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Dominic P.'s Comment
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As I am starting with Werner I have a question about. Trucks. I have a good idea about the big three. The Petes the KWs and the Freightliner but what about. The volvos and prostars.I hear people say they do not like them. But never say. why. So. What is so bad about the. Volvos and the prostars that make them so bad?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I have no problem with Volvos. Their turning radius is legendary! So Volvos are good in my book.

I've never had an international but every person I talked to at Central that did have one broke on them. They ended up getting a different truck instead because it kept breaking. I've talked to at least 6 Central drivers that said they'll never have one again because of the constant problems. At our central yard we have at least 200 internationals just sitting there that will be turned in, central instead getting new ones anymore. However, you can't really trust the complaints of truckers. I mean, they complain about EVERYTHING! Nothing is more satisfying to a trucker than complaining. Having said that, I don't think you should base your opinion on what they say.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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you can't really trust the complaints of truckers. I mean, they complain about EVERYTHING! Nothing is more satisfying to a trucker than complaining

Amen to that!

Yeah, I've never had the newer Internationals but I always loved the Volvos. Great ride, great steering radius as Daniel mentioned, plenty of room inside. Real nice trucks.

Tim L.'s Comment
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The FFE drivers I have spoken with tell me the odds of getting anything other than a Freightliner Cascadia are very slim. They tell me they do run Pro Stars, but not many, and they go to lease operators more than new drivers.

I am glad I won't likely receive a Pro Star if they are truly unreliable, but really, at this point, I just want to be in a truck, LOL.

Can't wait for Monday when I start the academy.

Dominic P.'s Comment
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I have driven the Freightliner and the volvo. I like the Volvo, think it would be great for a first truck. But at this point compleeting my training and being safe. Is top of the list, but I do like the Idea of a few of the better trucks

alongtimecomin(Steve Thom's Comment
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I drove the Volvo 670 & 780 along with a Pete 387 at the last company. With this company I have driven the Freighliner cascadia and the prostar. Like different things about each. But, overall I will take my prostar any day.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Maybe some of the more experienced drivers could give us a list of "pros" and "cons" of each model they've driven...

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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In school I have driving Freightliners Cascadias and Columbias, Ford Aeromaxes, and International day cabs. I also drove a few Sterlings. In my humble opinion I like the dashboard set up of the Internationals and have seen the inside of one of my company's Prostars and it seemed a bit small compared to the Freightliners. The Kenworth T200 (my uncles truck) has a heck of a lot of room. The 660s and any of the long extended hoods are smaller inside from what others have told me. I am going to a company that has Internationals and Freightliners. I will be okay with either, honestly. I'm not putting in a microwave, TV, etc., but my wife will be with me, so just need a bed big enough for both of us. I have never seen the inside of a Peterbilt, Mack, or Volvo. So, I can't speak to those.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
James925's Comment
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I've only known Internationals, and man when they ran correctly, I had no problems. Pulled great, good turning radius, decent size inside (I'm only 5'7 so take that with a grain of salt) and had easy to read instruments. But when they broke down...I was guaranteed a three day rest at minimum...if I ever go back into trucking, I will protest very loudly if they try to stick me in another International.

RedGator's Comment
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I trained in a volvo. Only down fall is the blinker doesnt stay on. I drove a freightshaker for months both columbia and classic. Loved the space put it pulls like crap on mountains. But Its an awesome starter truck. Really easy. Now I drive a KW T660. No damn room and it has tons of blind spots but it drives oh so well and backs up in a pinch just gotta open the door to see. Not a rookie truck for sure but its a nice truck and made for men lol Cause a woman needs more space;)

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