Unsanitary Trucks issued to new drivers, what can you do?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Bozwik, Jun 23, 2022.

  1. Bozwik

    Bozwik Light Load Member

    Mar 28, 2022
    Titusville, FL
    So a student gets his/her CDL through a company paid program and signs a one year contract. The student is then given a truck and that truck has around 600K miles on it and the inside cab is nasty with filth embedded in every nook and cranny, smells like Cigarettes, urin and animal barf as well as cracked bumpers and fenders, what resources does that new driver have?
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  3. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Not this Cowboy. Hazardous health environment. I'm sure the truck is in top notch mechanical shape too. This only the beginning of what that outfit will pull. Good luck.
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  4. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    My first one was kinda dirty. I broke out the cleaners, scrubbed floors, wiped down everything, and kept it clean. Even waxed it, which is odd for a 2001 plastic Freightliner. Washed it myself in the company bay every time I returned to base. Even the engine bay. Mechanics appreciated that.

    Got assigned a new truck shortly thereafter. Kept it immaculate.

    Hope your employer views you the same.
  5. '88K100

    '88K100 Heavy Load Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    Clean it up and hope it dont break down cuz the replacement truck will no doubt be in the same condition

    I’m on line haul so i have always wiped my truck down before using since i assume the day shift driver spent the day horking and wheezing all over the controls and mining boogers all day.
  6. Bozwik

    Bozwik Light Load Member

    Mar 28, 2022
    Titusville, FL
    They have 10 trucks to choose from and every truck is like this. It would take several days to get one of these trucks into shape. The boss says, "pick any one of these, set it up and spend the night. In the morning we'll do the paperwork." She actually expected me to sleep in a truck like this, put all my belongings in and make myself at home on top of someone else's filth.

    Imagine if you will... searching for an apartment that is advertised, "move in ready" and finding the apartment in this condition.

    Better scenario. You are hired for a handyman position. Included in the pay package is a free room. This room looks and smells like barn animals have lived in this room for years.
  7. Grouch

    Grouch Road Train Member

    Feb 3, 2009
    Between here and eternity
    All depends! You have several options, but each one could make this job disappear. If this happened to me, I would tell the owner, he has a choice, either have the truck I pick out, detailed and sanitized or "stick this job up your rear"!! If I had signed a contract, then tell the owner, "I will see you in court, you have the ball, do something with it".

    It all depends on your personal status. You hungry?? Or can you afford to "WALK"?
  8. Boondock

    Boondock Heavy Load Member

    Jul 20, 2019
    Break out the cleaning products. You have to make it your own, man.
  9. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

    Mar 15, 2021
    This ^^^^^^^^....Thats your opinions.. I personally would walk.. because the condition of those trucks is a tell tale sign.of what you are letting yourself get into
  10. chalplec

    chalplec Light Load Member

    May 6, 2022
    Must be nice for that many miles. I got into a "new" truck 2021 with only 60K miles and you couldn't even see half the floor past all the sludge and dirt and you open the fridge and contribute to the floor with your vomit. Maintenance dealt with the fridge pretty well but just went over the floor with a quick vacuum job which maybe sucked up 10% of the crud. I've been here about a month now and still finding things to clean. The person who had this truck went on personal leave is a disgusting animal and I hope they never get back in a truck again.
  11. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Sounds like a dog poop outfit to drive for. If you are out of options employment-wise, it's time to do some cleaning.

    I recommend an odor neutralizer be sprayed on fabric at regular intervals as lingering cigarette odors linger a long time. Replacing the mattress is top priority, besides wiping down the steering wheel.

    Or you can go to the extreme:
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