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Davy A.'s Comment
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Well drove a day cab the other day....I can see why he doesn't like em. Nothing I'd want to do personally. At least the internationals. Does turn and back in tight spots well though, I'll give it that. I think covered wagons have a better ride though.

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Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Covered Wagon:

A flatbed with specially fitted side plates and curved ribs supporting a tarp covering, commonly referred to as a "side kit". Named for the resemblance to horse-drawn covered wagons.

PackRat's Comment
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Ooohhhh pretty. BARF!

I haven't driven one in 50 years and plan to make it another 50. A Mack R or B Model (?), with a Duplex transmission from the late 1950s was my lone experience. It would be a truck show exhibit specimen now. At least that one shown was a double set of rear axles instead of a single screw, so maybe a touch smoother ride?

Don't fall to The Dark Side! Stay strong and resist!

Davy A.'s Comment
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It was the first time I drove one and hopefully the last. very rough ride, it made a freightshaker seem smooth.

G-Town's Comment
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The term Freightshaker is a throwback to the COE era. From the late 50’s through the early 90’s White Freightliner and subsequently Freightliner had a substantial market share with all of the major carriers, including single screw day cabs pulling pups for the LTLs.

Compounding this rough ride was leaf spring, walking beam or torsion bar suspensions as opposed to the air ride suspensions on the axles and cabs cradling our contemporary driving environments.

By comparison the Freightliner Cascadia outfitted for highway driving is not a rough riding truck. Spend a day in a triaxle dump truck equipped with a walking beam suspension and you’ll quickly realize how great your ride is.

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It was the first time I drove one and hopefully the last. very rough ride, it made a freightshaker seem smooth.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Atleast you got to experience what being a trucker is all about. See kids, do your best and one day you'll be allowed to drive the coveted day cabs smile.gif .

Our fleet has a mix of Kenworth, freightliner, international and Volvo daycabs. Kenworth and international are too cramped, freightliner is most spacious but very bumpy ride unless your 5th wheel is all the way back, and volvos are a relatively smooth ride with the best turning radius, atleast the way our trucks are spec'd. I love the Volvos but unfortunately when I get an assigned truck (next 6 months or so) it'll probably be an international.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Georgia Mike's Comment
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Freightshakers are still the worst trucks today. When driving day crap for swifty swift, if drove a frieghtshaker it hurt my back and butt when i sat down for a day. Im guessing the ceo of frieghtshaker is like lets make driving this truck like a torture chamber and sell to the mega carriers.

G-Town's Comment
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Georgia Mike wondered why he was in moderation…

Freightshakers are still the worst trucks today. When driving day crap for swifty swift, if drove a frieghtshaker it hurt my back and butt when i sat down for a day. Im guessing the ceo of frieghtshaker is like lets make driving this truck like a torture chamber and sell to the mega carriers.

The above is why I took a break from this forum. I attempt to provide intelligent and factual information about a truck and I read a reply like the above.

Mike your company configures the truck. The Mega carriers want three things; uniformity, reliability and lowest cost; including the cheapest seats (which is why your back hurt).

If you want the best ride I suggest driving for a company that runs Western Stars exclusively.

PJ's Comment
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G you hit the nail on the head.

Each company has someone that spec’s the trucks out and go to the bidding process. Driver comfort I don’t know is on the list, maybe at some.

They will cut corners to lower the price every time.

Volvo isn’t a bad truck at all. Parts are more expensive and harder to get. That was the deciding factor in me selling mine.

Alot of drivers probably never think about how a company decides what to purchase.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Having a couple fractured vertebra, most of the trucks in our fleet kill me to drive. Obviously as said, they are spec for various economic purposes first and foremost.

The stock fleet seats and suspension in the T680s we have are very comfortable and I can drive it all day. The Cascadias just kill me. I don't know why, but they are a harsh and extremely stiff. The seats aren't bad but the ride is horrible.

I'm assuming with the day cab it's because how short it is, but I could barely walk when I got done driving it. It was rougher than our Cascadias.

Out of our fleet, the Volvos and internationals are basically not an option for me with the level of back pain and injuries I have. They cause me too much pain, cannot get the seats to work. I suspect it's the same with our day cabs.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Klutch's Comment
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I was just assigned my first new truck last week, 22 Cascadia. Rides pretty damn smooth imho.

The only issue with the seat I have is a slow air leak I can not find and over time or on bumpy roads I get shorter and shorter. I’ll stop by the shop one of these days.

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