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Conservative's Comment
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Just out of curiosity, I would like to know what make and model of semi is the best in terms of comfort, controls, durability, and longevity. I was wandering around YouTube and heard a guy claim that freightliners breakdown more often than Pete's or is because their built with less sturdy construction . Not trying to start WW3 just wanting a general consensus. When I was working the truck gate, the Pete's and kws and occasionally a Volvo would catch my eye as an impressive looking truck but I'm not going for looks. The two companies I'm considering use Pete's, freightliners, and internationals.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Just out of curiosity, I would like to know what make and model of semi is the best in terms of comfort, controls, durability, and longevity. I was wandering around YouTube and heard a guy claim that freightliners breakdown more often than Pete's or is because their built with less sturdy construction . Not trying to start WW3 just wanting a general consensus. When I was working the truck gate, the Pete's and kws and occasionally a Volvo would catch my eye as an impressive looking truck but I'm not going for looks. The two companies I'm considering use Pete's, freightliners, and internationals.

Trucks ranked from best to worst that I have driven:

1. Kenworths 2. Peterbilts (Close 2nd) 3. Volvo’s 4. Freightliners aka Freightshakers 5. Internationals aka Intertrashionals (distant last)

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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If your company keeps their equipment well maintained, it won't matter what make or model they have. Everything is personal preference, just like cars. I have only been inside CFI's KW T680's. My only complaint is the way the table is and that it doesn't come with someone to cook and clean for me. Different companies can have different features in the same make and model truck.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I had two FL and I never once broke down being left anywhere. The one trucks starter got overheated when a student kept practicing backing ober a few hours, the starting restarting got the better of it.

Other than that.... I blew a headgasket in WY due to negative 40 temperatures. It gave me a derate 25% code, then started as normal after I waited 20 minutes. I drove 300 miles from Rawlins WY to my delivery then back to the SLC terminal.

The mechanic was amazed, but complimented me for maintaining the truck as well as i did.

As for the Pete i trained in, I hated it. i was too.short to see the hood.mirrors and pulling myself up but trying to reach the pedals was a nuisance. Backing was a pain with the longer snout.

The Volvos.and KW look great and comfy inside, but i never drove one. They still.have lomger looking snouts than my cascadia, so im not sure how i would like that.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The thing is, most of the time trucks don't break down, engines or their accessories break down. You can put almost any engine in any truck. So to say that one make is more or less reliable than another shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how trucks are put together.

I was wandering around YouTube and heard

Those words are the bane of our existence. I would be surprised if 10% of anything you'll hear on Youtube or Facebook is true at this point.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Back in the day a Mack was about as tough and reliable a truck you could want but Volvo seems to be destroying this once Iconic brand. Any Pete or Kw was seen as a luxury and gorgeous truck and still is. Freightliner has always been as good a truck as anything on the highway. Internationals were ok years ago but today they can't seem to stay running long enough to stay out of the shop and the IH mechanics can't seem to fix them. Companies buy a lot of them because they are less costly to purchase.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I have only been in Freightliners and Volvos, personally I prefer Freightliners we just got a few Kenworths at my terminal , I hope to drive one soon as they are the best looking truck to me. But it all depends on how your company builds and maintains them, a Freightliner can have the same engine as a Peterbilt or a Kenworth and no matter which one it's in it will likely have the same problems.

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.

Conservative's Comment
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Im 6ft 320 lbs . I have heard that freightliners have a taller cab that's easier to stand up in. Also, though a company might maintain their equipment, if one model is more prone to breakdowns, that means the driver might be spending more time at the shop to have a maintained truck. But I have no experience and probably won't be able to pick which one I get so it's mostly a hypothetical question.

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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In my T680 both of my over 6 foot tall step kids can stand in the front seat area as well as the rest of the cab.

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Just out of curiosity, I would like to know what make and model of semi is the best in terms of comfort, controls, durability, and longevity. I was wandering around YouTube and heard a guy claim that freightliners breakdown more often than Pete's or is because their built with less sturdy construction . Not trying to start WW3 just wanting a general consensus. When I was working the truck gate, the Pete's and kws and occasionally a Volvo would catch my eye as an impressive looking truck but I'm not going for looks. The two companies I'm considering use Pete's, freightliners, and internationals.

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Trucks ranked from best to worst that I have driven:

1. Kenworths 2. Peterbilts (Close 2nd) 3. Volvo’s 4. Freightliners aka Freightshakers 5. Internationals aka Intertrashionals (distant last)

I will take an International over a Freight shaker any day. My current truck purrs like a mountain lion. And my teeth don't rattle, going down the road.

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