What Do You Like Better? Freightliner Cascadia Or International ProStar?

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6 string rhythm's Comment
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Outside of the Volvos, Peterbilts, and Kenworths, these two makes and models seem to be very prevalent with companies. I know there are little tweaks and variations between the same general make, e.g. ProStar Eagle, Prostar + etc... So drivers, generally speaking, which do you prefer? Any preferences? Cascadia vs. ProStar

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Cascadia for the win. A lot more storage that a international by far and that is a main concern for me since I run teams plus have a small dog on the truck.

If you take storage out of the equation then it does not matter cause the Cascadia is only slight bigger in side. Not enough to really matter. Though Cascadia do have a tighter turning radius though it's not a whole lot more than the international.

Overall I like the Cascadia better for the reason I listed.

Can't take engines or transmissions into account cause those can be mix and match. Does not matter really. But if I had to name an engine the DD15 wins in my book. Very fuel efficient. And just an all around tighter engine.The prices for parts is way cheaper. With Cat or Cummins you are paying extra for the name.

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Starcar's Comment
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I'm with Guy...if I had only those two to choose from....

HOS:

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James925's Comment
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All I've known were Prostars. Had a halfway decent Volvo for a period of four days before it was snatched away from me. When my Prostar was running correctly and everything was firing on all cylinders, I truly enjoyed it. Had a 10 speed, easy to shift, pulled halfway decent, good turning radius (which a rookie needs) lots of room for me in the bunk (for me, I'm 5'7 with boots on, so I'm what you would call, short or "vertically challenged.") Had good storage for me, and I loaded that truck up. But I'm OCD when it comes to packing, so I had waaay too much stuff in my truck. Decent fuel economy and it was nice and big inside the cabin. BUT, when things went wrong on the truck, they went wrong. I would have things go wrong on the truck that would put me out of commission for days. Blown cylinders, thermostat went out, you get the picture. If I had a choice now between the two I would take the Cascadia.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Having driven both for a goodish amount of time each, all I can say is you couldn't pay me enough to ever drive another Intertrashional. In the 10 months I had that unholy POS it was in the shop 12 times, not counting maintenance. Also the ride quality was abysmal. I didn't need a driver's seat, I needed a saddle, a hank of rope, and some pine tar. And from talking to other drivers and the guys in the shop, my experience was not unusual. The reason so many companies buy them is because they're cheaper than just about anything else...at least up front. The reason Central got rid of all of theirs (except for a few die-hard lunatics who actually bought theirs outright) is because the repair budget went up by nearly 25% because of those piles of fail.

As for the Cascadia, it's been a dream. With the exception of a couple of sensors, I haven'thad any trouble at all with mine in the 20 months I've had it. The ride quality is exceptional, even on rough roads. TONS of room to move around and plenty of storage space.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Wow, not what I would've expected. Not that I have any experience between the two, I just assumed it would've been 6 of one, 1/2 dozen another. Cascadia seems to be the favored truck so far. My first choice of a company (Crete) has primarily ProStar + models and Cascadias.

Justin N.'s Comment
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I like my international. All that other stuff may be true about its faults, but this thing has a huge window over the sleeper you can use to help see out of when blind side backing.

Whichever you end up with there will be a bright side to it..

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Cascadia by a mile.

I cannot stand the Protrashionals. I really do hate everything about them. I'm definitely on Fatsuatch' side. Cheap piece of trash.

The only complaint I have with the Cascadias is the DEF system. Every Cascadia I've had always had a lingering DEF problem that I just couldn't get rid of.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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What's the DEF system Daniel?

Jopa's Comment
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What's the DEF system Daniel?

That's like the DEFCON system, DEFCON 1 where nuclear attack is imminent . . . or maybe the defroster, I'm not sure which . . .

Jopa

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