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SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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First, I would like to thank Brett and all the moderators on TT. Their input in invaluable. They have helped in ways I couldn't imagine, when I first started driving. Next week, I start with a new company. It's going to be a big change, going from flatbed to dry van , home more often and making more money doing it. I've waited for this opportunity for awhile. For the newbies, no matter how bad you think it is/gets, stick with your first company for at least a year, maybe two, keep a clean MVR and you can write your ticket to anywhere.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
G-Town's Comment
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Good luck !!!

Let us know where you land.

Safe travels.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Good luck Sam!

One time a flatbed driver had to pick up a dry van load at a shipper I was at. He came over to me (hooked to a box) and asked about adjusting the tandems. I did my best to explain the whole process in a minute.

So, a heads up: you may want to review your truck weight rules and how to work your back axles.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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