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Pat M.'s Comment
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I think Pat's internet got frozen in Montana, or I would wait to post more in his thread. I love the crazy stuff in his photos.

LOL.. Nah just been hauling dirt lately to finish up the road construction season. When it gets late like this they get desperate. For one week, my take home was nearly 2k but that is not the norm but nice to get once in a while.

The other day I hauled 27 24"x8'6" pipes. Did not get a photo of that one because I had a leaking break can and had to get that fixed before I could roll and I was running late but the next day I hauled 65k of scrap metal grossing 103k.

scrap metal loaded on flatbed trailer in the snow

Then I had to drop my trailer and bobtail 250 miles to grab this monster. Before I left I asked if it was oversized and was told no. Well as you can see it is. 10'3" wide and 67' long. Oh and I got there just before dark and that trailer has no lights at all. So I bobtailed 40 miles to the store and bought some magnetic tail lights and a plug for the trailer and wired her up. Then I got a hotel for the night (I don't have a sleeper) as you can not move anything over 10' after dark.

large industrial hoppers loaded on flatbed trailer

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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This is an awesome thread. I love the photos!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Hey Bud, good to hear from ya! I laughed when I saw that tubing that you picked up in Chicago - been there many times - gotta love some of those places. I don't go there anymore now that I'm running a dedicated account for SAPA. I'm staying real busy at this new job.

Yeah, every driver said the same thing about the security guard's pleasant disposition, and the guys at the tarping station just laughed.

Glad to hear you're busy and still enjoying it!

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bud A.'s Comment
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LOL.. Nah just been hauling dirt lately to finish up the road construction season. When it gets late like this they get desperate. For one week, my take home was nearly 2k but that is not the norm but nice to get once in a while.

The other day I hauled 27 24"x8'6" pipes. Did not get a photo of that one because I had a leaking break can and had to get that fixed before I could roll and I was running late but the next day I hauled 65k of scrap metal grossing 103k.

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Then I had to drop my trailer and bobtail 250 miles to grab this monster. Before I left I asked if it was oversized and was told no. Well as you can see it is. 10'3" wide and 67' long. Oh and I got there just before dark and that trailer has no lights at all. So I bobtailed 40 miles to the store and bought some magnetic tail lights and a plug for the trailer and wired her up. Then I got a hotel for the night (I don't have a sleeper) as you can not move anything over 10' after dark.

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No lights on the trailer!? Not oversized!? wtf-2.gif

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Well, today was a bit different for me... My truck was in the shop to determine why the headlights were flashing from high to low and back when driving down the road. Really irritated the people coming at me.

Well I got to play pilot car today for 3 different loads of ours... Unfortunately the loads were ready to move when I got there.

Load 1. 2 rock crushers Pilot front and rear for the 2 trucks. We can bunch up to 5 trucks with 2 pilot cars.

Load 2. 16' wide haul truck. I don't know what size cat it was because as I pulled into the parking lot they were already starting to roll so I only saw the back of the truck. I had to turn around right away when we got to our destination to flag for load 3 of the day.

Load 3. These are always cool to see going down the road but I was front pilot on this one and it was pointed right at me.... We were moving an Abrams Tank.

Overall it was a pretty cool and interesting day for me.

PS. We only had to flag on the 2 lanes with 2 pilot cars and that is why picked up so many different loads today.

BTW they did find the problem with my headlights. The wires in the column were grounding out.

Old School's Comment
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I've been really getting after it on this new job. This week I went from Louisianan to Connecticut and back - twice! It was a trip to the same customer and the guy that unloads the truck looked at me with big wide eyes and says in his "Bronx-style Italian accent" - "Hey buddy, you were just here the other day, how you do that so fast? You need to go home and take a break - let somebody else have some of that mileage!"

Most of my loads are lighter than what I'm accustomed to pulling - here's what 32,000 pounds of 2.5 inch diameter solid aluminum round bar stock looks like.

flatbed trailer loaded with aluminum bars

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I've been really getting after it on this new job. This week I went from Louisianan to Connecticut and back - twice! It was a trip to the same customer and the guy that unloads the truck looked at me with big wide eyes and says in his "Bronx-style Italian accent" - "Hey buddy, you were just here the other day, how you do that so fast? You need to go home and take a break - let somebody else have some of that mileage!"

Most of my loads are lighter than what I'm accustomed to pulling - here's what 32,000 pounds of 2.5 inch diameter solid aluminum round bar stock looks like.

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Man, I bet that tarping just kills you inside that building with all those rollers....smile.gif

Good to see that you are liking the new job. Pretty shiny trailer there too.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Well this was the first item moved today.....

heavy loader unloading a rockscreen from flatbed trailer

Then I moved a set of hoppers that feed the belt. After that I dropped the trailer and moved 2 trailers, one was a generator trailer and the other one was a rock screen trailer. When I was done with those I picked up another conveyor that had it's own axles and a pintle hitch.

When I got done with those I grabbed the 2 axle RGN and moved a 624c loader.

Busy day and lots of stuff moved but only got one photo.lol

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bud A.'s Comment
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Last two loads of TNT phase, get my own truck and go solo next week!

flatbed trailer loaded with jlg high lifts

Lifts from PA to Laredo...

a whole bunch of high lifts

...which are grown in the lift forest...

a whole bunch of high lifts

Then steel trusses from Laredo to Ohio.

flatbed trailer loaded with steel trusses

Got off the truck and now in Denver enjoying my first real time off since starting at Prime's school on September 8! Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!!

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Pat M.'s Comment
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How much water does it take to grow all those?

Here is a load that I picked up today but it does not deliver until Monday. Another driver will take it to it's destination.

flatbed trailer loaded with cement pipeflatbed trailer loaded with cement pipe

Have a good Thanksgiving everyone.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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