Flatbed

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RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Great!

Rick S.'s Comment
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It's not that I don't want to do any physical labor.....I'm just concerned about what kind of physical strength is required to do it. I'm not physically "strong". I've been out of shape for a long time (used to be in the gym, on my mountain bike, etc) but now I run out of air after climbing a set of stairs. It's ridiculous. I'd love to not put restrictions on myself by saying "no flatbed" but I also don't want to realize I'm unable to do my job because I lack what it takes.

Allie Knight (of youtube fame) did flatbed for awhile. She is slender and not tall, and seemed to manage just fine.

Flatbed, despite the additional income, is physically a PITA. It's also a lot of LIVE LOADS - so there's a lot of drive time wasted, waiting to be loaded and unloaded (which is not to say that other types of freight doesn't have live loads).

Anyone in decent physical shape can probably handle the rigors of it. You don't have to be a bodybuilder to do so.

Just a matter of if you WANT TO do that kind of physical work.

I - do NOT. I don't want to get dirty/sweaty wrestling tarps (in all kinds of weather). I don't want to play "load monkey" climbing around on 13' high loads on top of a trailer (not really that into heights).

Rick

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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OMG.....I'm afraid of heights. Climbing on a 3 step ladder makes me feel unstable...lol

SouthernJourneyman's Comment
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I'd be real cautious about going flatbed then. Not saying all companies are the same but I have a tall load I have to climb almost once a week.

SamTon's Comment
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I'd be real cautious about going flatbed then. Not saying all companies are the same but I have a tall load I have to climb almost once a week.

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Will Melton let you take a ladder

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I'd be real cautious about going flatbed then. Not saying all companies are the same but I have a tall load I have to climb almost once a week.

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Will Melton let you take a ladder

Yes you can. There is a spot to strap one to the headache rack.

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