Flatbed Variety

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Larry E.'s Comment
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How about gut/belly wrap the ends with alternating pull and a regular strap (or two) over the middle? The belly wrap should prevent the twisting since the alternate pull would tighten with any shift pressure. Issue might be the length of the strap, but then you could use two straps hooked together.

Bud A.'s Comment
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How about gut/belly wrap the ends with alternating pull and a regular strap (or two) over the middle? The belly wrap should prevent the twisting since the alternate pull would tighten with any shift pressure. Issue might be the length of the strap, but then you could use two straps hooked together.

That's a great idea! Next time I'll do it that way. Friction mats wouldn't help since it was pre-loaded and I can't lift more than 500 lbs off the deck with one hand.

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Wilson's Comment
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This was a fun load I had. It was very light so I got good mileage. I am always trying to get the fuel bonus that Melton offers.

Melton flatbed trailer loaded delivering small portable spray tank trailers

This is also one of the rare loads that I actually helped the customer load and unload the items.

Melton flatbed trailer loaded delivering small portable spray tank trailers

This was also a place I backed into a dock to get loaded.

Wilson's Comment
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Being on time can be critical in flat bedding. In this case, the customer hired a crane to load my trailer. Those cranes are very expensive and charge by the hour. The loading time window was small, but certainly not impossible to do. Here the crew is working on loading.

crane loading metal frames on a blue Melton flatbed truck

They finished and now comes the time to figure out what and where the securement will be.

crane loading metal frames on a blue Melton flatbed truck

Now the load is secure and I am ready to roll. Notice the crane crew is already gone. This load went from NC to a southern border town in AZ. Ultimately, the load was going to Mexico and would be picked up in AZ by a Mexican contractor for the final leg.

crane loading metal frames on a blue Melton flatbed truck

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Wilson's Comment
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Here is one of my first loads that I hauled solo. It is some sort of resin oil for the drilling rigs up in the oil fields. I loaded in Mobile, AL and took it to Williston, ND. That place up there is a boom town and truly a sight to see.

flatbed trailer loaded with barrels of resin oil for drilling rigsflatbed trailer loaded and tarped with barrels of resin oil for drilling rigs in the oil fields

The first time I stopped by my CDL school was with this load. My instructors complimented me on the fine tarp job. It was actually an easy load to tarp seeing that it was perfectly symmetrical.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Mike S.'s Comment
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Here is one of my first loads that I hauled solo. It is some sort of resin oil for the drilling rigs up in the oil fields. I loaded in Mobile, AL and took it to Williston, ND. That place up there is a boom town and truly a sight to see.

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The first time I stopped by my CDL school was with this load. My instructors complimented me on the fine tarp job. It was actually an easy load to tarp seeing that it was perfectly symmetrical.

How would you strap that load down?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Wilson's Comment
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How would you strap that load down?

Good question. Every flat bedder asks him/herself the same question on every load. You have to look at all the pieces in your analysis to ensure everything will be secured. This load was pretty straight forward. The barrels are four on a pallet. They are steel banded into one unit. So what I did was on the front pallet and rear pallet, two straps. All the other pallets in between got one strap. At first I though I may need V-boards, but it turned out I didn't. Naturally, I had to put strap protectors so the straps would not get cut. Also, the pallets with only one strap across them, I placed the strap to the side so that it would be directly over a barrel. That way, I was able to torque the straps pretty tight. I like the straps to sing like a banjo string when I am done.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Keep the photos coming Wilson, They look great..

Here is a little excavator that I had to pickup and deliver today. I had already picked up and delivered a telehandler forklift this morning and this afternoon I loaded a backhoe for delivery tomorrow afternoon.

dropdeck flatbed trailer loaded with orange Hitachi backhoe excavator

Dropdeck:

A stepdeck , also referred to as "dropdeck", is a type of flatbed trailer that has one built in step to the deck to provide the capabilities of loading higher dimensional freight on the lower deck.

Bryn J.'s Comment
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Hey Pat,

What was your total weight?

Thanks

Pat M.'s Comment
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Hey Pat,

What was your total weight?

Thanks

Somewhere between 92,000 and 95,000 pounds. The truck alone weighs 23k and the excavator is 54k and I just guessed at the trailer being 15k. It might be a little more.

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