Marten Transport

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Boss's Comment
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Good evening Drivers, anyone has info GOOD vs BAD on this company? Such as APU and ect.. Trying to help a fellow driver out on his difficult decision to join the company.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I honestly can't tell you on the APU question but I think they have them. As far as an over all company, I've spoken with several of their drivers and they've all had good things to say. They get good miles, pay well and run a nice fleet. Everything else is pretty much on the driver, that reputation is everything.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Boss's Comment
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I honestly can't tell you on the APU question but I think they have them. As far as an over all company, I've spoken with several of their drivers and they've all had good things to say. They get good miles, pay well and run a nice fleet. Everything else is pretty much on the driver, that reputation is everything.

Thanks

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Jolie R.'s Comment
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I currently work for Marten Transport as a local driver but know drivers that are regional and otr. Their sleeper trucks are equipped with an APU. If there are other questions you have specifically let me know and I will be happy to answer if I am able.

I have made good money working for them as a local driver, but doubt I would continue to work here if I were to go back otr. A part of that is due to the fact they pay on length of haul and I would prefer to be paid the same cmp on all loads as it is easier to keep track of what I should be paid. As a local driver I am paid a flat daily rate plus cmp which does not vary. The company will automatically set a driver up to accept per diem pay and I am not sure if it is possible to opt out if one should choose to do so. Miles paid are based on zip code to zip code which can at times be detrimental to the driver (think driving in the Chicago area).

Their breakdown and detention pay is excellent at $20/hour and I have never had any hoops to jump through to get it other than putting in and out times on my bills which is no big deal.

Any others questions let me know!

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

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