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Ruminator's Comment
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I can't really chime in about the smoking part of the truck..A non-smoker previously had it I believe.....but when I got my truck, everything looked okay except for the mattress. It appeared clean but it looked like it had an indent in it like a 1000 lb elephant sat on it....also, im a big Bed Bug fanatic.....I go over any mattress I sleep on carefully and look for any possible evidence of bed bug infestation. Mattress appeared to be ok but you never know. Don't think they "steam clean" them or anything close to that.......

Anyway, I was considering secretly switching out mattress with another truck at terminal that was unlocked and not assigned to anyone...but I wasn't all that comfortable with doing that...(I'll be just passing it on to someone else, and that's not right)..... well I casually mentioned what I was thinking of doing(jokingly) to the mechanic who was going over my truck with me....and he said......hey we have brand new mattresses in stock, I'll grab one for you...all you had to do is ask...alright I got a brand new still in plastic wrapper mattress....He said stuff like that is not a problem when you first get your truck but if I wanted one say a month later for whatever reason than I probably wouldn't get one....for free...anyways. It would cost me...

It helped that I knew what Truck I was getting the day before the official introduction....So I was able to quietly look it over beforehand....For damages and such they give u a checklist sheet to use to make sure everything is ok but there was no line that read....Is Mattress to your liking?

Anyway, Don't be afraid to ask have stuff changed or fixed or even cleaned when you get your truck.......Be finicky.....its gonna be your second home.....actually for most its your "first" home....I know that I spend more time in my truck than I do at my own house....and most of us here would certainly agree to that....


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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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One time I was sent with another driver to pick up a truck that was parked on the side of the road. They didn't give us any details as to why it had been abandoned. When we got there we saw that a gigantic bird had gone right through the windshield and into the cab on the passenger side. The windshield was busted out and there was blood and feathers everywhere. We called dispatch and told em to send a tow truck. Oh well.


Double Barrel 's Comment
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There's a thread titled "recover a truck" that got me wondering. What is the nastiest thing you've encountered when getting into a "new" truck that had been assigned to another driver before you? The truck i was assigned was fairly clean but smelled like cigarette smoke. I don't smoke so i try to drive with windows down to help air it out. Any horror stories you'd care to share?

I am an ex-smoker and currently have a truck that was reeking of smoke. I'm allergic to cigarette smoke. My suggestion is that you purchase some organic orange oil air freshener or that Ozium air neutralizer and spray it everywhere even on all the vinyl/plastic inside of your truck. Keep the windows down for a while as you have been doing. Also, wipe down everything inside your truck after spraying the organic air freshener or neutralizer. Hope this helps.

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