Prime Inc driver thread

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by true122, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Chucktaylor

    Chucktaylor Road Train Member

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    The only thing specific to Oxnard is our floral division. Reefers, mostly teams, and not dedicated or regional per say except for a few guys that run out of Portland OR up to Canada and back.
     
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  3. Gunner710

    Gunner710 Light Load Member

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    Can you start with floral or do you have to driver other stuff first?
     
  4. Chucktaylor

    Chucktaylor Road Train Member

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    Floral is not a division of drivers or trucks. Yes its a division of Prime, but in the sense of freight, logistics, and sales.

    The entire Reefer fleet pulls from the floral pool of freight. As I said its nearly entirely team freight. Very rare solo loads.

    There maybe more but I've only met two drivers out of WA that pull dedicated floral loads between Canada and Portland Or.

    99.9% chance you would have to pull other stuff first before being considered for anything dedicated in Floral. Better chance if you are a team driver. (Prime will not actively find you a teammate. Unless you bring your own teamate with you, Your pretty much on your own finding one within the company)
     
  5. Vegas Reaper

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    In Oxnard I picked up strawberries going to gas city, in for wally world one time. that area grows a lot of berries. made $1.79 to the truck for that load, not bad.
     
  6. bre1979

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    Are there any solo dedicated runs in the northwest at all? Looking at prime but want to get some details before I submit a app. Also how is the flatbed workload for the northwest?
     
  7. cjracer20

    cjracer20 Bobtail Member

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    I'm wondering if all TNT trainers are LeaseOps or if company drivers can do TNT training as well. My current instructor for the PSD phase is a LeaseOp and I gather that everyone under his same Fleet Manager are as well. I imagine that if I ask for a new trainer after obtaining my CDL, I'll likely be paired with another Lease Operator off the same board.
    I have no intentions of going LeaseOp and I would rather learn the company driver way of doing things rather than the log cheating and home avoiding that is apparently required to have a profitable business in the lease program. Like today, I spent all day on the pad and driving around Springfield practicing for the CDL test and I was logged off duty for all of it. This will give Bossman a fresh set of hours to work with in a few days when we hit the road as a team.
    So am I stuck with the LeaseOp way of life until I go for my upgrade? :biggrin_25513:
     
  8. Chucktaylor

    Chucktaylor Road Train Member

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    You can tell them you want a Company trainer. It is not true that a Lease Op knows how to run company, despite what they tell you. Yes, a lot of things are similar, but you would probably be best served by getting yourself a company TNT trainer.

    BTW. Not much of a go getter attitude. So what if he wants a fresh clock. You want a nice terminal vacation? I few days to kick your feet up? He is making ZERO dollars taking the day off to practice.
    The alternative would have been to keep you out on the road, making money and setup the cones in a parking lot.
     
  9. Simplespeed

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    My tnt trainer goes home every month for almost a week and sometimes longer. He does pretty good and never goes in the hole really.
     
  10. Simplespeed

    Simplespeed Light Load Member

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    And im curious to know what the difference in training would be with a company or lease op? Shouldnt it be the same? How can you cheat the clock with quail com? Driving on the students time? Driving on off duty driving? They shoukdnt be doing that anyway.
     
  11. cjracer20

    cjracer20 Bobtail Member

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    yes, that's mostly true. I'm not really much of a go getter. I guess that's why I'd rather just be an employee and not a business owner. I'm not in this to maximize my bankroll, I'm satisfied with much less than that. I'll work as hard as I'm asked to, but I'll do it the right way and within the rules in place to protect me.

    Its mostly by placing me in off duty when I'm doing training related things or fueling the truck. Yeah I guess I'm maximizing my learning experience but sometimes I'd rather sit and eat a sandwich on my 30 minute break and NOT think about work, instead of one handing truckstop grub while I'm grabbing gears.

    Sorry if I'm whining. I'll most certainly suck it up and just deal with it, but I was just curious of my options.
     
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