Truck Recovery After Abandonment

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Mik D.'s Comment
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Going to recover a company truck today, yea, driver quit and truck is at there house🤔🤔🤔🤔

Tractor Man's Comment
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I did that a couple of weeks ago. Hitched a ride from Phoenix to Yuma with another driver. 6 month old 2019 Volvo. Trashed and filthy! It was un f ing believable. I doubt the driver gets re hired by Swift. Some people are just incredible SLOBS!

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G-Town's Comment
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Mik is this your first VR?

Be prepared for a pigpen...like Tractor said. I’d bring a cleaning kit with you to at least sanatize the driver area.

Good luck!

PackRat's Comment
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Lysol, Clorox, fabreeze, rubber gloves and trash bags.good-luck.gif

G-Town's Comment
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Container of anti-bacterial wipes. Go over all of the touch points; especially the steering wheel.

Mik D.'s Comment
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Container of anti-bacterial wipes. Go over all of the touch points; especially the steering wheel.

First one, got bleach spray bottle and wipes..company is having me take rental car and letting me stay in hotel to pick up in morning so I don't have to sleep in it, and brought my gps..

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Heck...surgical gloves, scrubs and a face mask. Painters drop plastic to cover everything. Also a heavy jacket. My friend grabbed one with no window and it had BUGS!!!! i have pics somewhere he sent me. never did one, never want to.

good luck

Dan S.'s Comment
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Always amazes me how much crap some drivers have on their dash!!! My Lord if that's what your dash looks like? I don't EVEN won't to see the rest of your truck.

RealDiehl's Comment
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My very first truck was a recovery. I drove from Irving, TX to Bessemer, AL after upgrading earlier that day. Here's what I posted about it last March:

"It's been a rough couple weeks to the start of my solo career. After upgrading, I took a rental to Alabama from TX to pick up a "recovery". Basically, the former driver quit and left his truck at a Dollar General location. The truck was a mess: open bags of food, bottles of who knows what, trash and filth all over the place. Also, paperwork, clothes, and other personal items. Spent all day cleaning the truck. Check engine light was on, bumper was cracked, bunk heater didn't work and driver tech computer's GPS didn't work either (no navigation, and I had to manually enter my location for every change of status). Told Fleet Manager about all the issues. She asked me to pick up a load and she'd get me to a terminal for repairs. Wheels were locked up when I went to leave. Finally got moving. By this time I'd been up 40 hours straight. Picked up my load, which was only a few miles away, and headed for the terminal. Got a message asking me to take load to it's destination, then go to a terminal. I agreed since I'm new and refusal wouldn't look good. *delivered load* Slept on an exit ramp that night. Pulled into a Loves the following morning and noticed the fairing over the passenger side fuel tank was hanging off on one end. Called breakdown. They asked me to secure it temporarily until I could get to a shop. Secured it, went to the shop on a Saturday, and was told they wouldn't be able to look at it until Monday. On Monday, they temporarily fixed the fairing - with zip ties! - and sent me on my way. None of the other problems were addressed."

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dan S.'s Comment
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I attended college after retiring from the Corps, in what just so happened to the same town as the main terminal for Wiley Sanders Truck Lines.

They kept two or more semi retired career truck drivers sitting around just for recovering among other things abandoned trucks etc.

I always thought that would be something I might be interested in down the road?

After reading this thread? I'm having second thoughts?

I'm mean who would have thought recovering a six month old abandoned truck would involve a Level One decontamination, detox and echelon maintenance inspection?

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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.

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