Routes That Go Into Canada/ Mexico

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Thanos's Comment
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Has anyone ever drove into Canada/ Mexico or specifically thru Canada to drop a load in Alaska; for example? If so what was your experience like?

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thanos. I have traveled to Cuidad Juarez and I can say that I would never feel comfortable transporting anything into Mexico. It is just way too dangerous down there as an American. The Mexican people are wonderful but the government and the drug cartels are very bad. I wouldn't go there by myself let along drive a semi load of anything into the country.

Old School's Comment
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Nobody takes loads into Mexico. We drop them at drop yards located in border towns. They are then picked up by Mexican trucking companies.

A lot of drivers go into Canada, but it would be extremely rare to run all the way to Alaska. I'm sure it happens occasionally, but I've never met any driver who has done it.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Carlile has terminals in Houston, Tacoma, Minneapolis, Edmonton and five or six in Alaska. I always wondered how the border crossings would go. I presume they've got it down to an art by now. Hoping someone w/ this experience can weigh in =)

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.

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.
Thanos's Comment
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I'm with on that one. I heard GRtrucking heads into Mexico regularly but could just be a rumor.

Thanos. I have traveled to Cuidad Juarez and I can say that I would never feel comfortable transporting anything into Mexico. It is just way too dangerous down there as an American. The Mexican people are wonderful but the government and the drug cartels are very bad. I wouldn't go there by myself let along drive a semi load of anything into the country.

Jamie's Comment
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I've dropped multiple loads off either at our yard in Laredo Texas or at another company in Laredo Texas that will take it over the border. I've met a few Schneider drivers that got the chance to go into Canada.

Rainy 's Comment
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At Prime it seems mostly teams go into Canada. i could be wrong but my married team friends go quite a bit.

One owner I know did a load to Alaska...it paid like $25,000 but the time and fuel was outrageous. He waited forever for a load back. said he would never do it again. although it was beautiful.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My other half drove through Canada into Alaska years ago. He ran a flatbed for an O/O that was leased to Mercer.

He booked the load off a load board, the truck owner called him and said he wasn't sure if he wanted his truck up there. Michael told him how much the load paid (almost $15k) and asked him why hadn't he left yet hahaha. He added spare fuel tanks, spare tires, tons of tools and supplies. He slept on the side of the road when they (2 other mercer trucks ran with him) stopped for rest. He ran up to Prudhoe Bay with some heavy equipment. Came back to the US empty lol.

He's said he'd like to go again to do ice road trucking. As an experienced flatbedder/specialized hauler/mechanic, he's well qualified to do it. West Side said they'd give him a leave of absence to do it and I've encouraged him to go up there again. Anywho.. maybe. I don't care to go but I'd love to see good video footage if he decides to do it again. Dalton Highway gets you up there.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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CFI has loads into Canada. Canada has different HOS rules. Like Old School said, nobody drives from US to Mexico. We drop at our Laredo terminal or freight brokers in boarder towns. I don't know of any companies who go to Alaska.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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"He's said he'd like to go again to do ice road trucking. As an experienced flatbedder/specialized hauler/mechanic, he's well qualified to do it. West Side said they'd give him a leave of absence to do it and I've encouraged him to go up there again. Anywho.. maybe. I don't care to go but I'd love to see good video footage if he decides to do it again. Dalton Highway gets you up there."

I would love to ride with an experienced driver on the Dalton just to see first hand all of the craziness like Ice Cut, the Roller Coaster, Koyakuk, the Beaver Slide, Two-and-a-half Mile, etc. It would be incredible to see nothing but white for miles and nothing around you, at some points, but horizon in every direction =)

Anyone is free to pick on me for my love of Ice Road Truckers lol

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