Flat-bedding Is Easy!

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Old School's Comment
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Well, not always, but when you get a load like this one it sure seems easy. I just came off of 6 days at home and here's my first load. We call these crazy things "logs."

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This stuff is easy. You just throw your straps, buckle your seat belt, and point that truck in the direction you want to go. It's got 1,200 miles of driving on this load, and nothing could be easier. I love it!

Here's an intriguing thing about this load. I need the rear axles closed for one state I'll be in. Check out the weight on my rear tandems.

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Life on the edge! It's always more fun that way!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Hey Old School,

What about forward movement of the logs? Do you have some sort of barrier or fixture to keep the forward motion from happening if you have to brake super hard?

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Hey Old School,

What about forward movement of the logs? Do you have some sort of barrier or fixture to keep the forward motion from happening if you have to brake super hard?

Did you build a bulkhead , off camera, maybe?

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Hummmmn. My guess is that Old School doesn’t get in hard braking situations. But I guess it could happen, but then again, nah. However..........

Rob D.'s Comment
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Old School,

Where are you going?

It would also be nice to see a trip for the 1,200 miles. Do you plan to make it in two days?

Old School's Comment
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I'm a little busy right now, but I'm going to answer the questions you guys raised tomorrow when I finish this load.

Bolt's Comment
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They just brought an E House in on the jobsite I'm at. It weighed 190,000lbs. Had a tractor pulling and a second tractor tied to the back of the trailer pushing. Second tractor had a bunch if counter weights over his drives. I failed to get a pic of it.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Wow! That would be a great picture to see.

What’s an E-House?

Solo's Comment
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Just got my first set of steel coils out of Worthington Steel, and I can say...at least for me, FB'ing is hard as ****.

My ass was kicked after leaving there.

TexanTwoStep's Comment
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Can't wait till I'm out there doing the same thing!

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