Swift For A Southern Nevada Resident?

Discussion in 'Swift' started by Retired In Nevada, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Retired In Nevada

    Retired In Nevada Bobtail Member

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    Greetings, all. I retired from the information technology field early in 2004 at the age of 50. I am 58 now. I left the IT field because (1) I was sick and tired of sitting in large corporate cubicle farms dressed in a suit and tie, putting up with endless micro-management and corporate BS; and (2) I was receiving a great passive income from investments in first trust deeds on real estate in Pahrump, in southern Nevada, about 70 miles away from Las Vegas, where I have resided since late 2005.

    Late in 2008, it turned out that the individual with whom I had the investments was running a Ponzi scheme. He filed for personal and corporate bankruptcies under chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. Long story short, my life's savings of $1.54 million was gone. The scumbag had pulled off a Bernie Madoff for tens of millions of dollars on over 600 investors nationwide. He is going to trial on 27 felony counts of fraud on May 7, 2012. Google "Hans Seibt" and you will see what his Ponzi scheme was all about.

    Since then, to no avail, I have sought employment in the IT field.

    I am living month to month, hand to month, on a reduced, fixed monthly pension that I was forced to take early at the age of 55 because of my financial loss. The pension covers my most basic, necessary bills, with nothing left at the end of each month for discretionary spending.

    In addition to having no money left at the end each month, I am bored out of my skin. Also, I have not seen very much of the USA and I have a high degree of wanderlust in my blood at this stage of my life.

    Therefore, I am taking a look at trucking as a means for earning some much needed income and satisfying the wanderlust.

    I have no family at home, having never been married and, obviously, having never fathered any children. Ergo, being away from home for extended periods of time is not a big issue, but I do want to strike a reaonable balance between maximizing my income and having decent home time.

    My research into starter trucking companies for a southern Nevada resident indicates that my choices are Swift, Werner, and Knight/Squire. After spending countless hours reading through the threads on each of these companies in this and other forums, I have decided that Swift might be the best choice.

    My request to you readers -- especially readers who drive for any one of the aforementioned companies and reside in southern Nevada -- is tell me about your experience driving for your company. Tell me about your length of time out, home time, whether you are allowed to take your truck home for home time, average length of runs, regional and dedicated runs available to southern Nevada residents, and so on.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Retired In Nevada

    Retired In Nevada Bobtail Member

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    No Swifties residing in southern Nevada?
     
  4. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

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    Got a friend who runs 48 out of Las Vegas. Swift has a drop yard colocated with Estes on the north side.
     
  5. Retired In Nevada

    Retired In Nevada Bobtail Member

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    Does Swift let you take the truck home for home time? Are the trucks equipped with APUs? If not, does Swift have a strict idling policy?
     
  6. inkeper

    inkeper Road Train Member

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    On taking the truck home, it depends on how far from a terminal you are and actually varies from terminal to terminal. No APUs, although a small small number of the company trucks have one for various reasons, sleep apnea machines and whatnot. And finally there is a strict idling policy that the company is determined to make us abide by:biggrin_25520:
     
  7. Retired In Nevada

    Retired In Nevada Bobtail Member

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    So, regarding Swift's idling policy, I guess that means that Swift drivers are expected to freeze their buns off during the winter and sweat their buns off during the summer.

    Is it any wonder that for this reason and many others that the turnover in the truck driving industry is something like 150% annually?

    Does any of the starter companies have either (1) APUs installed on their units, or (2) a more relaxed idling policy?
     
  8. Trstanich

    Trstanich Light Load Member

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    Doesn't swift have a terminal in sparks or did it close just wondering
     
  9. inkeper

    inkeper Road Train Member

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    Almost all the company trucks have webasto bunk heaters for the winter. When it is hot, you idle if you are in the truck.
     
  10. Rug_Trucker

    Rug_Trucker Road Train Member

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    And catch a rash of crap for idling with the A/C on.

    The Webasto heaters will keep you toasty warm. Down side is my batteries in the truck made me get up after 5hrs and restart the truck when the low voltage warning sounded.

    The newer tucks have more computers and more power draw.

    Swift is a good place to get a start. After 6 months you can weigh your options.
     
  11. inkeper

    inkeper Road Train Member

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    A lot depends on your attitude with the office staff as to how much "crap" you will catch. 6 years with idling in the summer to be totally comfortable, and I have caught a lot of gratitude for a job well done.
     
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