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Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I can't remember if I put it on here or not.

My Freightliner (2015) was backed into by a ghost driver (he got away) last month. It dented and scratched the cab behind the driver seat.

I just found out today that it will need "major" repairs so my boss lady (FM) offered to put me in a brand new Volvo. She can't give me the truck number yet because it does not have one... Yet. It is not my choice in trucks, but, it keeps me rockin and rollin. Besides, I will (once again) make it mine. Right MG?

I guess for me it is like going from Ford to Chevy and back. By that I mean it is a pride thing. For me though, if I am rolling, my pride is good.

For those who don't know, I have only been driving for about 2 years (August 5th) and have already been through 3 trucks. My first was a 2008 Volvo, my second was a 2012 Freightliner, and I said above what my last one was.

So, what is my point? A good relationship with the company you drive for goes a long way. The '08 Volvo died, but, not before I took out a phone tower, used it to rip a door off a trailer and redisigned the front bumper on a concrete barrier (Ah, the rookie days). The '12 Freightliner was traded up to the '15 when I started with OTL. I keep my head right, my driving safe and never turn down a load... Unless I have to (it is an earned priviledge now).

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sheffield Mick's Comment
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Hi Rolling Thunder...........I like your message and can relate to your truck changes. I'm the same as you with two years driving,........started out with a very beat up Volvo (they don't seem to trust rookies with new trucks). Like you, somebody hit me in a truck stop.....but bless the guy he owned up to it. My own moves over the two years follow a similar pattern to yours: started out with the Volvo then into a Freightliner then into a KenWorth T660. I liked the T660 the best of all and didn't want to turn it in......that was my truck, like I owned it. I also very rarely turn jobs down......I run as best I can and try and be as polite as possible to one and all. With good attitude and work ethic I've now been put into a 2016 KW T680 automatic. I guess if the company are willing to put me into a new truck from the crappy falling apart Volvo that I started with......then I must be doing something right. I'll keep rolling and see where the road takes me. Take care my friend,

Mick

Pat M.'s Comment
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Sorry for your loss man but time heals all wounds, unless you get another Volvo.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Mick- Very cool. I have yet to drive a KW yet, but, I am sure I would be won over in a heart beat by one. Isn`t it amazing how keeping your nose clean and working hard can put you in a favorable position with just about any trucking company? Seems so simple yet so many still can`t figure it out.

Pat M.- HA! I do look forward to the tighter turn radius though.

Bleemus's Comment
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Pardon my ignorance but what specifically makes a Freightliner better than a Volvo?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Pardon my ignorance but what specifically makes a Freightliner better than a Volvo?

It's a matter of choice really. Depending on which model of either brand, or can be overall interior size which the freightliner has an advantage. The freightliner also has a bit longer wheelbase which can translate to better ride but depending on the air ride systemcan be argued either way. The big advantage with the Volvo is the steering angle. It has the tightest in the business and allows the Volvo the ability to put a trailer in a tight spot much easier than just about any brand on the market.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Pardon my ignorance but what specifically makes a Freightliner better than a Volvo?

It really is just personal preference. I was only having a little fun, ie, Ford VS Chevy.

Both trucks are more than capable of getting the job done. Now Internationals...😏

Lawrence H.'s Comment
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Driving a freightliner is like riding a moped, its ok to do lt as long as no one sees you.

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