Running On Cretes Walmart Dedicated Fleet

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Jamie's Comment
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I get to knock out two new states with one trip, going to South Dakota and North Dakota, 1165 mile round trip.

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Awesome! North Dakota was the third to last state that I finally got through on my lower 48. The final two were ME and RI a bit later.

Well bad news, my check engine light came on 30 miles from the DC and the shop here only does DOT work and refuses to even look at the codes to tell me what's wrong or if I could make it up there and back. So dispatch is trying to switch loads with another driver so I can get sent to Lincoln for them to look at my truck.

The truck isnt giving any fault codes I can see, but their computer might say otherwise. This sucks, but part of the job.

I did take this time to talk to the fleet manager and she said if I like to run hard, I can expect 3000-3500 miles a week while being on this account. And so far that seems to be about right. Shes waiting to hear back from Payroll about my new CPM will be, and then she'll have me sign some paperwork to transfer to this dedicated fleet.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Jamie, sorry to hear about your derailed run today but otherwise, congrats on how things are working out! It's been really good learning a bunch of things in reading along with you, thanks!

Jamie's Comment
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Jamie, sorry to hear about your derailed run today but otherwise, congrats on how things are working out! It's been really good learning a bunch of things in reading along with you, thanks!

All good, all part of the job! Going to enjoy this account!

So apparently my trucks check engine light decided to go out while I was inside checking my truck into the shop. Came back out to move my truck to the parking area, BOOM no check engine light. But still going to wait until the morning so they can see what caused it and possibly fix it now instead of later.

PackRat's Comment
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Check your PeopleNet ELD. There should be an icon on it for the vehicle (truck symbol).

If there is, click on it, then go through the prompts to "Engine/Faults". Th his final screen may list the fault codes leveled, if any.

I still think it's an electrical gremlin.

Jamie's Comment
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Check your PeopleNet ELD. There should be an icon on it for the vehicle (truck symbol).

If there is, click on it, then go through the prompts to "Engine/Faults". Th his final screen may list the fault codes leveled, if any.

I still think it's an electrical gremlin.

I actually forgot about doing it this way, it has some stuff listed such as a few things having "0 data valid but above operational range" type of things, and another for "5 current. Below normal or open circuit".

Not much I can do currently, just waiting until the morning now. Whatever the problem might have been that caused the check engine light to come on originally, maybe the shop can get it fixed quickly or so I hope. Since it came on, something was wrong at one point or another.

Jamie's Comment
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My truck is finally out of the shop, well sort of... currently waiting for them to clear it, so I can leave. But they are finally letting me wait in the truck again, was hearing all the *****ing in the driver lounge about one thing or another. So glad I can wait in my truck!

Will P.'s Comment
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The first weekend my mentor and I were doing dedicated reefer for Target...just helping out for the weekend...been running it ever since and keeping us rolling

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Jamie's Comment
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Nearly three hours since my last post and I'm still in front of the shop waiting for them to clear my truck, seems I'd be lucky if it happens tonight, the guy said multiple trucks are ahead of me.

A bit weird since they replaced a part, let the truck regen which only took 20 minutes and then put me at the bottom of the list again.

Jamie's Comment
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I'm still at the shop this morning, the shop said there needs to be some more work done but there are 5 trucks ahead of me and he couldn't give me an estimated amount of time. Hoping for the best, just sucks waiting around all day.

What would've been a 3100 mile week turned into a 2450 give or take mile week, still not terrible but much less then what I would've been. All part of the job, things don't always go as planned.

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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I like Jamie's positive attitude:

I'm still at the shop this morning, the shop said there needs to be some more work done but there are 5 trucks ahead of me and he couldn't give me an estimated amount of time. Hoping for the best, just sucks waiting around all day.

What would've been a 3100 mile week turned into a 2450 give or take mile week, still not terrible but much less then what I would've been. All part of the job, things don't always go as planned.

Although I don't always comment, I follow this thread.

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