IDC: any Current West 11 Reefer Drivers?

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  1. GranaRig831

    GranaRig831 Light Load Member

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    ok, sounds good,
    I could see how manual input could get annoying but as long as it has the navigation capability I`m cool with that.
    Thank you!

    Samx...what fleet did you run on?
     
  2. Samx1

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    No problem. I was on dry western 11. Out 5 home for 34, I would stay out longer tho more like 8-9 days and two days off by choice. Only reason I left was to be local (got a government driving job with USPS). My PTA was never questioned either. If I wanted to take a 34 on the road I just set my PTA and that's it.
     
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  3. GranaRig831

    GranaRig831 Light Load Member

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    "A nice option is the off duty driving which they allow you to use"
    more info on this please...?

    I prefer the dry side but due to my home location being far from terminal or yard, only option for me to get on w/ IDC is reefer side
     
  4. BigRigFisher324

    BigRigFisher324 Light Load Member

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    Yeah, its Monterey Mushroom. I've been there quite a bit. I've never seen any trucks parked there, but my FM said he has some drivers that drop a trailer there and bobtail home.
     
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  5. GranaRig831

    GranaRig831 Light Load Member

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    Monterey Mushroom... hmm that would positively work if allowed to drop trailer n bob tail,

    I was offered a job there couple months back to run regional for them but was set back by their co policies....
    no smoking in trucks, outside & in-cab cameras, fuel at their yards or Ryder rental yards where they lease some of their trucks so none or not much shower credits, truck I road tested in was kinda worn out n not clean inside...

    anyways thank`s for taking the time to look into this for me.

    Ohh...what`s the deal on that OFF DUTY driving time?...and you being reefer side...
    is load & deliver times the usual 2-3 hr waits?

    Well hopefully I get to go to Tacoma orientation next week & get hired ..maybe I`ll see & meet you out on road...
     
  6. BigRigFisher324

    BigRigFisher324 Light Load Member

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    They give us 45 min a day for off duty driving.

    I get a lot of preloaded trailers, and usually wait under 2 hours to get unloaded, but it all depends on the customer.
     
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  7. GranaRig831

    GranaRig831 Light Load Member

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    Are you allowed to drop trailer n bobtail for those 45 mins?...guess driver can use the 45 for personal time to restock on food? Or wash clothes? Etc..or?
    Is preloaded trailers the norm for reefer side?...or. just hit n miss?

    Today received my flight info to attend orientation in Tacoma next Monday
     
  8. BigRigFisher324

    BigRigFisher324 Light Load Member

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    Yeah I have to drop the trailer. I cant have a trailer empty or loaded during my off duty driving. I can do pretty much anything during that time as long as its not a restricted truck stop. I normally head to Walmart and restock my fridge and other necessities. I do laundry at the terminals or when I'm home every couple weeks.

    Preloaded is majority of Interstates freight from what i see on both dry and reefer, but i do get stuck at the Safeway DC waiting to get loaded. I hate that place.
     
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  9. GranaRig831

    GranaRig831 Light Load Member

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    BigRig,
    wheres that Safeway DC at?

    it sounds like they take care of you & that your fairly content with IDC since you`ve been their a few yrs...
    they do seem & sound to be a decent company & looking foward to rolling with them but am sure they have their fair share of issues &/or restrictions,

    any insight on their orientation road test?
    do they usually have enough trucks in Tacoma to assign new drivers when finished with orientation?...I hear solo`s usually get Freightliners

    Appreciate you taking the time & effort to answer questions! :thumbup:
     
  10. GranaRig831

    GranaRig831 Light Load Member

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    curious to know...their orientation packlist mentions bringing laptop if you have one...
    any idea on reason of this?
     
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