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Army 's Comment
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Enjoy the new ride, and we wont tell on your for kind of looking forward to it lol...

Safe Travels Chris

Jamie's Comment
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Well after spending a few days in my new truck, it's amazing! It gets better MPG, it climbs hills better without losing so much speed, the APU and inverter is amazing as well, idle cool air, not having to worry about my batteries getting low like before.

And best of all, I'm already saving a lot of money by eating foods I keep in my refrigerator. I'm planning to stop by a Walmart later tonight to buy some more things and a small microwave.

Over all, I love my new truck. dancing-dog.gif


Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Congratulations Jamie!

Happy New Truck!


PackRat's Comment
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I use a 700 watt microwave. Smallest I could find.

Cwc's Comment
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I got a message a week or so ago that I'm getting a new truck in May.... I can't wait!!!

I asked for a little heads up so I can be like Rainy and get a fancy mattress... And a side step box, removable floor mats, and possibly a fancyish seat.

Marc Lee's Comment
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I got a message a week or so ago that I'm getting a new truck in May.... I can't wait!!!

I asked for a little heads up so I can be like Rainy and get a fancy mattress... And a side step box, removable floor mats, and possibly a fancyish seat.

Don't forget to leave room for the dungeon!


Cwc's Comment
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I think she leaves that in NJ.😳

Cwc's Comment
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Plus... No passenger seat so... Plenty of room for a stocade. And cat of nine tails.😎

Goner's Comment
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Jamie, enjoy the new ride & all the new toys in it. Very well deserved!

I went to my fleet manager asking to upgrade from the LW to a condo & his response was, am I going to train? I told him to keep it, I don't play well with others & walked away. That's when I started looking at local & SE regional companies.

To me its absurd that they expect me to train to get a full size considering I live in my truck, have no physical home & take little to no hometime. Even at the terminals, I try to get in & out quickly. Oh well, bring on the next chapter.


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.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.
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