Deliver Early.

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Gladhand's Comment
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Got a load going to Ashton, IL. It's 1400 miles from where I am at and doesn't deliver till 5 days later and it is a drop. I am running recaps so I might do a 34 tomorrow, but I will still be early with the way I usually like to drive. Anyways besides all that how do you guys usually go about moving an appointment up?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Got a load going to Ashton, IL. It's 1400 miles from where I am at and doesn't deliver till 5 days later and it is a drop. I am running recaps so I might do a 34 tomorrow, but I will still be early with the way I usually like to drive. Anyways besides all that how do you guys usually go about moving an appointment up?

I just call the customer directly. Even with dh they might not accept you due to not enough room in the yard. Also... I call different shifts. Call at 10am then 10pm hahha.. if night shift approves it then roll in at night.

Old School's Comment
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I love Rainy's suggestion. I did this once - I called and the security guard would not take me early. I parked down the street and watched until I saw the shift change. I called into the new guard on duty, and he said "No problem, we're kind of slow now anyway, come on in."

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I love Rainy's suggestion. I did this once - I called and the security guard would not take me early. I parked down the street and watched until I saw the shift change. I called into the new guard on duty, and he said "No problem, we're kind of slow now anyway, come on in."

LOL. Awsome Old School.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hahhaha I did EXACTLY that hahahh. Ya know what... I even told the night shift the day shift wouldn't take me.... after I was accepted of course. He told me "that's cause they are bums. If you ever need unload ... just call and ask for me after 7pm. I'm mike" hahha

Farmerbob1's Comment
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Got a load going to Ashton, IL. It's 1400 miles from where I am at and doesn't deliver till 5 days later and it is a drop. I am running recaps so I might do a 34 tomorrow, but I will still be early with the way I usually like to drive. Anyways besides all that how do you guys usually go about moving an appointment up?

Call Planner with trip plan in hand, or in my head. Explain situation. Hope for a repower when I get near final.

Pianoman's Comment
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Got a load going to Ashton, IL. It's 1400 miles from where I am at and doesn't deliver till 5 days later and it is a drop. I am running recaps so I might do a 34 tomorrow, but I will still be early with the way I usually like to drive. Anyways besides all that how do you guys usually go about moving an appointment up?

You work for Swift right? Give dispatch your ETA to final and ask for a t-call or early delivery. Chances are, with a long trip like that, you're probably going through multiple terminals and/or drop yards.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I'd wait til after the 34 and once you are as close as possible. Certainly do t want to move it up then the truck break down.. blowout.. somethi g that interferes and make u late.

Buster's Buddy's Comment
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I generally do what several others have mentioned. I drive to within an hour of the location, then call directly.

Over 4th of July weekend I picked up a load Friday morning that was going 1000 miles and not scheduled for delivery in Baltimore until Tuesday morning. In that instance I called right after getting the load. As I expected the company was closed for the long weekend so there was no chance for early delivery. In that case I just moseyed my way there so I didn't have to pay for parking for several days. I would have done a reset but I was highlited for home so I didn't need one. It was quite a change to drive a few hours then stop for a while. I used the opportunity to check out in person a number of different rest areas and truck stops.

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