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Jason V.'s Comment
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I believe Swift's most recent acquisition was Digby out of Denver. Digby includes Digby, Navajo Express, Cargo Express and one other. Can't think of the name. White tractor with gold trim. Gonna bug me now.

New Beginning's Comment
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I believe Swift's most recent acquisition was Digby out of Denver. Digby includes Digby, Navajo Express, Cargo Express and one other. Can't think of the name. White tractor with gold trim. Gonna bug me now.

Lot of consolidating in the trucking world lately. Is this going to drive the hauling freight prices lower? Or make driver pay less? Or both?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Bett is correct in his assessment. I just my load so was empty....been out about 2 wks with permit and doing great.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This is excellent! You give me hope that someone like myself, who has never been around a truck before, might actually be able to pull this off. Keep up the great work!

If you saw some of the morons out here you would feel more confident. We sat at a TA one night and watched 2 trucks block the lot for 45 min trying to park. One guy circled the lot 28 times. .I counted after awhile. There were no pull through spots. He could have paid for a spot and saved his fuel. You can SO do this. Hang in there.

The guys on the cb can be really funny too :)

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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If you saw some of the morons out here you would feel more confident. We sat at a TA one night and watched 2 trucks block the lot for 45 min trying to park. One guy circled the lot 28 times. .I counted after awhile. There were no pull through spots. He could have paid for a spot and saved his fuel. You can SO do this. Hang in there.

The guys on the cb can be really funny too :)

I have nightmares of me being the one that can't park or back up properly. It just seems so intimidating, but I'm hoping that my ability to (so far) learn really quickly will still be there when I need it during training!

How is it having a male trainer? I doubt I'll take the time needed to wait for a female trainer, although I WILL wait for a non-smoking one. I've ridden in super close quarters for months at a time on a tour bus with musicians, but you at least have space to walk around and you can stay in your bunk if you want privacy. I'm hoping any trainer I have will let me do a lot of driving and will give me pointers along the way.

Keep posting! I'm reading everything and filing it away in my brain for future use!

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Listen to Daniel B. And Ken. The 3 of us are all instructor/trainers with prime.

As far as backing goes we all have good an bad day's. Sometimes you can one shot a really tight spot. And other days you can't back into a spot with 6 spaces open on either side of you.

G-Town's Comment
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I believe Swift's most recent acquisition was Digby out of Denver. Digby includes Digby, Navajo Express, Cargo Express and one other. Can't think of the name. White tractor with gold trim. Gonna bug me now.

The Digby acquisition in 2011 did not include Navajo Express. Navajo Express is privately owned by Donald Digby (www.navajoexpress.com) and based in Denver CO. SWIFT then acquired Central Refrigerated Transportation in August of 2013. Even thoughCentral was previously owned by the Moyes (Jerry) family, it was separate company. Most recent "major" acquisition was Star Transportation in October of 2013.

Jason V.'s Comment
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Backing is an art form to some degree. More about setting up than actually backing. There are days it's so easy you wonder how you ever had trouble with it and other days it's so frustrating to get an easy spot. All part of the game. For a real challenge, try docking at some Wal-Mart docks. I've seen drivers take 30+ minutes to bump. Make sure to respond to where the tandems are going to be rather than where they are.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Errol V.'s Comment
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Backing is an art form to some degree. More about setting up than actually backing. There are days it's so easy you wonder how you ever had trouble with it and other days it's so frustrating to get an easy spot. All part of the game. For a real challenge, try docking at some Wal-Mart docks. I've seen drivers take 30+ minutes to bump. Make sure to respond to where the tandems are going to be rather than where they are.

Yes, Jason. One day I at the terminal I backed in so neat I wish I could make an instructional video: 45 degrees, sight side, no pull ups. The very next day, I tried two empty slots before I could get the trailer in.

"Some" WM docks? Most of the newer ones (last ten years or so) are made for truckers. They all can be turned into straight back, maybe with a little offset, but no biggie.

But, do watch those tandems, not the back end of the trailer. The tandems will get the message in about ten feet from where you start. (Meaning you turn & set the steers, then start backing. The tandems will take about ten feet before you see them move like you want them to.)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Listen to Daniel B. And Ken. The 3 of us are all instructor/trainers with prime.

As far as backing goes we all have good an bad day's. Sometimes you can one shot a really tight spot. And other days you can't back into a spot with 6 spaces open on either side of you.

If only Daniel B. would stop being so quiet and speak up more often..

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