One other thing, and this question is to anyone who may know, which truck is more fuel efficient- the KW T2000 or the Peterbilt 387 (assuming the powertrains are the same)? Thanks!
Stevens Transport - Dallas, Tx.
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Another question here to the Alliance lease Drivers, is there a good chance that after my 2 1/2 weeks st Stevens Academy, that I may get a Road Trainer that is an Alliance Leased Driver? I've already mentioned that I was leaning to Alliance Leasing to Lou Arrono there at the Stevens Recruiting office, and she seemed more excited than I did. I really would like an Alliance Leased Trainer as my road trainer so I could find out the ins and outs (I already know it isn't all biscuits and gravy). The trainer would benefit as well because I've driven OTR for almost a year, though it was 10 years ago, so it won't be long before he'll be comfortable in my driving.
During training they will ask who wants to be teamed with an Alliance driver and after training they will put you under an Alliance DM to see if you can cut it for 3-4 weeks before accepting you into the program. Be careful that you don't end up with an Alliance guy that just wants to run teams and you end up doing all the night driving and learning nothing, that happened to a buddy of mine.
Thanks Dryver, I didn't know about the 3-4 weeks in a 'trial' program to see if someone can "cut it", but I can understand why they would do that. I wonder though, if someone has had about 1 year OTR experience (albeit 10 years ago), if they would waive that 3-4 weeks. I guess we will see on that one.
As far as getting with a trainer that 'basically wants students to run team' , I guess I'll have to hope to luck out. If I get one like that, well then I'll just have to pay my dues I suppose.
y'know.. mpg is important. Very important. But - if the truck isn't comfortable the driver, his life is gonna suck.
For instance, I was very comfortable in my Pete 379- much more so than in the 387 (go figure). Of course, the down side is that the 379 got about 6.9 mpg on average for me. The 387 was closer to 9, as I recall (only drove it for a few weeks).
Over time, that's a substantial difference. With fuel at 2.50 (or so), that's less meaningful than it was back when fuel was 4.50. My problem was that I found the 387 a lot less comfortable than the 379 - I'd cramp up in hours in the 387 (ok, I'm built funny) and have to break for 20-30 mins.
ergo.. the question is: at what point does the comfort line cross the fuel savings line?
Some of the problems I have encountered are starting out before a trip getting a 34 hour restart and then ending up taking another 34 hour restart at the end of the same trip. When that happens you loose 3 days out of your week. My DM has told me that it depends on the area of the country you are in at the time. I don't know about you but that really chaps my hide.
How about when you get a load with 2800 miles and you can only run about 1800 miles because as a solo driver you run out of hours and have to get a repower. You really have to manage your time. And things happen to trip you up.
How about California. Run all over california to make 6 pickups and only get as far as Flagstaff, AZ. before you are told you have to repower with a Team. They will run the miles and You get send back into California to get another load with mabe only 3 pickups this time. All those pickups eat away at your 70/HOS.
And if coping with trying to average 2900 miles per week is'nt bad enough. How about those mechanics back on the
Dallas yard. Everytime you turn your back on your truck. Someone takes it and good luck trying to find it again.
My all time favorite was going to bed around 11:00 one nite. That's when the nite shift starts. 30 mins later there is a knock at my door. The mechanic has a service order and wants my truck. I drive over to the service bay. I can't sleep in the truck while he works on it. So I get kicked out of my truck, out of my bed and into a cold nite. You know that wiezel nite supervisor just loves doing that to the drivers.
I was moving out of one truck into the one I have now. A man approached me and asked me what I was doing. He did not have a badge or anything to identify him as a Stevens employee. I told him what I was doing. He had the nerve to say to me, "OK. Otherwise I was going to move your truck and put it somewhere were you could not find it.".
That was the final straw of a 9 day stay on the Dallas yard. I went bullistic on that S.O.B. but that is another story for another day.
Just a few of my grips with Stevens. AS I said, "The job I love to hate".
I need to run about 1700 miles per week to cover my expenses. I have a new truck payment of $630.00 and an APU payment of $50.00.
There are certain things you need to do, like keep a large running balance in your Time Off account. I was told to get $10,000.00 in there. So when you want time off. Time off is never an issue. Makes sense to me but Thats alot of work to get 10K saved and into your time off account.
Strategy is everything. You have to run a tight ship and you have to know how Stevens operates if you want to make a decient living.
One other thing. I don't think anybody has mentioned this before on this thread. My CPM is now .86 but after fuel surcharge and stop off pay, etc. is caluclated I average about $1.10 per mile.
UNIT DEAD HEAD MILEAGE PERCENT 8.53 %
CONTRACTOR RATE PER TOTAL MILE 1.095
TOTAL MILES 2849
* * * * * * * * *LEASE COMPLETION BONUS LTD: 2,033.38 * * * * * *
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