RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
With all bias aside, Freightliner will have the best overall impact on your bottom line and lowest total cost of ownership. I too loved my Volvo that I drove prior to being a Team Run Smart Pro, but after now having driven two different Cascadias I would not look back for a second. With Freightliner you happen to have one of the biggest networks for certified maintenance, along with a proven-strong engine platform in the DD-series of engines. Many people are seeing over a million miles on their DD engines with them still running strong (check out the Detroit Diesel Million Mile Club at http://www.demanddetroit.com/engines/million-mile-club/). I had a Cascadia Evolution with a DD15, Detroit DT-12 AMT and 72" raised-roof condo. In my opinion, this setup was as good as it gets for comfort, reliability, and profitability!
As for your other questions, I will do my best to provide you what you need in what follows:
I feel important as a trucker because I know that no matter what anyone thinks, says, or does, they truly rely on me when all is said and done. I provide a necessary function in the transportation of general freight and consider my role in helping other people get what they need and want invaluable. You might say that it feels good to know I am the "road warrior" behind the scenes that is often overlooked, but always needed.
As a trucker, I take pride in knowing that I represent a time-honored tradition in my career choice of making sure the needs of our country are met by my safe, on-time deliveries. I also take pride in promoting a better image for our industry through my own actions and helping others joining our ranks as newcomers understand the right way of doing things, which far too often is not the easy way! Last, but not least, I take pride in my ride because it is a direct representation of my quality of work and of my own personal attention to detail.
Outside of work while off of the road I enjoy homebrewing beer, snowboarding, playing golf, spending time with my family, fishing, and going to the beach.