Refridgerators, APU's, And Sat TV As Company Perks Pre-installed In Their Tractors

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G-Town's Comment
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Our objective is to focus on helping newbies, students and entry level drivers get a solid start in trucking. Thanks Please keep that in mind. Thank you.

Bird 's Comment
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But he was specifically answering usmc aav's question who is an experienced driver. He said he himself was curious. I see nothing wrong with his response Daniels response. Nowhere did it specifically target entry level drivers nor can an entry level driver apply for the company as he mentioned. We have just as many experienced drivers on this site as we do entry level.

G-Town's Comment
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Brian wrote:

But he was specifically answering usmc aav's question who is an experienced driver. He said he himself was curious. I see nothing wrong with his response Daniels response. Nowhere did it specifically target entry level drivers nor can an entry level driver apply for the company as he mentioned. We have just as many experienced drivers on this site as we do entry level.

Yes, I understand that...

My suggestion to him is more holistic in context; not specifically “just” about this thread.

If I need any help moderating the forum, I’ll be sure to let you know. Thanks.

Bird 's Comment
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Wasn't about helping anybody moderate. Daniel simply responsed with a question asked and was shot down because you don't agree with something his company offers. Which wasnt geared at all to newbies, students, or entry level drivers in any context. Had the post been "rookie driver looking for great starter company than I would agree" There have absolutely been conversations prior to this one on this thread that weren't exactly geard towards entry level drivets either. I stand by what I said.

G-Town's Comment
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Wasn't about helping anybody moderate. Daniel simply responsed with a question asked and was shot down because you don't agree with something his company offers. Which wasnt geared at all to newbies, students, or entry level drivers in any context. Had the post been "rookie driver looking for great starter company than I would agree" There have absolutely been conversations prior to this one on this thread that weren't exactly geard towards entry level drivets either. I stand by what I said.

Look Brian...

Again I understand your point...I made that clear in my previous reply to you. So there is no need to restate what is obvious.

Daniel is a recruiter and has made 11 total posts. My statement was a “big picture” attempt to help him understand the primary mission of this forum, and it had everything to do with my role as Moderator providing guidance to a relatively new member.

Steve S.'s Comment
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The above posters are correct in what they said about the left coast. As a retired LE, having worked both coasts of the country, I can tell you, there are laws on the books that says if driving on a interstate or multi lane intrastate hwy and traffic is impeded (backing up), a fine of $500 - $1500 and / or 3 - 5 pt. citation is possible. On I-5 north in CA, WA , a vast majority of company drivers, could be possibly stopped, due to 62-68 mph equipment. It doesn't give exception for company set truck speed restrictions or driver safety consciousness. Is it right, reasonable, prudent or does it make common sense? I believe the answer depends on the time and place.

I whole heartedly agree 70 is too fast for a majority of new and some experienced drivers, especially around LA, SF, Seattle. Sometimes 50mph is too much.

I get rattled at times with that traffic congestion, the impaired, dostracted, uninformed drivers, drivers who think driving is a combative video game, or a competition. I've been CDL/ Commercial chauffeur cert'd since 1973, and still have times of physical and psychological panic and dispair.

The subject of the OP was vehicle setup and extras for the comfort and wellbeing of drivers. The speed question is for another time and place. This is the most informative site out here on the web, and one of the finest tools new and old (experienced) drivers have as a resource. I gain new insight and knowledge every time I drop by. The other site also has good and bad, but TR is the premier source for becoming the best driver, you can be.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Intrastate:

The act of purchasers and sellers transacting business while keeping all transactions in a single state, without crossing state lines to do so.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Millis Transfer has APU’s, sat radio & TV, etc. If you scroll through to the bottom of the link, it lists all their perks.

I’m with Prime & got a great deal on a fridge & microwave from a driver that was leaving. I have an inverter & APU. Available satellite radio but with free app based platforms, don’t need it. I use Spotify. I get free national weather station on truck radio. Don’t watch TV, sometimes I barely have time to keep up with this forum.

As Rainy stated, the points program here at Prime helps plenty. I just picked up my Blue Tiger Elite headset for $6. They sell them here for $98 compared to $139 at the truck stops & I had $89 in points.

Just wanted to clear this up a little, Millis doesn't have APU's but 1800w inverters and free to idle policy. They do however have 24" flat screen with direct tv and sirius xm radio paid for by the company, and a fridge. Now in saying you can idle as much as you like, idling too much can affect the fuel bonus program they have so it really is up to you.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

APU:

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.

APU's:

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I scanned all the comments and, unless I missed it, TMC, the flatbedders out of Iowa, have their trucks set up with a lot of goodies.

I drive for Schneider, and I had to fight just to get a truck with electric start and not a crank.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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I scanned all the comments and, unless I missed it, TMC, the flatbedders out of Iowa, have their trucks set up with a lot of goodies.

I drive for Schneider, and I had to fight just to get a truck with electric start and not a crank.

Im sure Solo can fill us in on TMCs goodies.

Crank Start!!

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PackRat's Comment
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When I was at Millis, the more fuel you burned, the more the fuel bonus was. Must have changed?

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