Flatbed And Driving Help Needed, Long Post

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Susan D. 's Comment
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My other half, who was a flatbed trainer for many years says a ladder that folds in half (twice) us best to have because it's easier to store inside the truck to prevent theives from running off with it.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Half Pint's Comment
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I finally did get a ladder. I was close to a Lowe's Thursday night so I emailed dispatch to see if I could stop by there in the morning since it was on the way to the shipper. They were ok with it. I made sure I left early enough to be at the shipper on time.

I forgot it was Black Friday...

Luckily I got there before the line was long and was able to get a much better ladder than I had budgeted for due to the sales. Ran in, ran out before everything got crazy, and headed on my way.

I haven't had a chance to use it yet though... I got to the shipper and they were closed. That was Friday morning. Contacted my DM who got in touch with the CSR and found that they are closed until tomorrow.

Four wonderful (sarcasm inserted here) days of sitting. But, I didn't complain and I said thank you for finding out for me.

I've watched TV, done my laundry, cleaned my truck, and had a shower everyday lol. Who knows, I might be running really hard the next few weeks so figure I better take advantage of it.

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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