My First Truck

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Thomas D.'s Comment
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Just picked up my first truck, a recovery, at our drop yard in Bensalem, PA.

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PackRat's Comment
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How was the interior condition? Any gifts left behind by the previous driver?

Thomas D.'s Comment
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How was the interior condition? Any gifts left behind by the previous driver?

Dust and dirt, just what you'd expect. both door mirrors damaged but functional, and a starburst on the left side of the windshield the size of a silver dollar.

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PackRat's Comment
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That's good news minus the windshield. That needs to be replaced.

Thomas D.'s Comment
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I've already reported it to maintainence. I'll be working the truck back to a terminal for a complete check up, windshield, and a detailing.

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.

BK's Comment
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Thomas, how many miles? APU? Fridge? Good mattress?

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.

Thomas D.'s Comment
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175,799 miles, EPU with Opti Idle, I can put my own fridge and microwave in. In fact they are already waiting for me at home.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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175,799 miles, EPU with Opti Idle, I can put my own fridge and microwave in. In fact they are already waiting for me at home.

Reminds me of a song, 'Red, Red, Wine.....' changing the last word to Roehl (and lyrics) of course! "Red, Red, Rail....with you, I hail !" etc...

Do YOU install the peripherals at home, or take to the shop, for their professional installs? Will they provide you with a new mattress, as well; or are you planning to go all 'Rainy' and buy one of those high dollar dealios, too ?!?

Questions to help future members of TT.. and me!!

~ Anne ~

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

PJ's Comment
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Those usually suck. You may have got somewhat lucky.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Thomas D.'s Comment
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Those usually suck. You may have got somewhat lucky.

It was possessed, the PC refused to work from the time I got to the truck yesterday until 10 am today, then finally came to life like nothing happened (must have thought this was a union job). Get to the shipper for a tiny ( less than 7000 pound) live load in New Jersey. So while I wait I call safety up to update my logs and take me off paper, no big deal. Then the co-pilot takes a crack at trying to break me and takes me back where I started in Bensalem. I get there and say to the co-pilot "Ok, so you wanna be funny do ya, well get a load of this." Yeah, I talk to my truck, who don't? So another call to fuel and routing to reload my co-pilot and it's been smooth sailing ever since.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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