Game: The Longest You Have Ever Sat In A Dock.

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Kirk P.'s Comment
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I'm flatbed and was suppose to do a drop and hook in Indiana, dropped my trailer at the yard at around 2 pm and sat there and waited for my loaded trailer to come up from the plant. Long story short I ended up bobtailing to a convenience store down the road because I was going to be out of hours by the time they got my load ready, I came back in the morning and get the same trailer that I dropped and the BOL said they got it loaded at midnight. So what was suppose to be a drop and hook and take about 30 mins ended up taking 10 hours because they didn't even have one of our trailers already there.


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

My CB Handle is Frank's Comment
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I read the Google reviews for shippers/receivers because sometimes there are some good insights on there. All these guys on there are complaining about taking 3 or 4 hours to get unloaded though lol. I wish I knew how to get that job where 3 to 4 hours was something to complain about.

My longest was 26 hours. I was so worn out at the time that I slept for about 13 of those hours. Other than getting run hard, I'm pretty spoiled.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dan R.'s Comment
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Thankfully just waiting for a door, not at a dock, but 76 hours at the Port of Morrow just outside Boardman, OR on I-84. Spent 34 at the Loves there, then found a diner to call home for the rest. Turns out the company load planners got everything planned and ready to go except actually scheduling the appointment. That was back during my second phase of training when I was at 16cpm, so the $14 and change per hour for detention/layover made sitting on my rear half the week a record for earnings at that point for me.

Actually at a dock was probably 18 hours for a Lamb Weston load just outside Denver. I've been there several times and never gotten out in less than 10 hours.


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.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Old School's Comment
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I will sometimes get in a 34 hour reset while sitting at a dock, but only if the dock looks like this one at Port Fourchon, Louisiana...

Sitting on the dock of a bay... wasting time...


That photo was actually taken from my truck when I took a 34 hour break right down there by the water.

Here's another dock at Christian Pass in Mississippi that I enjoyed a 34 hour break at...


Hey folks part of the key to success at this job is knowing how to live while you are out here. Making some of your time out here memorable and enjoyable is up to you!

Oh yeah, here's a shot of Shaggy's, a really cool restaurant at Christian Pass, Mississippi - great place to unwind while down there on the beach!



Operating While Intoxicated

Peter M.'s Comment
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36 hours for a load of beer at Miller in Trenton Ohio. Made 400 dollars in detention

Mmmmmm, beer.

Jim A.'s Comment
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12 hours to get unloaded at a Safeway DC in NorCal. Was nice to get paid to sleep.

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