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Posted:  9 years ago

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I'm not sure who to drive for

Melton is another good flatbed company if you want to go that route :)

Posted:  9 years ago

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JB Hunt tells shippers to stop wasting drivers time . . .

That's one of the cooler things with my company. They build layover pay into the contracts, and after two hours, the driver sends in a detention notice. I've only got held up long enough to be paid for it once so far, usually the shipper or receiver starts moving pretty quickly when they realize it's going to cost them more to have your truck looking pretty in their loading area! :)

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Why the hours of service exemptions keep coming

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As a new driver I know I get the bottom of the barrel loads. He occasionally throws me some sweet ones to make up for it too. Cuss him one day, man crushing on him the next.

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rofl-3.gif That's exactly what it's like and that never changes. Every load is a new adventure. Some are fantastic, some you loathe. It's a roller coaster running OTR. The weather, traffic, schedules, terrain, and population density change continuously. Then to add to it you're paid by the mile. That's great because the more work you do the more money you make, but when your truck breaks down or you sit at a customer for seven hours it can be super frustrating. You know it's best to keep your emotions on an even keel for your long term health and sanity but it's not easy sometimes.

Man, that 7 hours thing was my day yesterday. Putting a tarp back on a multiple stop load in high winds. :( I finally got it on "good enough," and busted tail to the 2nd stop. But do you know what it would take to make me a happy trucker right now? A new load and a shower! That's all I want!!! ;)

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Taking blood pressure medicine, will it be counted against me when taking DOT physical

Going to Prime orientation in July and I want to know will it affect if I get a 3 year, 1 year, or 3 months check if I already take blood pressure medicine. Is this something I need to disclose to the doctor?

Yes you will need to disclose it, and yes it will limit you to a 1 year cert. I'm in the same boat.

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Overnight parking in Austin Tx

It's been a while since I've been that way, but I usually get my 34 hour resets in on I-35 through there. ;)

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Flatbed load securment question

Thanks guys, just needed the sanity check. I wouldn't and won't haul coils without at least two chains, even small ones, and more as needed. Whenever I'm in doubt, I add one. I just wanted to make sure I was thinking clearly - the guy said it so confidently, like I was a moron for doing all that extra work.

One thing I've learned in the short time I've been flatbedding -- never let someone else tell you how to do your job! Make sure everything is done right, legally, and to your own standards. Recently, a guy at a receiver came up to "help" me fold and roll up a tarp. His greeting was "you can tell you haven't done this too many times," or something very similar. After thinking he was going to teach me something new, he was trying to pressure me into half-assing the job. I told him thanks, but I need to be able to get this tarp into that sidebox when I'm done. It took longer than it should have to do it right, and all I could do was "grin and bear it" as I fixed my tarp. Sure enough, the next load was a no-tarp load that took the whole bed, on a different trailer. I'm glad I stuck to my guns and did it right the first time!

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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And here I sit....

That's funny because we do the same thing only it is anything east of the Mississippi, South of I80 or west of Arizona. Although we do talk about putting up a fence on the western boundary of Arizona.

That's fine by me, I escaped into Oregon, not Arizona. ;)

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Any duffers out there?

Hey Papa G! I actually just drove past a public course in California that had truck parking! It's out there if you look hard enough!

I stopped playing a few years ago. I just don't have time to make it worthwhile anymore. Doesn't mean that you can't bring a few clubs and some practice balls out on the truck with you if you'd like :)

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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I am poison to most trucking companies

Phew, I'm glad this thread turned away from the secular v. non-secular debate, I was almost tempted to throw my own two cents in! Not that anybody else would care... ;)

Posted:  9 years, 1 month ago

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Flatbed load securment question

Pat / Old School / anyone else, what are your thoughts?

I think I'm glad I'm just hauling formed steel today! :D

The FMCSR is very clear on how coils are to be loaded and secured. I would check very carefully before I tied down coils any other way than how I usually do it. Beyond that, a wise person once said, nobody has ever seriously regretted using too much securement. ;)

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