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Snappy's Comment
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Man... The closer I get to getting back into a truck with a skateboard behind me, the harder the wait gets!

Pat M.'s Comment
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Man... The closer I get to getting back into a truck with a skateboard behind me, the harder the wait gets!

It does get in your blood.

Of all the stuff that I have hauled, I think that equipment has to be my favorite. Each one is different and just getting them on the trailer can be a challenge at times.... Especially in the snow and ice.

I was not here when it happened but apparently the boss put on a good show when he tried to load some asphalt rollers in the snow.... LOL That would have been a sight. Gives a whole new meaning to the words... Slip and Slide!

Wilson's Comment
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Pat,

Yours is specialty or heavy haul, isn't it? It looks like you pull those trailers with 900 tires to spread out the weight. I'm just a plain ole vanilla skateboarder. . . It's still fun, though!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Pat,

Yours is specialty or heavy haul, isn't it? It looks like you pull those trailers with 900 tires to spread out the weight. I'm just a plain ole vanilla skateboarder. . . It's still fun, though!

I do a little bit of everything. Flatbed, Stepdeck , Lowboy, dovetail, Stretch etc. Here is one of my loads earlier last month.

long flatbed trailer loaded with cement pipes and chained

If you look back through the thread you will see all the different things that I haul. The one thing that is the same with both of us is that our trailers do not have walls!

Stepdeck:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Unfortunately I did not get any pics of the 4 loads that I had to move today.

Load 1. Ran an empty trailer up to where the DOT shut another driver down because he had over 50k on his drives. He dropped the trailer and I got to clean up the mess. Had to off load about 6 trench boxes onto my trailer and deliver it.

Load 2. Had to go back and pick up the dropped trailer with the rest of the load. Was told the brake lights did not work. Well I ran with it anyways... They worked just fine... LOL

Load 3. John Deere backhoe to a ranch in Western Montana.

Load 4. At that same ranch I had to load a tractor and bring it back to our shop to have some work done to it.

Other than that, pretty uneventful day.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Snappy's Comment
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I picked up and tarped my first suicide coils today :) The back one needed six chains. I was kinda surprised that I only needed one tarp to cover them both up. Nothing fancy, but I couldn't be happier.

Snappy's Comment
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loaded strapped and tarped Melton flatbed trailer at night

And there's the photo I forgot to add. I'm not gonna get a chance to photograph this one in the daylight, unfortunately.

Wilson's Comment
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Here is a load of steel that I picked up at the end of a day. I only had enough time to secure the load before they "ran me off" because they wanted to lock up and go home. There was no over night parking allowed so I drove off company property to a side street across from the plant. In the morning I finished up tarping the load.

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Pat M.'s Comment
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And there's the photo I forgot to add. I'm not gonna get a chance to photograph this one in the daylight, unfortunately.

Good to see that you finally got your wheels under you. Hey, at least you can reach the top of your trailer.... LOL (maybe not the load)

Pat M.'s Comment
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Here is a load of steel that I picked up at the end of a day. I only had enough time to secure the load before they "ran me off" because they wanted to lock up and go home. There was no over night parking allowed so I drove off company property to a side street across from the plant. In the morning I finished up tarping the load.

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Looking good. The boss was loading a generator one day and after they set the generator on the trailer they told him ok now you can leave when you finish tarping. He told them to get that piece of S*&% off the trailer. They argued and long story short they went and bought WalMart tarps and tarped the machine themselves. The only reason we have some tarps is because they came with the used trailer. I have only tarped one load and that was because the fuel cells had hazmat stickers but were empty. It was just to save the hassle of scales.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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