Moving Truck While On A Reset And How To Idle

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Michael B.'s Comment
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So last weekend I was at the terminal in Utah on a 34 and I was parked by the driver lounge. I was going to have something looked at on my truck in the shop and was wondering, if I needed to drive to the shop to get work done or any reason I may need to move on a break how is that done without interrupting my service break? When it is driven it will automatically log me as the driver and reset my break no?

I am thinking about bringing a dog with me, my truck has the opti-idle with the auto shutdown. In cold it's ok as I have a bunk heater but summer? Different story. I am sitting in California right now and a few hours ago it was 67 outside but after about an hour with nothing on in the truck it was 82 inside the truck and I can't sleep when hot. I turned on the interior comfort feature which I gather will have the truck turn itself on and off automatically if you have the a/c turned on but it said it was disabled due to ambient temperature (I'm guessing it wasn't hot enough outside) anyone have this on their truck and how does it work? Since we can't set a thermostat for the ac how does it know when to start and stop and how do I get a comfy temp inside in the summer? The bunk heater has a digital thermostat so it's easy peasy and no need to idle cause it works great but if I can't keep it cool in the summertime I wont be able to handle it and surely wouldn't put a dog in here either.

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.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Michael, this may sound like a dumb?, but do you have the cab curtain closed? I have park smart opti idle on mine freightshaker, the climate control in summet sux if i dont clise the curtain twix sleeper and cab.

Also, if your system has the temp range, make sure those are adjusted properly.

Nothing worse than being too hot when the clock is running on the 10 hr...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big T's Comment
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Just driving to the shop from the lounge won't kick you on to the drive line. The terminal speed limit is too low. Now if you're driving around looking for a trailer you may end up driving far enough to trigger it. I had that happen once.

Also if the truck goes in the shop, especially while doing a 34, make sure you log out of the system. That way it doesn't switch you on duty while the mechanics are working on it.

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Short answer, ask your logs department. When mine goes in the shop and they take it to the dealer, it kicks me on and a call to logs fixes it. We don't have optidle or anything like that. Our trucks are programed to idle when the outside temp is above 70 and below 30. We'll, last night it was below 30 and the truck thought it was 40. I will have that fixed next time I'm in Joplin. In the mean time, I just push in the yellow, while hooked to a trailer and idle away.

G-Town's Comment
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Just driving to the shop from the lounge won't kick you on to the drive line. The terminal speed limit is too low. Now if you're driving around looking for a trailer you may end up driving far enough to trigger it. I had that happen once.

Also if the truck goes in the shop, especially while doing a 34, make sure you log out of the system. That way it doesn't switch you on duty while the mechanics are working on it.

Big T is correct. He is a Swift mentor and knows the process and procedure for handling this.

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.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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Hello, When I was on the road with Werner, I had the same question, and called the logs department because I wanted to see what they would say if I needed maintenance done, such as a PM, a 60 day, or other shop related work done. Their response was to send in my Macro 41 (maintenance request with where I was if at a truck stop or terminal), get my appointment time, and just before I go to the shop (terminal or truck stop), send in a free form message stating I was logging off my qualcomm for the shop appointment. Then when the work was done, and I was back in the parking spot hooked back up to the trailer (if I had one), log back into the qualcomm and answer no when asked if I wanted the time to show on my logs, then send in my macro stating the time and date the work was completed, after I made sure I was in the "off duty" line on the log. This way, my reset or 10 hour break was uninterrupted.

The best thing I can suggest would be to contact your logs/safety department and ask, then this way you will be in compliance with not only DOT , but your company policy.

Hope this helps. Chris

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Not sure what truck you have, but companies usually set it between 20 and 80 degrees. Hotter or colder will allow you to idle. You could also unplug the temp sensor in the mirror. It will make the check engine light come on, but that won't derate the engine. Not sure if it's wrong or right, I saw it on YouTube, I don't personally do it.

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