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TRIPLE C Express
Owner: Jeremy Jansen
Location: Alta, IA
Jeremy Jansen has been a company driver with Triple C Express for nearly four years. The carrier’s primary business is relocating livestock. Jansen lives in Wayne, NE.
Tell us a bit about the organization you started.
I’m the founder and president of Pure Country Livestock Assn., which is a brotherhood of truckers with old-school values. The organization’s goal is to improve the industry’s image by helping others and by teaching. Most members are from the livestock hauling side of trucking, but we welcome any and all truckers looking to help others and improve the image of truckers. PCLA may be found on Facebook.
What is the make and model of your truck and trailer?
I drive a 2013 Peterbilt 389 with a push axle pulling a four-deck Wilson spread-axle livestock trailer.
How are maintenance and minor repairs handled? Do you use an OEM shop (truck dealer or engine manufacturer shop) or an independent truck repair shop?
We job out all of our maintenance to a few choice small repair shops at home that give us a fair rate. Both major and minor repairs are handled at the same locally owned shops we work with for our maintenance.
What challenges do you face with your maintenance/repair program? How do you resolve each?
The biggest challenge we face on the road is finding [a shop that does] quality work in a timely fashion and at a decent rate. So, we focus on preventive maintenance to avoid as many repairs as possible needing to be done on the road.
What do you do in regard to maintenance and repairs to minimize downtime?
We minimize downtime by checking things daily and monthly. We also have the shop check equipment top to bottom when we’re home.
How do you ensure good mileage from tires?
Proper air inflation and keeping a good eye on your tires will get you the best life.
Do you stock any parts for your trucks or purchase as needed? If you stock parts, which ones?
I stock the parts that are generally difficult to find at night or over weekends. This way if it breaks down, I can fix it and keep rolling and keep downtime to a minimum.
How do you determine when it’s time to replace a truck or trailer?
We replace trailers every two years for the OTR drivers. We start to look at replacing tractors when they start to nickel-and-dime us.
What are your specifications for your trucks?
We find what we need on the open market and customize to specifications.
What do you have in place to ensure CSA compliance for your trucks/trailers?
We check our equipment daily through our [pretrip inspections] and have the local repair shops go over it thoroughly at least once a month.
What do you enjoy most about trucking and hauling the type of freight you do?
I enjoy dealing with the customers and good, old-school people with great values.