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    Williamsville, NY

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Maverick flatbedder.

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Posted:  5 hours, 47 minutes ago

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Want to know why there are bad trailers out there?

Honestly, I’d have loaded Monday, then planned on getting it fixed that evening on my ten hour break.

Posted:  1 day, 4 hours ago

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Axle weight question

Yeah I had a load of 26 palletized steel coils all different weights. I was 13,500 on steers, 30,000 on drives, and 38,000 on spread axle. My first time picking up this kind of load and the guy asks ME how I want it loaded 🤣. I guess I was pretty close. And big Scott, we normally get to bypass too. I haven't been weighed once in my three weeks on the road.

If these numbers are correct, better hope you keep getting the bypass.

Posted:  6 days, 4 hours ago

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Scaling A Load

A month ago, picked up eleven different sized bundles of rough cut walnut lumber on two different stops at Amish sawmills. Pretty happy with how my guesstimating went.

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Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Made my Choice and Comitted to Gypsum Express

Chris, why is it called Gypsum? I first thought it was based in Colorado

They started as a gypsum board hauler. They still haul a lot of drywall, always see them at the drywall plants.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Is this flatbed secured legally?

If in doubt, it probably isn’t.

Why no strap over that last set of blocking. Any straps over that longer piece on the bottom where it sticks out front and rear. (Assuming I’m looking at the picture right.)

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Testing out next week

Yeah, I got what you are doing. Just don’t know what to say and not sound like a jerk. Dunkirk is a blip. If you’ve been tooling around the northeast, Dunkirk should be a piece of cake. Downtown is 10 blocks, maybe. I could ride my bike from the lake to outside of town in ten minutes as a kid. I was running route 5 to 60 and on to Jamestown my first week in cdl school. You are panicking, man. That route you’re looking at is not even the first two ways in I’d go. Maybe not even my top four depending on if you are coming from buffalo or Erie. It’s not downtown Chicago, or buffalo, or even Jamestown. Heck, tiny olean is even worse than Dunkirk. Just be cool, man, you’ve done worse. Route 60 and route 5 are good.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Testing out next week

The left on 20 threw me off at first since it’s the wrong way towards purina from the fredonia exit, but would be correct if you were using the silver creek exit. I see what you’re doing though. Lol, don’t really know what to say, sorry.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Testing out next week

I’ll be dipped, I grew up in Dunkirk/Fredonia Two of my uncles work at that Purina. How are you going in, from the thruway, I presume?

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

I don’t know,Chuck, I think regional flatbed, which is basically what Solo and I do, is a little different animal. We are very rarely, if ever, going to be able to load or unload on a Sunday. We get a load Friday, and usually deliver Monday with nothing to do but drive over the weekend. Once you run those miles, you are sitting around on Sunday. (And of course, I’ll hear “call the consignee and see about getting unloaded on Sunday.” Majority of our places are Monday through Friday, if no one is even there, you aren’t getting unloaded.) So you can piddle around all week and still have to sit around Sunday, or do a 14 every day and put Sunday to use getting a reset. I’ve taken a reset every weekend for the past year, and still manage 5+ loads and 3000+ miles every week.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

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Sounds like to figure your time needed for a 34 is to start from the time you will unload on a Monday. Whatever that time is, count back 34 hours. That’s the time you need to be sitting at your reset location.

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Not quite, he is not going to want to do a 34 at the consignee. I think he almost had it this weekend, just a bad choice for a 34. He needs to be parked at 2100 Sunday night at the consignee. So consider Sunday a drive day, twelve hours, eleven drive, another hour for fuel, pretrip, break, load checks, etc. So he needs to leave out Sunday morning at 0900. Start going back for your 34 start time from there. So he needs to be parked up someplace to do laundry on Friday by 2300.

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This is the route I'm going to try next week. Thanks for breaking it down.

Solo, if you do decide to try this way, you’ve got to be very stingy with your 70. Way too many flatbed guys will run out their entire 70 in five days. Don’t want to get to Friday and only have five hours left.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

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Wow, you guys do 34’s with no toilets or running water every weekend? More hardcore than me.

