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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Wagging double 28

Was the rear trailer heavier?

That is one of the main things to keep a wiggle wagon from wiggling. You want the rear trailer to be lighter if at all possible. And as OS said smooth on the steering and braking manuvers.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Information from the Pool of wisdom

When I was trained at Swift it was in Fontana CA academy. They had really good trainers there at least that is what I found. There were students there that didn't think the trainers where good but then those were the people that didn't work hard at learning. So as said above you get back what you put into it. If you work hard and try the trainers will work hard to get you on the right path.

I drove a 2015 Cascadia when I left there never ever got backlash for idling. Which I always did when temps got 80 or higher for A/C you have to be comfortable to sleep, a rested driver is always safer.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Swift Target Dedicated Account

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I really just want to hear your general feeling about the account. Did you enjoy your time there? What region did you run? Any particular issues you had with the account? What do they actually pay per mile once you're officially on the account?

Speaking of pay, I saw on Swift's Facebook account that they are raising the pay for otr reefer. May look into that as well if the Target thing doesn't pan out.

I don't remember cpm I believe it was .40 with $20 for sweeps and $50 for backhauls. We ran from Woodland CA to the SF bay area south as far as Stockton CA and Reno NV areas. I ran the NV loads mostly don't like dealing with the bay area traffic. Shorter runs pay more like always. I liked it you get plenty backing practice. I enjoyed it mostly for the fact it was local, got to be there for home while my youngest son finished HS. I was pretty burned out being OTR at that point.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Swift Target Dedicated Account

I ran Target for almost a year. It was a pretty good deal. Money wasn't as good as OTR, but sleeping at home 90% of the time was great. I was out of Woodland CA miles were about 300- 500 miles a day 6 days a week. What questions do you have in particular?

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Today is my 1 yr. Day!

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Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Spare Parts And Tools You Should Carry In Your Truck

Spare hoses and electrical lines for truck to trailer

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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I got hit by another truck

You should be alright if you cam footage shows you were in your lane and it shows he wasn't. IMHO

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Werner and dollar tree route

I haven't delivered to dollar tree or any of the dollar type stores. I have seen where they are located though and I wouldn't want to try to get into some of those places even very early before the shoppers are out. I did deliver to target stores back in my time with Swift some of those stores were bad enough to get behind. Just my 2 pennies worth.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Drivers should spend time in the office

I agree I actually spent 2 weeks in my terminal right after I upgraded to solo. I had a procedure in the hospital that I couldn't drive right after. My DM pulled some strings and I got to shadow for those two weeks. What an eye opener. Got to see and hear the differences between the good producing drivers and the not so good. It really helped me to understand early in my career what needed to be done and what to avoid doing.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Hardest part about driving a truck.

Driving is the easy part of trucking. Trip planning and using your time efficiently is the hardest part

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Money for swift ?

Some trainers will pay for some or all of your meals while training. I said some not all. When i was training with swift I went through about $500 during school and training. My trainer didn't help at all, although a couple guys that went through the academy with me their trainers did pay for meals. Least they could do since they are making all the money for us driving rofl-2.gif

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Hard braking event

I invite you all to read Kash's rather colorful posting history...

Wow just read his history just wow

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Hard braking event

I have had 2 hard braking events both when bob tailing. Both were when i was driving under 10mph. I BT every day and have learned easy on the brake pedal. LOL

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Let's get to know each other....

Entrepreneur (ESTP-A) wondering what the ESTP -A means

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Random question about flashing lights

I keep a small screwdriver in the door pocket for that. When I drove for swift a lot of their trailer pins in the connector would get closed. slip the blade in the slot on trl pin a little it would tighten them up no more bad connection

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Swift paperwork

Also your SS card can not be laminated. When I went to the academy a few students had to scramble to get that fixed.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Swift speeding the trucks up!!

I know when I drove for Swift I always wished the darn truck would have gone faster. Fast forward to today I own my truck and can drive as fast as i want to. Guess what I found out. I started driving my truck faster up to the legal speed limit and sometimes faster. I found out that going faster didn't really help at all certainly not 3mph. One more time guess what speed I drive mostly now...... Yep usually a little slower than the limit.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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New Avatar Image Uploads

Very cool thanks

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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New Avatar Image Uploads

Test test

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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How much money do I need for swift?

When I trained at swift you needed $150. for your CDL lic. Then you need enough to feed yourself for the time your there and for the time you were with your mentor. I took $500.00 with me and that made it through. I have heard that now you have to have your permit before going to the acadamy not sure about that I'm not with them anymore.

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