Truck Fleets With Automatics Transmissions

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K.R.'s Comment
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And, even if you leave it in automatic mode in most of them you can also force a downshift or upshift. Same way that you would shift it in manual mode. I've been using that sometimes while we're hauling a fairly heavy trailer (45330 lb) to force it to downshift a little earlier during a grade.

Errol V.'s Comment
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And, even if you leave it in automatic mode in most of them you can also force a downshift or upshift.

Freightliner automatics have a downshift button hidden under the accelerator pedal.

USMC AAV's Comment
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Just got off the phone with a recruiter from US Xpress. She said that they have a 98% automatic fleet. The only way you can get an manual is if you are a current long term driver with US Xpress or if you are getting a lease purchase and there is one currently around.

Silk G.'s Comment
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Watkins & Shepard Are autos Schneider bought them or joined company's they run every type of trailers

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What fleet or fleets has primarily or all automatic transmissions? Just finished driving school and have no desire to drive a stick.

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So to answer the question, so far we have:

Trans Am

US Express

National Carriers

Maverick Transportation

Car Com family

Raiders Express

Averitt Express

Anyone else have knowledge of companies with Auto transmissions?

TommyGun's Comment
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Stevens Transport is supposed to go all automatic by 2019. To my knowledge, they still put grad fleet drivers in the older 8 speeds.

Christopher S.'s Comment
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I've recently come back to trucking. Went with CR England for re-training (don't ask). Gave up my cdl in 92 but haven't driven since 89-90. I really miss my old 10sp. I've never drivenin the mountains but learning with the dt12 auto transmission has made me comfortable fast. Never thought I'd be an advocate for an auto tractor but it's made me a believer. If your new to the industry do your research before signing up with any particular company- many unreputable-unreasonable-unreliable companies are waiting for you- Do your research. Back to the point, auto transmission ? If I continue otr driving I'll stay with the auto- but- if I can get local again give me a 10sp- flat lands back home ! Good luck to ya'll

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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

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Went with CR England for re-training (don't ask)
If your new to the industry do your research before signing up with any particular company- many unreputable-unreasonable-unreliable companies are waiting for you

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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

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