Information On Crete Trucks

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Carrie S.'s Comment
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I'm looking to join Crete Carrier and I have been told if I want a fridge that I have to pay them 500-600 for that and if there is not an invertor I also need to pay for that.. Is this normal for most carriers? Also was told the single deductible for insurance is $1,000 is this true?

6 string rhythm's Comment
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It really varies by the company. Keep in mind the size of inverter you're allowed to have in your truck at Crete / Shaffer. They'll let you know what it is. FYI, out of the majority of the companies I looked at when I was first researching the industry, none of them provided a refrigerator or inverter without some sort of extra fee. And usually the driver was responsible for buying said items and then being responsible for installation, or paying for installation of the fridge.

As a general rule of thumb, companies with trucks that have more bling and creature comfort will usually pay less cpm. That seems to be the trend. For example, compare Trans Am with Shaffer Trucking. You'll get more goodies with your company Trans Am truck, but they're paid a significant amount less cpm than Shaffer, and they're both pulling reefers. This is comparing the top rate for both respective companies. Same job, different equipment, different pay. Some drivers prefer a nicer truck to a nicer paycheck - it's all a matter of preference.

Even a difference of 5 cents is a difference of $125 dollars per week if you rack up 2500 miles. Something to consider. Crete's a great company to pull a dry van. They pay on the high end for truckload companies, and provide solid equipment. Their trucks might not come with some of the extra comforts some other companies provide, but they pay well.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

toonces's Comment
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I talked to a Crete recruiter that came to my school a couple of weeks ago. He said all of their new trucks come with 1500 watt inverters. Once they phase out all of the old trucks, every Crete truck will have an inverter. On the old trucks, you can use an inverter up to 400 watts, I believe. He made it sound like it would be unlikely to get one of the older trucks, though. He didn't say anything about having to pay for a specific fridge.

I'm looking to join Crete and I have been told if I want a fridge that I have to pay them 500-600 for that and if there is not an invertor I also need to pay for that.. Is this normal for most carriers? Also was told the single deductible for insurance is 1000 is this true?

Errol V.'s Comment
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6 String and toonces have the inverter situation covered. A more popular option is an iceless cooler. It runs off a 12v power plug. Igloo and Coleman make the most popular ones. Walmart has them for about $100, a lot less than a mini fridge.

miracleofmagick's Comment
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6 String and toonces have the inverter situation covered. A more popular option is an iceless cooler. It runs off a 12v power plug. Igloo and Coleman make the most popular ones. Walmart has them for about $100, a lot less than a mini fridge.

I'll second this. I have one of the iceless coolers and it works great. I got mine at s truck stop where they are a little more expensive than at Wal-Mart, but I used my points so i didn't pay anything out of pocket. In a way, you can say my company paid for it as the points were all earned on fuel they paid for.

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