Truck Washing

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tripletdad's Comment
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so it's probably not really an important question, but I'll ask anyway... Who pays for a truck wash? I see that tmc mentions that they pay for a wash once a week, but that's the only company I have seen mention it. I usually like to drive in a clean car, and figure that would extend to wanting a clean truck, too. I just wonot want to pay $50 a week to wash a company truck... what are the normal rules in this? just signed a contract with roehl, btw.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Every company is different to be honest. Once you're out on the road, take a listen on the radio and you'll hear some of the mom and pop truck washes advertising their location. They do great work and aren't nearly as expensive as say Blue Beacon. Sometimes $20- $25 for the tractor

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Every time I take the truck back to the yard, the shop washes it for me. I never bother with washing it on the road. With all the dirt lots, mud, rain, snow and salt out there, it will just get dirty again almost immediately anyway.

Besides, I kind of like the look of a severely filthy truck. If a had a big 4x4 pickup, I would totally go mudding in it then drive around town looking like a big brown blob.

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RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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I'm the same way, 3dad....my Nissan Armada is black with brush bars and the whole nine yards (spot lights etc) so I like it spic n span, even after going on a dirtayyyy trail. The interior of my boy is super clean too.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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I can tell you that Werner pays for a truck wash once a month. I can't say what other companies do

Errol V.'s Comment
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Swift has a truck wash, with the spinning brushes, but no flashy "hot wax" lights, in most larger terminals. The brushes are sized to wash the trailer, too.

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.

TailGunner (Ken M)'s Comment
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If your Company doesn't pay for a truck wash, don't pay for it yourself, unless they will reimburse you for it. Keep the inside clean where you live, but the outside is their responsibility. And if they won't pay for it to be washed, I would look for a different employer.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Prime pays for them for company drivers, I'm not sure how often we can wash them though. I usually do once a month and a little more frequently in the winter (It's not good to leave salt on your vehicle) and they've never said anything. I always do it when I'm getting a washout (which is rare, I'm quite the sweeper) and will wash the trailer too.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Prime pays for them for company drivers, I'm not sure how often we can wash them though. I usually do once a month and a little more frequently in the winter

Prime will pay for a truck wash every two weeks. They will not however pay for anything extra (like engine cleaning, under carriage etc). They also will not pay for rain ex treatment (I as a lease op would pay for all the extra's because I can't stand having a dirty truck going down the road).

When I was with JB Hunt, they would not pay for a truck wash. You could however get a truck wash if you went through a terminal (provided the wash bay was operational at the time, which was rare).

So it depends on your employer as to what the wash policy for them will be.

Ernie

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.

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