Tips About Flat Bed Driving

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Jack Burton btlc's Comment
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Been thinking of going to a flatbed company but never drove a flatbed before, I've heard you can't turn too sharp or you could flip your trailer and I been in some tight spots where I had to turn sharp to get out of said situation is this true? Let me know thanx

Susan D. 's Comment
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Lol if you turn too sharp with ANY load that has a high center of gravity you can roll a trailer (truck will go with it). Doesn't matter if it's flatbed, dry van , tanker, etc.

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.
JuiceBox's Comment
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I believe he is referring to slow maneuvers like truck stop parking where a dry van or reefer can 90 into a tight spot.

Yes what you heard is correct. I haven't witnessed it myself but i have seen pictures and heard stories. Take as much space as you need to perform whatever maneuver you are attempting and you will learn where you can and cant go.

The tightest situations you will find yourself in are job sites and anywhere in the northeast. Remember you are the captain of the ship and sometimes customers do not know where that truck can and cant fit. You may need to offer alternate suggestions for unloading. Goodluck!

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.

Turtle's Comment
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True, you can't whip your loaded trailer into a tight u turn like the closed axle trailers do. You have to approach backing a little differently also. In tight maneuvers, a spread axle handles much differently than closed. But it's nothing to worry about, really. Just like anything else, it takes a little practice and experience.

A buddy I went to orientation with almost laid his trailer on it's side while doing a tight u-turn in a customer parking lot. His truck being at a 90° angle to his trailer was the only thing that saved him from laying it over.

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