They Turned Me Loose!

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Roadpilot's Comment
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Well after 3 1/2 weeks, countless states and 20k miles I got dropped off in Columbus last Thursday to start the upgrade process. After a waiting out the weekend to finish, I was assigned my truck yesterday afternoon, a 2015 Freightliner Cascadia. This morning I got a load out of Columbus heading to Louisiana to start this great adventure. Pretty happy with the truck, I asked for a manual so I can keep getting proficient with shifting, I used an automatic for close quarter training......did not like it at all. So if anybody sees a slightly clueless rookie in Swift 151507, come over and say hi!

Also, question. Does anyone have a good way to get rid of the smoked in smell. The truck is in otherwise great condition but the odor is bothering me. I've been spraying Febreeze and I've wiped down most of the interior but there is still that lingering smell

Susan D. 's Comment
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Congratulations on going solo.

As far as smoke smell.. did they issue you a brand new mattress? Spray down the fabric on the seats with febreeze and wash EVERYTHING. Seriously I keep a Swiffer mop in my truck and mop my floors every few days. How about the curtains.. have they been washed on both sides?

I'm of those pesky smokers myself but I've had trainees who did not smoke. Me personally, I don't and don't allow any smoking in the sleeper, I keep the curtains closed, and always have one or both windows cracked open just a bit. That helps contain the smell and ensures bedding and clothing don't end up stinky.


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Big Scott's Comment
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Congratulations. Don't be afraid to ask for an extra set of eyes when backing. Stay safe. Good luck. I don't know what to do about the smoke, but if you have curtains make sure they are open when treated. My company has some kind of ionizer. I think there are things you cam buy in auto parts stores. Also, check with your maintenance department.

And if you see a CFI truck with Big Scott on the door, say hello.

Big T's Comment
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Make sure you clean all the glass real well. A car detailer friend taught me that. A lot of residue gets on the glass.

Serah D.'s Comment
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Congrats Roadpilot. You must have had a wonderful trainer. When I got my truck the stale cigarette odor was terrible. I cleaned everything and also used Bounce dryer sheets which I placed in every corner. Took awhile but my truck doesn't smell of stale cigs any more!

Roadpilot's Comment
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Thanks for all the tips guys!

I didn't even think about the curtains, so I'll have a project for my 30min brake tomorrow.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I got a smoked-in tractor once. Got a new mattress, sprayed Febreeze everywhere. In a few days the stink was gone.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations Roadpilot!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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If you want a really nice smelling truck buy Mint plants. Replant them in a larger container to keep them growing.

Put them on your passenger seat as you drive with the AC vents blasted right at the leaves.


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PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations to you!!! Get a new mattress, clean everything multiple times and drive with the windows down as often as possible

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