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    NY

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    2 years, 3 months ago

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Former Maverick.

Now hauling hazmat tanker as a local driver.

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Posted:  9 hours, 9 minutes ago

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Test date on the 26th. Looking like I’ll be a professional truck driver. Questions on trip planning

Still have to watch clearances, there are two places I can think of off the top of my head that we have to go in a certain way because bridges are too low. I’ve routinely hauled loads at 13’6” and had a few lumber and pipe loads that had to be reworked due to over height.

I used the Rand McNally 740 with no problems, then google maps satellite view once I got in close. Maverick also is good about company directions, probably 70% of the places we go, the company has truck directions on how to get in legally. There is also a very good Facebook page for maverick drivers that has a steadily growing database of how to get places, how to check in, etc.

Posted:  3 days, 8 hours ago

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Thinking About Leaving Schneider

You know, the first question that springs to mind is you can’t be the only guy on this account, what are the other guys doing that haul these loads?

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Thinking About Leaving Schneider

Not my picture, but this is an example. I’ve hauled many loose boxes on pallets with a similar setup and no issues.

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Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Thinking About Leaving Schneider

Tarps will help keep the bits and bobs on the trailer.

Also look up v-boards.

We’ve all carried poorly palletized freight on an open deck. Leaving Schneider won’t get you away from it. I still don’t like palletized double stacked rolled roofing, or Charlotte pipe’s boxes of loose fittings.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Realistic beginner driver pay for regional drivers

If you could put together two back to back jobs at a mere $12.50 per hour each, say one job during first shift and one job during second shift, you would make roughly $52k per year and be home every night, and have weekends off, too. Naturally any improvement you could make on your pay rate at either job would increase your annual pay or allow you to cut some hours at the other job. Sure, this plan is initially 80 hours of work a week, but as you are considering truck driving anyway

Or you can do like I did. 52k first year, 85k second year. Then offered a local job driving hazmat tanker, 30 per hour to start, 10 hour days, time and a half over forty, and home every night and weekend

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Realistic beginner driver pay for regional drivers

My first ten months regional flatbed:

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Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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What Made You Decide To Become A Driver?

I’m not entirely sure this guy isn’t just Brett stirring up some action on his site. 😁

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Fatality Due to Apparently Improperly Secured Flatbed Load

Something kind of like this. Not sure if the angle would stop something, but it make me feel better.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Fatality Due to Apparently Improperly Secured Flatbed Load

First off, can I say, Donald get off this thread. A bulkhead to every flatbedder on here is not what you are thinking of. We build our bulkheads. You are thinking of headboards or headache racks.

Now, as to letting someone else haul it, unfortunately, I was the someone else. That is another guy’s securement, and he refused to haul it. The only reason I have a picture is securement wanted to see the load when I got it.

X chains are almost worthless since there were several pieces in each layer and an x wouldn’t cover half of them. X chains are awesome for plate steel, though.

Bulkhead is good for the first layer, but it’s the top, middle beams I was most worried about. (Side note on bulkheads that I see a lot of guys screw up-they work when they are touching the material, a gap between the material and bulkhead makes it almost worthless.)

Headache rack-I have a solid one, but again, those top middle pieces were my biggest worry and they were higher than my rack. Besides, a headboard/headache rack, while slowing things down, is not a guarantee. One of the scarier things I saw last year was one of our shops removing a rack that had had shiny/greasy bar PUNCH through it. Sobering seeing how much force is there. (Driver was fine, improper securement issue.)

What I ended up doing was basically what turtle did, ran a trip chain over the end of each layer then secured them to the rub rail. Bottom two layers were easy, top two required marrying some chains to get the reach and they stretched back almost half the length of the load to get a workable angle on the chains. Then each layer got three wrap/cinch/choke straps to try to cinch every layer together. The rest of my straps and chains went over the top anywhere I had room.

I debated throwing some gut straps, but figured the cinch straps were doing the same job of pulling the layers down. May not be the right way (welcome to critiques), but I’ve done a few loads like this and seems to ride good. Load checks with those cinch straps are every hour.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Fatality Due to Apparently Improperly Secured Flatbed Load

So, how do you three suggest a load like this be secured to prevent movement in a hard brake?

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Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Just got my CDL Permit here in Arizona, heading for Prime Training Saturday, August 24 in Salt Lake City

Boots are made for working - let 'em look like you know what you're doing. I can always spot the rookie flatbedders by their shiny new work boots.

I KNEW I was being judged last month when I had to replace my boots. 😁

Probably about the best thing I did boot wise for flatbed is go waterproof. Probably once a week I’m standing in a puddle, or folding tarps under water, or securing a load while jumping over mud holes.

Oddest ppe requirement I’ve run across is no hoods, which sucked because all my winter gear had hoods and it was below freezing at the time. Made for a quick tarp job.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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I-95 south

Tappan Zee.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Extra winchs?

You looking for the winches that go on the trailer?

How about just using some portables instead. I carry several for those loads that need more straps than there are winches.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Does this look properly secured?

How are your loads sliding in transit-toward the front or toward the sides?

What you did there is not a “wrap.” I assume you start with your strap in the winch, so I might be off since I do wraps with both ends free, but take the hook over, then under, then back over again and hook opposite the winch side.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Best 3 trucking companies to work for in SW Missouri

I know that’s a really great area for Maverick Transportation.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Flatbed Variety

I don’t usually worry about a bulkhead on this type of rod. The oiled ones, that’s another story though. I would have done a wrap with the first and last straps though, then used chains instead of straps for the rest of the load. Five straps seems a tad light on securement, probably would have done two wrapped straps and four chains. BUT, it’s flatbed, everyone has their own way of doing it.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Need an instructor, i have 17 years of driving experience!

So you want a company to let you use their truck, pay for an instructor, and then just maybe you will do them the honor of letting them hire you? Hope it works out for you.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Metal rolls in dry van

The thing I don’t get is those coils are neither “secured” nor “braced.” Flatbedders build cradles for coils too, but we secure to keep the coils in the cradles. Other than gravity, what is keeping those coils from rolling right out of those cradles if hitting a curve way to fast? Our company actually expects our load to not move even if we flip the trailer completely over.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Metal rolls in dry van

It has never ceased to amaze me what you door slammers can get away with because you have a roof and some walls around a load.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Flatbed Variety

Here's a shot of the same load after I had her dressed and ready for the road.

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Is that four tarps or just the camera angle?

What are you doing for padding? I’ve seen stuff like this shred tarps.

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