Items You May Have To Purchase

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tarheel59's Comment
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Hi everyone, got a question. Are there certain items you have to purchase when you go solo? Chains, load locks etc I am talking about dry van and reefer. I know flatbed has straps, chains, and tarps. Do all companies do this. I have read on here about certain companies and having to pay back money owed on certain items. Just curious. Thanks

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Depends on the company. Prime for example, if going reefer you have to buy tire chains and a couple load locks (unless your trainer have you a couple to get you started). They will take it out in payments of $25/wk until paid off.

I believe many companies just give you chains though. I have never paid for load locks, I always scavenge drop trailers to get a couple if I lose any.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Last Shadow's Comment
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Tarheel, d only thing I had to buy was locks, d trucks in Shaffer must have 2 load locks, if not you buy them but submit ur receipt n get the $$ back on ur next paycheck, if u have to leave them due to not braking the seal n is a drop, u buy them again n turn in d receipt n get ur $$, check with ur DM or terminal manager to make sure ur not using ur own hard earn money,.....out

Hi everyone, got a question. Are there certain items you have to purchase when you go solo? Chains, load locks etc I am talking about dry van and reefer. I know flatbed has straps, chains, and tarps. Do all companies do this. I have read on here about certain companies and having to pay back money owed on certain items. Just curious. Thanks

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Idaho noob 's Comment
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Depends on company. At Swift when you get your truck you inspect it and write down what you need and visit the parts desk. Get new chains for free, get yourself 4 load locks for free as well some spare wiper blades spare fuses and headlight bulb.

If you do have to buy load locks send a message to ur DM first to get approval then just scan receipt for $ back on payday.

Stuff they don't provide you'll want a heavy duty push broom just bungee it to the back of the cab... buy 2 gallons of washer fluid and keep jugs to refill and a jug of oil. One or two pair of gloves only for fueling. Then a pair of gloves for everything else. Uhh hand sanitizer lots of it! Windex for mirrors. Standard crap, PPE hard hat, boots, reflective vest and safety gogglespecially.

List stuff you pay for and want

PPE- high visibility vest, gloves, goggles, boots, hard hat Push broom Windex Paper towels Washer fluid for the jugs Gallon of oil keep jug Fueling gloves Working gloves Pens Accordion folder for bills of lading Stapler Staple remover Office orginazizers Sterlite plastic shelves (handy in cascadia for misc stuff and organizing small snacks!) Small notebook to write down trip information (pick up # etc)

List goes on just stuff to make your life easier

I'm buying a cordless leaf blower I'm sick of sweeping dirty trailers that lazy half ton drivers left messy >:]

Hi everyone, got a question. Are there certain items you have to purchase when you go solo? Chains, load locks etc I am talking about dry van and reefer. I know flatbed has straps, chains, and tarps. Do all companies do this. I have read on here about certain companies and having to pay back money owed on certain items. Just curious. Thanks

Dm:

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

tarheel59's Comment
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Thanks guys for all in the input

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Idaho noob mentioned things to bring with you on the road so I just wanted to point out that we have several resources for things you'll want to either bring or consider bringing with you:

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Swift buys washer fluid. And everything else that's used solely for the truck. If it's over $20 get a PO# first then scan the receipt with the trip.

B Y 's Comment
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I didn't buy anything with Maverick. The reefer truck is assigned 4 load locks, 3 sets of chains, push broom. We were issued hi-vis vest, hard hat, pair of gloves, etc. The only thing I'd have to buy if I wanted it would be a kingpin lock. Can't believe some companies make you pay for all that stuff.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Bryan's disbelief:

Can't believe some companies make you pay for all that {equipment}.

You own it because when it's yours you don't lose something and say "Oh, well. Can I have another?"

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