So Much For Preloaded Trailers

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Daniel C.'s Comment
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I arrived at my shipper last night about 22:50 for a drop and hook. They told me it wasn't loaded yet, and gave me a pager for when they had door open to load me. I went in my bunk waiting for the pager that never went off. when I woke up, everyone was gone and the place was locked up. When the morning shift showed up, they were not happy about it. They told me to back into a door and loaded me. when I was loaded, I went in for my paperwork, and found out they loaded the wrong load. Lucky for the other driver from my company that showed up about that time. It was his load on my trailer. He took that one and I am being loaded now.

The good thing about being a company driver is the detention pay I will get for this. That is about 12 hours waiting.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

PJ's Comment
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Oh wow, it does show that anything can go wrong. Drop /Hook can be a great thing except when....

PackRat's Comment
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Stuff like this....all you can do is laugh because it’s been illegal for a while now to shoot people.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Rainy wrote a great article about this kind of thing called Are Drop And Hooks Really Any Better Than Live Loads?

We'll hear drivers say, "I don't want to pull a reefer because the wait time at customers is so long. I want to pull a dry van so I can get a lot of drop and hooks to keep rolling."

Well, the best-laid plans won't often work out as you had hoped. You can turn just as many miles pulling a reefer as you can a dry van. So don't limit yourself to one or the other believing you'll make better money. You can do equally well at both.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Drop-and-hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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