I Have An Idea Brett

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RedGator's Comment
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There are always folks looking for advice on companies. Maybe you could compile a list of active users and what company they work for. Make it alittle easier to track who to pm.

Wine Taster's Comment
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The problem with the PM.... I miss them a lot because they go straight to email. I wish it would give you a note when you log in saying someone has sent you a PM. Many PM's I have got were missed until a week or so later. I do like the idea Red.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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The problem with the PM.... I miss them a lot because they go straight to email. I wish it would give you a note when you log in saying someone has sent you a PM. Many PM's I have got were missed until a week or so later. I do like the idea Red.

Or just check your email everyday.....just an idea :) . And since you have to be on the internet to come to the forums just check email then. Here is how I get through all the post here on the forums and all my email.......

I check email when I first wake up. Everyone wakes up a little groggy at first. Reading will help you wakeup you mind faster and then if I have time I check the forums. On my 30 minute break I read the forums and I lay down after my drive shift and relax and read the forums before bed. That way I get all email taken care of and I don't miss any post on the forums cause I do have the time to go through everything.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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There are always folks looking for advice on companies. Maybe you could compile a list of active users and what company they work for. Make it alittle easier to track who to pm.

I like that idea. For some of us, we would have 2 or more listed beside our name (some of us have been hopping around a little here of late).

Ernie

Anchorman's Comment
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Brett could add a section under our proile that says "Company". Just a fill in the blank where we could enter our company's name. It could be listed in the same place as our city, state, and driving status. Then it would show up on every post under our picture and name.

Serah D.'s Comment
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Very good idea Redgator. Just one question, how much would you reveal about your company on an open forum? Been struggling with some questions, but at times you are not sure if you will offend the recipient, or if they will find the questions abit unorthodox. Which brings me to another question. I start driving school May 5 but on May 3 there is an open day with recruiters from different companies, among them Prime, Stevens, Schneider, Western Express, Werner Enterprises. Obvious questions include pay, benefits, hiring locations, home time etc. What do I really want to know regarding company policies re driving??? One I will ask is about APUs. Anything else????

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.

APUs:

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.

RedGator's Comment
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Serah, I get private messages all the time. I have nothing to hide about my company so I would answer either way. Private or public. Hard to say what you should ask but I asked some of these questions: Pay rate (in training and out). Do they pay for oreintation? Tuition reimbursement? Average solo miles? Medical coverage, who and how much? Length of training? Apus? Idle policy? Logging system? Miles paid practical or zip to zip? What would be my home terminal? How many terminals? How old is equipment? Do they have a sliding pay scale? Where are their typical freight lines? Hometime, how long out, how much? The list is ENDLESS!

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.

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.

APUs:

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.

RedGator's Comment
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For instance this is how I chose my company. I didnt know how long I wanted to be a trucker. Only planned to do my required year so I wanted the most pay and miles. I cant park my truck at home so I needed a close terminal. I had a boyfriend at the time so I needed a co with team options. I wanted enough training but not too much. I like options so I wanted a co with otr and regional options. I wanted a smaller co. So I found a company that satisfied all of the above.

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Serah D.'s Comment
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Keep them coming Redgator. You don't know how much this helps (speaking for myself, don't know about others). I certainly have picked a few of your pointers which I didn't know about. Thank you gal. You never know, you might train me next...lol. What is 'Apus'?

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.

APUs:

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.

RedGator's Comment
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Keep them coming Redgate. You don't know how much this helps (speaking for myself, don't know about others). I certainly have picked a few of your pointers which I didn't know about. Thank you gal. You never know, you might train me next...lol. What is 'Apus'?

A.P.U's

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.

APUs:

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.

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