Dry Van Or Flatbed

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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When I first did this I started with AG hauling. Then I transferred to their chemical tanker division. Then I did fuel tanker hauling. Then my accident almost 9 yrs. Ago. Now I'm back it and I'm doing refer. So the only one everyone has left out is intermodal. But if I were younger I would go back to fuel hauling. So all is relevant. It is what you want. But look at some of Old School's pics that are during a snow storm. Pop

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Here are a couple of articles I've written:

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VI: Dry Van and Refrigerated Companies

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VII: Tankers and Flatbeds

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Christopher N.'s Comment
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(Turtle) do you or did you go to Prime CDL school and what is it like and what are they like to work for thank you for the info

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.
Turtle's Comment
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(Turtle) do you or did you go to Prime CDL school and what is it like and what are they like to work for thank you for the info

Yes I went through paid CDL training at Prime Inc, and could not be happier with my choice. It's truly been a great experience. In fact, yesterday marked my 2 year anniversary with them. I don't see myself going anywhere else in the foreseeable future. They've been really good to me.

Use the search box above to look up numerous training diaries at Prime. Also, dont hesitate to ask any questions that come to mind.

For a link to my specific diary click here.

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.
Turtle's Comment
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If you're interested you can also look up my first year review here.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Im currently doing Regional OTR Intermodal and Van (not at the same time rofl-1.gif )

Ive done (lotsa!!) van and some temp control. It's all freight to me. Go there. Pick up the load. Do what needs done. Deliver the load. Get another one. Each has its own processes, expectations, pros and cons. Do them all if you can. Get good at one, then try something else out. Variety, as they say...

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Michael B.'s Comment
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What do you all recommend Dry Van or Flatbed and why

Might be a good to just try each one. Personally I like flatbed The customers seem to be less hardened to truckers. Most dry van places generally don't treat truckers very personally. They get a thousand truckers in and thru there every day and if you look around any truckstop store I understand why. Where with flatbed it just seems to me the people are more friendly. Just my opinion One thing for certain... I DO NOT tollerate being treated rudely. Some guys just take it. I do not. I am an honest decent hard working 64 year old man. I have worked every day of my misspent life and think I deserve to be treated with a modicun of basic human decency! There... I feel better now! 😁

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.
Lucky Lew's Comment
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I have only done flatbed. I had loads that took 15 chains to secure. The heat of summer never felt so hot! If you improperly tarp it can start peeling off as you go down the road. Having to stop and re-tarp is no fun! No extra pay for do overs. I enjoyed the physical labor, but the challenge of properly securing and tarping was more than I expected. If I had it to do again I believe I would choose dry van.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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