Flatbed Variety

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Pat M.'s Comment
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Oh geez, Pat gave out the answer while I was thumbing my phone! That amber light stood out like a sore thumb when I looked at the photo.

Sorry about that. I figured that any more guesses we going to be about the same as the ones given already. I don't see a need to drag things out to have a bunch of guesses for new members to have to read through.

It was a creative use of safety vests. I have even seen a car hauler use a safety vest. If a dot enforcement officer wanted to be a stickler, there is no place on the vest that is 18"x18". At least on mine there is not. I would pull that truck over for that alone. A company too cheap to get the proper falgs is skimping on something else.

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.

Old School's Comment
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I liked the quizz Pat. The photo has several things in it that would send you on the wrong path if you were guessing at what's wrong.

For some reason though, that amber light was just glaringly out iof place when I first looked at it.

Pat M.'s Comment
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The biggest giveaway is were I said it was illegal in all states.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Pat I swear this is by far one of the most interesting threads that I have seen in this forum! Keep the flatbed photos coming! Took me about a month and a half to read through this whole thing. I wish I was trucking already I would add to this thread. But as soon as I start hauling, I will contribute photos to the thread!

By the way that truck, looks awesome!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Thanks Bud

Now for a teaching moment.... I found this photo on another site. What can you find that makes this load illegal in EVERY state in the union? 1485306805.6627.jpg

I'm not sure if I've got what makes it illegal, but I can tell you a few things that would make me stop and fix this load before moving it on a public roadway:

* There is an amber light on one of the overhanging pieces

* Those flags are hanging way too far below the deck and way too close to the ground and there are way too many of them.

* The trailer is leaning to the driver's side quite a bit, so unless that's just because it took a momentary dip in the road when the picture was snapped, I would want to rearrange the freight so it's balanced side to side.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Pat I swear this is by far one of the most interesting threads that I have seen in this forum! Keep the flatbed photos coming! Took me about a month and a half to read through this whole thing. I wish I was trucking already I would add to this thread. But as soon as I start hauling, I will contribute photos to the thread!

By the way that truck, looks awesome!

Lol, I was thinking the other day that this thread would take someone a while to get through. Dang near 100 pages now.

It passed the thread by Daniel B thanks to all the open deck drivers and then he got a local job and disappeared.

It is not my thread, it belongs to everyone. I just started it to show potential drivers like yourself the variety of things open deck drivers haul and the challenges that go along with it.

The other thing it does is give drivers ideas about how to secure things by seeing what others do.

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.

Victor C. II's Comment
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Well thanks Pat, I really enjoy this thread and please I will look at this thread as many times as it comes up, because my dream is to be a open deck hauler!

Thanks for the load securement tips and advice. I am near the end of my training. I'm very excited to get started.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Well it is official, back on the road today. Only 150 miles before my first issue with the truck. Not much power on the hills. Looked down and saw that I was pulling nearly 25" of vacuum on the fuel filters.

For those that do not know, that means your filters are plugged. Two new filters later and she ran better than new.

Just thought I would chronicle this because this is something that you have to deal with as a truck owner.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Dually noted!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Oh geez, Pat gave out the answer while I was thumbing my phone! That amber light stood out like a sore thumb when I looked at the photo.

Well, somehow the whole thing was discussed and settled before I even joined in and I didn't even notice!

Well it is official, back on the road today. Only 150 miles before my first issue with the truck. Not much power on the hills. Looked down and saw that I was pulling nearly 25" of vacuum on the fuel filters.

For those that do not know, that means your filters are plugged. Two new filters later and she ran better than new.

Just thought I would chronicle this because this is something that you have to deal with as a truck owner.

At least you have the gauge on your dashboard to tell you that information! Fuel filters are often neglected, and some places have dirty diesel that will clog them up quick.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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