July 2018 News Letter

10 Behaviors We Can Control

There are 10 behaviors that we can always control that require zero talent. Each of us can display these behaviors and by doing so can greatly improve our situation. I would like to go over them in hope that we all can display them in our lives.

Being on time, this is perhaps the easiest to do but so many people struggle with it. Time is valuable and the only thing in life that you cannot get back. Wasting your time or someone else’s is not only disrespectful but can cause a negative chain reaction that can affect the future.

Work Ethic, why you may not be the smartest person in the room there is no substitution for hard work. If you cannot out smart, out work instead.

Effort, trying and failing is better than not trying at all.

Body Language, being positive and displaying it can not only build you up but also others around you.>/p>

Energy, be energetic show vitality.

Attitude, people may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

Passion, develop a passion for your work. People with great passion can make the impossible happen.

Being Coachable, the capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill, the willingness to learn is a choice.

Doing Extra, the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra.Bare minimum output will result in bare minimum potential.

Being Prepared, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Jeff Jenkins, CEO


July 2018 News Letter

David Schettler

How long have you been with Fleetwood?

About 5 months

How long have you been driving?

Since December of 2009

What do you like about Fleetwood?

The dedication to the drivers, you talk to us on a personal level and don’t treat us as if we are just a number

What is your hobby outside of work?

I do Emergency vehicle light installation for volunteer fighters.

Do you have a family?

I have two children, a daughter that’s 6 and a son that is 5!

What is your favorite Music and Movies?

Movie is backdraft and my favorite music is country and classic rock.

Shop Talk

Maintenance is an unavoidable cost that every industry/company must face.  But being aware of certain issues can help avoid unnecessary cost to a company and allow us to push more to the bottom line and allow us to reinvest into the company. Let’s call it survival of the fittest.  

Fuel is our leading cost. If you think about the items below and apply them, I’m sure you can reduce fuel consumption and increase MPG’s of your tractor   

1) Reduce idle time by shutting your tractor off when you are not in it. Your cab will stay cool and will not take long to cool off again.
2) When idling at a Mill waiting to load or unload use your high idle switch, this will help you your tractor and emission system
3) Do not use your tractor for personal driving.
4) When pulling a hill, back your foot off the throttle an inch, doing this will not reduce your speed or your power but will reduce excuse fuel from being dumped into your engine when it is already performing at its best. This procedure will also help your emission and cut down on your re-gens.

Tire wear

Keep your tires inflated to 100 psi. Results from under inflated tires: flat spots, weak side wall, caps to come off, you can damage a good tire next to an under inflated one.

Re-gen systems 
We are stuck with this, so we must take care of them. 

1) Keep your DEF tank no less than ½ full at all times to avoid a de-rate
2) Reducing your idle time reduces your re-gens
3) Do not turn your re-gen switch off and let your tractor re-gen when it needs to
4) And most important! if your tractor asks for a park re-gen, do not ignore it, find a safe place to pullover and let the tractor perform the re-gen.  When a driver calls in and tells me he has de-rated and can’t go over 5 MPH. that means he did it to himself and ignored the tractors request to re-gen and kept driving.   This cost the company a wrecker bill and extensive repair bill.    If your tractor requests a re-gen, pull over and perform it, if the frequency increases, call the shop and report it and schedule your unit in for repairs

Have a safe and wonderful summer

Office Spotlight

July 2018 News Letter

Chris Headley


 How long have you been with Fleetwood? 7 Months

 How long have you been a mechanic? Professionally, about 4 years.

 What is your hobby outside of work? Off-roading, and making my wife mad.

 What do you like about Fleetwood? They gave me the opportunity no one else would.

 Tell us about your family? I have a wife, 1 good kid, and 1 bad kid, both are boys.

 What kind of music or movies do you like? My favorite

music is southern rock and rock. My favorite movie is American Sniper.

  Thank you, Chris, for all you have done and continue to do at Fleetwood. We appreciate you!



Well, it didn’t take long for to heat up once we got past the late spring! I will

attempt to address a few of the hot weather hazards.

This is the time we share the road with numerous vacationers. Many of these will be pulling trailers and may have limited experience.

The following is a list of some of the problems:

1.       When these vehicles are passing you, be prepared in the event they have not adequately cleared your vehicle before they change back

into your lane.

2.    Pay attention to the vehicle passing you. If they are towing to fast (their trailer may start to move from side to side. If so, back off. This

is where many get in trouble towing light vehicles and ultimately their speed causes them to lose control.

3.       Expect many of the drivers to suffer from fatigue and inattention.

Some of them have not driven for extended periods of time or distance. They may demonstrate less understanding for the rules of the road.

4.       Expect them to make unexpected turns and stops due to being semi

lost in their directions.

5.       When boats and open trailers are near your vehicle be prepared for unsecured items, as these may blow off in your immediate vicinity.

6.       Keep a close watch on your tire pressures, as they will really heat up during the hottest months (Even more if low of air pressure).

Next, to address your well being during the heat, if working in the direct heat make sure your drinking enough fluids, find a shade or in the air conditioning to cool off when if you feel yourself getting hot.

Make sure you have your head covered when working in the sun. Wear loose cotton clothing and lighter colors lessen the affect of the sun. Avoid heavy meals when performing work in the heat.

Gatorades and water are better than sugary drinks.

In closing, remember, slow and steady in driving and physical work is the safest practice during the hottest months. Have a safe summer at home and on the job!!


July Anniversaries

27 Years

  • Wendy Bryan

 24 Years

  • Gerald Adaway

 9 Years

  • Zenon Beiza
  • Rogelio Perez

6 Years

  • Daniel Roseberry

2 Years

  • Jackie Moses
  • Anya Tyler

1 Year

  • Eddie Lewis
  • Rodolfo Milan
  • Tarnell Hilton
  • Randy Humphrey
  • Jose Celedon
  • Danny Gilbert
  • Tom Benton
  • Jeff Harris

 Thank you all for our hard work and commitment to Fleetwood!

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