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J R.'s Comment
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I intend to go with Swift for my first year and I'm curious - how often are either dry van or reefer on the west coast? Or west of the Mississippi in general? West of the Rockies?

I ask because I'd really love to see those areas, and I'll run reefer if it means seeing those places more often.

Also, can hometime be taken wherever you'd like, or must it always be taken in one specific place?

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big T's Comment
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The headquarters for the reefer fleet is in the Salt Lake City area. I have been running a lot of freight staying west of the 25 mainly.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

J R.'s Comment
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The headquarters for the reefer fleet is in the Salt Lake City area. I have been running a lot of freight staying west of the 25 mainly.

That's awesome to hear. How do you like running refrigerated with Swift?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

ACO476's Comment
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I intend to go with Swift for my first year and I'm curious - how often are either dry van or reefer on the west coast? Or west of the Mississippi in general? West of the Rockies?

I ask because I'd really love to see those areas, and I'll run reefer if it means seeing those places more often.

Also, can hometime be taken wherever you'd like, or must it always be taken in one specific place?

I only saw the east coast running reefer for Swift, except for the one time I got stuck in Sumner, Washington for a week with no freight going anywhere. I was never west of Ohio. Yes, you can take home time wherever you want. You request it by zip code.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big T's Comment
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The headquarters for the reefer fleet is in the Salt Lake City area. I have been running a lot of freight staying west of the 25 mainly.

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That's awesome to hear. How do you like running refrigerated with Swift?

I am enjoying it. I haven't done much sitting except for last week when I took a 34.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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I run OTR dry van and I've been to 42 of the lower 48 several times around. Basically you get sent to wherever they need drivers and run a few loads in that area. Then you're sent to another part of the country...rinse...repeat...LOL!

JJ

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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OK, let's see if I can remember this particular run thus far. Started in SoCal. First stop Phoenix, then Las Vegas, up to Utah,out to Odessa TX, Nashville TN, back to Odessa, out to Philadelphia Pa, down to San Antonio TX, across to Houston and now I'm on my way to northern Arkansas. I'm sure I'm forgetting at least a couple stops. LOL!

JJ

Roadpilot's Comment
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I'm with my mentor on the dry van side. We've pretty much been all over.

Started in Columbus, OH, went to Commerce GA, then up to South Carolina, then to Norfolk VA, then Marcy,NY, down to Hazelton PA, then a long haul to San Marcos TX, then up to Nebraska. Over to Jersey then up to Detroit, back east to Baltimore then over to Columbus, up to Grand Rapids then out to Otay Mesa CA. Then up to the Bay Area and tomorrow we head back east to Illinois. I plan on going on to the reefer side when I upgrade so I hope they can keep me running like this

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

J R.'s Comment
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Thanks for the replies, everyone. I'm having a hard time deciding between reefer and dry van.

Jim J and Roadpilot - really enjoy "seeing" where you've been running around to. Thanks a bunch!

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Roadpilot's Comment
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Thanks for the replies, everyone. I'm having a hard time deciding between reefer and dry van.

Jim J and Roadpilot - really enjoy "seeing" where you've been running around to. Thanks a bunch!

No problem, just remember you aren't locked into one side of the house. Like I said I plan on going reefer but if I end up staying mostly east I'll go back to dry van. That's the beauty of Swift, they have enough freight that you can find a niche that works for you

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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