Errol Is In The House!

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Errol, Any new updates on the Drive Away job? I'm sure I am not the only one waiting with baited breath!

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Well I seem to lurk more than post these days.

As for truck delivery, the fun part is I drive a brand new truck every trip. Then I fly back to the factory terminal fot another new truck set. The bad news is I'm responsible for taking these apart. For a load of three or four, that's 4-8 hours. Outside. And my last delivery, last week, was Wausau, WI, temperature was MINUS 10. Ow!

0649926001549246427.jpgThat's water/ice in my mustache!!

So I pointed out to my DM that my last trips were to Fargo ND, Minneapolis MN, and Wausau. (Needless to say I pack serious cold weather gear & work gloves.) I guess she heard me. I'm on my first long ($$) trip from the Virginia Volvo plant to Yakima, WA.

Life on this road includes paying for fuel, and buying hotels nightly. Rules are I cannot sleep in the sleeper - and I often need to drive day-cabs anyway. Yes, the company does pay enough to cover these expenses.

Either the receiver has a hoist, or they call a wrecker to the lifting to help separate the units.

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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.

Dm:

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.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Sounds like you are earning your money! Thanks for the update.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Oh, two advantages of having to stay at hotels: the bathroom is right there, and you don't have to fight for or get creative in finding a parking spot at a truck stop.

A disadvantage: finding hotels that have parking space for a truck. But they're out there.

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Old School's Comment
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That's an awesome photo of the beardcicles!

G-Town's Comment
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Santa...?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Santa...?

Yeah, call me Santa Froze

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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When you go to Volvo, who do you deal with? In my old job I would bring them their paint jigs.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Big Scott wonders:

When you go to Volvo, who do you deal with? In my old job I would bring them their paint jigs.

Our operations actually off Volvo property. The trucks are driven to our property, where we modify them so they can be "decked" or stacked so we can take groups of them at one time.

So I don't deal with anybody but TruckMovers people.

PackRat's Comment
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Santa...?

That's exactly what popped in my head, too!

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