Quit Reefer Company

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kolorado, Sep 14, 2021.

  1. Kolorado

    Kolorado Medium Load Member

    Feb 28, 2015
    So i quit Dee King Trucking Friday and I'm going back to Danny Herman trucking here in el paso.
    I worked here for a year+ back in 2015/16 only thing is they assigned me a tractor with wheel well damage like someone hit a pole near the steer nothing huge but you can see white fiber glass. i like to take pride in my ride i go back tomorrow should i ask if i can get a truck that isn't damaged?? FYI so glad to be out of this reefer game!!!
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  3. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Heavy Load Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    The company I work for gave me a truck with a crack in the front bumper purely cosmetic. A few scrapes around the crack. I ran the truck for a week and then went home for a few days when I came back it was coming out of the autobody shop. Brand new bumper and I didn’t even have to ask for it.

    I told the fleet manager he didn’t have to do that. And he said come on man, you don’t want everybody thinking you banged into something when you didn’t. And I thought about it and I was like #### that was pretty cool of them. He used to be a driver. So he gets it.

    So to answer your question, heck yeah if they try to give you a dented truck I would ask for it to be fixed. Tell them you’re a prideful driver. That’ll get them every time.
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  4. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Washington, PA
    I don’t think that’s a crazy request. I have done the same in the past. I also did a sniff test to find the least smoked in truck.
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  5. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Congratulations.... There's a reason I call it: Reefer Madness!
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  6. Six9GS

    Six9GS Heavy Load Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Yuma, AZ
    IDK, don't see where it would hurt to ask. Just be tactful and diplomatic about it. If you asked tactfully, it'll at least let them know you actually care about your/their truck and that would be a good thing!
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  7. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Many companies are making due with their current equipment due to the chip shortage. Can't get their new trucks. If it is just cosmetic, I wouldn't sweat it too much. If there is other damage associated with it, note it on the inspection sheet they have you fill out with a new tractor assignment.
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  8. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    IDK, "Dee King" sounds awfully conceited, I am "Dee King" in trucking,,,schmuck.. Reefer has it's ups and downs, like anything, and good equipment is paramount. Sadly today, your "pride", and I hate this word now, has been trumped by outrageous costs, and cosmetic repairs are on the back burner, now more than ever. I know how you feel, a damaged truck is like walking around with your zipper open, and it tells the world you may not be a good driver. If you tell your safety dept. that, they may make it right. Herman has been around a long time, and knows full well, image is important. Good luck, and I tell you what, the "cold side" of our Walmart is always empty. These companies better start offering more incentive for reefer, or these spoiled affluent crybabies won't have their crappy food, where ever it comes from.
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  9. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

    May 3, 2016
    Hot Springs, AR
    I hope you’re a snappy dresser with a dapper style about you. Otherwise, a request like that loses a touch of its cache.

    I recommend a black formal number with a modest touch of bling. IMO, there will be no denying you’re a man of exquisite taste and, thus, a new ride will be presented to you on the cleanest asphalt at the terminal.
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  10. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Seriously dude, you’re a commodity as a driver.

    If it doesn’t impact the performance of the truck, drive it.
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  11. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Please post a picture of the damage. You are making it sound like the hood is held on by a half a dozen bungee cords. About the only damage I ever see on a DHT Tractor are bent cab extenders from morons that back under the king pin or don't have the sense to watch their angle when backing
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