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Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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Id like some additional info on why you choose the trailer,you guys pull.I see a ton of different styles. Could use some schooling on loading,unloading,and the weight and construction,of the trailer itself. Trailer looks to me like the most important part of the rig itself. The load is just what pays for the driver and rig.

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.

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Some pics to add to the bunch:

blue big rig pulling a loaded tarped flatbed trailer

First load I "took" home. I was loading up to leave for Park City, KS

truck pulling empty flatbed trailer in cowfield in park city KS

After dropping that load in Park City, I deadheaded over to a rock quarry (which I had to drive through a cow pasture to get to - it was awesome :) ) outside of Blue Mound to pick up this:

blue system truck pulling flatbed trailer loaded with decorative stone

Which, you can barely see, are a bunch of pallets of stone for some rich person's house up in Aspen, CO.

My latest load is quite the mess (pre-loaded) and I ended up throwing more straps on it than are shown in the picture:

blue System truck pulling flatbed trailer stacked with pallets and strapped

I dropped a third of it off in Tucson today and I have a couple more stops. It still isn't pretty, but the customer than I delivered to today has driven truck and helped me get it loaded a little better.

I'm still loving it! Wish I could remember to take more pics. I've hauled some cool stuff :)

Deadhead:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Pat M.'s Comment
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Anyone give me some advice on Landoll 610? Saw one tonight,in action,towing another tow truck. Loading and unloading,was simple..Im thinking of seriously purchasing one,if it has more uses.,Thanks

I have not used the Landoll version but I have used the Trail King version. These are called traveling axle trailers because of the obvious reason that the axles slide forward to allow the deck to tilt. The one I used had a pony motor and you have to make sure you always have a can of gas with you. After it is tilted there is no way to get it back down.

One thing that you have to remember is that these trailers are heavier than a flat so many loads either cannot be hauled or you need permits to move them.

I have hauled rollers of all types on these. I have also moved loaders, pavers, excavators, dozers etc. Basically if I can keep it under 14'6" in total height the machine is small enough to move. I have some photos I will add to this post.

The other things that I can think of to haul on these are enclosed bumper pull trailers, RVs, boats etc. You know, light weight stuff because you can not get an overweight permit for divisible loads. I think the largest thing we hauled on this trailer was a CAT 320 excavator.

orange Doosan excavator loaded on flatbed trailersmall yellow CAT pavers loaded on trailer I thought I had more photos of loads on that trailer but I only have 2. I apparently did not take any of the pavers or anything else I have moved, I remember moving forklifts and snorkel lifts on that trailer too. Most of them also have winches on the front. Here is a photo of a truck and trailer I hauled several times last year but this photo is from this year on a dove tail trailer. telecomm boom truck and office trailer loaded on flatbed trailer

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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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Id like some additional info on why you choose the trailer,you guys pull.I see a ton of different styles. Could use some schooling on loading,unloading,and the weight and construction,of the trailer itself. Trailer looks to me like the most important part of the rig itself. The load is just what pays for the driver and rig.

Most people have one type of trailer that they pull. It's what the company runs.

My company stays local for the most part and to do that we have to have access to multiple types of trailers. We have stretch flats, beam trailers, 2/3/8 and 9 axle lowboy trailers, spread axle trailers, triple axle step decks, quad axle trailers, tilt deck trailers, dovetail trailers and even a stretch lowboy trailer. We have a couple of custom made trailers for pulling specific loads like old flat rail cars where we have a bunk on the 5th wheel and a 2 axle dolly we chain under the rear of the rail car.

For me, the choice in which trailer to use is all depending on the load to be moved. Take Saturday for instance, I had to move a telehandler so I used the tilt deck trailer. After that I had to move a Komatsu 270 excavator. The Telehandler was about 22k where the excavator was 55k and needed to ride on a lowboy because of the height. The tilt deck was faster for the telehandler but could have been moved on a lowboy.

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.

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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Im looking at buying a trailer of my own,but want to be able to use it at auctions,where a vehicle,or piece of heavy equiptment,may not be running. The winch and tilt bed,would be perfect,although my search indicates,they are pretty pricey. Thanks for the reply.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Well, back on topic of pictures.

