Dedicated!!

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Pianoman's Comment
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I got on the Miller Coors dedicated fleet with Swift!! Super excited!!

For those who don't know, I tried to get on this fleet two months ago, got on the waiting list, and had a backing accident two weeks later and was taken off the waiting list. I was told I wouldn't be eligible again until at least November.

Well, last week I was at the Denver terminal and overheard a driver saying his truck was in the shop so he was going to have to wake someone up to use their sleeper (all the hotels were full). I offered my top bunk, not thinking anything of it. We started talking in the morning, and turns out he's on the Miller Coors fleet with the same DM I had talked to. Long story short, his driver manager needed drivers, so my new friend told me to call the manager first thing on Tuesday morning. I did and I got the job.

The nicest thing about this is that I should (hopefully) be able to get home more often to spend the night or take a 34. We'll see--I've already told my wife I'm not making any promises about seeing her more often, just in case. There are other perks too though. According to my new friend, the miles are great on this fleet. Obviously, that's an individual thing, but the way the trips are set up, I think it will be easier to achieve my mileage goals more consistently. I'm excited about more drop and hook too, although that comes with the challenge of finding empties--something I rarely have to worry about as a reefer driver (I once kept the same trailer for three consecutive weeks!).

I think the comraderie will be nice. I've already met two other drivers in this particular division of the fleet. There are only six driver leaders on this account and this is a national account, so I assume they each cover certain regions of the country. So it probably won't be long before I meet other drivers on my new DM's board.

Anyways, I just gotta finish this 2200 mile run I'm on and get a load out of Buffalo, NY, before they can start giving me beer loads. But my new DM went ahead and switched me over to his board this morning, so it's official! smile.gif

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.

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.

Driver Manager:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Deval Dragon's Comment
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Sometimes it does pay to be the nice guy! Congratulations!

MindFreak's Comment
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I had a couple of oilfield buddies that never understood why I always tried to joke around with people..it pays off. I made the guy running the mancamp laugh...on my next trip to west Texas..I call him from the Dallas airport and repeat what made him laugh so he could picture who I was..I asked if it would be possible to get a single room instead of one with bunk beds and a roommate..guess what...I did! Every time I was in Dallas I made the call and got the room...my buddies always had to share a room with someone else. Congratulations on the new gig! I hope it works out very well for you!!

Tractor Man's Comment
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Way to go Paul! CONGRATS!!

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Goes to show you, Never be a jerk on purpose. Good luck!

BTW :

We'll see--I've already told my wife I'm not making any promises about seeing her more often, just in case.

Even in context, this is quite a loaded sentence.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations Paul! Well played.

Pianoman's Comment
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Goes to show you, Never be a jerk on purpose. Good luck!

BTW :

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We'll see--I've already told my wife I'm not making any promises about seeing her more often, just in case.

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Even in context, this is quite a loaded sentence.

Well I'm just nervous about getting her hopes up. According to my DM , we still get hometime every two or three weeks but I should be in Denver once or twice a week. But since I live an hour north of Denver and don't have an extra car I'm afraid it won't be as easy to get home as I'm thinking. 34s don't count as hometime though, so I might be able to get home for a 34 once a week.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Pianoman's Comment
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Way to go Paul! CONGRATS!!

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Thanks Tractor Man!!

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Pianoman's Comment
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I had a couple of oilfield buddies that never understood why I always tried to joke around with people..it pays off. I made the guy running the mancamp laugh...on my next trip to west Texas..I call him from the Dallas airport and repeat what made him laugh so he could picture who I was..I asked if it would be possible to get a single room instead of one with bunk beds and a roommate..guess what...I did! Every time I was in Dallas I made the call and got the room...my buddies always had to share a room with someone else. Congratulations on the new gig! I hope it works out very well for you!!

Thanks! That's awesome--sometimes who you know can make all the difference.

Thanks Deval!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Paul watches his clock:

34s don't count as hometime though, so I might be able to get home for a 34 once a week.

Absolutely. You could also work your route to get by the house even for 10 hours. Make friends with the local truck stop!

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