New to Prime INC - What to expect (Springfield edition)

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  1. Big Trucker G

    Big Trucker G Bobtail Member

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    Is been 5 years or so since I've seen my mask but from what I remember the hose connected from the top & went over the top of my head. There should be a swivel on both ends of the hose.
     
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  3. Big Trucker G

    Big Trucker G Bobtail Member

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    Ok guys (and gals!) I have another question. I know its a bit premature but I like the seeds planted early. With Prime I am looking at reefer or flatbed once going solo as a company dick. When I first spoke with my recruiter he asked me my preference & I said reefer. This was before I started reading the reefer board & saw a bunch of horror stories there. This has me second guessing myself. I would consider flatbed but my main concern is my back. I have mid back pain which flares up fairly easily. I know no one has a crystal ball but should I avoid flatbed because of throwing tarps, strapping, etc?
     
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  4. Big Trucker G

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    I am currently in the process of getting all of my ducks in a row before attending the training. Dustin is also my recruiter. How has your experience been with him?
     
  5. Big Trucker G

    Big Trucker G Bobtail Member

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    So, I have managed to read up thru page 100 so far. PHEW! There was a big hub bub that lasted several pages regarding drug testing. Now, I do not use illegal drugs but I do like to have a beer or 2, no more, at the end of some days. Will that pose any kind of problem for me?
     
  6. Chucktshoes

    Chucktshoes Medium Load Member

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    Nope. But a warning, no drinking during orientation and PSD. It is verboten.
     
  7. FullMetalJacket

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    Can't comment on the flat side as I have run reefer for nearly 3yrs. I, too, was worried about my own back problems going the flat route. Still want give it a go at some point, though, just to do it. Tanker, as well.

    Good chance you will do PSD/TNT in reefer, anyway. There are far more reefer instructors/trainers than flats, and even fewer tanker. If that occurs, you go through securement training afterward, if going flat. Most guys I DO know whom run skateboards are pretty happy, though. I'm know it is definately more laid back & more regular hours.

    Never did get the "horror stories" of reefer. I stay busy as all getout & make very, very good money. Even my students are usually over the "guaranteed" weekly nearly every week, sometimes by a decent amount. The hours WILL be all over the clock, though.

    Yes, we do have our bad days. But, what job doesn't? In my experience, it isn't anything near as bad as some make it out to be. You've got to keep in perspective that there are a heck of a lot of complainers in the world, possibly even more so in this business than any where else. It is what YOU make of it.

    Be of luck to you whichever division you choose. :biggrin_25525:
     
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  8. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    I think the biggest issue would be stowing the tarps. The only place to put them is on top of the headache rack so there is overhead lifting and twisting with the weight. I think that's the worst thing about it, just putting the tarps away, the rest of it isn't that strenuous or awkward.

    Maybe one day they will see the light and make the enclosure big enough to put the tarps inside instead of on top... not too far from it now, just a few inches to small.
     
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  9. Big Trucker G

    Big Trucker G Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the feedback, skellr & FMJ.

    Can anyone tell me how easy/difficult it would be to change divisions if things just aren't working out?
     
  10. Big Trucker G

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    Former Lorain guy here!
     
  11. FullMetalJacket

    FullMetalJacket Road Train Member

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    Can't imagine it would be much of a hassle, just have to learn new equipment.

    If you do go to orientation, talk to Stan (head man, SUPER great guy, trucking his whole life) about your concerns & desires about each division. He will not steer you wrong.
    North Royalton, class of '85.

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