Profile For Gladhand

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    Albuquerque , NM

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Living in the Truck

I was "homeless" for the first 2 years of my career. Was able to put away a good chunk of change. Now I am working on the logistics of getting rid of my apartment and car, to be homeless living in the truck again. Such a better way for me to live at the moment.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

That's the great thing about Swift, is there are more opportunities than you can shake your finger at. My wife and I enjoyed doing OTR reefer for Prime when we were there. Things happened, and we ended up here at Swift. Our original plan was to go back to OTR reefer, then we got offered a position doing dedicated dry van across country. I have been following this thread for the reason that I'm interested in seeing real life numbers on OTR as opposed to what the terminal leader and recruiters have said.

You can definitely get great miles in dry van too. It's a matter of efficiency and your driver leader. This new driver leader I have out of Rochelle is good. He calls me daily and gives me attaboys for doing my job right haha. I don't need them, but they definitely are appreciated. My Walmart dedicated experience has given me a lot of great skills. Went to a Lowe's yesterday that had a tough dock like one of the neighborhood markets I used to go to. So I knew how to approach it. I did those 5 stops no problem, so I am definitely grateful for the grocery experience.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Gladhand one thing I really admire about you is how you're willing to do different things to find what fits you best. Instead of being unhappy you're switching divisions within the company to get different experiences. You're one of the many drivers I enjoy reading posts from.

Thanks Rob. Life is too short to do stuff you don't like. Needed the experiences of being home more and barely having a 34 a week to change my point of view.

Looking to break my apartment lease and go back to living in the truck. With Swift's new creature comforts, the truck is a lot more comfortable than it used to be. Even though it was comfortable then too haha.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Please make a new thread to ask all those questions Jim. I made this thread to just give my experiences with Reefer at swift.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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What Are The Best Truck Stops, And Why?

I really like Kwik Stop/ Kwik Star. They got good prices and sell a lot of grocery items. I don't like loves and pilots that are small. Easy way to get your hood ripped off.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Good job, but watch those Lowe’s for appointment times. I’ve been to about 50 different ones, and there were three that would absolutely not take you early. I was the only truck at one for three hours one time, and three empty dock spaces the whole time. That store manager had no give in his mentality at all. The only good thing was I got to go dumpster diving while I waited and scored a brand-spanking-new Werner 12’ fiberglass ladder they had thrown out. Nice! Looks good strapped to the back of my sleeper, too.

It was that way when I did dry van, but plants are a different deal. Went to the first place to see if they would take me early and they didn't even ask for an appt they just told me to back in. I didn't complain haha.

It's the luck of the draw with early delivery too. Worst thing is they will say no.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

I got those 5 stops taken care of a "day" early. Was told I had appointments and decided to go to deliver anyways. According to Lowe's they almost always take plants even without an appt. Either way by finishing the load early I will finish the pay period with 3043 miles.

This also lead to me getting another load picking up in Logan, UT and going down to Houston, TX, total of 1,542 miles. The final does not look fun at all but I'll worry about it when I get there.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Walmart dedicated in Los Luna's NM

Just got off the account. Pay is good for the most part, you will have bad weeks here and there, but overall it's good. I averaged 1200 gross while doing it.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

How are you liking the International so far? Mine had a creaking noise that my wife described as "driving an Igloo cooler" when going down the road. I was told that it was the sound of the rubber hood latches, but I didn't keep it long enough to find out for sure.

I really like it. Heard a lot of bad things and so far I can't say anything being it's still new and no problems have arrived.

How's the OTR reefer life treating you Gladhand? Hope all is well so far. I'd like to know what kind of solo miles you are doing there as OTR.

Good so far. Compared to dry van I am pre-planned before I finished each of the few loads I have done. Also my dm checks in with me weekly and I like that reefer has a main set of planners so it is easier to "prove" one's self. It is also helpful that I have a more proactive dm now.

Can't say too much yet being I am still getting back in the otr groove, but here is the miles I have seen so far.

