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thelockrodflagking_777 - 5/7/2014 10:23:31 PM
   
Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
I'm wondering what truck to buy for OTR operations ; Western Star, Freightliner; International, Peterbilt and Kenworth, Mack or a Volvo. I have a Volvo now and I love it but the miles are racking up and it's time for an upgrade.

I'm also taking a survey for my company -
I would love to know what makes you feel important as a trucker?
As a trucker what do you take pride in?
And as a trucker what do YOU love or love to do outside of work?
Thanks.

Joe
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Angustrans - 5/12/2014 7:35:08 PM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
Hello Joe,

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.

Joe Czmiel
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thelockrodflagking_777 - 5/12/2014 9:52:32 PM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
Hi Angustrans,

I want to THANK YOU very much for taking the time to answer my questions. You take pride in what you do and I can see that. I'm the same way but I've been driving now for 34 years and I'm pretty much shot! That's why I started a new business. I'm just sooo tired of getting abused by everyone out there that discriminates against truck drivers. You can't park in lots to get food, people constantly cut you off because you're not driving 100 mph and it seems like they would be willing to kill themselves just to get home to watch TV or get to and from work. It just makes no sense to me??? Thanks for the uplift, it really helped. Your feedback was very important to me all the way around for my new gig. I think if I could be close to a beach like yourself I'd be able to tolerate it another 34 years lol.

John Rozema
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Cantruckdriver - 5/17/2014 10:01:15 AM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
I now own a cascadia also coming from western star. picking the right truck you need to look at where you are going what weight you haul plus your personal preferences buy the most profitable truck is a good idea but if you do not like to drive it you will not make money. I would pick the truck I like the most and make it as fuel efficient as possible.
I like the cascadia, but before I bought one I drove a company truck cascadia for 2 weeks to see if I would like it. Driving around the block is not enough. I have had a few western stars and liked driving these but decided to go with more efficiency than looks.
It does not matter how efficient the truck is if you do not like driving it you will make it less efficient.

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Thelockrodflagking_777 - 5/17/2014 10:29:51 AM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
Thanks for the advice. I know u have to happy in driving your ride. That's why I love my Volvo so much. Western star is big right now and I love their look. Even their name is appealing. I'm going to check them out. Things are starting to open up for me out on the road and I got a new gig now. My flags r starting to sell. Maybe because of the holiday coming up lol. Take care and thanks again.

Joe
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Angustrans - 5/18/2014 4:43:16 PM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
Your welcome flagking! I often think to myself "why am I doing a job that many look down their noses at?" It is then I stop myself and remember that they know not what they do and I must forgive them for being ignorant to the struggles we endure on the road to fill their needs. We are the unspoken heroes of the wants and needs of this country and I wage war daily to change the minds of the uneducated public one person at a time as a personal goal. Keep up the good fight and I hope the flag biz does well for ya! I admire anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit!

Joe Czmiel
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thelockrodflagking_777 - 5/18/2014 7:47:58 PM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
Thank you for your honesty and well wishes. Think how the world would be with trucking if there were more drivers like US out there. God Bless you and God Bless America.

Edward Harold
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Tenjack18 - 5/30/2014 12:51:15 AM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
I would stay away from Freightliner and Volvo. Freightliners are built cheap. VOLVO tends to incorporate new technology before it has been tested thoroughly and proven to be reliable. Seat belts in both trucks tend to lock up and pin your shoulders against the seat when you brake and decelerate on an exit ramp and try to lean forward to see farther into the blind spots. This is an unsafe seat belt design. Volvo is worst in this over sensitive seatbelts. I have driven every Volvo made from 1994 thru 2009. That is 16 consecutive years of Volvos. Freightliners probably are second worst in overly sensitive seat belts. They should be built add one that it knows the difference between a wreck in which the driver is being thrown forward versus when the driver is intentionally leaning forward while braking.

Edward Harold
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Tenjack18 - 5/30/2014 1:09:24 AM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
Seatbelts in Peterbilts, last I drove a Pete that is, don't lock up and pin your shoulders against the seat like they do in Freightliner and Volvo. Kenworth is better, too, in their seat belts. And another thing is that these new airbags that are on the steering wheels tend to block your view of the instrument panel, including mainly the tach and speedometer. If you adjust the wheel up where it should be, you can't see very much of either of those gauges. If you lower the wheel so that you can see those gauges, then you don't have the leverage on the wheel that you need because that means turning the wheel by moving your hands up and down instead of pulling back toward yourself. You can hold the wheel a lot steadier by pulling it toward yourself when the wheel is almost level than by merely gripping it in its' place when it is almost vertical (whether or not you pull it toward yourself). Just wait till you're in a rough construction zone and a bump knocks the wheel around. Before power steering became available this was even more important than now, but it's still important,

Edward Harold
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Tenjack18 - 5/30/2014 1:21:06 AM
   
RE:Question to ALL O/O, Independants and OTR drivers
It's better to adjust the steering wheel level, which means high, which means that the gauges are out of sight behind the airbag, which means that the gauges should be moved elsewhere. Like above the windshield where that useless compartment is now. That would help drivers keep their focus clear out there down the road, too. Your question is which truck model is best. My answer is not Freightliner or Volvo. Probably Pete, KW or Int'l model 9400. Proven designs are better than new stuff that was designed poorly. I have a 2015 Cascadia Evolution. Already there are two broken latches on the compartments in the sleeper berth. This truck has 15,000 miles on it and already there are things falling apart in the sleeper berth. Built Cheap. And the drain valves to drain the air tanks have a pull cord instead of the valve that you twist open and walk away from it until it finishes draining. You have to hold the pull cord until it finishes draining. Why??

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