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Pianoman's Comment
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Hauled my last reefer last night! It was bittersweet. Never thought I'd enjoy doing reefer otr as much as I do.

Really excited about the new gig though. They've already got me running as hard as I can. And this has a different feel to it--the way it's run. I've talked more to my new DM in the last few days more than I talked to my other DM in the last couple of weeks.

By the way, these dry vans are so light! I deadheaded 90 miles last night in light wind and felt like I was all over the place!

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Steve_HBG's Comment
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Congrats, Paul!!!

Hauling beer can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be extremely challenging.

The challenges occur when the beer isn't loaded correctly in the trailer, and either the drive axles, the tandems , or both, wind up with a variance that sends the driver back to the loading dock. That happens quite frequently at Bud in Columbus, Ohio... I spent an entire 10 hour break there trying to get my total weight under 80,0001, and my axles at 34, 000. In the end, I wound up with 12,000, 34,000, and 34,000! As a sidenote, the robots in use there unload and load trailers faster than I ever thought possible.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Pianoman's Comment
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Congrats, Paul!!!

Hauling beer can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be extremely challenging.

The challenges occur when the beer isn't loaded correctly in the trailer, and either the drive axles, the tandems , or both, wind up with a variance that sends the driver back to the loading dock. That happens quite frequently at Bud in Columbus, Ohio... I spent an entire 10 hour break there trying to get my total weight under 80,0001, and my axles at 34, 000. In the end, I wound up with 12,000, 34,000, and 34,000! As a sidenote, the robots in use there unload and load trailers faster than I ever thought possible.

Thanks Steve!! That's wild haha. Was it your tandems that were over or the drives?

If it was the drives, you probably burned the pound of fuel idling over your 10 hr break hahaha

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Phoenix's Comment
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That's fabulous Paul! Congrats!good-luck.gif

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