Load #1. Local load, Phoenix to Phoenix. Load #2 Phoenix, AZ to Denver, CO 852. Load #3 Greeley, Co to San Jose, CA 1288. Load #4 Watsonville, CA to (load has 5 stops) Riverdale, UT being the last stop. 894.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Energy drinks

No healthy boost when it comes to energy drinks. I do love me some Red Bull though.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Swift Refrigerated

At a previous company I worked at, the reefers had presets that they would like them to be set on per instructions on the shipper or receiver side. Do the reefers have that, or do you just set the temperature?

They may have it, I'm not sure. I just used my knowledge from previous reefer experience with Walmart to precool the trailer. They ended up wanting the trailer at 34 so I was good.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Day 2

Got up bright and early, did the usual morning stuff, pre trip, and then hit the road. Good wide open day of driving interstate roads. Hit some snow, but it wasn't sticking. DM called to let me know the reroute was a good idea, another driver took Swift's route and ended up shutting down.

Basic day of driving really, made it to Loves in Pueblo, Colorado to take my break. Got called by my dm informing me of my next load going to San Jose, California. Going to sleep at the final on Friday that way I will have just about a full clock when I go to pick up the load going to San Jose and at least make it to Evanston, WY by the end of that shift.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

First day went alright. Had to deliver a second part of a load to Shamrock Foods up the road. Took 2 hrs for them to unload me. Wasted another do hours dealing with claims because there was damaged freight from a prior stop that was not reported to claims. Wasted time just to be told to throw it.

After that I made my way back down the road to get a washout. Knew I was picking up dairy from shamrocks farms so I set the reefer to 32 just like Walmart has it, so I could precool the trailer. Got to Shamrock farms and was loaded within a hr.

Had to go back down the to weigh it at the busy loves in Tolleson, thankfully it was legal.

I was routed to go up to Grand Junction and then take 70 to Denver, but seeing the possibility for snow, I got re routed through New Mexico up i25.

Finished my first day with making it to the TA in Holbrook, AZ.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

It's a beauty! What are the features in this state of the art Truck?

Well a few things. Swift upped the inverter so we can run a microwave, also it comes with a fridge, TV mount, and an added plus that the front chair swivels so you can sit in it and watch TV or whatever. Truck has an isx15 Cummins engine I believe. Awesome sounding engine. Truck has 12 miles so I'm the first to basically sleep in it and to take it on a decent sized run. Will see how it does.

Nice looking color. Congratulations!

I love the new blue, noticed they are also getting gray trucks that actually say Swift Refrigerated. First good size load is 795 miles, will do my best to document this experience to help others.

I am a total rookie with reefer in terms of picking up and delivering the otr way and not the Walmart way. Looking forward to the experience. Gonna look like a total rookie as I get used to driving the international.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Got my new girl. Ready to take her on the road. Covering a local load and then going to Denver. Hoping the unload and load don't take too long. We will see.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Miles this week

Awesome man, me personally, I like hunting down my 70 and bleeding it out, and eventually having to reset. I'll see how things go this coming week if I can do that.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

The single-bunk one I had once had plenty of cabinet storage. Do you know what type you’ll be getting?

Double Bunk, I am assuming anyways, top bunk is for storage, no way to get me to train haha.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Flying into Phoenix tomorrow to pick up a 2020 International LT. Been wanting to drive one of those trucks and got one. Used to Freightliner so I know it will take a little bit to get used to the buttons and what not. Hopefully Ill have a load sometime tomorrow and be cruising down the road with a reefer on my back.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Dui

Depending on how far back the company requires a DUI, you will more than likely need to let them know about it. Better to say that you did, than say that you didnt. Even if it was 15 years ago.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Gladhand... I've always been under the assumption that refrigerated drivers sit a lot... Any chance you would keep a weekly/biweekly log and see rather that holds true in comparison to dry van?

Again I don't know that it's just what I had assumed.

Will do, I think there may be advantage to running reefer freight due to less reefer drivers at Swift. Doing dry van at Swift you can hit good miles, just wanting to see how reefer will be. Will keep yall updated.

Just a quick number crunch using my ranking numbers comes out to an average of 579 and change. My year miles on the portal right now are 144,378 on 249 dispatched loads. It's a little misleading because it includes a lot of 1 to 50 mile runs I've done to help out.

Thanks for that Big T, now I just gotta wait these few days out. Hope i am in a truck and running by Tuesday. We will see.

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