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Haha! Well, 95% of the time I'll do a 34 at the nearest truck stop. As it happens I'm doing a 34 as we speak about 30 minutes from my receiver, delivering Monday morning.

But if my company required me to be at the receiver by Sunday night as Solo's does, then I'd do the 34 there and PC to the nearest truck stop as needed.

The problem I could see with that for my company is out of route miles. Couple poo runs back and forth every weekend hurts the bonus at quarter’s end. 😁

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

Wow, you guys do 34’s with no toilets or running water every weekend? More hardcore than me.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

Sounds like to figure your time needed for a 34 is to start from the time you will unload on a Monday. Whatever that time is, count back 34 hours. That’s the time you need to be sitting at your reset location.

Not quite, he is not going to want to do a 34 at the consignee. I think he almost had it this weekend, just a bad choice for a 34. He needs to be parked at 2100 Sunday night at the consignee. So consider Sunday a drive day, twelve hours, eleven drive, another hour for fuel, pretrip, break, load checks, etc. So he needs to leave out Sunday morning at 0900. Start going back for your 34 start time from there. So he needs to be parked up someplace to do laundry on Friday by 2300.

He will have a ton of time, most flatbedders don’t run that late very often, so he’ll probably park up earlier on fridays which means his 34 will be up sooner on Sunday morning and if he’s not having to drive 600+ miles on Sunday, he can start late Sunday morning. I bet he’ll get close to a 40 hour break most weekends.

I run flatbed over the weekends too, but can do it a little different since I can stay at a truck stop to deliver Monday morning. So I park on Saturday afternoon to do my 34 and laundry and start Monday with a fresh clock. He’ll just start Sunday with a fresh clock.

Actually, a lot of our home every weekend guys run that schedule I laid out for him.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

Lol, guess I don’t understand what you are trying to convey. Disregard last post.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Clock Management and 34 hr resets

Not sure I see the problem if I’m reading you correctly. When you say your 34 resets tomorrow at 0530, do you mean you start at 0530 tomorrow with a fresh 70? If that’s the case, then you have all the time in the world. 465 miles is pretty easy in an 11, plus since you don’t have to load or unload, you still have 3 more hours on your 14. I’d leave out tomorrow at 0530, drive someplace to do laundry and a shower for a couple hours off duty, then finish the drive to the consignee and park up well before 2100.

That’s if I’m understanding you correctly, though.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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I was "promoted"

Thanks for the info. Sounds like a good outfit. Stay safe out there.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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I was "promoted"

I know nothing about Wylie, can you answer a few questions as a rolling recruiter?

Starting pay for a driver with over a year of flatbed experience and clean mvr?

Percentage or mileage pay?

Tarp pay? Breakdown pay? Multi stop pay? Short run pay? Guaranteed pay?

Per diem? Any bonus pay to work towards?

Miles per week average?

Regional or otr? Home time? Accrual of time off?

Type of tractors? Auto or manual? Apu, epu? Inverters?

Trailers, 48, 53, steps, rgn? Any oversize or hazmat? Ratchet or over center binders? Do I get charged for securement equipment?

Lanes? Canada, nyc?

Terminal locations? Fuel stop locations?

Thanks man, glad things are working out for you.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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New tax law changes hit truck drivers hard

Yes, put more money in my pocket. Per Diem and a larger standard deduction gave me more take home each week and for the first time I got a refund on fed and state. So, most of the whining is BS.

Preach it, brother. Same situation here.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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My Solution to "Driver Shortage"! - Inputs desired!

#1 for me. This was something I thought was going to be a bigger problem then it ended up actually being. Have always managed to find a toilet to do my business. May have to get creative down the road someday, but will cross that bridge when it happens. I will not live literally inches from where I do my business.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Question for the flatbed gang

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That pipe was turned into “bundles” which fall under 393.118.

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Have to disagree with you there sir. 393.118 says dressed lumber or building materials such as gypsum board or items of similar shape.

Cool, I’ll save a ton of time not having to gut strap all those “building materials which are unitized for securement as a single article of cargo.”

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