Load Shifted

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Mr M's Comment
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my load shifted. the shipper didn't use the load locks. luckily nothing's damaged but this is a lesson learned. from now on I will load lock it even if they don't.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Susan D. 's Comment
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We don't use load locks, as they can drop when your trailer flexes. These light weight trailers will flex a lot just going down the road. We use load straps and our company provides as many as you want to stash in your sidebox.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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If the load is sealed nothing you can do about how it is secured. I pick up sealed trailers all the time. Just drive careful and assume there are no load restraining devices in use.

Isaac H.'s Comment
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One of the guys on our account has a shifted load and went through a weigh station and somehow was 6k over on one of his axles. He's now getting his paycheck deducted until the fine gets paid off. D:

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah the straps are the way to go if you have trailers equipped for them. If you have to use load bars you can put one near the floor to keep pallets from shifting and the flex in the trailer won't hurt it, but it won't keep the top boxes on the pallets secure either. If you put a load bar in the middle of the trailer vertically then just really crank on that thing to make the walls bulge out. Normally it will stay in place just fine, but you really have to crank on it.

Lemmy_Lives's Comment
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When I have to use load locks I set it up at around a 20 degree angle, then use a small sledge to hammer the raised end down til it's level. I've never had them drop after doing that.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Put your Load Lock or Locks in place and use a strap to pull the walls together. It has worked every time I've tried it.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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Put your Load Lock or Locks in place and use a strap to pull the walls together. It has worked every time I've tried it.

That is brilliant. I'm stealing that idea if I ever go dry van or start working with flimsy reefers. For now though, Stevens reefer trailers are fairly sturdy - I've never had a load bar fall.

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.


A refrigerated trailer.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Put your Load Lock or Locks in place and use a strap to pull the walls together. It has worked every time I've tried it.

But why would you need both? If you have straps just use the straps and don't worry about the load bars. Those straps are 10 times stronger anyhow.


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