Profile For Gladhand

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  • Location:
    Springer, NM

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    4 years, 2 months ago

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Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Switched To A Local Account

Good luck. 6 days a week was torture for me. Just a 34 when you go home isnt enough time off, for me anyways. Big reason I left the Walmart account I was on. Either way what didnt work for me, doesnt mean it wont work for you. Be safe!

Posted:  4 months ago

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One year in the books

Awesome to hear. Been driving for 3 years now and still don't feel fully confident about backing. Just make sure to goal, as long as the truck hits the dock and you deliver, you will be paid. It isn't a competition.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Get out of the truck and explore

Best part of the job. Last week I got to spend a day in Rapid City ,SD. Got to just hang around town trying craft beer and eating good food haha. That's my idea of adventure anyways. I want to do a fishing trip in Alabama in the future.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Well after two months of otr reefer I got offered a position at another company that I just couldn't refuse. It will still be OTR reefer but with a different company. Pay and some company policies at swift is why I decided to make the change. By no means will I bash Swift. They gave me a shot at a new life and taught me how to run. I am thankful for what they have done for me. I am leaving on good terms and making sure not to burn Bridges. My DM doesn't want me to leave, but he understand too. I'll give an update on this in a few months. Don't want to say much after being at the new company for just a little bit.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Swift walmart dedicated out of Grandview

Learn how to chain. As far as I know the Grandview DC, Corrine DC, and McCarran DC all require it. Just a way of life if you run the Pacific Northwest.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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New member question about swift.

G Town went to Richmond I believe but that was a while back. All I can say is put your "ego" to the side and be ready/able to learn. Things will be tough, but you will make it through. Good luck and keep us updated!

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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If coming to Swift Denver

I avoid terminals like the plague. In a perfect world I only want to see the Albuquerque terminal when I park for home time.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Refrigerated

Do you know if when you switch, can you request a DM? Yours sounds pretty great. smile.gif

Not sure about that part, but just so you know I am out of Rochelle, IL terminal. Most the people I talked with on the phone are nice. Haven't met any of them yet though.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Refrigerated

That's great to hear! I have a few specific questions for you.

1. How big is the reefer tank on the trailers? Prime had 30 gallon tanks and I was just curious. 2. Do you get reefer fuel whenever you fuel the truck, or can you stop anywhere and ask?

My wife and I may be leaving our dedicated account in favor of reefer because we may be moving out of our account's hiring area.

1. The central trailer I have now is 50 and just based on fill ups, I am pretty sure all our reefers are 50 gallons.

2. Always top it off when I fuel and call it in when I am getting close to a delivery that is drop and hook or a place that is notoriously slow.

We don't have a fuel bonus, so don't sweat it if you skip a fuel stop and go to another one. I tend to not stop at stops that are too busy or too small. May depend on your dm too though, I have never had issues with switching fuel stops.

Nice part of reefer is there is less of us than van drivers. Not uncommon to dead head 200 miles + to pick up a load. Ends up making a short load worth it haha. Also all the planners are in West Valley City. So a bit easier to build relationships with them. It definitely is helpful to have a good dm too. Really changed my outlook on Swift. The fact that he knows I want to run and makes sure that I do is very encouraging.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift Refrigerated

How's life in the chilly side Gladhand? Hope they're keeping you busy.

Going real well. Was slowed down by Memorial day though. Been going all over the country and love it. Running a short load to Moberly, mo and the pick up in Nebraska on a load going to Los Angeles.

This coming check won't be good because the good long load finishes after the pay period. I got to be home by the 12th so I missed out on a good load to New York.

My dm is awesome. Lobbies to the planner for miles for me and will take a load off of me if it has me sit for too long.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Accident at fuel Island

My biggest pet peeve is when drivers rush someone backing. It wastes more time to hit somebody and waste time with claims. Let this be a lesson.

It will be on your dac but it won't "end" your career. I'm a genius and have 5 preventables ... Very disappointed to say that.

Keep your nose clean, I didn't and got rejected by several companies because of it. Thankfully swift was lenient and I have learned. Always take your time. Always think ahead. Part of being a truck driver is guessing what a person might do.

There is a reason why they call them preventables. Be safe and drive your truck. Don't let someone else influence you. That other drivers attitude is dangerous. It will eventually lead to something serious.

Posted:  6 months 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:  6 months 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:  6 months 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:  6 months 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:  6 months 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:  6 months 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:  6 months 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:  6 months 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:  6 months 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.

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