Ok to many options,what to do?

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  1. ImpurestCrowd

    ImpurestCrowd Bobtail Member

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    I've been at Prime getting my CDL and am ready to upgrade to an A seat and get my own truck either reefer or flat bed. I've been riding team for the last 3 months and I really get along with my co-driver and he has said I can stay on team with him and pull in roughly $1000 a week or I can upgrade and make .38 a mile with my own truck or I can lease a truck on my own. He gets me home whenever I need to get home and he has a decent FM. My questions are 1) reefer or flat bed 2) company or lease and 3) solo or stay team. Thanks for any advice.
     
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  3. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Leasing will always be there no need to rush into it,why don't you go solo at 38 cpm for a yr to get the exp know the industry,your dispatcher and company first.Too many lease and fail because they didn't think it thru.
     
  4. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    ^^^ If you did want to skateboard, you want to learn the ropes on someone else's dime. If you want to do reefer, you want to learn on their dime, not yours. You don't want to be trying to learn the business while you are responsible for all the bills... You would have too hard a time to run efficiently to ever make a profit. Learn the stops, the customers, the procedures, what's expected of you, and then go look at taking the next step. It's not just advice for a lease, I would say the same thing if you had the money in hand to buy the truck outright from a dealer.
     
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    tommymonza Road Train Member

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    I thought Prime was paying 43 cpm on their lightweights which if you are running solo you are required to drive anyways?
     
  6. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Hi ts how are yiou.Was your post for the op?I pretty much said the same thing
     
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    RAGE 18 Road Train Member

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    Id listen to patty and 6 if u wanna skate dude keep on truckin!
     
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    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Darn right because I know everything,just ask Dinomite,lol.
     
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  10. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Yes it was. I was just adding some words to your post. The only chance he has of making it as a lease is by knowing the business well. Most people just stay in the business long enough to hurt the rates by pulling loads for free.

    I had a guy ask me about how I was doing in the OSOW world, and whether or not I owned my trailer. I do really well, but it's a company trailer. He asked me why didn't I get my own trailer and I told him that the trailer that I wanted was a 2+3+2 (an 11 axle rig). He asked me why don't I just go out and buy one. I told him that between the time that I retired and returned back to the business, I lost most of my contacts. You don't spend a quarter of a million dollars to buy a trailer and look for loads on a load from brokers as your bread and butter. You are going to go bust if you do. He then tells me that he's always owned his own stuff and that he's not afraid to try. "All you've ever pulled was a van, but after a 5 minute conversation with me, suddenly you know better than I do about pulling stuff that you've never pulled. You're a real smart fella."

    He looked shocked, then ticked, "You're an a hole!"

    Yes, I am.
     
  11. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    I've always been a company driver.I don't know how lease operators can actually get that much ahead.I mean they're responsible for fuel insurance and trk payments.All they're doing is making more money for the company rather then themselves.How many actually make a killing leasing from a starter company.
     
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