well i have graduated schneider training and just got my first truck, what would you all suggest i throw on the truck other than tools and a cb. i all ready have tools and id be an idiot not to take them and the cb is also a no brainer.
just got my first tractor
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What! No picture???! Oh sure your first rig and you don't even post a picture for us, that's it...2 demerits for capnhector! There are a number of threads around here for what to get for your truck, try this:
Well the links are buried deeper than I thought so i compiled this list for ya. If anybody has any suggestions/changes please let me know and I'll edit. Once we get a full list I'll try and get a sticky made. I didn't come up with all this, its bits and pieces from a variety of posts off several forums that I thought would help people. Please don't get offended if I don't give you credit for your ideas.
Anyway here's my current list:
Clothes & Personal Supplies
Change of clothes for at least two weeks (or more).
Clothes detergent & dryer sheet softeners
Work boots/shoes - Water resistant
Sneakers - Comfortable for walking
Slippers - For inside truck
Flip Flips - Prevent foot fungus, wear them when showering in truckstops
Toilet Kit - razor, tooth brush/paste/picks/floss, deodorant, Pepto Bismol, Tylenol, Antacid, prescription medications, shampoo, Q-tips, toilet paper, finger/toe nail clippers, safety pin x6, clothes pin x6, small scissors to trim hair/mustache/beard, comb/brush,
First Aid kit
2 coats - one light, one heavy
Rain poncho or good rain coat
Sunglasses x2 (in case you break one)
Coveralls (you never know when you may have to crawl under your truck)
Duffel bags for clothes (easier to load/unload vs luggage)
Dirty Laundry bag
Air freshener or Fabreeze
4 Sets of gloves- 1 for dirty work, 1 for pulling grip, 1 rubber for fueling, and 1 for warmth!
Bedding- And more then a sleeping bag. Rest is important. This is your new home away from home, not a camping trip. Bring sheets, two pillows, and a blanket.
Throw rugs for a more home like atmosphere
spare nuts/bolts/screws/hose clamps
Pocket knife to cut trailer seals
small hand held propane torch
PB Blaster for stuck pins
Air Line Antifreeze
Pad Lock- for the trailer. Don't forget it when you switch loads!
Mallet or Heavy Hammer - to jar some pins loose in the trailer sometimes.
Flashlight - small one and a large one plus extra bulbs/batteries
Basic hand tools - screw driver, wrench, vise grips, etc
electrical tape (black)
Box of throw away work rags
Tape & bailing wire.
Light bulbs (headlamp and interior dome light bulbs)
Wire nuts or crimp connectors w/crimper.
Some extra wire, red & black.
Extra fuel filters w/a small container of fuel.
Appropriate tools for removing/installing filters.
Extra belts, hoses & clamps
An extra trailer cord.
Extra bungee cords.
A tire gauge.
A gallon of windshield/bug juice.
A gallon of engine oil.
A gallon or 2 of antifreeze.
Anti-fuel gel additive
Jumper cables - long/heavy duty
LAMINATED Trucking road atlas
National Truck Stop Directory
Passport (if you run Canada or Mexico)
A sturdy log book holder with a calculator- That you can write against like a desk as much as possible.
Log books- If they don't provide them, along with the book of laws and hazmat info.
3-5 gallons water for drinking or emergency
Several rolls of paper towels
A few bottles of spray window cleaner.
Hand cleaner w/pumice &/or de-greaser.
Office supplies - No run pens, white out, ruler, permanent marker, stapler, paper clips, clipboard, masking tape, scissors, postal stamps.
Entertainment- Books, CDs, DVD's, TV, hobby related stuff. Just something to keep you busy and relax on the off hours.
Garbage can - small
Paper plates, cups, bowls
Scented candle (large - remove foul odors and some heat)
Vacuum Wet/Dry Cordless - plus charger (A/C or 12v)
Power inverter (check company limitations before you buy)
Satellite radio - plus charger (A/C or 12v)
Cell phone - plus charger (A/C or 12v)
GPS - Garmin c330 can show truck routes and is affordable, plus charger (A/C or 12v)
Laptop with cellular air card - plus charger (A/C or 12v)
CB radio and Antennas - A lot of shippers and receivers use it for communication. Some like to pass the time chatting. Traffic reports. It just plain helps. (Cobra 29 suggested by most)
Thermometer (interior and exterior)
Coleman 40 Qt. Vert/Hori Cooler with both AC/DC outlets,
Koolatron Lunch Box Heater/stove,
Koolatron Portable Microwave Oven MIC20 12v,
Coffee maker 4 cup,
Hot Plate 12v
Things to make life easier
Applications for all major truckstop reward programs. Start collecting rewards at the fuel stops frequented by your company as soon as possible. It can save your 100s of dollars a year on meals and showers.
Direct Deposit account with a checking visa card. Getting paid by check or an ATM card that you have a limit on with-drawls just does not work in this market. Make sure you have access to your money the minute you get paid.
Keep in mind I didn't even include ANY food/snacks in there, so you ain't done yet brother!
Hey great list, but I had lol. Can you imagine the look on a trainers face if a new student showed up with all that. but on a serious note that would be a great list to keep with you and just start getting things as you go, start with the essentials and work up to the luxury items.
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