How's Your Truck Holding Up?

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The Breeze's Comment
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I figured it would be fun to see what trucks you guys are driving and how they're holding up. I'll start out, I drive for Swift and have a 2013 Cascadia, it's actually a rebadged Central Refrigerated truck. Right now I'm sitting at a shop and they're chasing down electrical gremlins with a turn signal that works intermittently. Sometimes I regret giving up my 2016 Freightliner automatic that I had for 6 months with zero problems, but then again I like my 13sp and my truck has a fridge in it so I can't really complain.

But anyway, have at guys and gals.


Sambo's Comment
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2013 volvo vn 670, runs great, no fridge though 😑

ChickieMonster's Comment
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2013 KW T680 with 387k miles. Had a couple of small issues so far. Engine fan clutch, leaky water pump and a DEF system problem. None of which took more than 2 days to fix.

We been together for over 70k miles and I don't have any complaints!

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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2015 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution. 10 speed manual transmission, refrigerator, APU , DD15 engine. Just turned over 290,000 miles.

Have had a couple of issues with the APU, all minor. Currently having issues with the under bunk heater (which will get taken care of once I go back out).

Overall, have not had too many issues. I picked this truck up when I came back to Prime this last February.



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.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Old truck-2013 international prostar. Turned it in at 340k miles didn't have a single problem the entire 8 or 9 months I ran it. New truck-2016 international prostar. Picked it up with 240 miles on it, I'm up to 43040 and haven't had a single problem with it either.

Joseph D.'s Comment
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2010 International Transpro day cab. 250,000+ miles. It's currently getting an air leak fixed and the breaks need a little work. Other then that it runs pretty well. It's very far from luxurious lol.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Kemo's Comment
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1994 Kenworth T600 13speed Detroit Series 60 4:27 gears (I think). 750,000 or 1,750,000 miles not sure if it rolled over or not ha ha. Turbo seals blew out this summer pulling 25 minute rounds loaded up the mountain. I was glad to hear later I wasn't the only one that had blown out a turbo on that job. Had the radiator cap go bad....that's it in over a year *knocks on wood*. Everything else was stuff that needed to be done from when I bought it and all pretty minor stuff. ( most driven out of our trucks )

our '01 and '98 Kenworth T800's Detroit Series 60 10sp with either 500k/700k or 1,500k/1,700k are currently getting beat up on a rough job the past month. Lots of stuff goin on with them now but have been good runners and didn't need much prior to. bought in may of last year. I'm beginning to wonder what our profit margin is with having to swap out one truck for the other every week. One gets released from the shop, other one has to go a seemingly never ending cycle and different issue every time.

1998 Western Star 3406e Cat (least driven) Has always had a lighting issue where the running lights want to pop on by themselves randomly even when parked. We were just disconnecting the batteries as part of the "end of day" routine since we/mechs can't get that figured out, we need to install cut off switches for all the trucks still.

Jason T.'s Comment
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1996 international paystar 500k no problems 13 speed

Phox's Comment
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2016 Volvo something (not sure what kind of volvo it is, one of the smaller ones 600 something i think) automatic with about 55k miles.

No major issues except batteries don't hold charge for very long and stupid home terminal shop won't admit somethings wrong and fix it. trying to tell me bunk fans are not supposed to be run with truck off... when else would I use them... if truck is on i'll use the a/c.


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.


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.
Old Roadie's Comment
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2016 Freightliner Columbia Glider Kit, midroof, Detroit Series 60 dual fuel engine. Had to have both steer tires replaced a couple nights ago. Developed a violent vibration anywhere above 64mph. Left side showed 18 ozs out of balance. Runnin' smooth now!

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