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Turtle's Comment
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As an added note: If you're ever picking up a pre-loaded trailer and see strings or ropes running through the load, those are placed there by the shipper for you to tie on to your straps in order to pull them through. We have several shippers that do that.

Shipper:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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To be clear, you are talking about strapping down the second tier, adding the third tier, and strapping that tier down as well, correct?

Sometimes if you're quick enough you can at least toss the belly strap over the 2nd tier before they load more on top of it. Then just tighten it all down later.

Juicebox brought up a memory of an irrigation system i hauled once. Less than 20k lbs, but i had 24 straps on that sucker just because of the irregularity of all the parts n pieces.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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To be clear, you are talking about strapping down the second tier, adding the third tier, and strapping that tier down as well, correct?

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Well yeah of course

Remember, I haven't even gone to school yet, just making sure I knew what you meant. :)

Turtle's Comment
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My apologies Grumpy, I didnt mean that the way it looked. Actually I accidentally hit submit before finishing my reply, hence the follow up.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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My apologies Grumpy, I didnt mean that the way it looked. Actually I accidentally hit submit before finishing my reply, hence the follow up.

LOL, I was just kidding, I am not easily offended. I was going to add, just consider me a moron, but didn't want other beginners to be offended.

I am smart enough to know that I know very little. :)

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

andhe78's Comment
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Hey, Daniel, did you do any kind of securement training?

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Hey, Daniel, did you do any kind of securement training?

My orientation was.....

"welcome to Flatbed, here is your truck, here is your first load.... GO!"

Any training I received was from YouTube flatbedders like Dale Clay, and a few others. However, Mr Dragon Breath is only a phone call away, and the "company FB group" is also available.

I honestly don't mind being "thrown to the wolves" like this, because I am the type that learns best by doing. I also have other flatbed friends/family to lean on, whenever I have a question, and this forum.

In this company, my Team Leader simply emails me the rate confirmation, then I print it out, and dispatch/route myself. We also have the option of using the Load Boards ourselves, and picking our own loads.

Old School's Comment
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Danielsahn, there's some great flat-bed securement training materials in the High Road CDL Training Program.

Time spent in there would be well spent. I'm glad you've got someone you can call if you need to. Don't be shy about asking questions. Some of the stuff we haul can really be dangerous when not secured properly.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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With the resources here, and the other's willing to help, I know that I will succeed. I already utilized the NY coil endorsement section, and added tanker and 2x3x to my license.

Old Scool your input is ALWAYS highly valued, as is turtle's, and the other flatbread drivers.

Danielsahn, there's some great flat-bed securement training materials in the High Road CDL Training Program.

Time spent in there would be well spent. I'm glad you've got someone you can call if you need to. Don't be shy about asking questions. Some of the stuff we haul can really be dangerous when not secured properly.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Old Scool your input is ALWAYS highly valued, as is turtle's, and the other flatbread drivers.

C'mon man, you're making me hungry with that "flatbread" remark! rofl-3.gif

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