Swift AC

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Phillip B.'s Comment
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I was just wandering if im able to use the air conditioner while shut down in swift trucks or the heat for that matter. If so how does it work

Tractor Man's Comment
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The engine must be running to use the A/C, just like your car. I believe that Swift trucks have a bunk heater that runs on diesel fuel. It will work with the engine off.

Rob S.'s Comment
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For heat, I use the bunk heater unless it's so cold that I need to keep the fuel from gelling. It works fine. For cooling, I ran as much as needed to be able to rest. The trucks can idle it's just that the company wants to save fuel. The only "punishment" is a message on Qualcomm that says either "thanks" or "please try harder". It's the driver's call though.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Bunk heater.

The bunk heater is good for heating cans of soup/ stew/ tamales too.

Pianoman's Comment
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Bunk heater.

The bunk heater is good for heating cans of soup/ stew/ tamales too.

Good idea! I'll have to try that

Phillip B.'s Comment
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Taking a vacation day Friday to do the online course thing. Any tips? Any tips on getting through Swift training?

Bunk heater.

The bunk heater is good for heating cans of soup/ stew/ tamales too.

Rob S.'s Comment
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The Swift online was terrible compared to what is here on The High Road. Do it because you are expected to but do The High Road also because you need to.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Amen to that Rob. I took the Swift online test several weeks ago. Narrator mispronounced things, misspelled words, everything out of order! But......being a Graduate of the TT Highroad University, I was mostly bored out of my skull during that 4-5 hours of my life I'll never get back. That's probably why I noticed all of the deficiencies! ( I believe your comment got posted to the wrong thread, but I had to reply. I felt the same way as you did)

Errol V.'s Comment
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Bunk heater.

The bunk heater is good for heating cans of soup/ stew/ tamales too.

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Good idea! I'll have to try that

Simply set the thermostat to about 80°. Make sure your can is right on the vent. (May need to stack a few - I use a plastic bowl, it won't get hot.)

Shake the can every few minutes. In 6-7 minutes, it's dinner with Chef Boyardee!

David L.'s Comment
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When we were with Swift, as a team, we often got congratulated for fuel savings...but our truck was only shut down at the fuel pumps or when we parked for a meal. I think our miles compensated the idle time. We don't use the bunk heater much as we are either driving or one is sleeping and the other attending our load...sitting up all night or day gets to be a drag. Both of our KW T680s have rear bunk controls so I'll be driving with the temp at 70 or so and Sean will be sleeping with it as cold as he can get it! Or vice-versa! Something we found that helps is to tuck a blanket along the edge of the top bunk and it hangs down for a second curtain...helps with heating/cooling and blocks more light that leaks through.

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