Goodbye Kenworth, Hello Freightliner

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Errol V.'s Comment
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The other day I was tooling down the interstate , delivering freight to America, and a message comes over the Qualcomm:

This tractor has been set up for trade. Please make contact with your driver leader on how this process works. Thank you.

Swift is selling my chariot out from under me!

When I got to the Memphis terminal , I got a 2015 Freightliner, standard for the company. An interesting thing: the truck has almost 49,000 miles, and the last 15 QC messages are all the same "Critical Event". I wonder what happened.

I parked both trucks next to each other and moved all my stuff. Took about 2 hours. After my 34 hour break at home, I'll be rolling in the standard white Swift Freightshaker.

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.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Dutch's Comment
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Errol, my guess is that there was no actual critical event at all, with that many showing on the display. Most likely the motion sensor that sets it off went bad, or possibly a glitch in the Qualcomm software. Either way, your truck probably just came out of the shop to take care of the issue. I absolutely love my 2016 Cascadia. My only issue, is that they made the dang thing so aerodynamic, rainwater just clings to the door mirrors and resists running off. In my older model Freightliners, I could use the heated mirror element to help evaporate the water, but in this new one, the water seems difficult to get rid of. I need to try some Rain x and see if there is enough airflow to get the beads to roll off.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Those KW's are such nice trucks though.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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There is less storage space - smaller cabinets, stuff like that in a Freightliner. I'm going to take a while massaging my truck stuff in.

Rob S.'s Comment
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I'm sorry Errol. A few months ago I had to give up my 2014 grey T680 for this 2016 Cascadia. I thought the storage was similar. The steering is really different though. The Cascadia is much quicker to respond. When I got used to it, backing became easier for me.

Pianoman's Comment
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That's too bad. Like Dutch, I too love my 16 Cascadia. The 15s aren't too different (besides being manual), are they?

murderspolywog's Comment
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Errol the critical event messgae will post every hour for the first 24 hours or intel you call safety and get it straitened out. Then it will stop posting. My bet is that the shop had something todo with it thought because when I got my brakes done I had all these hard brake messages when I got back to my truck talked to safety and explained that I was not driving the truck and it was in shop status at the time. The freightliner is not bad full size or half.

Pianoman's Comment
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I had all these hard brake messages...

Does a sensor in the camera cause those, or is there some sort of sensor in the barking system?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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I had all these hard brake messages...

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Does a sensor in the camera cause those, or is there some sort of sensor in the barking system?

Swift doesn't allow pets.

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The Qualcomm has a critical event sensor that can report braking and swerves to the dispatcher. Now the camera video goes out, too.

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.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pianoman's Comment
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I had all these hard brake messages...

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Does a sensor in the camera cause those, or is there some sort of sensor in the barking system?

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Swift doesn't allow pets.

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The Qualcomm has a critical event sensor that can report braking and swerves to the dispatcher. Now the camera video goes out, too.

Oops my bad on the typo rofl-3.gif

Interesting. I've never had a critical event in the three months I've been out here, and I just got the camera put in a couple days ago and it hasn't recorded anything yet. I must be a good driver haha.

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.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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