Companies With Best Trucks

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Wanderer 's Comment
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Want to join a company paid training, what I Iearnt here is they all the same. So which company has the best and latest trucks with high tech stuff.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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They all have the latest and greatest in new trucks with new technologies. The Paid CDL Training Programs are offered by the largest companies in the nation. They're the elite. They all have fantastic new equipment with all of the creature comforts and safety features available.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
C T.'s Comment
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When I hear somebody say "best and latest trucks with high tech stuff" I can't help but feel like you've done no research at all. Honestly, that shouldn't be your priority. You should be looking for a company that fits all your needs as far as home time, freight type, where you'll run, pay etc. If you don't have your cdl and you go the company sponsored route, you'll probably end up at a company with decent equipment either way. It'd be a good idea to do some research on trucking and how everything works so you know what to expect. There's plenty of information right here on TT. Someone will probably pop in and post some links for you to check out.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Go through all the training stuff here at TT and don't forget to read Brett's book on what to expect out here. This is a smaller version of what I would normally write new people coming into trucking but they are getting ready to open the gates at the Menedoz but others will chime in. You should pay attention to all you can get out of this fantastic site here. You will get the truth and nothing but the truth. But as Brett said it doesn't look as if you have done any research into trucking. Seeing a the fancy trucks out there is nice eye candy. But focus on getting the best training you can get. Gotta go they are opening the gate. Good luck.

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Dave Reid's Comment
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Most of the companies that hire students are huge outfits all running new trucks less than five years old. You will have top notch equipment wherever you start.

There are some minor differences:

-some include refrigerators -some provide invertors -some have APUs

Of those that don't provide APUs, some allow idling when temps are outside a specified range, others employ a cycling system to run a/c and charge batteries.

Want to join a company paid training, what I Iearnt here is they all the same. So which company has the best and latest trucks with high tech stuff.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Andrew J.'s Comment
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I’m at Roehl and we really have the best equipment. Late model internationals and cascadias. They keep them well maintained too.

PackRat's Comment
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Every major carrier with more than 250 units will have the latest (under four years old) equipment and current safety equipment. These assets will be highly maintained because if they’re broken down, that’s a liability, not an asset.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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I drive for a smaller company, less than 30 trucks, and they run all less than 2 year old Cascadia's, except for a few older trucks the feed truck guys use. Owner says to keep and hire drivers most companies will be running the newer equipment with all the bells.

Aubrey M.'s Comment
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I’m at Roehl and we really have the best equipment. Late model internationals and cascadias. They keep them well maintained too.

Eh, maintained to run reliably yes... Maintained for comfort, not necessarily. Apu and truck ac problems (especially in high mileage trucks) don't always get addressed. I speak from personal experience as well as first hand info from fellow drivers. I lucked out though since my truck had over 440000 on it when my ac went out. I only had to run for a couple weeks before getting a new one. I and many others i know also had ongoing battery issues with the older trucks that led to fuel mileage issues (from idling too much) or interrupted sleep. However, Roehl did buy a ton of new trucks this year and i think you'll be getting one at a time when there aren't many old (i say old but mean highly used) ones left. My new one was completely new with only 60 miles on the dial.

Before catching any crap... I know I'm whining, but apus and comfort was part of my criteria in choosing a company. If it were like the old days with a coffin size bunk or way back with Armstrong steering then i wouldn't be doing this otr. Not at 43 at least.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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.

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