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Bud A.'s Comment
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Yet more new equipment straight from the factory.

brand new yellow loaders from the factory loaded and chained on flatbed trailer

Pat M.'s Comment
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These were pretty small by comparison to the ones we hauled earlier this year. Only 65' long and 55k. Just had to use the stretch trailers for these ones. I did not get a photo of it on the truck but I did get a photo while I was waiting for the crane to pick mine. truck driver watching large cement bridge beams being put in place

Pat M.'s Comment
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Yet more new equipment straight from the factory.

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They are not even hanging over the side of the trailer. What gives?wtf.gif

Bud A.'s Comment
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Yet more new equipment straight from the factory.

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They are not even hanging over the side of the trailer. What gives?wtf.gif

I only haul the little kittens. They're so cute and fluffy!

Old School's Comment
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Made my usual stop in Cressona, Pennsylvania today for a back haul load going south. I picked up these 53 foot long joints of aluminum extruded material. They are going to a Great Dane trailer manufacturing plant in Statesboro, Georgia. They will be incorporated into the decking of some nice new shiny trailers. This load weighs in right at 40,000 pounds, so it is not extremely heavy.

long joints of aluminum extrusions loaded and strapped on SAPA flatbed trailer in the warehouse

All these loads have to be protected from the weather, so here is what she looked like after I had her all dressed up and ready to go out for the night!

long joints of aluminum extrusions loaded and strapped and tarped on SAPA flatbed trailer in the warehouse

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It's purrrrty

Pat M.'s Comment
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This has to be my smallest load EVER! We took two side dump trailers over to Spokane last Friday..... Well apparently they forgot to put the tarps back on the trailers so I had to take them over there. Maybe 500 pounds total and NO I am not going to tarp tarps. tiny load of tarps loaded on flatbed trailer

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Ok, my turn again. Sorry I haven't posted pics in a while! These are some of my more unique loads from the last couple months or so:

Some roofing tiles for a residential construction site: roofing tiles on pallets strapped to flatbed trailer on a sunny day

Some sort of siding material, don't remember where they went: pallets of siding material for construction site loaded and strapped on flatbed trailer

Lumber that was destined to become pallets: lumber for making pallets loaded on flatbed trailer

Loading some roofing/siding panels in crates, going to a new hospital. This was a super light load since the panels were L-shaped, which meant the crates were filled mostly with air. The trade-off was that it was probably my highest load so far (I was pushing 13'6" with these):

crates of siding panels for new hospital construction being loaded on flatbed trailercrates of siding panels for new hospital construction being loaded on flatbed trailer

Some kitchen tiles, sinks, fixtures, etc. going to a small building supply store. Pic 1 is before untarping, pic 2 is after. I had to use the little grey tarp to cover the front bottom edge because the flap didn't reach all the way down:

kitchen tiles sinks and fixtures for building supply store loaded and tarped on flatbed trailerkitchen tiles sinks and fixtures for building supply store loaded and strapped on flatbed trailer

Some rolls of roofing material. Notice the v-boards. I didn't have any, so they charged the broker $20 and "allowed" me to build my own at their v-board station. This was probably the easiest load I ever tarped; low & easy to work on/around, the perfect height for my bungee D-rings, perfectly uniform, etc.

pallets of rolls of roofing material loaded and strapped on flatbed trailer with v-boardspallets of rolls of roofing material loaded and strapped on flatbed trailer with v-boardspallets of rolls of roofing material loaded and tarped on flatbed trailer with v-boards

I delivered some rebar to a jobsite in Minnesota where they're building some huge concrete bridge pieces, then shipping them up the river to the job site. Anyway, they had some rebar that was either extra or the wrong size, so they reloaded me with it right there and sent me back where I came from. That was the worst load, so irregular and difficult to secure since they just plopped these random, loose bundles of rebar on the deck:

shipping yard with bundles of rebar being loaded on to flatbed trailer

Loading aluminum extrusions in a really cool old brick building in Ohio. The customer is super picky about any moisture getting on them, so we have to cover the deck in plastic, wrap it up the sides, then cover the top with another sheet of plastic before tarping. See all the straps? There's really no way to belly-wrap this load since each row has multiple units of varying height (even if I could run a strap through the middle, it would push down on some pieces and push up on others), so I just secured it with everything I've got:

boxes of aluminum extrusions loaded and strapped on flatbed inside warehouseboxes of aluminum extrusions loaded and strapped on flatbed inside warehouse

Some nice pieces of hardwood (walnut and oak). They let me tarp in one of their sheds since it was raining:

hardwood building materials loaded and being tarped on flatbed trailer inside warehouse

In line to load sheetrock. This place was weird, they had you stage your straps, tarps, edge protectors and bungees on the deck before going in, then they had you stay in the truck while a team of workers loaded, secured, and started the tarping for you. All you had to do after pulling out of the building was bungee up the sides of the tarp. Kind of nice, but in a way not so much because I'm very particular about how I want my loads tarped. The second pic is my first time unloading in the snow, in below-freeing temps and biting winds. That was fun. Definitely no "epic Old School experience" though. Welcome to winter I guess!

truck driver waiting in line for building materials to be loaded on flatbed inside warehousetruck driver removing tarps and getting ready to unload flatbed trailer in the snow

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Thanks for sharIng, Old School and Persian Conversion! (And Pat too! And everyone else!)

Today I had my toughest load ever. It took a long time to load because the guys doing the loading are welders, not forklift drivers. They're taking apart a plant that made plastic bags and shipping the equipment to other plants for the same company. This load is going to Idaho but I'm only going as far as Denver then handing it off to someone else while I enjoy some much-needed home time for a week.

In fact, let me apologize for being a little crazy and cranky lately. I've been out too long, which makes my usual crazy, cranky self even more so.

Anyway, here's the load. It was a real challenge to secure because there were only a few places where I could get chains or straps across the bases and there was barely enough room to get binders on the chains. I wanted to put the binders in the middle where there was room on the chains, but everything was already shrink wrapped and there wasn't much room to maneuver inside the machines anyway.

difficult to secure flatbed loaded strapped and chained and tarped at night

And a mere 10 hours after arriving, everything was loaded, tied down and tarped!

difficult to secure flatbed loaded strapped and chained and tarped at night

I'm really thankful I will be getting home. It made this load bearable.

Rob S.'s Comment
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All I got to say is WOW! This flat-bedding is serious work, I would be shytting my pants always being worried if I secured the load correctly.

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