Truck Recovery After Abandonment

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Tractor Man's Comment
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I hate to say it, but as a group we've certainly earned the lousy reputation we have in our society. It's not "a few bad apples" either. It's a ton of bad apples with a few good ones mixed in.

Brett, you beat me to the punch on that one. Unfortunately, you are right on the money.

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EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

KNOX's Comment
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I was asked a week back to do a recovery from Norfolk, NE to Chicago, OL (572 miles) and then they'd fly me back home.

My question is there: what is the going rate for something like that and how am I guaranteed the agreed upon dollar amount?

I am very new to the industry.

Thank you

Nick

PJ's Comment
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That is a company specific question. All companies do it differently. Some pay you your hourly or milage rate and will spring for hotels, others pay a flat rate and make you sleep in the truck. I would definetly ask all the details before saying yes.

G-Town's Comment
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I did my share of recoveries, all local within a 200 mile radius. Take cleaning supplies with you to disinfect the driver area. Including disposable gloves.

You never know how nasty the previous driver left their truck. Especially true if it was abandoned.

BK's Comment
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The company I drive for has a semi-retired (no pun intended, of course) driver who does any recoveries needed. He’s done several after the driver died in the truck. I assume the body had already been removed.

PackRat's Comment
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I've seen some trucks that made me wonder why someone didn't die just being in them for any length of time. Gives all of us a bad reputation because when the public sees that example, it becomes their minds image when they think of "truckers".

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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