Backup truck..... Your best truck or worst truck?

Freshwater

PlowSite Veteran
Just looking for some feedback. What are your thoughts, how do you work it? If all your trucks are good your all set. Some guys park the beater in the yard just in case. I'd almost have a trust issue with that setup. Some guys keep the brand new truck parked. Some guys run all trucks with smaller routes, this is how I've done it.
 

John_DeereGreen

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Location
Wooster, OH
Operations manager's truck is the backup truck for us. We also have a spare skid and push box sitting if needed.

I'd hate to have a POS as the backup, because it seems like you only need the backup in the worst storm of the year...the same storm that generally tries to find the weak link in the POS's.
 

JCPM

Senior Member
Location
CT
I have a bad habit of running at 110% without any designated backup. Need to get better at that. Lol
 

ponyboy

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Freshwater;2026020 said:
Yeah, In my experience the beater wants to be driven. You drive it and can't kill it. As soon as it sits, it's over.

Winner winner
Once a truck sits it over
My personal 2015 f350 platinum is the back up and one of my workers has his truck as a spare back up
Hope for no issues just got 6 new trucks this last 2 months no more 6.0
 

kimber750

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Location
Enola PA
Or back up truck is a floater, meaning it is out every storm helping where needed. If a truck goes down there is no rush to go get the other truck. The guy in the back truck just fills that spot.
 

JCPM

Senior Member
Location
CT
I always liked the idea of having the dump/salt trucks sit during the majority of the storm while the pickups and loaders did most of the work and could be called in as a backup when needed
 
John_DeereGreen;2026015 said:
Operations manager's truck is the backup truck for us. We also have a spare skid and push box sitting if needed.

I'd hate to have a POS as the backup, because it seems like you only need the backup in the worst storm of the year...the same storm that generally tries to find the weak link in the POS's.

Funny question, but i agree, it should not be the oldest. We have the oldest that sits as a backup technically and then one of our newest "my truck" most of the time sits... i'll drive one of the other trucks or let my truck sit unless we need to have it out. Worse case scenario, both old and newest are out then in a bad storm.
 

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