Bobtailling

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Chief's Comment
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Leaving tomorrow morning to bobtail from FL to WI (approx 1000 miles) to pick up a high pressure trailer (empty)and return it to FL. That wasn't going to be any fun to begin with and now with bad weather moving in over the next two days it's really NOT going to be any fun getting up there.

Good thing is I'm getting paid loaded miles for the run up and back!

Bobtail:

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

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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Jeez I never bobtailed more than maybe 50 miles. But just the other week I took an empty from Clifton, CO to Houston, TX... 1200 miles. Longest empty run I've had but it pays the same as full lol.

Bobtail:

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

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I feel your pain. Presently @ the TA in Lodi OH. Snowing lightly, have a load of lumber, weigh about 72,400, the wind/snow coming from upstate NY has been loads of fun....NOT....

I did a bobtail of just over 1200 miles during the summer, that was weird.....do not envy you doing it during this time of the year with snow/ice/wind. Be careful, do not hesitate to shut down if it gets too bad.....

Ernie

Bobtail:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chief's Comment
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Yeah same here. I think 100 miles is about the furthest (sp) I've ever bobtailled. We run our dedicated tanks back home empty all the time so empty runs of 1000+ miles is common with those. And I agree. Empty miles pays the same as loaded so I'm all over those dedicated runs!

Bobtail:

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

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chief's Comment
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10-4 Ernie and thanks. It looks like the nasty wet stuff isn't going to hit my route areas until late Monday/early Tuesday so I should be up there by then with a nice heavy trailer behind me after that.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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10-4 Ernie and thanks. It looks like the nasty wet stuff isn't going to hit my route areas until late Monday/early Tuesday so I should be up there by then with a nice heavy trailer behind me after that.

Good deal. Always better to have a heavy load behind you when the weather gets nasty. It is more stable that way unless you get foolish and do something stupid......

Ernie

Chief's Comment
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10-4 Ernie and thanks. It looks like the nasty wet stuff isn't going to hit my route areas until late Monday/early Tuesday so I should be up there by then with a nice heavy trailer behind me after that.

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Good deal. Always better to have a heavy load behind you when the weather gets nasty. It is more stable that way unless you get foolish and do something stupid......

Ernie

I have plenty of patience and have absolutely no problem with a Prime truck passing me smile.gif

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Ernie, I was on I80 in OH today. Lots of snow areas. Got a little heavy in some areas but wasn't too bad. Indiana was the same. Stay safe.

Chief, don't do anything too quickly. Don't accelerate too quickly, brake gently, do everything a little "slower". Stay safe my friends.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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10-4 Ernie and thanks. It looks like the nasty wet stuff isn't going to hit my route areas until late Monday/early Tuesday so I should be up there by then with a nice heavy trailer behind me after that.

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Good deal. Always better to have a heavy load behind you when the weather gets nasty. It is more stable that way unless you get foolish and do something stupid......

Ernie

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I have plenty of patience and have absolutely no problem with a Prime truck passing me smile.gif

That would probably be me..... Just kidding, I tend to be over causious when it gets nasty out.

Ernie

Chief's Comment
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I hear ya guys. I learned how to drive big trucks during the winter in Wisconsin back in '89 and then ran all over the midwest and northeast so winter driving is no stranger to me.

Slower is better in nasty weather and if it's too bad to drive then stop. If a company has a problem with that then I shouldn't be driving for them. Fortunately my current company gives its drivers a lot of latitude so I do not anticipate any problems there.

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