Been At This Delivery All Day.

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Big Scott's Comment
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It's 15:35 eastern time. I've been here since 08:25. It is a live unload. No dock. A garage door. And no pallets, no forklift. Just 3bto four guys hand unloading. Another 3 hours and I'll have a 10 hour break. I got some good sleep. Next load. Drop/hook in Meadville PA. Appointment time 00:00. Deliver to Fairburn GA tomorrow at 20:00. Talk about a tight time schedule. Good news. I'll be home on the 24th for four days.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I feel your pain. Got an 8hr in Sunday at SCA and another 8hr in at U.S. Foods on Monday. My schedule is all kinds of Fubar right now

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I spent 5 hours at Purina in Richmond, IN yesterday picking up monkey food.

Y'all think I'm playing...

It's 35k of special monkey food going to the Tulane Primate Research Facility in Louisiana.

I know, I know. 5 hours, big deal. But I don't pull a reefer anymore, so 5 hours is a long time! They actually loaded too much food on the trailer at first so when they went to get the paperwork approved, they had to unload some. Which was good because the scales on my drive axles were saying I was over and no room to slide...


A refrigerated trailer.

Pianoman's Comment
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Drivers often have to wait 5 to 6 hours at the Target DC I work at. I've had a couple guys stuck here for almost 12 hours before. Last week a guy complained that he'd been here for 3 hours and I told him he was lucky! LOL

C T.'s Comment
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No idea how you guys handle that. I start getting antsy after 30 min.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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You get used to it. Especially if you deal with Food DCs.

Lucky Life's Comment
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Hey Big Scott-- haven't seen a post in almost 24 from ya, odd, you still getting unloaded?

Kanelin's Comment
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Picked up a load the other day that was supposed to be picked up the day before. Waited 10 hrs.

And this one time, not at band camp, it took a Wal-Mart dc 9 hrs to unload and count 9 pallets of pineapples...

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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This brings up a good point. If reefer drivers stay on the duty clock for the WHOLE load/unload process it would all but kill clock (and $$$)

Scenario: get to drop early. Camp out at or close by (very close).. Deliver off the clock as in sleeper. Go on duty a bit prior to bills being stamped/signed.

I figure this practise could be considered as rule bending yes?

If DC's are a staple in your weekly routine then its possible to burn like 20 hrs out of 70 per week.

If you don't mind resets all the time I guess its no big deal.

I also figure if ones company has liberal retention pay then it doesn't sting as bad.


A refrigerated trailer.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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The load planners hooked me up for this last Monday. Got a load delivering Monday at US. Foods. It is renowned for horrible wait times. I was only get 90 mins back on my recap Monday, so... i was planning to park on site, but my load wasn't ready when I showed at the shipper. So ended up parking an hour away. I was delivering to Atlanta area. Needless to say, showed up, got in a door, showed my 15 mins for the unload then put myself in the sleeper. I made $110 in Layover pay for that trip. $40 at the shipper and $70 at the receiver (consignee). I did an 8 hr sleeper so I had no worries about bumping my 14 hr clock. Once I was done, I drove 45 mins to my next shipper, got loaded then parked on site since I didn't have the time to make it out of Atlanta. What could of been a waste of a day, turned into a profitable one for me. I started out o dark 30 Tuesday morning with a 11 hr recap plus around 35 mins left from the day before.


The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.


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.

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