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Bryn J.'s Comment
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Pat, can you please explain the yellow light and turning right problem mentioned earlier,

Thanks.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Pat, can you please explain the yellow light and turning right problem mentioned earlier,

Thanks.

Sure, not a whole lot to it.

The dolly on the back of the bridge beam is steerable so you can make the corners with these long beams. I have been in the right lane and the end of the beam was in the left lane of a 3 lane road to make the corner without taking out any poles on the corner. Well in order to steer these dollies there is a wireless remote that turns the axles what ever direction you tell them to. In this case I was at a red light, it changed to green and before I was all the way through the light it changed to yellow. When it did that it caused the axles on the dolly to turn to the right. I had to stop immediately and was blocking all 4 lanes of traffic at that intersection. Had I continued the back end of the beam would have continued traveling right while I was going straight.

Here is a video of one very similar to ours

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxtL5Xapdd8

Here is another video that is 190' in total length that gives you a better perspective on the capabilities of these things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG7TcGGPeq8

Bryn J.'s Comment
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Thank you so much for taking the time to explain.

Wilson's Comment
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Glass loads were mentioned in another thread and I thought of this load I had out of Laredo. The center triangle was very difficult to tarp as you had to climb up there (with that 100lb tarp) and unroll and drape it. Needless to say, it was not an easy job.

Melton flatbed trailer loaded with crated glass ready to be tarped and strappedMelton flatbed trailer loaded with crated glass tarped and strappedMelton flatbed trailer loaded with crated glass tarped and strapped

Pat M.'s Comment
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Glass loads were mentioned in another thread and I thought of this load I had out of Laredo. The center triangle was very difficult to tarp as you had to climb up there (with that 100lb tarp) and unroll and drape it. Needless to say, it was not an easy job.

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Good to see you back.. Looking good there. I love that every load has something different to it.

Wilson's Comment
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One of my favorite type loads are air conditioners. They are light, easy to secure and unsecure (usually 2 straps per) and no tarp.

blue flatbed melton truck loaded with industrial air conditioning units strapped to itblue flatbed melton truck loaded with industrial air conditioning units strapped to it

Bud A.'s Comment
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Nice, Wilson! I love air conditioners too. Delivering copper tubing to Carrier on Tuesday, hoping to get some finished product for a load and it of there. That glass load looks tough, btw. Glad we don't haul it anymore.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Well, we were really busy today staging box culverts for delivery next week. 3 of us shuttled these within 5 miles of the drop site.

flatbed trailers loaded with cement box culverts

Learned something new today too... How to get the trailer tires back on the ground. Nope, not kidding. Was traveling south on I15 from Helena to Butte and on the first corner I look into the right hand mirror and the trailer tires were 6" off the ground. Talk about a pucker moment. Well I just steered into the left lane to straighten the truck and trailer and then hit the brakes to slow down. Goofy thing is, I was only going about 55-60 mph but on the next load I noticed that there was no banking to the corner and it actually banked left a little.

Wilson's Comment
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Well, we were really busy today staging box culverts for delivery next week. 3 of us shuttled these within 5 miles of the drop site.

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Learned something new today too... How to get the trailer tires back on the ground. Nope, not kidding. Was traveling south on I15 from Helena to Butte and on the first corner I look into the right hand mirror and the trailer tires were 6" off the ground. Talk about a pucker moment. Well I just steered into the left lane to straighten the truck and trailer and then hit the brakes to slow down. Goofy thing is, I was only going about 55-60 mph but on the next load I noticed that there was no banking to the corner and it actually banked left a little.

That's almost as scary as when the DOT officer asks to see your logbook. shocked.png

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

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.

Wilson's Comment
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Flatbedders will often find they have to pull/back into a building to load/unload. Most of the time it is easy, but there are challenging buildings out there waiting for you. This particular factory was easy. I picked up some shelving for a Walmart Distribution Center.

flatbed trailer in loading dock loaded with shelving for WalMart distribution centerflatbed trailer in loading dock loaded with shelving for WalMart distribution centerflatbed trailer in loading dock loaded with shelving for WalMart distribution center

Yes. I had to tarp it outside.

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