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    10 months ago

Will P.'s Bio

From 2005-2010 I drove trucks in the Army. Been working construction and wildlife trapping/nuisance control. I started off 2020 with new beginnings. Getting back behind the wheel again has been a want to for a long time but it doesn't happen unless you take the steps for it. Got my CDL and back at it again! Looking forward to it!

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Any 88M's out there that can recommend the best school/company to work for with previous ARMY experience?

I was am 88M from 05-11. As a veteran Swift did not charge me for the schooling or deduct it from my check over time. I do have to stay for a minimum of 1 year in order not to pay it back. I'm planning on going anywhere else and things are fantastic here anyways. Talk to one of the recruiter about it. I think there is even something on the website about it too...kinda briefly then mentions contacting them for details.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Swift transportation

I've only been with Swift for 7-8months but seems from my view from the windshield a great company to start with...and stay... got a great DM and still chat with my mentor from time to time. Loads steady and rolling unless I go home. Still havent figured out the miles-pay scale but my cpm is about to change on the upside anyways so I'll wait some more to really figure it out. Averaging over 2k miles a week. Short and long distance. Yeah you hear about the windshield cam and all the safety sensors, speed control and such but all these are in place to make you a more conscious and safe driver...

Over all, I'm sure as most companies, it is what you make it

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Big News! Off-Topic but I kind of grew up here (been on TT since I was 20) so I must tell!

Congratulations! Yep I'd have to agree with the "just wing it"...especially with the first one...things kinda, just kinda, try to come together the second go round...

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Need help on staying cool at night

I'm in a 2019 international as well. No optimized idle either. I talked to a long time driver and he gave me these pointers. Keep the sleeper curtains closed and the sleeper ac on while driving. Dont open them unless you need to. If it dissipates faster then I'll open my side windows and use the dual head dc fan I got with some handy dany Loves points. It plugs right near the sleeper controls. Keeps air moving through the night. It's hard for me to sleep when it's hot but this does the trick for me.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Fantastic start to the morning!!@

G-town, Had that happen with Target a few times too. First store breaks the seal and either eggs (or about 10 flats of strawberries/blueberries) tipped and tossed all over. Sent pictures to our dispatch office just to CMA.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Fantastic start to the morning!!@

Absolutely...I'll take a 2+ hr wait over an accident any day. Still plenty of time to get to my destination.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Fantastic start to the morning!!@

Started my pre trip this morning and lookie lookie. No curbing, or anything that could have done it. Didnt look like that when I picked it up either but here I am getting it replaced.

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Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Swift solo upgrade questions

My DM gave me a short list(2) of available and ready trucks I could look at and choose from. And another person that I went thru the Swift academy with and got done with her Mentor, different DM, just assigned her one. I suppose it's all in who your DM is.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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More fridge help please ;-)

On a 2019 International LT without opti idle it will start shutting stuff down such as lights and bunk heater however it will NOT prevent the batteries from draining to the point where you will need a jump. When you take your 10hr break go ahead and do whatever you do such as watching tv or what ever but run the truck for a good 30 minutes to charge them before you go to sleep. When you wake up first thing turn the key on and see how much charge you have and start it up to for a little bit to recharge again. Just running the refrigerator should be fine but if you run other stuff such as a fan, lights, tv, laptop etc without starting the truck up for a while or even while you are stopped for 8-12 hours you will kill the batteries. If you have an inverter with a microwave or other appliances always run the truck while using appliances. When you check your voltage when you wake up you dont want to have less than maybe 11.8 volts. Start getting less than that and you will eventually have problems. Again the refrigerator alone shouldn't run your batteries down overnight.

Thanks! It was reading 12.7v on the inverter input display last night and after about 4hrs it had only come down to 12.6v. So I definitely think 10hrs shouldn't be enough to run it down dead. Running it for 30min or so before sleeping is gonna go into effect from now on as well lol.

Is getting a small generator a good idea to run the fridge and whatever else in the future. I'm in mid to southern Southeast. Km at the same Petro from the earlier comments and its showing 96degrees at 3pm est.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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More fridge help please ;-)

Well here goes...truck off, inverter on and input reading at 12.7v. Timer set for 2.5 hours to see how it's doing lol

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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More fridge help please ;-)

That is by far the best answer I have seen. I've been looking through the manual and also have found the load control/shedding should shut down electrical use to allow enough power to start the truck. Would it shut down the inverter as well?

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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More fridge help please ;-)

***I didn't realize it would star out the "richard" letters in the name of the town...my bad...its all one word

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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More fridge help please ;-)

Yeah it was reading about 93-95 around Red**** Fl yesterday. I got a message from my DM that I could idle while I rest(10hr break) but not when it's not in use. I've been on my break since I got back finishing my load about 3am this morning and am picking up after midnight tonight...the step testing of the batteries does sound like a great place to start. How long should i run the truck in between the off times?

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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More fridge help please ;-)

Hey folks so I set up my fridge and have it all plugged in and working...only set on about mid temp. How often should I idle my truck and for how long to ensure I dont drain the batteries down. I'm in a 19 international LT. And from what I have looked at there is no kind of optimized idle /auto-start option...unless I have missed it.

Do I just need to crank it and let it run every so often?

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Where to put my fridge???

After thinking about it more...and then seeing yours also I came to a similar conclusion to putting it up top. This way the door opens fully. Thanks!

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You can go with the top bunk, OR

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take a cabinet out, then strap it to the floor. I use only one strap when the top bunk area is utilized and never had a problem with it moving.

The one in the photos is 30" in height.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Where to put my fridge???

Hey yall so I finally got back in my 2019 international and am financially able to put a fridge in...I've been looking at my size options and now am stumped as to where to put it. On the floor I've got a closet cabinet on one side and brawers with the pull out table on the other. Space between the lower and upper cabinets are minimal. I di have a fixed top bunk with plenty of unused space that would work...would securing it in the center of the top be dumb?? I've got plenty of "free time" to pick one up and put it in today. Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks!

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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Going solo!

Well just an update...the DEF pump sensor head went bad and had to be replaced...under warranty at least...but truck has been in the shop for about a week and was fortunate to use a loaner from the DC. Its finally ready to be picked up and am now trying to work around my loads and time it just right to pick it back up and get it rolling again. This loaner, while grateful to be in a truck and still rollin, needs to go lol...I'm finding myself more and more comfortable with the bells and whistles layout in it, which is a sign I need to get back into mine haha!!!

Posted:  8 months ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Taking my 30 min behind the store before delivery

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Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Going solo!

Well during my last 2 hrs back to the DC early this morning my CEL light came on and shortly after that my refill DEF light came on as well...definitely must have a faulty float sensor or something cause I literally stopped it off before I left. The gauge was flipping back and forth. All other gauges and reading were normal. I stopped and looked up the Cummins CEL codes and it ready as an abnormal temp/level code. Made a note to get it looked at and continued in my way. About 15 minutes from the DC I got a SCR error: torque derate 25% message...its all due to my DEF tank sensor...sitting at the International shop in Valdosta, Ga waiting for their diagnosis now... and I was sooooooo close to getting another quick load for my remaining 8hrs...but safe by choice, not by chance!

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Going solo!

Well last night I sat at the DC on the off chance something would go down and they needed a standby driver. I got a call just after midnight and the dispatcher asked if I really wanted to run a load out this morning. I said absolutely! I didnt come down there just to be *idle*(see what I did there). Pensacola, Gulf Shores, and Mobile. Yeah I'll take that!

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