Prime, Inc Lightweight International Prostar & Freightliner Cascadia Video Tours

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  1. moose97

    moose97 Light Load Member

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    I did a video the other day since I know a lot of folks are really interested in what, exactly, Prime's lightweight trucks are like. I've had both this 2016 International (had it about a month and a half) and had a LW Freightliner which was used when I got it. All issues I mention in the video were addressed & fixed in a timely fashion before I left the yard. Feel free to ask any questions you may have...


     
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  3. DocMarten

    DocMarten Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for this...

    Question: how big are the cabinets?
     
  4. moose97

    moose97 Light Load Member

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    Both are about as deep as a folded shirt/pants. I never stored clothes in the Freightliner cabinets - I did remove the seat and had some Walmart plastic cabinets in its place.
     
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    darthanubis Heavy Load Member

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    Thank you for the videos. I really appreciate the informative narrative for new guys like myself. I have yet to take a tour of these tractors on the yards so, you've done me a service.

    Cheers!
     
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  6. moose97

    moose97 Light Load Member

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    I'd highly recommend trying to get a look inside each personally. I know that, if you're going company, it doesn't really matter, as you'll just be assigned a truck, but since I knew I was going to a dedicated account that required a LW, I made sure to look inside both. I did that in the detail shop - just ask the guys there, especially since many of the trucks in there don't "belong" to anyone (they're getting cleaned for either another new driver or for sale), they're glad to let you poke around. That's what I did, and how I decided I wanted an International.
     
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  7. darthanubis

    darthanubis Heavy Load Member

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    Well, my first roommate that has gone company got to actually pick a truck, and got a condo Freightliner!?! I didn't even think that possible. I'll take anything but the FL lightweight given half the chance. I like that LW Prostar.
     
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    moose97 Light Load Member

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    I call BS on him being able to "pick a truck," but he may have asked for dispensation for a condo. You are allowed to request a full size if 1) you're tall or large; 2) will have a spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend/child/pets on the truck with you; 3) plan to be a trainer, or 4) are claustrophobic. There may be other ways to get a condo, but I'm not aware. Your FM will also likely try to talk you out of it with the 5 cpm bonus the big incentive.

    edit - BTW, I really like the International too.
     
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    darthanubis Heavy Load Member

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    "Dispensation" Thanks for giving me a new word.

    And yes, he did claim, he wanted to be a trainer, and would "like a woman to ride with him", wtf that meant.
     
  10. moose97

    moose97 Light Load Member

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    To be clear, I'd definitely want a full size if I was OTR (and with Prime's current options, would lease a Freightliner Midroof). First off, I'm 6'7". Second, just have more storage space plus the cabinet for a real fridge (which I'd have) if I wasn't home as much. All this said, if I was told that I had to have this Int'l as an OTR truck, I could make it work - and guys make both the Int'l and Freightshaker LW's work as OTR trucks. Just know that they have their limitations, plan for them and you'll be fine.
     
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    KB3MMX Road Train Member

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    Lightweight goes hand in hand with minimal options and usually cheapest cost.

    Lightweight terminology is also a excellent marketing strategy !!
    Smart !!
     
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