Question About Swift Dedicated

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Kris F.'s Comment
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I have an offer for Swift dedicated, Post Cereal account out of Wilmington,IL or Costco account out of Morris,IL Does anyone have any information on them.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I drove on a Swift dedicated account for Georgia Pacific paper. I don't know what might be similar between yours and mine. Anything specific? I'll tell you what the GP account was like.

Kris F.'s Comment
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I was wondering do they use automatics? Are they drop and hook? How many days are you out?

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Kris F.'s Comment
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Also do you weigh the truck so you know if you are overweight? or do they know how to load so you are legal.

Kris F.'s Comment
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My recruiter just called and gave me more information. Thanks Errol

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Swift is mostly automatic now, and continuing to transition to all automatics. As far as weighing your loads, anytime I am over 36k in the box, I weigh, just to make sure my load is balanced. 2 of my last 3 loads put me over gross, one had 40,368 lbs in the box, which put me 2,800 lbs over weight. the other was only 40,144, and I was 800 lbs over gross. The first trailer was a 31 series, with skirts, and a Carrier Unit. The other was a 34 series, no skirts, and a Thermo King unit. But, generally speaking, if the load is 35k or under, there is usually no need to weigh it, unless you just want to balance the weights, for practice, and a generally smoother ride.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Kris, I assume your recruiter covered your questions. My assignment for me home every weekend, sometimes getting home on Saturday afternoon, and when everything was really loved up, I got in the door Friday afternoon!

Here's some downside: the mileage pay is a bit better than average OTR. But there's no layover or detention pay. This is a GP thing, but every once in a while I had to wait up to 24 hours for a shipment load to be ready.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Key City's Comment
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I’m from right around Wilmington. I grew up in Kankakee.

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