Breakdown Bruce

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I started back driving last October. Since then I’ve had 5 breakdowns. I keep playing this musical truck game. Moving from one truck to another with the same result. This time I moved into another truck on Tuesday and went out this morning. Drove less than 30 minutes when I had a shutdown due to antifreeze in the fuel. Towed to Truck Country and the time frame looks like early next week for the repair.

Any words of wisdom about how I should handle this?

PJ's Comment
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Wow, that seems like some really bad luck to me. Have you spoke with your company. I’m guessing they keep putting you in older higher mileage trucks.

They can and will all breakdown at some point. These newer ones have a tendency to be less reliable than older models. I see drivers in 18 and newer trucks having probelm after problem.

I think I would be asking if any newer lower mileage trucks are available.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Yes, bad luck indeed. I know the company hates these breakdowns as much as I do. But the bottom line is that I have made about $1000 since Dec 5th and that’s not acceptable. Thinking more and more seriously about switching to Marten.

G-Town's Comment
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Breakdown Bruce... !!!

If it didn’t suck so much (what you’re going through) this would be really funny.

I think I would be asking if any newer lower mileage trucks are available

I agree with this. That said... we are all experiencing a tractor shortage for one reason or another. Anti-freeze in the fuel system? Wow...

PackRat's Comment
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Breakdown Bruce... !!!

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I think I would be asking if any newer lower mileage trucks are available

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I agree with this. That said... we are all experiencing a tractor shortage for one reason or another. Anti-freeze in the fuel system? Wow...

Antifreeze in the fuel is major, like a cracked cylinder, water jackets or a head. I don't think that's going to be a quick fix, more like an in-frame rebuild or installation of a sleeve in the cylinder maybe.

All I can say is hang in there at Schneider if you can, but there is a point in time where you need to cut the losses. Only you can know when that final straw is added to the camel's back.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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And I found out from my DM that this truck was into Truck Country last week with the same problem. Oops!

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.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Can't hurt to ask after so much problems to ask for newer....I got lucky and was given a brand new 2022 FL, the warning sensors are kinda stupid, especially the side lane departure 1s lol Ain't even a paint line or cracks that were filled with hot tar, picks those up too. Leant to ignore it n turn up the radio (freeSirius xm) Stopped at Blue Beacon in Barstow Cal yesterday get her washed after 6 weeks lol... Told em she needed her 1st bath...... Then the company card didn't work, seems my trucks not in the logs yet, DM fixing that, so paid outta pocket, get reimbursed friday.

Today my 1st Soc Sec check hit the bank, and is $69 higher than said woot lmao

So the front radar thingy is the worst. It senses someone exiting the freeway, soon as the hit the brakes, it wants to suddenly stop ME, and they aren't even in front of me at the time. Learn just put my foot on throttle to remedy that issue.

Hope they hook ya up Bruce, can't turn and burn with broken truck eh

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I agree with the others, talk to Schneider and see about a newer lower mileage truck. $1,000 earned in over a month is unacceptable. For most newer drivers that's not even 25% of what you'd earn if you could run. I agree, Schneider isn't intentionally trying to make you sit cuz they're not making money.

How long have you been back at Schneider Bruce, and did they require a contract because of being out of the truck for so long?

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I agree with the others, talk to Schneider and see about a newer lower mileage truck. $1,000 earned in over a month is unacceptable. For most newer drivers that's not even 25% of what you'd earn if you could run. I agree, Schneider isn't intentionally trying to make you sit cuz they're not making money.

How long have you been back at Schneider Bruce, and did they require a contract because of being out of the truck for so long?

Started back Sept 20, 2021. No contract, I can change companies anytime. But I’d really like to complete a year with them which would be the end of April. Doing my best to hang in there.

Bird-One's Comment
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Bruce did you not say that since December you had things going on like medical issues, paperwork issues, unscheduled time off etc? To say you’ve only made 1,000 dollars since December 5th well you’re making it sound like that is completely Schneider’s fault. Am I wrong?

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