The last four or five weeks have been rough, which you’ve most likely guessed if you follow me here or on any social media. Part of that stems from truck troubles. In the last three weeks alone, we’ve driven three different trucks.
Week 1: Timmy the Freight Shaker was our original truck that we started out team driving together – a 2013 Freightliner Cascadia with a 10-speed manual transmission. After getting a brand new radiator out on the road, he most recently needed a new part we couldn’t get in time for our run, so we temporarily moved into a loaner truck.
Week 2: Mental, as Adam called it, was our loaner – a 2015 Freightliner Cascadia with an automatic transmission. We were totally thrown in to this truck last-minute. It was like moving into a new apartment in a big rush, minus the pizza and beer.
Week 3: We knew we were in line for a new truck, but we were going to be waiting a while yet. Well, the folks back at the home office worked their butts off the week we were in the loaner so we wouldn’t have to move two more times, and they got our new truck ready for us this week! So we’re in our official new truck now! We’re sure hoping to be in this one for a while!
It’s a very brand-new 2016 Volvo 780 automatic. It had less than 1,000 miles on it when we started driving it on Tuesday, still had plastic coverings on the seats, floor and mattress, and she smelled like new car. How sweet is this!?
We really like it so far. We like the way it looks, the bed is a little bigger (but there are no sheets that fit it because it’s width is somewhere between a twin and a full), and it’s got tons of cubbies and cabinets for storage and organization. We’re still moving things around to find their best place and we need to purchase a couple of storage bins, but as far as the interior goes, it’s a big win. Oh, the seats have like 6 different adjustments as well as a “back cycler,” which sort of massages you as you drive. It pushes air into the lower back, releases and continues the cycle. That’s just another little thing that makes it nice. Oh! And we have a sunroof!
After a week of driving it, I already like how it drives way better than the Freightliner automatic. It holds speed much steadier and buttons and switches all just seem to be built smarter. I’m still getting used to it all, so I can’t review a whole lot about it yet in detail, but I can already tell I’m going to like it a lot. I might miss driving a manual every once in a while, but I don’t think I’ll miss shifting through turns and from a stop, in stop-and-go traffic and city driving. This truck just goes, and it’s pretty sweet!
We did have one disadvantage to getting this truck so soon. Early this week was a DOT blitz. This means a lot of scales are open and a lot of inspections occur. Having a new truck for this is awesome, because it’s new. So it shouldn’t have anything wrong with it and would pass an inspection with no problem if we were pulled in for one. The drawback is that we have a temporary registration, so our EZ-pass is inoperable. This is the gadget in our windshield that gives us a green light prepass signal at weigh stations so we don’t have to go in and weigh. This means for every scale (weigh station) that’s open, we have to pull in, weigh, and have a better chance at receiving an inspection. It’s time consuming pulling into the scales, too – especially when so many are open for the blitz. We had to pull through a lot of scales, but only two had us bring in our paperwork and only one did a level 3 inspection (driver only) on Adam. It was all good. We’ll take another clean inspection for our records, thank you very much.
So on we go. In a beautiful new truck. It doesn’t smell like a previous owner, cigarettes, animal, nothing. Nothing but they gluey, plasticy, clean, new car smell. It’s awesome.
Oh, and for those of you that know about how horrible my Vibram Five Finger running shoes smell (seriously like rotting corn nuts), they’ve got their own little home hanging from the back of the cab, on the outside, from a carabiner. They need lots of air. And they need to not destroy the new car smell. We’re going to enjoy that as long as we can.
So meet Delores, our new Volvo. (Bonus points to anyone that can guess why we named her Delores.) :)
Tonight I love that we’re about 40 minutes away from our very much-needed vacation week!
Thanks for reading and being a part of my journey!