Recover A Truck

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Daniel C.'s Comment
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I am off to Salt Lake City to recover a truck. Has anyone done this before? Are the trucks usually nasty or clean?

Old School's Comment
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I've done it several times. Mine were all nasty, very nasty!

C. S.'s Comment
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Usually (not always) a truck that must be recovered was previously occupied by a driver who left the company on bad terms. You could find a truck that's completely fine, or it could be vandalized to varying degrees and even urinated/defecated in. Bring gloves, trash bags, disinfectant, and maybe nose plugs. Just in case.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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I've done it once, it was fairly clean. It depends on who had out and why it's being recovered. The guy who had the one I recovered, had emergency family leave and was just going to get a different truck when he came back. If it was someone who just quit and abandoned the truck, expect it to be nasty.

Bart's Comment
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I've done 2 recoveries, 1 for my first truck and 1 as a favor for my favorite dispatcher. Both were unbelievably disgusting. Not sure how people drive tractors that foul.


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.
Daniel C.'s Comment
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I made it to the truck and the key they gave me didn't work. The person I drove down with had a key, so it is good. Try to start it, batteries are dead. The apu won't even start. Waiting for road service now. The good news, it is clean inside.


Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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I am off to Salt Lake City to recover a truck. Has anyone done this before? Are the trucks usually nasty or clean?

I have recovered two trucks for Stevens Transport. Both were clean, the first empty, the second full of bags of stuff that the prior driver apparently no longer wanted or couldn't pack out, but the truck was otherwise clean.

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