Opt Idle

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Wind's Comment
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So I'm in my mentors truck, he's at home asleep, and he showed me how to put the truck in opt idle. The engine is turning on and off and it's working but all the lights on the gauges are on. Is there a way to shut those off to preserve battery, I don't remember those lights being on when he put it in opt idle. It's a 2015 freightliner

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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They will be on as long as the Optimized Idle is engaged. Since the motor is cycling (running and then stopping itself), you don't have to worry about the batteries going dead.

Wind's Comment
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Thank you very much now I can sleep in peace lol

They will be on as long as the Optimized Idle is engaged. Since the motor is cycling (running and then stopping itself), you don't have to worry about the batteries going dead.

PackRat's Comment
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Me too! Night, night.good-luck.gif

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm a little stunned that he's at home and you're staying in the truck. Is that a common occurrence? At my company, when I'm home (like now) my trainee is staying at a nice hotel with indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, full breakfast daily, free shuttle to wherever she cares to go around town, etc. I can't imagine leaving a trainee sitting in a truck while I'm enjoying time off.

Retired Army (soon)'s Comment
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When I read this the first time, I was kinda of left wondering the same thing to be honest...

PackRat's Comment
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At least the trainet left a spare key!rofl-2.gifrofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

Susan D. 's Comment
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PakRat, that's just WRONG lol. I once had a trainee who mentioned going into training at another company (can't remember which trainee or company) where they were forced to stay in the trainer's truck (bobtail) in his driveway. Trainer and his wife apparently argued constantly putting the trainee in a very awkward situation and they left that company. Just a shame that crap like that happens.

Just craziness. Didn't mean to hijack the Opti idle question. Easy to use in a Freightliner. Start truck, place shifter in high neutral, turn cruise to "on" and don't bump that gear shift lol. Truck will run and shut off as necessary to keep everything nice and charged up.

I hope trainer left you 2 keys... One to leave in the ignition and one to carry and get back into the truck if you get out to get food or use facilities. I'd also ask your company's training/student coordinator about this practice of leaving you like that.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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At prime the trainers can leave the trainee on the truck. If the trainee is on the truck, the trainee is considered working, as in available for dispatch. Therefore, they get paid. If on a lease truck, the lease op trainer could pay for a a hotel room, but the trainee would not get paid.

i parked at the terminal left the trainee on the truck.and got myself a hotel for the weekend. we got a break and he got paid, although i didnt. when i go home, i drop the trainee off go home and then go back to pick them up.

i have also gotten jacuzzi suites with 2 beds and had the trainee come with me. if we share a rolling closet, we can share a suite lol

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Btw both my 2015 and 2016 FM had dash dimmer switches next to the steering column. plus and minus signs on them.

Fm:

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.
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