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Pat M.'s Comment
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I don't have any of my own photos but this one is similar. funny trucker picture pile of dirt ratchet strapped to flatbed trailer

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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I would imagine that straps also hold more of the dirt in, since chains have all those holes where the dirt can easily spill through, right?

And do you use edge protectors on the dirt? I would. Dirt is very delicate and can damage easily.

I bet you have to stop frequently and tighten your straps because the wind keeps shrinking your load as you drive...

After reading it again I saw that. But, to answer your question, I use straps as it does not cut into the dirt as much.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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I would imagine that straps also hold more of the dirt in, since chains have all those holes where the dirt can easily spill through, right?

And do you use edge protectors on the dirt? I would. Dirt is very delicate and can damage easily.

I bet you have to stop frequently and tighten your straps because the wind keeps shrinking your load as you drive...

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After reading it again I saw that. But, to answer your question, I use straps as it does not cut into the dirt as much.

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Nah, just water the top layer and it stays there.... LOL

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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This is how you get 50k pounds of concrete into two boxes. heavy 50,000 lb cement boxes bridge columns chained on flatbed trailer

I have 2 more boxes to haul tomorrow that are 30k each.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Hauled the usual steel and shingles this week, except for these joists I delivered today in Missouri. (Not the greatest picture, I know.) The bottom layers took the whole trailer. The guy who unloaded me said they get 60' joists too, which I personally would hate to try to get into their driveway lol.

The layers weren't equal height, so I couldn't get belly straps over the third layer as I'd wished. I doubled down on everything instead, and nothing budged.

joists loaded and strapped on flatbed trailer

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Hauled the usual steel and shingles this week, except for these joists I delivered today in Missouri. (Not the greatest picture, I know.) The bottom layers took the whole trailer. The guy who unloaded me said they get 60' joists too, which I personally would hate to try to get into their driveway lol.

The layers weren't equal height, so I couldn't get belly straps over the third layer as I'd wished. I doubled down on everything instead, and nothing budged.

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We haul stuff like that too along with trusses at times. You are right, they can be a pain to get into some places. The last trusses that I hauled were 70' long. With the trailer stretched out to 68' it makes for tight corners. On that load, the last corner all the wheels were in the grass on the trailer. Luckily the lawn belonged to the school where the trusses had to be delivered and it was frozen so no sinking into the ground.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Well Jan and Feb have been really slow this year. More time off than working but hey unemployment is covering the gaps. Some weeks I will get 8 hours and others 30+ and then there are the weeks where there is nothing to do. But hey things are looking up.

This week I have worked 2 days so far. Yesterday I moved a D8 and a 240 Hitachi excavator. Then I went and loaded 2 more of those box culverts I hauled earlier this month. Today I delivered those box culverts, moved a 330 CAT excavator and then a 225 CAT excavator.

Then I got the word that the second week of March starts a big move of bridge beams where we have to take 19 loads to Idaho Falls and then 20+ loads to Kalispell. When that is all done we have some time before we start the big batch of bridge beams where we have over 80 loads to move. And this is on the books before we even get to the busy season. It also means that we will be moving a lot of equipment to some of these jobs too. I would say that when all is said and done we will have over 150 loads just for the job with the 80+ bridge beams.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Here's forty thousand pounds of solid aluminum rods that I ran from Cressona, Pennsylvania to Laurens, South Carolina. This is the type of stuff I haul all the time now. My dedicated position makes this job a little more boring and predictable, but life on the road never leaves me without daily variety and challenges. This job takes out some of the variety involved in flat-bed work, but it is a consistently strong paycheck and I like it like that.

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Pat M.'s Comment
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Well here is my load for tomorrow. 2 trailers for the guard going to Kalispell and then 2 coming back. IMG_20160225_163528285_HDR.jpg

Pat M.'s Comment
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Fm:

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.
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