Swift Refrigerated, a new journey

Discussion in 'Swift' started by GladhandSW, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. 3523

    3523 Light Load Member

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    If you can handle them they should keep giving them to you. That’s usually how it works. Glad things are working for you.
     
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  3. GladhandSW

    GladhandSW Light Load Member

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    Deliver in the AM in Houston. Tiny place that shouldn't have trucks, why do I always tend to get receivers like that? I will never know haha. Hope to stay going east. Love the west 11 but it's always nice to be in places out of my comfort zone.
     
  4. GladhandSW

    GladhandSW Light Load Member

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    Well ran a short load up to Edmond, OK added another 500 miles to that check. Load was a drop n hook. Most people would be glad for that, but I hate them because it usually means I will have to pick up someone's problem trailer and fix it. This trailer had no fuel. Fun, so this meant after fueling it, I spend the next 30 minutes priming the #### thing to get it running. Finally gets running so to head to my pick up in Liberal, KS.

    Get to Liberal drop my empty and go to look es to get a break in so I will have a full clock to head to Chicago. The time for my load to be ready is 20:53, it gets to that time and I still haven't been called. So I call to be told it won't be ready till Friday 17:00. First #### over and big wait in reefer. Had a feeling this would happen. Had the same thing happen in dry van at a paper place in Georgia.

    Well at least I'll get a reset in, got to stay positive, or try at least. I love driving and life on the road. It's the shippers and receiver that spoil a lot of it.
     
  5. 3523

    3523 Light Load Member

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    For a wait that long you should ask your dm if there’s anything else to pick up in the area. If not at least you’ll get a full 8 hours of detention pay.
     
  6. GladhandSW

    GladhandSW Light Load Member

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    They are already working on it. Hopefully I'll get something else. One nice part of working for a big company.
     
  7. GladhandSW

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    Well load is ready, picking it up as soon as I get a 34 in. Sat this long so might as well not waste a reset. I'm guessing whoever made the plan made a mistake when entering it. It said it should be ready last night, when it was scheduled for tomorrow night. Just lucked out that it was ready "early". Got a delivery on Saturday now instead. It's in West Englewood so making sure I don't show up to early. That is a rough part of town.
     
  8. biker dave

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    i'm looking at coming back to driving after being away sense 2004, looking at Swift Reefer division are they growing there dept. how many Reefer trailers there, also looking at National Carriers and Stevens Transport in that order, Stevens is last place cause low pay and 7 weeks out, unless you see or hear something different while you are out there hauling Reefer, a web site called (indeed) has lots of bad reviews on Stevens
     
  9. GladhandSW

    GladhandSW Light Load Member

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    I have no idea. They give me freight and I drive. Not worried about how many trailers they have, etc. Honestly I hate drop and hooks because the trailer I pick up always ends up being messed up. I won't encourage or discourage people from coming to Swift, they done me well, but I don't know how your experience will be.
     
  10. ACO476

    ACO476 Light Load Member

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    Its all about your driver manager and your fleet manager at Swift. I had a horrible one. All short runs with Swift reefer, usually between 200 and 400 miles with 24 plus hours of sitting in between. Never ever preplanned. I begged her constantly for more miles. The only solution she was willing to offer was to lease a truck and train students because "thats where all the miles are at." Asked for a different DM, was told no. Talked to the Kraft dedicated folks who wanted me on that account, my fleet manager declined the move because he desperately needed people on his board. I couldn't afford to work there anymore and left after six months. Never turned down a load, never had a service failure, never late and still couldn't make it work.

    Good luck and I hope things continue to work out for you.
     
    Adieu and GladhandSW Thank this.
  11. GladhandSW

    GladhandSW Light Load Member

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    This is the truth right here. My current dm is taking care of me and makes sure I am running. He has been out for a few days, not sure why, but still I am running ok. Way better than I did over in Albuquerque with dry van. Of course you have to "prove" yourself, but if you do that and still not get freight it gets quite annoying. I am enjoying my experience right now and will continue to document. Personally if this works good I hope to stay at Swift. Easier to do that than change companies, but we will see.
     
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