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The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Some pics of loads from the last few weeks...

Various types of fertilizer going from the Scott's plant in Marysville, WA to Home Depot in Great Falls, MT: flatbed trailer loaded with fertilizer going from the Scott's plant in Marysville, WA to Home Depot in Great Falls, MT

Loading up some flat steel at Olympic Steel in Bettendorf, IA, going to another Olympic Steel location in Quincy, WA. The crane they were using was HUGE! Notice how I tried to make the tarp a little more "aerodynamic" lol: crane at Olympic Steel loading flat steel on to a flatbed trailercrane at Olympic Steel loading flat steel on to a flatbed trailercrane at Olympic Steel loading flat steel on to a flatbed trailerflat steel loaded and strapped on flatbed trailer at Olympic Steelflat steel loaded, tarped and strapped on flatbed trailer at Olympic Steel

Lumber from Bennett Lumber in Princeton, ID being delivering to Pella Windows & Doors in Pella, IA. Lots of wood coming into that place. The sign says not to untarp until you're under the roof, but it was such a nice, clear day that they came out and told everyone to just go ahead and untarp out there to get things moving faster: flatbed loaded with Lumber from Bennett Lumber in Princeton, ID being delivering to Pella Windows & Doors in Pella, IAflatbed loaded with Lumber from Bennett Lumber in Princeton, ID being delivering to Pella Windows & Doors in Pella, IA

Loading seven 4,000 lb barrels of paint at BASF in Ames, IA, heading to Doswell, VA. Strict rules and controls at this place. I had to back between two rails with about 3 inches of clearance on each side of the trailer. Also, since I have the tanker endorsement, apparently I didn't need to tarp the load. I thought that was a little odd... so they have drivers without the tanker endorsement tarp it so DOT can't see at first glance what's under there or something? Anyway, this was unfortunately the only pic I got, I forgot to take one of the load en route: flatbed trailer in warehouse loaded with barrels of paint

Just a tarp job I was particularly proud of (15 bunks of plywood stacked 10 on bottom, 5 on top, pyramid style). I think I'm getting a little better at keeping the tarp neat and tight. No flapping on this load! load of plywood tarped and strapped on a flatbed trailer

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.

Bleemus's Comment
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Nice pics and that is one tidy tarp!

Old School's Comment
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Persian Conversion, You're looking real good!

Don't run so hard you burn yourself out - pace yourself a little so you don't kill yourself! I love to run like crazy, and it looks like you do too, but take a little break every now and then just to keep your sanity.

My loads are starting to all look the same on this dedicated account - not really, but being that I mostly haul aluminum extrusions it gets a little monotonous at times - I miss some of the variety that regular flat-bedding entails. Here is a 40,000 pound load of 2 inch diameter aluminum rods that went from Cressona, PA down to Laurens, SC.

flatbed trailer loaded with aluminum rods strapped to it

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Thanks Bleemus and Old School! And Old School, thanks for the advice, I'll definitely take it to heart. I do like to run like crazy, primarily because I want to make the most financially out of every second I have to be away from my family, and because I'm trying to save up for certain things as quickly as possible. But I am trying to pace myself and enjoy my free time too. Right now for example, I'm sitting in Cracker Barrel in Adairsville, Georgia, about 24 hours into a restart, just finishing up a delicious plate of country fried shrimp with hushpuppies, okra, cheese grits, cole slaw, biscuits and sweet tea, feeling like a real, authentic southerner. I should have taken a picture of that load!

Old School's Comment
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Right now for example, I'm sitting in Cracker Barrel in Adairsville, Georgia, about 24 hours into a restart, just finishing up a delicious plate of country fried shrimp with hushpuppies, okra, cheese grits, cole slaw, biscuits and sweet tea, feeling like a real, authentic southerner. I should have taken a picture of that load!

There you go! I'm doing the same thing in Meridian, MS. I've got a load waiting on me just across the border in Louisiana. but after studying on it I decided to put in a 34 and pick up the load tomorrow. I mostly pick up pre-loaded trailers on this account so I can pick it up on Sundays. That will allow me to have the flexibility to run hard next week. They've got me pre-planned for a load to Floirida, then back to Louisiana, and then up to Connecticut. By getting the reset in I'll have more flexibility in my schedule and be able to time the running up into the North East better so that I don't have to fight the traffic so much.

Now if I can just get over the load of fried oysters that I just took on, I'll be good to go at 4 a.m. tomorrow!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Persian Conversion, the lumber came out of Weiser, Idaho. Your loads looked great - nice tarp job!

Here's what I have on now, wheels for rail cars, Iowa to Texas (then Mexico).

flatbed trailer with load of wheels for rail cars strapped to it

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Right now for example, I'm sitting in Cracker Barrel in Adairsville, Georgia, about 24 hours into a restart, just finishing up a delicious plate of country fried shrimp with hushpuppies, okra, cheese grits, cole slaw, biscuits and sweet tea, feeling like a real, authentic southerner. I should have taken a picture of that load!

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There you go! I'm doing the same thing in Meridian, MS. I've got a load waiting on me just across the border in Louisiana. but after studying on it I decided to put in a 34 and pick up the load tomorrow. I mostly pick up pre-loaded trailers on this account so I can pick it up on Sundays. That will allow me to have the flexibility to run hard next week. They've got me pre-planned for a load to Floirida, then back to Louisiana, and then up to Connecticut. By getting the reset in I'll have more flexibility in my schedule and be able to time the running up into the North East better so that I don't have to fight the traffic so much.

Now if I can just get over the load of fried oysters that I just took on, I'll be good to go at 4 a.m. tomorrow!

Hey we might be passing near each other! I'm heading down to Lake City, FL tomorrow and delivering Monday morning. Don't know where I'm headed after that though

Pat M.'s Comment
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Nice photos everyone.... Brett's Romanian security team has so far successfully defeated Daniel B's Russian mafia friends from removing this thread.

Persian, I have a little tip for you. When you are using dunnage make sure it is over the top of a cross member. I tell you this from experience because I hauled a 68k bridge beam and it broke a 8x8 and the wood floor of the trailer because I did not make sure it was over a cross member. In this photo of yours it looks like the front piece of dunnage is between cross members and yes it will damage aluminum trailers too.

load strapped on flatbed trailer example of using dunnage

Not trying to criticize just trying to help prevent damage. This load was not bad but if it had been a single piece then it could have cause damage because it would be sitting right in the middle of the trailer.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Thanks for the tip, I'm always open to constructive criticism from those more experienced than I am! Just so I'm sure I understand, you're saying to move the 4x4 forward or backward on the deck until it is directly over and aligned with one of the cross members on the underside of the trailer?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
The Dude's Comment
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Persian Conversion, the lumber came out of Weiser, Idaho. Your loads looked great - nice tarp job!

Here's what I have on now, wheels for rail cars, Iowa to Texas (then Mexico).

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Prime is sending you to Mexico?

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