Two Days With No Load

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Jamie's Comment
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Been sitting for two days in limestone, NY with no load, gotten a message twice about no loads being available in this area. A Swift, Knight, and another truck has also been here about the same time.

By far the longest I've waited for a load, I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not. confused.gifshocked.png

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not

Did you ask to be deadheaded? A couple of months ago I was stranded in the Northwest. I made a call to my Fleet Mgr. Was promptly deadheaded almost 500 miles to a "freight zone" Be proactive and polite. Good luck!

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Freight is supposedly down across the country right now, but LTL does fluctuate more than truck load usually.

i know we have been telling drivers to stay home, at least arent stuck sitting in our trucks and are home!

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Jamie, that's got to be frustrating for you. What a bummer. I hope it's just an anomaly and not due to the freight slow down we've heard about. And you may have been unlucky and landed in an isolated freight dead zone. Kinda like the Bermuda Triangle.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Just out of curiosity, I looked up Limestone, NY. Limestone is very small, and it's called a "hamlet". I think hamlets are baby pigs. Have you seen any while you've been there? The latest employment figures indicate negative job growth, so if you're stuck there for a long time you probably won't be able to find alternative employment. The good news is that hamlets make great pets and can be house trained. So loneliness probably won't be an issue for you if you can catch a hamlet. I know Schneider doesn't allow pets, so just call it your in-truck non perishable food supply and you will be fine.

Scott S.'s Comment
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I was just coming out of New Jersey on I-80 through Pennsylvania and I noticed there were fewer trucks sitting at the rest areas and truck stops than there usually was for that time of night. It would appear there isn't much going in the North East.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Just out of curiosity, I looked up Limestone, NY. Limestone is very small, and it's called a "hamlet". I think hamlets are baby pigs. Have you seen any while you've been there? The latest employment figures indicate negative job growth, so if you're stuck there for a long time you probably won't be able to find alternative employment. The good news is that hamlets make great pets and can be house trained. So loneliness probably won't be an issue for you if you can catch a hamlet. I know Schneider doesn't allow pets, so just call it your in-truck non perishable food supply and you will be fine.

And Bruce got on a roll. LOL

Hope it gets sorted for you soon Jamie, is the wife still on the road with you? Did she or is she enjoying time on the road?

Sid V.'s Comment
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I was at detroit yesterday looking for a load and one of my brokers told me explicitly not to go any further east or face loads that don't pay anything.

First timei spoke with him that he sounded totally serious and it kind of scared me back to be honest.

Hope things get better.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I see the situation as the calm before the storm. The US economy is really cooking right now. Manufacturing is up, unemployment is at its lowest rate since 1969. Christmas is "just around the corner" in the retail world. Orders and shipments are booked and well under way. Don't sweat it Drivers. All is well. Enjoy the slowdown if you can. The market will be flooded with freight soon!

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Jamie's Comment
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I would figured they would deadhead me somewhere closer to freight by guess not

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Did you ask to be deadheaded? A couple of months ago I was stranded in the Northwest. I made a call to my Fleet Mgr. Was promptly deadheaded almost 500 miles to a "freight zone" Be proactive and polite. Good luck!

I did not ask, which I probably should have. But I figured I was in a deadzone, considering there are other mega carriers that have been parked here for the same amount of time as I have, which one of them being here before we got here. But I wasn't expecting to wait all weekend for a load.

Hope it gets sorted for you soon Jamie, is the wife still on the road with you? Did she or is she enjoying time on the road?

Yeah she's still on the road with me, and so far she enjoys it besides all this waiting... She hates waiting around. rofl-2.gif The first few days I slept on the top bunk, but we figured out how we can both sleep on the bottom bunk without being uncomfortable which I'm glad because it gets pretty hot up there...

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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