Shortie FedEx sleeper truck

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by OpenEye, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. OpenEye

    OpenEye Bobtail Member

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    The other day I saw a white FedEx truck, normal sleeper type cab but the truck bed was very short-maybe 24 feet or so. I'm not sure if it was a straight truck or tractor-trailer, I only caught a glimpse of it when it passed by on the highway I had just left.

    Anyone know what these are for? Some sort of high priority freight? You'd think FedEx would fly anything that has to get there fast.

    If it matters, I was in central CT, so not all that far from NYC.
     
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  3. The Challenger

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    What you saw was a Fed Ex Custom Critical truck. Look them up on other Fed Ex websites and you will see what you saw was a expeditor/hot shot truck.
    Use google
    Was it this type you saw?

    King
     
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  4. OpenEye

    OpenEye Bobtail Member

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    Yes, I'm pretty sure that's what I saw. Not sure if it had a reefer unit or not, but I only saw it for a few seconds. Thanks.

    What sort of job is this kind of truck used for?
     
  5. Iraqvet

    Iraqvet Light Load Member

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    Thats for expedited freight,or "just in time" freight.Its mainly for customers who dont need alot of space for a pakage they want to ship,and they need it shipped like yesterday....They can get in and out of alot more places as well...That gives them a bigger customer base,but they are limited to what they can ship cause the small size of the truck the size of the truck so.....
     
  6. Scarecrow03

    Scarecrow03 Road Train Member

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    A lot of times expedited freight will only consist of one skid/tote/carton of parts that a production plant needs to keep from shutting down a line or a machine. The warehouse that my buddy works at stores plastic pellets in gaylords and bulk sacks. They will sometimes get a call from a customer saying they're about to run out of a certain material and need an extra shipment. Usually this is the result of somebody either not ordering enough material to begin with, or there wasn't enough material to fill an original order.

    I'm sure there are hundreds of other reasons for using an expediter, but this is the one I'm most familiar with.
     
  7. ziggystyles

    ziggystyles Road Train Member

    yeah I see a ton of those trucks along I80, at least two a day although usually it seems to be a regular class 8 tractor with the pup trailer on the back of it. Usually have a bigger than normal sleeper too. Wonder what those guys make...dang. But then again, I dont know if its a company gig or if its a owner op leased to them or what.
    Either way I figger its gotta be paying pretty darned good.
     
  8. franco61365

    franco61365 Bobtail Member

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    A company I used to work for used Fedex custom a time or two, it cost like 4.50 per mile, and I understand once they pick up your freight, they can not stop untill it is delivered, that is why you only see teams and super sleepers on the trucks.
     
  9. Iraqvet

    Iraqvet Light Load Member

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    Those guys are always in a hurry,but i would imagine they would surley be able to stop lol..The drivers are humans so they have to eat, sleep, shower, and go to the bathroom like anyone else...and they have to run logs too....So they gotta stop somtime...
     
  10. The Challenger

    The Challenger Kinghunter

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    Those guys do stop. The rest stop in my WalMart plaza has a couple parked there everyday. Yesterday I saw a something similiar to this:
    Use google
    Trust me, they do stop for food and bathroom breaks.

    King
     
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  11. tenorallen1

    tenorallen1 Bobtail Member

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    I worked on one of those trucks and we used to keep runnin, until there was a lull in work, and we used things to keep on the road , we had micros, fridge, and portable bathroom thingys to keep on the roll
     
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