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Pat M.'s Comment
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Wow. I'm surprised that it isn't someone in the Pilot car controlling it... Or, someone riding it (I've seen it done before). Must be hard having to steer 2 things; One is hard enough!

You just have to take things slow. You really have to trust your pilot to let the m steer. I did trust him but these short beams it is just faster if I do it myself.

Now on longer beams with the 6 axle dolly I am more inclined to have the pilot steer because there is more that I have to watch and sometimes you can lose signal and t he dolly quits responding. Oh and those trailers liked to go random directions when certain traffic lights changed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott's Comment
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Sounds like a challenge. Bet it helps keep you alert.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Fun fun

Same company, new gig. I moved over to the heavy haul division, all Conestoga 4 axle systems. Not much new going on really, just having a blast and was given this opportunity based on some of my past experience and I'm loving it. This load isn't as heavy as some of the loads we pick up but it still requires a permit.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Big Scott's Comment
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Awesome. Congratulations.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It'll be better next Tuesday when my new truck is ready lol.

Old School's Comment
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Robert, I'm curious...

Usually when I see guys pulling those multi-axle heavy haul flat-bed trailers with coil loads they are doing sort of a regional or local type job. It seems unusual to see them in an Over The Road situation.

How's this job set up, are you mostly hauling coils, or are you doing all types of heavy haul work? Are you dedicated to a certain coil manufacturing plant or company?

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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it's a regional gig. We run Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, some Michigan and a bit of West Virginia. We're not contracted specifically to one mill or company but we do haul a lot for Nucor and AK steel. The loads are a mix of coil, plate and tubing but quite a bit is steel coil.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

C T.'s Comment
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That AK plant in Ashland,KY is a dump. Luckily for you you've got a Conestoga, always wanted one lol

Old School's Comment
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I've been pulling some loads of round aluminum rods this week.

I hauled some fat ones...

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And then some skinny ones...

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All kinds of freight, and all kinds of weather - It's all good on the flatbed side of things!

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