So, What Are The Practical Advantages Of Flatbedding For All It's Hardships?

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Anytime Joe Mc. Nobody starts out in a 4 or even 5 axle rig pulling multi axle trailers or hooking to loads weighing several hundred thousand pounds. You have to work your way up to it and it takes time along with a ton of new knowledge. The fun part is that if a driver applies themself and works to achieve it, they will. I have a good friend who is a heavy haul driver for Daily (he's also the first person I call for tips on a load I'm not familiar with), the man has been behind the wheel for about 30 years now and was semi retired for about 3 years due to an injury. He tried to go back to the company he was originally with but they declined, fearing he wouldn't be as capable so he kept fighting. Daily saw his resume and didn't even question his ability, they wanted his knowledge. He now runs a 4 axle KW 880, 18 speed 700hp pulling beast with a 12 axle trailer behind him. It's just a testament to how valuable a driver can become in trucking and how someone doesn't have to limit themselves because there are so many opportunities.

Joe Mc's Comment
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Old School, I’m located in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I hired on at Knight I asked about flatbed jobs. I was told by my recruiter that my living in Las Vegas would prevent me from working with the nearest flatbed fleet in Phoenix, AZ., and that I’d have to relocate to Phoenix to work in that division. My family lives in Vegas, so I couldn’t make the move.

Joe Mc, where are you located?

Are you aware of Knight's dedicated flat bed opportunities?

Old School's Comment
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Okay, I just thought I'd check.

I've discovered that a lot of people within the company aren't even aware of the dedicated flat bed division. One of the security guards at a terminal wouldn't even let me in the gate because my truck has the SAPA logo on it. It took a couple of phone calls to convince him I was actually working for Knight.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Advantages? I don't run flatbeds, although I've been trying to get a slot with our company. To me, one of the biggest advantages would be working the puzzle, if you will, of tarping and securement.

Oh, and, maybe getting a job with this outfit....

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