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Bud A.'s Comment
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97k with a gross of 162k

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Nice! Now that's seriously heavy.

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Yeah, that is two normal semi's. Still have not had a Prime truck pass me thoughwtf.gifrofl-3.gifrofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

Ok, I've made up my mind to find a mechanic who will bump my governor from 66 to 75 so I can pass you on a hill one day when I'm deadheading through Montana!

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Cat parts from the border. They heard our complaints . . . and gave us black skirts on the new trailers instead of white. (Skirts are for girls.)

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Laredo? We just picked up a load of tractor frames out of there this afternoon.

Yep, they're going to NC but I dropped the load in Houston and picked up a metal building to western NY. Forgot to take pics.

El Duderino, these loads come out of Mexico already strapped and braced with edge protection. You'll never get an easier load, just hook up, pretrip the trailer, and roll. When you drop, you don't have to unstrap either. The straps all have "CATO" or sometimes "CAT" written on them but otherwise they're just straps.

Scott's Comment
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Now I've read in Brett's book that flatbed drivers have a little fraternity of their own. Is it a prerequisite to drive an evil looking Peterbilt (like you'd see in Maximum Overdrive) in order to haul a flatbed trailer? I swear, that's the only kind of tractor I ever see pulling these loads lol.wtf.gif

Pat M.'s Comment
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Now I've read in Brett's book that flatbed drivers have a little fraternity of their own. Is it a prerequisite to drive an evil looking Peterbilt (like you'd see in Maximum Overdrive) in order to haul a flatbed trailer? I swear, that's the only kind of tractor I ever see pulling these loads lol.wtf.gif

Mine is a Kenworth. I have also driven a Mack and Western Star.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Ok, I've made up my mind to find a mechanic who will bump my governor from 66 to 75 so I can pass you on a hill one day when I'm deadheading through Montana!

Probably will not happen. Last week some of our trucks were hauling 80k bridge beams and a truck passed them then slowed down. They passed him and he did the same thing two more times. Then when they were trying to pass again he would speed up.

They finally had enough and left him in the dust. Just inconsiderate on the part of the driver.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Got to move another big one... This one is a 330 CAT excavator that weighs about 82k. Now on to double belly dumps tomorrow and Friday.

flatbed trailer loaded with 330 CAT excavator that weighs about 82k

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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The cable reels I loaded today with the help of Old School and Ernie S. No, they weren't there physically, but they gave me the tips and advice I needed to get the job done (thanks!). I only had 8 coil racks, so the dunnage for the last 3 rows had to be nailed to the deck. Also, I had to retighten every single chain at my 50 mile load check! Loaded in Virginia Beach and delivering to two locations in Indiana:

flatbed loaded and chained with cable reels eyes cross-wiseflatbed loaded and chained with cable reels eyes cross-wise

Pat M.'s Comment
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The cable reels I loaded today with the help of Old School and Ernie S. No, they weren't there physically, but they gave me the tips and advice I needed to get the job done (thanks!). I only had 8 coil racks, so the dunnage for the last 3 rows had to be nailed to the deck. Also, I had to retighten every single chain at my 50 mile load check! Loaded in Virginia Beach and delivering to two locations in Indiana:

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Looks good. Here is a hint that may help for the next time. Place the spools so that they are touching then anchor the center one straight down and then pull the front ones towards the back and the back ones towards the front. This will keep them all tight together and less likely to move and loosen up on you. Front and back rolls still get 2 chains just like you did.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Well, dirt work has started again. Good thing too, because these are prevailing wage jobs so they are over $30 an hour. They don't last long but while they do you can really put away some money....

Mountain Girl.... Here is a photo of the dirt.

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The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Looks good. Here is a hint that may help for the next time. Place the spools so that they are touching then anchor the center one straight down and then pull the front ones towards the back and the back ones towards the front. This will keep them all tight together and less likely to move and loosen up on you. Front and back rolls still get 2 chains just like you did.

Thanks Pat, I was wondering about that! I told the forklift guy that I had neve loaded these before and he kind of just took over, I figured he knew what he was doing. Serves me right for trusting someone else. He nailed down all the rear dunnage before he ever loaded a single thing.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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