My time at Crete...

Discussion in 'Crete' started by chowick1966, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. RiverOtter

    RiverOtter Light Load Member

    Feb 13, 2009
    Lexington, KY
    Whether or not to chain is entirely your option - I've never had Ops try to second-guess me on whether or not it's safe to continue.

    And, FWIW - In 12 years with Crete, I've only had two situations where I've shut down rather than chain, and one situation where I chained and continued on.
    frankreno Thanks this.
  2. izifaddag

    izifaddag Medium Load Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    I am from Kent, a village called Lenham or the town of Maidstone take your pick:biggrin_25523:
    My buddy chained up but it is RARE! In fact anyone in a Prostar is having their chains and spare wheel / mount removed to save weight. Just had mine taken as the thruck went thru a B service.:biggrin_25522:
  3. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    Truckin' in SoCal
    what happened to chowick? thought he was gonna keep us updated? Guess he just faded away.
  4. chowick1966

    chowick1966 Medium Load Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    Back on this thread again!
    Now been with Crete close on 2.5 years and running Kellogg's Dedicated. I am, to say the least, kept very busy on the dedicated!!!
    Got into a brand new truck in have 53,000 on it already. Most of the Kellogg runs I do are factory to DC, DC to DC and DC to grocery (A lot of WM). I run a lot out of Minooka,IL and usually spend most of my time going to West Jefferson (Columbus) OH, Atlanta, Breinigsville PA, also often into IA,Omaha NE, Lewisville TX. Had a couple of long haul runs, currently on a Backhaul out of CA after dropping in Riverside,CA.

    I will try to keep more up to date on here as I have time!!!
  5. bowlwinkle

    bowlwinkle Medium Load Member

    Aug 27, 2008
    Ankeny, IA
    Do you take a pay cut to be on that dedicated? How long do you have to stay out?
  6. chowick1966

    chowick1966 Medium Load Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    Took a small pay cut (0.02c) but I have almost made that back with year on year raises (been on it almost 2 years now.)

    As far as time out goes, I generally stay out anywhere from 10-20 days.....depending on what I have going on. Technically the fleets are 6,14,21 as with the rest of Crete. The Asset Manager (as they are now called of course!) is pretty good as long as you don't give him reason to be p.o'd. Miles are excellent I usually get no less than 2,500. I enjoy it as the majority of the loads are usually pretty light (20-30,000) with the exception of Keebler loads. Some of the DC's can be a pain a the a, but thats the same everywhere!!
  7. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Columbia, SC area
    Glad you're doing well. I'm preparing to leave this place after seven months of experience some of the absolute worst communication I've ever seen. Today was the last straw. I'll be gone before the end of the month. Went up 3 1/2 cents per mile over my last job, and I'm behind in earnings. Waste of my time.
  8. majestyk

    majestyk Road Train Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    las vegas, nv
    You ever hear back from Poly 48? I took my vacation time and they are flying me out on Tuesday for a Wednesday interview. I sure hope everything works out and I am able to switch over although I certainly have not had the bad run of luck that you have to deal with. Are you going back to Schneider or something else in the works? Best of luck.
  9. chowick1966

    chowick1966 Medium Load Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    My time at Crete may be coming to an end. After 3 years I think I am pretty much done with Crete. They are closing the Ottawa,IL terminal and have moved me to the Indianapolis,IN terminal. To say I am not happy about would be understating it.

    After 2 years on the Dedicated Kellogg's I had,lets say, a 'dispute' with my AM and resulted in me coming off of that and back on National. Now,my miles have been good and consistent on National,but the shift to Indy is not going well. After receiving a 'welcome' message I then get one 2 days later saying that my idle % is 'too high' and 'needs brought down'.....adding 'I do not want to hear that it is cold or you have been in the snow or are not getting miles' adding 'I have plenty of drivers in the same situation that do a right fine job with their idle', and finishing with a terse 'Questions???'....I replied with several questions on how I would achieve this and have as of the time of writing (03/07 1.35pm) not received an answer to my query.

    Now,as any who look at this who are Crete drivers know that they have on most of their trucks the vaunted 'extra battery packs' (which take 3 hours to charge up) with those lovely bunk heaters and a/c's. So for some odd reason the Idle target for winter is 12% and summer is 25%.....Of which I don't believe I have ever met these targets in 3 years at Crete and have been pulled up on it once before. All of a sudden this new (new to me that is) TM is all over it and phrasing it in a way where I feel belittled,demeaned and frankly insulted. A change looms methinks.
  10. treetrimmer88

    treetrimmer88 Bobtail Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I dont know man i have opti idle and its crazy out of wack on a good week i get about a 55% and bad week a 70% idle time do to the all night running of the truck. somehow i still pull off at least a 7.8 mpg with the pedal on the floor so they stay off me about it. sorry to hear its not working out for you. best of luck man
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