Flatbed Variety

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Bud A.'s Comment
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Robert, I agree with OS. That's pretty interesting. I'm also wondering if you operate it yourself for loading and unloading.

Here's our steel going to Idaho. This is at Donner Summit, fourth time we've been over it in the past week.

flatbed trailer loaded with steel beams at Donner's Summit

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It uses a single pole pigtail connection similar to the connection from the tractor to the trailer for the lights. It's hydraulic but runs pretty quick along the tracks. The arms on the back swing out about 5' beyond the back of the trailer allowing it to carry the load completely out of the trailer and set it safely on the ground. I'll make a video on Monday along with more pics for everyone to see. It's also rated at 4 tons so it's a nice little workhorse too. The company is Murray Transportation out of Ohio. I run this setup, plus will also have some flatbed and stepdeck work but primarily this. We also have drivers pulling refer and I think a total of 8 drivers running frack sand. It's a small company, the owner is a driver who put it together and intends to keep it small. The money is good, decent benefits and he's always looking to improve things for his drivers which really is nice. I lucked into the position and am really glad to be a part of it.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Oh and I stay in the truck, it's a 2007 KW T800, nice and loud and runs great. I'm normally out 2 weeks at a time but am generally home a night during the week as well since most of the loads originate in Kentucky or the Chicago land area and run me right through Indy. The big advantage, just like with flatbed is the on site delivery aspect and not needing a dock for loading or unloading, plus there's no need for other special equipment since I can place the delivery pretty much right where the customer needs it.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Yep Bud. I do all the operation, rigging and load securement myself, unless like down in Louisville at the manufacturer, they load me up on the dock. As they set each order, I'll organize and secure anything that needs done before heading down the road. I love it and the extra exercise.

Bryn J.'s Comment
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What a great treat to come back to. Went away with my family so did not check in for three days and found two pages of my favorite thread. Thanks to all that post to this thread.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Just picked this up in ND. We have 4 more to move. Back half of a Terex TS32 scraper. one half of green road scraper loaded and chained on flatbed trailer Our other truck is moving the tractor or front half. one half of green road scraper loaded and chained on flatbed trailer

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Nice. Can a video be posted on here or does it have to link to YouTube?

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I've gotta figure out how to upload multiple photos.

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