I went to interview and truck was filthy. concerned.

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by eightball, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. dannythetrucker

    dannythetrucker Road Train Member

    May 26, 2011
    everywhere, man
    If you are really having doubts about the company, that is one thing.

    If it's just a matter of the truck being dirty, I think you have an opportunity to start off on the right foot here. Tell them you are willing to clean it (this establishes you are not lazy, and someone who solves problems instead of just whining), but you need to be paid $20/hr to do so. (this establishes you are not cheap, and also gives them a chance to prove whether they intend to pay you fairly for additional work in the future). If they balk at that, just say, "well you can have someone else clean it then, no problem, let me know when it's done so I can put my stuff in there and get started"
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  3. gypsey

    gypsey Bobtail Member

    May 14, 2010
    Huddleston, Va
    thats all well in dandy. I really don't expect them to do that much when it comes to them cleaning it, I just want the worse of it to be taken care of and I can finish it off with my own touch. I like to know that the bed I'm sleeping in has been disinfected with LYSOL> I hope other drivers consider their own well being when getting into bed at nite knowing that someone's else germs are gone and you bed linens aren't becoming contamidated by someone elses filth. You never know what other drivers before you has done in that truck! Could have had lot lizards in there you don't know!
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  4. gypsey

    gypsey Bobtail Member

    May 14, 2010
    Huddleston, Va
    yeah slip seating sucks! I never had to do that. I would throw a fit, I the kind of person if we share the truck then it is everybody's responsibility who drivers it to keep it presentable
  5. coopnp

    coopnp Road Train Member

    Oct 9, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    Our company some people refuse over trucks that smell like smoke. I imagine it probably smells like an ashtray and don't blame them for doing so. The company has to use a machine to get that smell out it gets into everything. I don't smoke that would really bother me. My truck was new but I did slip seat for 9 months. The other 2 weren't total slobs, but they didn't sweep after the got out of the truck. I used to until I caught on and was like screw it. Ill wipe down stuff and do the windows, vacuum the floors keep the trash taken out but that's about it. I've heard of stories of recovered trucks filthy and open piss bottles spilled etc. ew I can't imagine.
  6. BrianE

    BrianE Light Load Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    Livingston Texas
    So they actually took you out on a road test in a filthy truck. That right there sets the tone about what that company is about.
    Are they telling you if you are good enough you can drive this filthy POS? That would be my impression. Not very professional and it tells me they might not be very professional in other areas.
  7. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

    Jan 31, 2012
    Green Bay Wi
    i was the one cleaned up the truck with poop on the mattress to get it back to olathe
    i'm just saying if that is the reason not to take a job your too picky
    but to each his own

    FLATBED Road Train Member

    Also had the opposite , spotless truck for the roadtest , turned over a spotless truck to a the driver when he started and 2 weeks later I had to ask the driver when did we start hauling LIVESTOCK , truck was a DISASTER and looked like PIGS lived in it.
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  9. Logan76

    Logan76 Crusty In Training

    Jul 12, 2009
    kittanning, PA
    As hard as it is to find a decent company, its just as hard for them to find decent drivers who take care of their equipment...
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  10. MrEd

    MrEd Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Winfred, SD
    I don't know why more companies don't have cleanliness standards with their equipment. Some drivers can completely ruin a truck in a fairly short time. Within reason, it makes no sense to have a driver make the company money over a few years, and then waste most or all of that destroying the resale value of a truck. Also makes a good impression with customers to have a clean well kept truck and driver show up to load or deliver.
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  11. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    I wouldn't "quit" a job before I even set foot in a truck, because it wasn't clean. And you're right, what's clean to you may be just part clean to them. Consider also, some companies hire this out and the cleaning company doesn't cut it, unbeknown to management. Then some companies have a mechanic quick vac the inside and consider it "cleaned". Dirty mattresses need changed, for sure. Actually, think about it, if YOU clean it. you know it's done right.
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