Tyson - Rochelle Illinois

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Holy crap that place is tight. I bid on the route because I figured I'd get some hours in, 2 stores pickup Tyson 575 miles. Well, I did get my hours in I spent 35 minutes trying to back into my spot because its drop and hook.

0765590001567885092.jpg I was assigned a pad on the top left by the grass nearly all the way to the fence. Barely had enough space to get my trailer in and trailers next to me being on the line so knowing my 14 hour clock was ticking I dropped it jackknifed when I had enough space in front of my spot to get tractor back under it, dropped my airbags and then hooked back up straight on and still very tight. I needed to crawl under the trailer next to me to lower my landing gear and inspection.


I made it back with 15 minutes to spare. An OTR driver came over to talk crap because he got it in on the first shot but he also had an empty space on each side of his assigned pad.


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.

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.


Operating While Intoxicated

RealDiehl's Comment
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Dang, that's tight! Spread some mortar in the cracks between trailers and you could build a wall. Lol!

Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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Ran across a few Tyson facilities and others with tightly packed drop yards. Those are the ones that you learn new skills!


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Nice job! It does not matter how long it takes parked is parked.

They have spotters there? Sometimes a offering up a Hamilton or Jackson is worth it to save some time, especially when up a against the clock.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Rob, I deliver there about once a month. And I'm a lot bigger than you brother... about half the time I'm there at night. Which makes it even more fun...

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I should mention the yard jockeys are really nice there. One time there was no way even crawling under the trailer I could crank the dollies. Went and found one of the guys and they came out pulled the trailer out for me

Rob T.'s Comment
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Rob, I deliver there about once a month. And I'm a lot bigger than you brother... about half the time I'm there at night. Which makes it even more fun...

Yikes! Thankfully I was there around 7am so I had plenty of daylight. They're definitely very professional just wish there was more space to maneuver

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Been there done that... of course, im in Rochelle now. leaving tomorrow. :(

Jeremy's Comment
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Rochelle must be the place to be im at bay valley in rochelle now

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I actually like Rochelle. Never had a problem finding a place to park. Not a huge selection on what to eat. The petrol is really hit and miss when it comes to food. Sometimes it's really good other times even the salad bar is pathetic. Carl's Junior at the loves... I eat off the rollers instead of going there. The Blue Beacon as a dedicated washout Bay. They have everything I need within a few miles.

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