Profile For NeeklODN

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    Pensacola, FL

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    2 years, 9 months ago

NeeklODN's Bio

second year driver Otr flatbed driver out of Pensacola,FL Currently employed with Summerford Truck Lines.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Aggregate working load limit

And now I'm extra confused. So I get 50 percent of the anchor point too??

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Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Aggregate working load limit

Ok a bit embarrassing but I need a refresher from my flatbedders. I have just been hauling lumber locally for over a year now and the reg book is confusing me at the moment.

I have 3/8 grade 70 chains and Standard ratchet binders. Apparently rated at 6,600 lbs. I'm picking up a piece of cargo that is 27,000 lbs and has four tie down points. Are 4 direct tie down chains enough or can I only use 50 percent of the WLL of each chain?I remember that there is a simple way to calculate it. Can I just double the WLL of the chain? Can't remember If someone could respond with a simple breakdown of how they calculate and short explanation that would be great! Thanks.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Do they make 12 volt microwaves for trucks?

MAN, where have you BEEN???

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Well packrat, right now I'm in Charleston SC...😁. I've just been cruising around driving locally. Then the money wasn't enough so I'm back for more. Still trying to find my place. Still no tickets or accidents thank God.

Https://www.raneystruckparts.com/whirlpool-countertop-truck-microwave-oven/

Is this something like what you’re looking for? Seems pretty expensive for a microwave. 🤣

Yeah dude f---orget that. I'm not spending that much on a microwave. For that price I could just breathe on the food till it gets hot.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Do they make 12 volt microwaves for trucks?

Yeah I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind me having an inverter installed but I was trying to avoid that if possible. I'm headed out on Sunday so was looking for a quick solution. No worries. Guess it's cold food and snacks in the truck for the time being! Onwards

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Do they make 12 volt microwaves for trucks?

Some of ya might remember me. I got my start trucking about two and a half years ago now. Im just about to start running this dedicated route for GE in the south. Here's the issue: I need to put a microwave in my truck but don't have a power inverter. I can't seem to fine any regular 12v microwaves....do they make those? All I can find is the little oven things. Those are nice but not what I'm looking for. What's the most cost effective way to get a microwave in there functioning properly? Thanks!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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It could have been worse...

Ohhh nooooo! Worst nightmare! Thank God there was no damage! Keep it tight bro!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Split sleeper berth question

Got it y'all thanks! On track for delivery 1 hour Early.

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Split sleeper berth question

Need advice on how to get this delivery on time. When I arrived at the shipper, I had just about eight and a half hours of drive time also had somewhere around the same on my 14. I signed in and then went off duty for a little over two hours. I now have 5 hours and 10 minutes left on duty and / or driving. if I run my clock out then take an 8-hour sleeper break how much time will I get back? It's so freaking confusing. Was I supposed to go sleeper berth for the 2-hour break?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Flatbed weight distribution

Next load that's scaleable, I'm gonna move it forward from "center" I just can't fathom that I need to move it back even more than I have been. The light is more to the rear than the place coil here sticker. Feels backwards. Using the place coil here sticker as center I am heavy steers, light drives and heavy spread. Does anyone see what I'm saying?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Throwback Thursday - Photos From Back In The Day

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Your name fits your look sir. Straight out of an 80s movie. Even got the fiero to match.😂

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Interesting day with coils

Will do everyone, will do.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Flatbed weight distribution

Putting weight in front of the trailer axles shouldn't affect your steers. The people talking about "lifting" the drives, were talking about when you put a lot of weight behind the trailer axles. This can essentially make them act as a pivot point, if you imagine the trailer as a lever.

What does the center marking on your trailer look like? Is it a painted line, a little piece of metal welded onto the deck, or a strip of reflective tape on the deck? Or is it a sticker on the frame?

Well now I'm really confused because with a 48k load of bricks, the last row is typically right over the forward trailer axle. Set up like that, I get the effect of too much weight on steers,like 25k on drives and 37k or more on trailer

14th stake pocket is almost directly in the center of my light which confuses me even further indicating my center point is even further back?!?!

Also, FYI: there are 27 stake pockets total. Fifth wheel is fixed just about directly above center of my two drive axles. Truck is a '15 prostar midroof.

From what y'all are telling me, I'm supposed to shift the loads back even further than I have been? Because that's where the alleged middle point/14th stake pocket/light is....

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Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Flatbed weight distribution

Typically, the center of a 53' spread axle trailer, is 14 stake pockets, then the middle spool after the 14th pocket, (or 14.5 stake pockets) . Which is normally directly in front of the turn signal light.

I still don't understand why the coil package would be rear of center. I obviously trust you guys because you're more experienced than me. I'm not calling you out or anything I just don't understand.

if I were to put a coil or two right there wouldn't it put too much weight on my steers and not enough weight on my drives similar to the issues I've been having using that as my Center Point?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Flatbed weight distribution

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Ok I'm gonna try that next time. I'll let you guys know what the scale says. But I have a sneaky suspicion that the sticker that says "place heavy loads here" is not the true middle point. I feel like it may be to the front a little bit.

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That sticker usually indicates that the trailer has a coil package and is reinforced in that area to deal with having the 40÷k weight of a steel coil all being situated in roughly a 3'x5' area. The easiest way to find center of the trailer is a measuring tape or use the center light as reference. The center light may not be exact but a pretty good reference point in most cases. Do remember though, the trailer center in regards to weight balance is different when the axles are open vs closed.

Okay, my logic maybe incorrect here. I knew that about the coil package but I assumed that if you're putting a 40000 lb coil right there then it must be the middle of the trailer as well. Why would you not put it in the direct center of the trailer?

Also, my axles cannot be closed.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Flatbed weight distribution

Ok I'm gonna try that next time. I'll let you guys know what the scale says. But I have a sneaky suspicion that the sticker that says "place heavy loads here" is not the true middle point. I feel like it may be to the front a little bit.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Interesting day with coils

Don't worry about that. In the future make notes on the BOL that they signed. I also would make notes on your company system that you make your empty call with.

I've been through that same scenario several times. I've never heard anything back about any of those times.

I had to focus on keeping my composure with this one, the way he went about it was like he was surprised I untarped outside. 🤔

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Flatbed weight distribution

Forgot to mention, my fifth wheel is fixed.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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OTC meds causing false positives on drug tests?

As far as I understand, a false positive is not likely in any scenario (excluding poppy seeds). If you test positive for something I think they have to do a confirmatory test for the exact metabolite. So, if it is really just Advil, they will see it in the confirmatory test.

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Flatbed weight distribution

I always load my trailer from the center point that's marked. Let's say I have a load of bricks. 25 packs. I would have 12 packs front of center and 13 packs rear of center. When I do this I'm always like 37k on split trailer axle, 27k on drives and ALWAYS maxed out on steers. What should I do differently??? It would seem counter intuitive to move the load forward on the trailer because then my steers would be over correct?

Posted:  1 year, 2 months ago

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Interesting day with coils

Ok....first time hauling steel coils. Eye to the sky. 2 of them at approximately 20k each. Got them secured and tarped just fine using chain/strap combo. Ran into an interesting situation at the receiver. I pull up in front of the warehouse and the loader tells me to pull around the side and un strap/chain/tarp everything. Ok so I did that. Right before I back in the warehouse, it's starts to drizzle a little. The coils are shrink wrapped and have cardboard on top. This guy makes me sign the bills saying that they got rained on and might be rusted. After he told me to untarp outside....really???

Dispatch was cool because the plastic was wet but the cardboard underneath wasn't to I think the coils made it dry.

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