about it. I don't really drink myself, so I could care less.

    As for that list, thats what I based my own stuff on before I came. I was just annoyed you can get it all at the Prime store. Which in turn means less things lugging on greyhound.
     
  9. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

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    Yup... that's exactly what you get with the machine through the sleep study clinic at Prime's terminal. They made sure the vendor supplied a machine that will meet DOTs requirements.
     
  10. Dennis the Menace

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    Hey Seebs! Glad to see you are enjoying your time at Prime's orientation and glad to see you started a thread. I wish I had been able to start with you this week so I would know someone there but I am scheduled to start on the 19th so I will be a week behind you. Pretty excited about it. Just stressed trying to make sure I have everything taken care of before I leave. Had a few things come up that prevented me from starting this week but I'm hellbent on leaving this week regardless! I have some questions for you but I will either PM, text, or call you later this evening. Trying to study for this CDL permit test so I can go take it today hopefully. Also, great info on the sleep apnea requirements. I'm sure they will want me to take the test as well but I would have been blown away to get there and find out about the costs associated with it. Well, take care and good luck in training.
     
  11. Seebs

    Seebs Medium Load Member

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    Well finishing up my Thursday. Prime has included a TON of information over the past week so it can be hard to remember it all. But most of it sticks in the back of your head for the most part. Also get ready to fill some paperwork out, you sign A LOT of things throughout the week. To the point you get frustrated by the amount of times you're asked for your social security number.

    Unfortunately we have had a huge class this week (started at 66 people), so some things were toned down. Instead of the original 7 sim phases, we only did 4 which was disappointing. I also do not get to spend time on the pad yet due to my need to take the sleep apnea test. Where I am now I might not be taking it till the middle of next week.

    So I'm going to be sitting around at the motel for the next 5 days or so which is annoying. I can't go onto the pad because I need to get my official ID and you can't get that till your physical is completely done and since I need the sleep apnea test, my physical ain't done yet. So I get some days of waiting. Any of the new guys for next week, hit me up and I'll give ya advice on whatever, even come meet ya if you want.

    Overall the experience has been real positive, everyone is extremely nice and helpful from fellow truckers to the instructors. They work to make sure you do the process right and so you actually get through the process.

    Things I know a couple of people got kicked out for:

    Drug test obviously. If you do drugs, wait at least 3 months till after your last 'drug' to come here. And accept the fact that you are done with drugs for your career here.

    Skipping class/showing up late. People who skipped class or were constantly late to class also got a ticket home. In an industry where showing up on time is important, make sure you represent it. As Stan said today, "you are being interviewed your whole time here".

    People hitting on the women here. Prime is extremely strict on their policy with the women that work around you. You make any kind of advance towards these gals and they will send you packing.

    Lying on your medical/work forms. Put EVERYTHING you can to make the process as smooth as possible. They do pretty intense background checks and will know if you lie and will in turn give you the boot.

    Coming here isn't no vacation or anything, this is a business and they expect you to act like it. The rules are simple. We started with 66 students (biggest class yet) and we are ending this week with about 45.

    Final advice. GET YOUR PERMIT BEFORE YOU COME! It makes the entire experience much more enjoyable and relaxed. My roommate didn't get his and spent the last 2 days stressing over it. He finally passed today.

    You'll do fine man. If you need any advice or anything, just give me a call. Their is also a good chance I should be here the week you get here, so text me when you're in and we'll get dinner or something.
     
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