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Posted:  5 years ago

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Question for flatbed drivers

I live with in 100 miles of 4 bases. We move aircraft parts and equipment all year round. And I do a lot of guard moves in the late spring and summer. Mostly though I do 20 foot containers, from the depot to the port , If I am doing it. The millitary used to pay more then general freight did now for the most part it has switched with general freight paying more then military.

Posted:  5 years, 2 months ago

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Bad First Day Back

I had a brand new belt but on my truck during service, because the old one was starting to crack. 300 miles down the road the belt broke some times this stuff just happens.

Posted:  5 years, 4 months ago

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Decided to shutdown

Nothing wrong about shutting down if you don't feel comfortable. Last winter I was on I 5 in CA, up in the mt on my way to OR. Just a little light rain temp right around freezing, well the truck in front of me goes over the bridge in front me and fish tails, I hit the bridge and start to jackknife. 3 bridges later I pulled onto a wide sholder for chaining and shut the truck down I know in front of me is a few more bridges and 2 of them were going down hill and had a turn in them. So I sat for 2 hours and waited for them to clean the road up. The tow company was quite busy pulling cars and trucks out of the ditches, but I was not one of them I was also the only guy in the chain up area. Right now I am taking a load from MI to MS I got up this morning 0400 checked the road and weather condtions in front of me and went back to sleep. It's better to be sitting some were safe, wishing you were out driving. Then to be driving wishing you were sitting some were safe. I think I will do laundry today be safe out there.

Posted:  5 years, 10 months ago

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Working Load Limit Question

So the aggregate is 50% of all the wll for each point attached to the trailer. So take a 5/16 chain g7 it has a wll of 4700 pounds. Now take that chain hook it to a to a tie down point on a hummer. Now attach that chain to your deck your aggregate will is 50% of 4700. What confuses me on your question is I don't think I have all the info, you have 6 peace of securement and 7 tie down points so to figure the aggregate we would need to know which peace is secured 2 times to the trailer. Clear as mud yet?

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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GPS- necessary or optional?

GPS are just a tool like others have said. An atlas is just a tool but does not update, going into Chicago. An atlas is not as precise, but an atlas with Google maps is just as good as a GPS and way cheaper. My first choice would be to have a GPS because it's easy to use, my second choice would be a atlas and Google maps. With whatever system you use, you must use your head above all else.

Posted:  6 years, 4 months ago

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Per diem

Are you otr?

Posted:  6 years, 5 months ago

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Quit before 1 year is up?

First off I hope all works out well. My wife and I were in a similar situation with are first child. My wife moved back in with her mom for that time, my dm ran me around most of the time with in a days drive of the house. When I got the call that my wife had been taken to the hospital I drove the truck to the yard and went home. Area daughter was born 2 months early and spent most of her 1st month in the NICU. I spent that hole month off. The key to all of this communication with the dm. Also he might be eligible for FMLA he would have to talk to hr about that.

Best of luck to you guys

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Driving loaded with permit only

You can not do it in California Patric is correct it is state specific.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Flatbed question - automatic lifting axle

On top of what gtown said. Were you loaded or empty? Were you still compliment with the bridge law? The one thing I did find it that the bridge law is figard out by the maximum axel groups so depending on your situation you might be out of compliance on that. It might have something to do with permitting. I know I am permitted as a 5 axel combo not a 5/4 axel combo. King pin compliment? But I did not find anything that said you were braking the law by running with a lift axel lifted just by that fact.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Why don't we use flares?

I would be willing to bet it has something to do with hazmat. If you have trucks that haul hazmat, they can't use flares. I only haul class 1.4, and 3. I know flares are no no on both of those loads. Also might be a dot thing as well I don't know if flares are allowed in lue of triangles, triangles never burn out or roll into the brush and ketch it on fire.

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