Taking the plunge. My journey as an O/O.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Farmerbob1, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    I like big paydays too, I just don't like forgetting to submit a settlement, allowing someone else to hold my money an extra week to make that next check bigger.
     
  2. Farmerbob1

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    So. Phone call yesterday at 3:30 PM.

    Me: Were you able to finish the work?

    Vegas Freightliner (VF): Yes.

    Me: Great. I will be there before you close.

    VF: Wait. We can't invoice you today.

    Me: What? You can't invoice me in an hour? You said you close at 1630.

    VF: Sorry, no, everyone is going home at 1530 today.

    Me: ... Seriously, it takes you an hour to invoice a job?

    VF: We will have your invoicing ready early tomorrow AM.

    Me: *Sigh* See you tomorrow morning.
     
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  3. JonJon78

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    If that was me I would have to think they are BSing me and the work isnt done...
     
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  4. Farmerbob1

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    That's possible, but if so, someone is an idiot. It's one thing to say that there were delays servicing a truck. It's something completely different to make your office team sound incompetent.
     
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    This is where you enter into freak the F out mode and want their manager, and if you don’t get somewhere then, you get their manager, and let them know what a bunch of lazy incompetent pricks everyone under them is being and you were told something and you expect them to do it. That you don’t give 2 ####s about their invoicing that you’ll be there in 20 mins to pickup your truck.

    You can’t let these guys get away with this. They are used to dealing with company drivers who say “aww shucks, I’ll hit the casino for another night”. Your a business person and they are costing you money.
     
  6. 062

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    I find it hard to believe that Freightliner in a major city isn’t 24hr five days a week.
     
  7. TallJoe

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    If all the repair jobs on my truck over the last 5 years had been done at those dealerships shops, I would have lost quite a fortune. I don't even go to Loves to fix a nail hole in my tire because they always say that it is too close to the edge...I just go to their store and buy that DIY patching kit on their on shelf for $5 and 10 minutes later the tire is as good as new. And they were ready to sell me their made in China tire for $325.
     
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    What i find just as hard to believe is someone would take a truck to a dealer to hook up an inverter.
     
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  9. Farmerbob1

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    In my experience, about half of all Freightliner service locations are 5 day operations. About half of those have less than 24 hours on those 5 days.

    The Trucker Path app will let you search for Freightliner locations, and most of them post their hours in the app data.
     
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    I have a fair amount of book learning about electricity. I have a basic understanding of circuits. I can troubleshoot mentally and determine likely fault scenarios. I have even connected a few wires here and there as a steel mill mechanic.

    But I am not an electrician. I do not have a strong working knowledge of electrical diagnostic tools, nor do I have anything resembling a solid grounding in hands-on truck electrical system repairs.

    I know what ozone smells like. Burnt insulation, check. Rotten egg bad battery scent, check.

    Problem is that this truck is my meal ticket. If I duck up an electrical system repair job and my truck burns down one night, I have no recourse. It's all on me.

    I also have a paper trail of receipts to show to a potential buyer when time comes to sell the truck, if I sell it to an individual.
     
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