Today was kinda busy for me, I went back and picked up the telehandler that I delivered on Saturday and took it back to the rental place. Then I went to the CAT rental and picked up a 323 excavator and delivered that to a gravel pit (forgot to get a pic of that one). While at the pit I had to pick up our crane and bring it back to the yard. And then I had to get a shock mounting bracket fixed and load a dozer for tomorrow. Did it all in 9 hours. Don't know if I will get to deliver the dozer tomorrow, it all depends on what the snow does tonight.

large telecomm boom truck loaded on flatbed trailersmall cat excavator loaded on flatbed trailer

Pat M.'s Comment
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Well I delivered the dozer this morning and then went and picked up this manlift. Now it is not a big load by any means but it is the largest boom I have see on one of these. To give it some perspective, the deck of the trailer is 28' and the axle spacing is 60" and the basket is 1/2 way past the second bolster. blue genie boom bucket-lift chained to flatbed trailer I know I did not need 1/2" chain but since this was only 6 miles away, I threw them in the bucket well instead of back on the truck. Plus, all my 3/8" are like 20' long.

Bud A.'s Comment
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That is a long boom, Pat! Don't think I'd want to ride to the top in that contraption.

I delivered some concrete forms this morning in Manhattan. I've never gone under so many bridges where I was just crossing my fingers that the truck would clear them. I went under bridges marked 12'9", 12'5", 12'1", and 10'9" (wtf NYC?!!!!?). Cleared them all. The GPS was yelling at me the whole time, but the contractor said that was the best route.

They blocked off one lane of the entrance ramp from 2nd Ave to Harlem River Drive to unload me, then I had to back around the curve to get back onto 2nd Ave so I could get over the RFK Bridge. I'm sitting at a service area off the NJ Turnpike. You know it's bad when you're relieved to be in Jersey.

I didn't get any pics of this little adventure since I was so focused on getting in, getting empty, and getting out without hitting anything.

I would have probably refused this load, but the original dispatch said it was going to my trainee's home town in NJ. He needs some home time, so I was happy to take it so he could see his wife for the first time in three months.

When we got the load, the bills said NY. Sales said, oh yeah, that's right, the receiver emailed us and changed the delivery location. My dispatcher threw me a chunk of extra money because of that, so that made it easier to swallow.

All in all, an easy delivery except for the bridge height anxiety and the stress of going somewhere completely new and a little bit alien to my normal frame of reference.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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That is a long boom, Pat! Don't think I'd want to ride to the top in that contraption.

I delivered some concrete forms this morning in Manhattan. I've never gone under so many bridges where I was just crossing my fingers that the truck would clear them. I went under bridges marked 12'9", 12'5", 12'1", and 10'9" (wtf NYC?!!!!?). Cleared them all. The GPS was yelling at me the whole time, but the contractor said that was the best route.

They blocked off one lane of the entrance ramp from 2nd Ave to Harlem River Drive to unload me, then I had to back around the curve to get back onto 2nd Ave so I could get over the RFK Bridge. I'm sitting at a service area off the NJ Turnpike. You know it's bad when you're relieved to be in Jersey.

I didn't get any pics of this little adventure since I was so focused on getting in, getting empty, and getting out without hitting anything.

I would have probably refused this load, but the original dispatch said it was going to my trainee's home town in NJ. He needs some home time, so I was happy to take it so he could see his wife for the first time in three months.

When we got the load, the bills said NY. Sales said, oh yeah, that's right, the receiver emailed us and changed the delivery location. My dispatcher threw me a chunk of extra money because of that, so that made it easier to swallow.

All in all, an easy delivery except for the bridge height anxiety and the stress of going somewhere completely new and a little bit alien to my normal frame of reference.

Is that the big service area there on 78 ? If so, I'm surprised you find a spot. That place is always jam packed.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bud A.'s Comment
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Is that the big service area there on 78 ? If so, I'm surprised you find a spot. That place is always jam packed.

No, I was at the Vince Lombardi service area off 95. I kept wondering, why is NJ honoring the greatest Packers coach? Shouldn't they name it after one of the New Jersey Giants or New Jersey Jets coaches?

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