Truck Models - How to Tell The Difference?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Deshano, Mar 24, 2021.

  1. Deshano

    Deshano Bobtail Member

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    I don't drive, and I've been in the trucking industry for about 2 years. I've not found an easy way to do it, and I'm wondering if people know the best way to tell some of these Pete / Kenworth / any truck models apart or at least remember them lmao? I take a lot of truck pictures, and some of the models I have to find via the vin to be sure.

    389 / 379 - If they change the headlights, is there an easy way to tell what it is? Or any other models for that matter?
    T680/T700 - Those look pretty much the same to me. W900 is typically easy to tell.

    Freightliners / Volvos / & Macks minus like a superliner it's all a blur.

    Basically, what are some tips to remember certain models? (Doesn't have to be the ones listed above)
     
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  3. ibcalm19

    ibcalm19 Road Train Member

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    It's not that complicated. Like anything else research & study. If you want to know freightliners for instance you go to their site & study the models they have put out. You would do the same for other manufacturers. All the best in your research
     
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  4. Deshano

    Deshano Bobtail Member

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    Of course! I didn't know if there are some common things to notice for certain models. I've been doing some research, like the 359 from what I can tell all have the lights with that kind of odd-stretch mount deal.

    Just trying to see if anyone has some knowledge to drop on me that I might be missing! But you're right!
     
  5. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    There was a time when there really was a difference in trucks. Today, they are all cookie cutter types. Even I have to look for a name these days.
     
  6. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    Here’s the easiest way to tell. Look at the driver when they get out of the truck.

    - If they get out wearing a Nike track suit and the truck is white, it’s a Volvo.

    - If some gym shorts, flip flop wearing, unkept homeless shelter yahoo comes crawling out, it’s a plastic bumper POS. It might say Peterbilt, Freightliner or whatever, but it’s just another OTR, disposable hunk of junk.

    - Finally, if a manly man, dressed to the 9s, sporting a sweet young thing, or a Kentuckian, you can bet it’s a Pete 389, or other long nose truck.
     
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  7. Deshano

    Deshano Bobtail Member

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    Lmao, noted!
     
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    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    It’s funny how even though 10 trucks identical come at you looking all the same. And yet there is a small enough difference that I can tell from a half mile away which one a friend is driving.
    I remember in grade five I couldn’t tell the difference between cars, but a friend’s dad owned a garage, and the friend seemed to know every kind of car out there. It’s just a matter of being around it long enough.
     
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  9. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Heavy Load Member

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    Don’t feel bad, there’s some truckers out here that couldn’t tell you the difference between a red motor and a yellow one.
    First being a being able to identify a Make from a distance is the first part. The Pete’s the kenworths. The freight shakers, the western stars, The internationals.
    Then like you said associate it with a family. For instance the 359-379-389 all look very similar to the untrained eye. The freightliner Cascadia family looks pretty much the same with minor changes.
     
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  10. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    I'm guessing you are one of our friends to the north?
     
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  11. Deshano

    Deshano Bobtail Member

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    For sure, just want to seem a little more educated where I can LOL! But I mean there's only so much you can do I suppose.

    A perfect example is one of our guys in our Wind Divison has a '95 379 and it threw me through a loop for sure! (See below)

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