Shaffer Miles?

Discussion in 'Shaffer' started by RoadCall, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. freightwipper

    freightwipper Road Train Member

    Mar 24, 2014
    Well freightshakers are freightshakers in the first place but these trucks are pretty stripped.
    As in my first company my Freightshaker had foglights, light in cubby holes in sleeper, APU, seats that actually worked etc.
    Here you have none of that.. forget APU you'll ever have a battery pack for AC that dies after 5 hours OR Opti-Idle where the engine turns on and off by itself constantly.
    If it's 100 degrees inside the cab but 70 degree outside the truck won't Opti-Idle as it measures the temperature outside and not inside for the engine to start.
    There is a range in which the engine won't turn on and off for AC, it's a sad design. Not all trucks have that though but a lot do.
    The seats are terrible, I have to stick a pillow behind my back or else I get bad back pain. I didn't have that in the International but I was only in that truck for a week before it broke lol.

    It's just a freightliner man, these things rattle apart.. man I even can rained on in this truck INSIDE from multiple areas when it's raining outside.
    These Trucks were put together with K-Mart Clips I tell you.

    You're welcome, btw if you really want to make a lot of money become a trainer here.
    I was with a trainer for 3 weeks here and saw his paychecks through the qualcomm.
    I talked about it with my trainer, he gets paid ALL miles the truck moves plus $125 extra a week for training.
    We did a couple coast to coast runs while I was in "training".

    Do the math 5800 x .51 + $125 is nearly $3100 in one week
  2. RoadCall

    RoadCall Road Train Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    Here and there ...
    Hmm, well I've been driving freightshakers on and off for the last 20 years. Actually drove a Cascadia for my last company for 2 years, I didnt have any problems with that truck. I have no idea if it had the same seats your talking about but mine was comfortable, so maybe it had upgraded seats, I don't know. They seemed like basic cloth seats to me but maybe not.

    As as far as the opti idle crap, I've heard guys at Crete just idle there trucks regardless of Cretes desired idle policy. They seem to say no one has ever been fired for idling. I know I won't be uncomfortable, so if I can't override the opti idle I would quit over it. I won't put up with being hot in the summer.

    Thanks again!
  3. freightwipper

    freightwipper Road Train Member

    Mar 24, 2014
    lol yup I refuse to sleep in a hot truck.
    The truck won't run idling forever with the ignition on but there's different tricks I heard people do to prevent it from shutting off.

    Now I will say there ARE some trucks here that have a smart system with a battery pack AC system that will turn on and off the truck when the batteries get low to keep the AC always working.
    Don't have that in mine, I just have the battery pack that dies in a few hours and I wake up up drenched in sweat :biggrin_25513:

    Supposedly Crete is done with the Battery stuff because it's too expensive to maintain, it costs LESS to idle the truck that's why the new trucks are opti idle.
  4. Brandson

    Brandson Medium Load Member

    Dec 14, 2013
    My battery HVAC system in my prostars here have worked great. Turns on to idle 1 to 3 times during the night for an hour.
    RoadCall Thanks this.
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