Profile For Drew Oswalt

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    One of them in California, CA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Posted:  3 days, 19 hours ago

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Plugging your truck in

Looked around and saw mine has a space for a plug below my door. But I did notice OptiIdle handles "cold weather engine warming." Plus it goes into "battery mode" (charge up the batteries) when OptiIdle is activated.

Posted:  4 days, 9 hours ago

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Made a costly mistake

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I'm lucky. I've gone 12 mph and was still on sleeper status. The 3 other trucks I've driven change status at 4 or 5 mph. I'll have to remember to check in the morning to see at what speed the Qualcomm switches me to on-duty /driving. I always forget.

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You still have an AOBRD. 18 DEC is the deadline for the switch.

Dang. That sucks. I guess that's what my driver manager meant by "new system".

Posted:  5 days, 18 hours ago

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Made a costly mistake

I'm lucky. I've gone 12 mph and was still on sleeper status. The 3 other trucks I've driven change status at 4 or 5 mph. I'll have to remember to check in the morning to see at what speed the Qualcomm switches me to on-duty /driving. I always forget.

Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Setup

Similar to Turtle. Once my sleeper is even with the truck parked to the left of the space I want to back into I cut hard right. If there is enough room, I will wait until my truck is pointed in the opposite direction of the parking spaces and then I'll turn hard left. Once the truck and trailer are aligned, I'll keep moving forward a few feet. Then I stop, put it in reverse, and ease on in. Those are the easy ones.

I use a similar technique even if I dont have as much room. I just start turning left a lot sooner and move forward a little more and turn the wheel slightly to the left for the last few feet once truck and trailer are aligned.

Take note of where you are when you begin to back up in tighter situations. If you are coming in too close to the truck on the far side of your space, go back to where you began backing and just pull forward a little more, then start backing up again. If you are too close to the truck on the near side, go back to where you began backing, straighten your wheel, back up a couple feet, then begin turning your trailer into the space.

Hope that's not too confusing. I confuse myself sometimes.

What you wrote helped improve my backing tremendously. After I read your post a week ago, I only had one horrible time backing, at a receiver. I couldn't get lined up for a straight back to get docked. Come to find out, the lines/grains in the concrete were not parallel to each other....All my other backings were great. Like I've been doing this for a while. Thanks RealDiehl.

Posted:  5 days, 20 hours ago

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Plugging your truck in

Do all trucks have a block heater? Or does it depend on the company? Also, where does it plug into the truck?

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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FINALLY !

Congrats!! Be safe, ask a lot of questions and learn as much as possible from your trainer.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Still struggling to understand HOS

As a Swift driver, if we do not log on as on duty to do a pre-trip, we get a company hos violation. Post-trip. No.

There are other things about "on-duty" time I've learned about recently on this site. And will just err on the safe side to be in "compliance".

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Sensor thinks hood is not latched

Most of the time, it will sense the latches after the truck has been sitting for 10-20 minutes.

I don't see any wires leading out from the latches. As long as I can drive and keep making money, I'll bring it up when I have to go in for a scheduled service. I was already down because of my old truck.

Oh, and when the truck is just sitting and the engine is off, it will randomly shout out that the coolant level is low. Lol

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Qualcomm DOT -12:40

Ok. That makes sense. For DOT purposes.

Being off duty counts towards your 10 rest?

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Recruiters

Drew, Good stuff. I had a friend who did DG for Werner his first 6 months then moved to Regional. He said the money was good and the work wasnt so bad either but he did eventually just want to do more driving and less always unloading. I just dont want to even start in that situation. Best wishes to your friends. What company are you with and what are you running ?

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I did about a weeks worth of Wal-Mart reefer dedicated out of Corinne when I was with my trainer. It wasn't too bad. They unload you quickly. You just have to be inside to pull off stickers from each pallet. Not a big deal really. Plus you get to shop at a place way cheaper than a truck stop.

A couple classmates are doing family dollar , dollar General, whatever the account is, the pay is good and they actually like the unloads. They said they have fun doing it, but they're tired after each store. But the money seems to make up for it.

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I finished training and went solo with Swift about a month ago. Just doing OTR for them. I run whatever they send me. Might do dedicated for a while to have some more consistency from dispatch.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Recruiters

I did about a weeks worth of Wal-Mart reefer dedicated out of Corinne when I was with my trainer. It wasn't too bad. They unload you quickly. You just have to be inside to pull off stickers from each pallet. Not a big deal really. Plus you get to shop at a place way cheaper than a truck stop.

