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PackRat's Comment
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After two and a half hours I called again and they said I wouldn’t get an assignment tonight. So I ran over to the Carlisle OC and parked. Went to Walmart in the company car and restocked my truck with supplies. No sooner did I get back then an assignment came over my tablet with a pickup in the morning. Doesn’t have to get to Georgia until the 14th, but if it takes me that long, I’ll turn in my keys and go home!😂

That is the single, quickest, most sure-fired way to get a load assignment PERIOD! Get into a mindset that you’ll be sitting for awhile, either fix some food you have been wanting on the truck, or go to a WM to stock up, and BAM! Load magically appears out of nowhere! That’s been my experience more often than not.smile.gif

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm currently in a 2016 cascadia loaner truck. And it's a manual bahahaha. Last Monday my new truck decided it was done shifting and it had to be towed. Maybe they'll rethink the stupidity of locking out the manual mode on our new autoshifts. I would have been able to at least drive it to a better freightliner dealer that wouldn't take several weeks to fix it and saved a tow bill, too. In the meantime , I had a blast running in Pennsylvania this past week in a manual. Woohoo.

PlanB's Comment
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My 2019 Cascadia did the same thing for a long time. The APU would kick on and the 4-way flashers would come on simultaneously. I'd open one of the doors and the 4-ways would kick on again. On home time part of my morning routine became going outside and turning the 4-ways off that had come on overnight.

Eventually my APU stopped working. It's main circuit board had gone bad and it was unable to engage the APUs cooling fan. So even in zero degree weather my APU would overheat and shut down.

Once that circuit board was replaced the truck stopped tripping the 4-way flashers. The mechanics had no clue what would trip the 4-ways, but I'm assuming it was caused by or signaling some kind of electrical fault.

Just a guess.

APU:

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.

APUs:

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.

Robsteeler's Comment
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Plan B, I'll bet you the fault lies in the components then.

Susan, I can't believe they lock out manual mode. I use it for driving down mountains, and backing into shipper's all the time. I'd think not using it would be harder on the tranny.

Oh, I don't think I'll have to turn in my keys yet. I'm in South Carolina about 3 hours away from my drop. I'll be there nice and early. 🙂

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Susan D. 's Comment
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It's a pain for sure as most my stuff is in my new truck at freightliner being repaired and I'm running with bare minimum supplies.. had to borrow a broom to sweep a trailer in Carlisle Friday.. luckily I parked next to another west side truck and borrowed his. You just don't realize what all you really need until you don't have it.

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