Slip seat vs assigned tractors.

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  1. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

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    What are your experiences with this? As a yard guy I use a road tractor a lot because I honestly don't like the jockey truck too much, it's a lil quicker and easier in the knees but it's kind of a pos. We have assigned trucks for the bulk routes and the delivery routes are slip seat (tho everyone gets to have gentleman's agreements to try to stay in the same truck. You would think the slip seat trucks would be nasty but it's the other way around. The assigned trucks are ####ing disgusting for the most part and the slip seat trucks are generally pretty clean and in decent shape. Is that normal?
     
  2. x1Heavy

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    My truck. My castle. My *&^%. Beat it.

    EVERY single time some grubby fingered trucker was told to take my truck and do some load with it, It HAS ALWAYS COME BACK flawed and broken enough to break down or require shop work when I find the problem. ALWAYS.

    I had a tractor that was PERFECT. 100% no defects anywhere. A pretty tractor too. Clean. Beautiful. My baby.

    My company sent some grub to the BWI Airport then a 40 mile taxi ride so he can take my #### on my week off, came back with it three days later after a coil delivery into Jersey... and took taxi back to the airport to fly back to freaking indiana.

    What did I find? Enough defects, trash, urine and god knows what else. 2000 dollars later at our local international truck dealer shop fixing everything.

    I freaking lost 10 days of payroll sitting on my ### waiting for that #### shop to fix what mr grub did to it in three days.

    God some of that is flat BS. Never again. Never never never. I'll hide it deep in the hollow where the satellite cannot find it before I allow some grub driver get ahold of it.

    My truck, my baby, my perfect 100% condition nothing broken ####. My truck. Go get your own. lol.
     
  3. FlaSwampRat

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    I have to hook them up to their trailers every night so they are ready to roll at 3am....they are some disgusting ####s lol. I'll take pictures tomorrow night, it's bad...real bad. Not like Werner driver crapped himself bad but I would be embarrassed knowing that someone else was gonna get in that truck every night and see how much of a ####ing slob I was.
     
  4. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Medium Load Member

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    This is my philosophy, too. Which is what pisses me off the most about my current truck. I received it in nowhere near the condition that matches my standards for my equipment... previous driver and Mr Grub might just be one and the same person
     
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    You really get to see the pigs, hey? Makes you wonder what their home is like. I've had many slip seat jobs, maybe more than assigned. I hated slip seat and quit several jobs over that. One guy chewed toothpicks, and all these toothpick pieces on the floor, another, the seat stunk so bad, I had to put a plastic bag over it. Your situation is a bit different, and I'm a bit surprised the assigned trucks are filthy, usually, it was always the other way around, nobody cleaned someone elses truck too often. I wouldn't drive a slip seat operation ever again.
     
  6. jmz

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    My assigned truck at US Foods was absolutely filthy because that’s how it was when I got it and I never really had a good chance to clean it. My whole day was rushing, and when I finally got a break or finished up, I was exhausted and not motivated to do it. Plus that truck was junk and I was in a rental every other week, hoping they would finally just write it off.

    I didn’t make it any worse though. Whatever I brought into the cab also came out with me.
     
  7. JadeLove

    JadeLove Light Load Member

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    Slip seating is disgusting and unsanitary. I hate it.
     
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  8. McUzi

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    My experience of slipseating in the beginning were not pleasant. City drivers using my tractor would smoke in it, leave their dunkin donuts trash in the cab, not bother to clean the windows or fuel the tractor after use, not take their gloves off while being in the cab etc. The last time I had a smoker in my tractor I had a conversation with my location manager about it, and went on to say that even though it is company policy to prohibit smoking in the tractors, I also informed them that my long form medical card has a disclosed allergy to tobacco smoke, so I expect them to respect that.

    Haven't had a smoker in the truck since, and now I find my tractor is only used maybe once or twice by city drivers as a spare when they run low on the tiny city tractors from them being OOS.

    I keep the tractor in showroom condition at all times, clean, crisp, everything functions as it did from the factory, repairs are done at the hub for anything that fails immediately. I made mention of this to a city driver at one point and said I expect the truck to be in the same condition I left it in, and he proceeded to call me a pretentious prick, and that it's FedEx's truck, not mine. I responded by saying that YES, it is FedEx's truck, but you can bet they'd like it to be clean and maintained for when it's time to resell it, and ALSO that it is a linehaul truck and that they wouldn't be buying these large tractors if they weren't primarily intended for use for linehaul.
     
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  9. austinmike

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    My last gig was slip seat. Everybody kept the trucks clean. Had a lady driver, you could eat off the floor she kept it so clean.
    I keep my current assigned truck clean inside and out.
     
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  10. x1Heavy

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    I had one trainer who was very influential. He kept a spotless truck.

    I actually ran into him later on in life while fueling and he hopped in to see what is doing inside my cab. Found a wrapper on the dash. HA... But otherwise passed his informal inspection. That was a GREAT day. Steel on the trailer and clean tractor any day.

    The one we turned into FFE was mint inside. Perfect. I hope they enjoyed the #### thing.
     
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