48,000 Lb Load Of Respect For Flatbed Drivers And More

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Tyler Durden's Comment
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As I sit here going through training for flatbed I've gained a whole new world of respect for all you must go through. From the amount of chains to the amount of straps to the varying loads and how each is loaded. From building cradles for coils to building bulkheads for bundles. To everything. I never imagined it would be so damn much to learn.

That doesn't include the difficulty of being away from the family. I truly don't know how you all do it. Not to proud to say I have cried more in the past week then I have in an abundance of years. Nothing worse then when your daughter starts crying struggling to say I love you as she hangs up the phone.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Nathan G.'s Comment
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Being away from family will get easier. I got 4 little ones myself I can relate to where your coming from just remember you are doing it for your family so you can better their lives. chin up it will be over before you know it. good luck and be safe!!!!

Old School's Comment
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Hang in there Tyler!

People don't really understand us when we try to explain how hard it is to make a decent start in this career. It is hard for them to understand the emotion that goes into it. We stress all the time to folks how this is a lifestyle change, not just a job change. When you already have a lifestyle that includes you being at home with your family all the time, and then you go and uproot all that to change your career, it has an effect on each and every member in that household. It's hard on Mom, Dad, children, and even pets sometimes. Everybody feels the effect of the absence of the breadwinner who is out here barely holding it all together for themselves, much less for everyone else at home. I can't say if trucking will work out for you or not, but if it does you will come to figure out a way to make it work for you and your family. I wish you the best in your endeavor.

Concerning the load securement training, it will all start to come together while you are out with a trainer, but even then you'll feel like you are barely scratching the surface. After about nine months of flat-bedding I began to feel like I really knew what I was doing, but even then I was still just beginning to grasp all the concepts and understanding of how it all worked. That is what I love about the flat-bed work - it provides me with new challenges each and every day. It makes your work more rewarding when you actually had to take steps to accomplish something that is critical for your safety, and for getting your load safely delivered. There is a satisfaction that comes with each load delivered that only a true flat-bedder can relate to, and I hope you come to enjoy that same satisfaction.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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There is a satisfaction that comes with each load delivered that only a true flat-bedder can relate to, and I hope you come to enjoy that same satisfaction.

Nailed it.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Hats off to you Tyler for doing it! I wish you the best of luck in the future and hope that you get to spend the important moments with your family. God Bless.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Thank guys. It's been a journey. Once finished all that training and testing, I should mainly be hauling glass. Will still occasionally get coils, steel or wood, but mainly glass. That should take my journeys into Canada. They even said I may take a ferry to New Foundland now and then as well.

Jetguy's Comment
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Thank guys. It's been a journey. Once finished all that training and testing, I should mainly be hauling glass. Will still occasionally get coils, steel or wood, but mainly glass. That should take my journeys into Canada. They even said I may take a ferry to Newfoundland now and then as well.

Wow Tyler- Newfoundland. Never been there. Boy that would be interesting and an adventure. Any idea where you'd take the ferry? From what city to what city. Or destination city. I would think the ferry fee for a flatbed would be $100-200 one way. I worked in Everett Washington (state)- Alot of ferrys there- they're very busy. Have to schedule your drive around ferry schedule. I went across the ferrys a few times, and enjoyed just watching the action

I'm probably asking questions you haven't got to yet. But, in the future, let us know about New Foundland.

Jetguy's Comment
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If anyone can see the ferry route- let me know. I can usually find it on google map- but I could not find it this time.

Nate_K's Comment
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Hang in there Tyler!

It's hard on Mom, Dad, children, and even pets sometimes.

Being in military the family is used to me being gone. But our two little dogs have never been apart from me. Now the one who is more attached to me sits by the door every night waiting for me to walk in.

Hate to say it but it's harder being away from the dogs than the family.

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