Yep I see Volvo, KW, Freighshaker, and Internationals. I don't see a bad truck really in their fleet they all seem to be in pretty decent shape depending on the driver of course. I started in a 88' Freightliner Cabover with no AC or Radio so I wouldn't complain about a brand new Volvo.
Celadon has a couple of the Lonestars, but they're technically not Celadon's trucks. International 'loaned' them to Celadon for testing purposes. They have the new engines and such. International is responsible for the maintenance on them.
BTW - the Lonestar's are *UGLY* trucks in all white.
Aha! A brand-new International parked in front of headquarters at Phoenix yard. Excellent recruiting tool, but is this something to be expected?
think those arrow nosed internationals are FUGLY.
as far as swifts equipment. I think they've got some of the best trucks (again, based on the driver). But overall, its good equipment. I'm in my 2nd Volvo (new in Feb. 2009) and haven't had any major issue with the trucks. the 2005 Volvo i started with, had 530,000 miles on it...and never once had a major breakdown issue with it. Compare them to Schneider or JB Hunt, and you'll find some REALLY jacked up looking trucks. Orange duck tape, missing bumpers....
i think one thing Swift could do, is cut down on all the different makes of trucks. Go with all Volvo, KW or Freightliner. This will cut down on all the diffferent starters, wiring harness', oil filters, etc. on hand thus cutting down on overhead in all the shops.
In order to HAVE pride, you must first TAKE pride.
Kev, the problem with sticking to one brand, eventually they could start taking your lunch money without you really knowing it. If a maker gets real comfortable with you and realize your going to stick with them, they will try to gouge you a little bit down the road by charging you more money for the truck than it's actually worth. Look around, make them think they will lose your business by purchasing another brand and watch how that price drops for a new truck.
What your saying isn't wrong in theory, simpler is better all around but maybe someone else has a better truck out there, won't know unless you shop around and try out others.
I believe Swift is still running anything that is sloped nosed, and doesn't have a Red Oval.
As many of those fat slobs that drive for swift, they wouldn't be able to squeez in between the two seats to get into the bunk.. Have you been inside a 386 yet?? it's tight as hell!!!!!! Nice truck tho, at least mines is..
OK, I see it's an International Lonestar, and it's supposed to be some kind of retro thing in the style of the new Mustang or Charger, but I say again, WTF is that monstrosity? That is one freaking hideous truck! Wow! I think I threw up in my mouth a little.
(Shows I'm not on the road anymore, or I probably would have seen one by now. Well, I'm trying to remedy that.)