Swift Refrigerated

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Jim S.'s Comment
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How are you liking the International so far? Mine had a creaking noise that my wife described as "driving an Igloo cooler" when going down the road. I was told that it was the sound of the rubber hood latches, but I didn't keep it long enough to find out for sure.

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I really like it. Heard a lot of bad things and so far I can't say anything being it's still new and no problems have arrived.

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How's the OTR reefer life treating you Gladhand? Hope all is well so far. I'd like to know what kind of solo miles you are doing there as OTR.

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Good so far. Compared to dry van I am pre-planned before I finished each of the few loads I have done. Also my dm checks in with me weekly and I like that reefer has a main set of planners so it is easier to "prove" one's self. It is also helpful that I have a more proactive dm now.

Can't say too much yet being I am still getting back in the otr groove, but here is the miles I have seen so far.

Load #1. Local load, Phoenix to Phoenix. Load #2 Phoenix, AZ to Denver, CO 852. Load #3 Greeley, Co to San Jose, CA 1288. Load #4 Watsonville, CA to (load has 5 stops) Riverdale, UT being the last stop. 894.

Is it true that Swift increased their governed speed to 69?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Scott S.'s Comment
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How are you liking the International so far? Mine had a creaking noise that my wife described as "driving an Igloo cooler" when going down the road. I was told that it was the sound of the rubber hood latches, but I didn't keep it long enough to find out for sure.

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I really like it. Heard a lot of bad things and so far I can't say anything being it's still new and no problems have arrived.

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How's the OTR reefer life treating you Gladhand? Hope all is well so far. I'd like to know what kind of solo miles you are doing there as OTR.

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Good so far. Compared to dry van I am pre-planned before I finished each of the few loads I have done. Also my dm checks in with me weekly and I like that reefer has a main set of planners so it is easier to "prove" one's self. It is also helpful that I have a more proactive dm now.

Can't say too much yet being I am still getting back in the otr groove, but here is the miles I have seen so far.

Load #1. Local load, Phoenix to Phoenix. Load #2 Phoenix, AZ to Denver, CO 852. Load #3 Greeley, Co to San Jose, CA 1288. Load #4 Watsonville, CA to (load has 5 stops) Riverdale, UT being the last stop. 894.

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Is it true that Swift increased their governed speed to 69?

I wish! We're at 63 on the pedal and 65 on the cruise, with a pass smart option of 67. The pass smart can only be used for 30 minutes in a 24 hour period. This info is for company drivers, but lease ops are different. They have passed me doing 70, but I don't know the actual governed speed.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Gladhand's Comment
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I got those 5 stops taken care of a "day" early. Was told I had appointments and decided to go to deliver anyways. According to Lowe's they almost always take plants even without an appt. Either way by finishing the load early I will finish the pay period with 3043 miles.

This also lead to me getting another load picking up in Logan, UT and going down to Houston, TX, total of 1,542 miles. The final does not look fun at all but I'll worry about it when I get there.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Good job, but watch those Lowe’s for appointment times. I’ve been to about 50 different ones, and there were three that would absolutely not take you early. I was the only truck at one for three hours one time, and three empty dock spaces the whole time. That store manager had no give in his mentality at all. The only good thing was I got to go dumpster diving while I waited and scored a brand-spanking-new Werner 12’ fiberglass ladder they had thrown out. Nice! Looks good strapped to the back of my sleeper, too.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gladhand's Comment
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Good job, but watch those Lowe’s for appointment times. I’ve been to about 50 different ones, and there were three that would absolutely not take you early. I was the only truck at one for three hours one time, and three empty dock spaces the whole time. That store manager had no give in his mentality at all. The only good thing was I got to go dumpster diving while I waited and scored a brand-spanking-new Werner 12’ fiberglass ladder they had thrown out. Nice! Looks good strapped to the back of my sleeper, too.

It was that way when I did dry van , but plants are a different deal. Went to the first place to see if they would take me early and they didn't even ask for an appt they just told me to back in. I didn't complain haha.

It's the luck of the draw with early delivery too. Worst thing is they will say no.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Wow! Over 3K miles, congratulations. I've never achieved that milestone.

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Scott S.'s Comment
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I used to work at Lowe's in receiving, and we didn't care about appointment times. I did hate receiving plants because I had to scan them all and count them before signing the bills.

G-Town's Comment
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Scott wrote:

I wish! We're at 63 on the pedal and 65 on the cruise, with a pass smart option of 67. The pass smart can only be used for 30 minutes in a 24 hour period.

Why do you wish that Scott?

Scott S.'s Comment
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Being able to go 70 would make me feel a little less in the way when going out west, and more miles in a day.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Being able to go 70 would make me feel a little less in the way when going out west, and more miles in a day.

Let me be honest with you. My company is governed at 70 and I usually am not able to maintain 70 mph. There are so many other trucks on the road that go slower than that. I can get up to 70 but I'm needing to slow down to maintain a safe following distance because I'll catch another truck. One of my fellow drivers and I left Minneapolis for des moines (250 miles) at the same time. I tried to run 70 he ran 65. He pulled into the gate as I was starting to back into my spot. The added stress I had needing to constantly adjust my speed and pass other traffic was much higher than his so i could save 2 to 3 minutes over about a 4 hour period. Although I can do the speed limit on the 2 interstates I travel frequently I'm still "in the way " for cars wanting to speed, and if I go up I29 to Sioux Falls I'm still doing 10 below the speed limit. Dont worry about "being in the way". If you worry about what others think you're going to drive yourself crazy. Theres 2 lanes, as long as you stay to the right or get back over as soon as safely possible everybody else can deal with it.

Interstate:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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