Breakdowns Are Random But This Is Getting Ridiculous

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Within the past three weeks my truck has had these breakdowns: 1) Starter (3 day delay, 2 hour fix) 2) Radiator surge tank leak and replacement. 3) Bunk heater (Twice!) 4) Air drier malfunction and replacement. 5) Flat drive tire. 6) Something seriously wrong with brakes (in shop now for diagnosis) 7) Truck hit in parking lot by another truck taking out curb side mirror and cab extender. 8) Driver required time in Psyche ward. Maybe at some point I will actually be able to drive the truck. Until then I get some time off to mourn. (PS: I'm setting up a GoFundMe account for my truck)

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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My truck i just left spat glass from the vents and was in the shop for it twice before a dealer tore the whole thing apart. Glass in both inch long chunks and pulverized glitter dust. some was even in my cpap filters! I will.say, prime dealt with me being off the road for a whole week refusing to drive it until i was sure it was free from glass. (someone rolled the truck in March, not me). i loved the truck though, so comfy and solid heavy.

when that was done, the electrical system would flash lights when turned off, and leave lights on. the clutch actuary was replaced twice.

last week, my student and i were both suffering symptoms of CO poisoning so i bought a detector that plugged in. It beeped, and then the whole truck had weird light and shifting issues again.

after a week at the dealer, i refused to get back on the truck..i picked it up to drive it back to terminal 2 miles away, and guess what? GLASS!!!!! they tore the dash, doghouse, flooring and everything apart, so it must have disturbed whatever was left.

I was seriously adamament i didnt want anyone else in this truck so the shop foreman told me they are gonna get rid of it from our fleet.

I spent more time in the shop than i have at home the last 5 months.

so atleast your truck wasnt trying to kill you.

Now i have spent 12 days getting the new truck, transferring my stuff... washing all clothes and blankets and sheets cause there is a fumes smell, and now have to learn a new shifter... i hate change.

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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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Tractor Man's Comment
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My truck i just left spat glass from the vents and was in the shop for it twice before a dealer tore the whole thing apart. Glass in both inch long chunks and pulverized glitter dust. some was even in my cpap filters! I will.say, prime dealt with me being off the road for a whole week refusing to drive it until i was sure it was free from glass. (someone rolled the truck in March, not me). i loved the truck though, so comfy and solid heavy.

when that was done, the electrical system would flash lights when turned off, and leave lights on. the clutch actuary was replaced twice.

last week, my student and i were both suffering symptoms of CO poisoning so i bought a detector that plugged in. It beeped, and then the whole truck had weird light and shifting issues again.

after a week at the dealer, i refused to get back on the truck..i picked it up to drive it back to terminal 2 miles away, and guess what? GLASS!!!!! they tore the dash, doghouse, flooring and everything apart, so it must have disturbed whatever was left.

I was seriously adamament i didnt want anyone else in this truck so the shop foreman told me they are gonna get rid of it from our fleet.

I spent more time in the shop than i have at home the last 5 months.

so atleast your truck wasnt trying to kill you.

Now i have spent 12 days getting the new truck, transferring my stuff... washing all clothes and blankets and sheets cause there is a fumes smell, and now have to learn a new shifter... i hate change.

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Rainy, Is that all you ever do.......complain, complain, complain!!!

Just jokin' girl, I really do love you!

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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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hey Rainy, I guess missouri does love company! (And I was just in Missouri)

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hey Rainy, I guess missouri does love company! (And I was just in Missouri)

oh man..your on a toll tonight lol

i love you too tractor.man....

but now im having to get used to all new switches, lights and beeps.

they are just beeping and blinking and buzzing...blinking and beeping

airplane 2 great movies

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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My dad is a shop manager at OD and you would be surprised the amount of trouble a truck can cause, even band new trucks.

Just keep your chin up, there is only so much that can break

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Actually, I'm impressed at how well the trucks stay together. The conditions of some of the roads are terrible and driving the truck is like being inside a popcorn popper. I know in my home state, the transportation funds that come from fuel taxes are regularly robbed to cover shortfalls in other areas. I'm sure the IFTA funds elsewhere are similarly misappropriated.

I was on I-70 in Indiana recently and the bridge-to-road transitions are so bad I thought the trailer was sure to disconnect. I have come to believe that the fifth wheel/king pin assembly is an engineering marvel because the forces generated by these horrible roads must put unimaginable stress on the truck/trailer connection.

And Dominos Pizza is not doing a very good job of fixing potholes.

What road or roads do other drivers dread because of bad pavement?

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

PackRat's Comment
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Mostly every Interstate in Indiana. That’s the worst state I drive through, and it can’t be avoided most of the trips heading east or west.

Interstate:

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

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