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Tammy A.'s Comment
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Now thats worth leaving home for. Do newbees get the worst trucks?

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Is it possible to take a shower at least a few times a week?

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It's possible to shower every day! It's a question of priorities and preparation. I have a heated shower in my truck:

https://www.rei.com/product/167941/geyser-systems-portable-shower-with-heater

Just stand in a storage tote from Costco while bathing (get the rubbery one, the hard plastic ones crack and break too easily). When you're done, dump the water out and let it dry out on top of your bunk. Store the shower unit inside the tote with clean towels and toss it under your bunk when not in use. Not my everyday option but 10,000% better than wipes or going without when truck stop showers aren't available.

My truck also has cable (not satellite), wi-fi, fridge, freezer and microwave.

Old School's Comment
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Do newbees get the worst trucks?

They get whatever is available. That could be a brand new truck, or it could be one that has been around the block a time or two. I witnessed a brand new driver at Knight be issued a custom ordered truck for a million miler driver who quit during the time they were waiting for their truck to arrive. You just never know how that is going to play out. The availability of trucks for drivers is in flux every week. Sometimes there is an abundance of trucks available and at other times they may have to get a truck from a distant terminal or recover one that has been abandoned by a driver in some distant area.

Terminal:

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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All of our trucks are 3 years old or newer. New trucks coming in all the time. With us getting diamond status at Love's it gets us free wifi. We also have free wifi at all of our terminals.

Terminal:

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.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Just NEVER EVER park on the shoulder, or rest area off ramp at the back of those other trucks!!

Mentor sent me a pic couple weeks ago. A truck was on the shoulder, and got rear ended by another trucker. Which his tractor burst into flames. Burning the whole tractor and back half of the trailer he hit !! Don't know if the driver lived or not pretty much doubt they did.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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Do newbees get the worst trucks?

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They get whatever is available. That could be a brand new truck, or it could be one that has been around the block a time or two. I witnessed a brand new driver at Knight be issued a custom ordered truck for a million miler driver who quit during the time they were waiting for their truck to arrive. You just never know how that is going to play out. The availability of trucks for drivers is in flux every week. Sometimes there is an abundance of trucks available and at other times they may have to get a truck from a distant terminal or recover one that has been abandoned by a driver in some distant area.

I got a 2020 Kenworth with very nice amenities and some features enabled that werent supposed to be on (unfortunately they reset it when I last had it serviced) and low miles it had 147,000 on it. One of my classmates ended up with a brand new 2022 International, had 500 miles on it. As was said it varies. At least at Knight, you can state your preference and your DDM and or terminal manager will work with you, but it can be dependent on whats avail at your terminal. I was willing to drive down to Texas and get mine (They paid me to do that, paid all expenses and paid for my hotel while the truck was repaired and prepped) The thing is though, that I clearly stated what I wanted in a professional manner and let them know I was willing to do whatever they needed for it.

Terminal:

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.

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.
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