A couple classmates are doing family dollar , dollar General, whatever the account is, the pay is good and they actually like the unloads. They said they have fun doing it, but they're tired after each store. But the money seems to make up for it.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Qualcomm DOT -12:40

Why would one go off duty instead of sleeper? If the truck isn't on, I'm on sleeper, unless I'm fueling up or doing pre/post trips.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Sensor thinks hood is not latched

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Sensor thinks hood is not latched

My truck is a '18 Cascadia. It keeps on thinking the hood isn't latched. I don't see any sensors in that area. Anyone know how I can fix this on my own? And when that happens, my dome light turns on, on it's own.....weird.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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New (old) truck

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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New (old) truck

My first truck's left windshield panel was not replaced properly. So water leaked when it rained. Right onto the drive cam. Was taking too long to fix, so I got to swap out. Went from a '16 Cascadia to a '18 Cascadia. I like this one. My trainer has a '20 Cascadia. So I am more familiar with all the controls on the '18. Only bad thing is I could idle to my heart's content with the '16. Opti-idle sucks.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Front sensor faulting.

Collision alert came on many times on my trainers '20 Cascadia. Shadows under bridges and the big/round traffic "cones" would activate the sensor, but not the brakes.

On my '16 Cascadia Evolution, it came on 3 times yesterday (first day after upgrading), with nothing there. No shadows, cones, etc. Just open road and sun. It braked once. Hopefully it's not a constant issue.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Got my truck today!

If it's showing a warning for low fuel now, best to shut it down and tell dispatch you need fuel ASAP. The engine racing is a passive engine parked regeneration, and is normal.

Why shut down? Two reasons:

1. Running it low picks up all the junk and contamination that settles to the bottom of the fuel tanks.

2. Since you are new to this particular truck, how do you know the fuel gauge is truly accurate? Many times these are not.

Thanks PackRat. I actually ended up going to dispatch and asked for an emergency fuel dispatch after that comment I made.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Got my truck today!

Finished my first delivery today. Buena Park, CA to Tolleson, AZ.

Everything started like it was another day. Started early because traffic in Los Angeles/Orange County is just craptastic. Fueled at the terminal. Less than 1/2, since I had a heavy load to pick up (Gatorade). Bobtailed almost an hour (traffic) to get an empty. Funky parking lot. But, got out without damaging anything. Get to shipper about an hour early. They call me 30 minutes after my appointment time. Not too bad, considering I got loaded before trucks that were waiting longer. Getting out of there was tight. Truck before me had to back up from a tight corner several times. I learned and went wide. Took an hour to get to a scale (traffic). Weights were good. Time to get the heck out of SoCal!

I live in Los Angeles and despise the traffic. Wife and I are moving to the east coast next year. Any way...

Along the way, have to stop to change my eta because I forgot to account for slow uphills due to a heavy load and slow downs because of accidents. But not a big deal. I had until 5PM today, to deliver.

So, I get to the receiver. Passed by it because the company name on the signs changed from what was on the dispatch. But I made it with 1/8 fuel and just needed to drive 7 miles to get to the terminal after. Was proud of myself for that one. More of a lucky guess.

Now, here is where things go downhill. I just couldn't back the trailer into it's spot. I had 38 minutes left on the clock and felt rushed. It took almost all that time to do an easy back...then, I forgot to open the doors and move the tandems all the way back. By the time I hook up to an empty, I'm out of time. So I have to use PC to get to the Swift Terminal a few miles away.

I really need to change my status as soon as I pull those knobs. That really f'd up my time

But, at least I got to the shipper and receiver early.

All in all, not bad. I expected to f up more. I expect plenty of mistakes to come for as long as I'm a steering wheel holder.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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I LOVE the newer Freightliner Cascadia's!

Yes, the new Cascadias are nice. My trainer has one.

My '16 Cascadia has a vent for the upper bunk.

Also, I'm not looking forward to the leaking issue. Looks like mine has that issue. Certain things are a little rusty. Like speaker covers, and a couple DC outlets. Hopefully those leaks have been sealed when this truck was with the previous driver. But doubt it.

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