Thinking About Leaving Schneider

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Jamie's Comment
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This dedicated account has me doing flatbed work, but the type of loads/orders we haul aren't very secured since these stores don't do a great job doing it, and I don't want to mess around and have something fall off my truck, or worse onto a car or something. So I wasn't interested in doing this long term.

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You, as the driver, are responsible for securing your load. If you can't control the securement, or if you don't know how to do securement properly, then what will be different with another company????? Besides, wouldn't you have to take a pay cut after you doubled your pay with Schneider?

The problem isn't with how I secure the loads, it's with what we are hauling isn't meant to be on a flatbed trailer. Most of it is generally fine, but not when they stack a pallet 4-5 feet high with random boxes such as lights, flooring, etc. Generally flooring for example is fine to haul when it has something to lean against, but they remove the bands for some odd reason and barely wrap it, so when you throw a strap over it and tighten it down it will start to lean to one side and over time we might not be able to delivery it right away, so we could haul it around for hours as it gets much worse. Things such as lumber, and any type of real solid objects are fine to haul, as they don't really shift that much since I learned how to secure them better.

Re-read my thread(last post I made on it) about switching to this account, since you keep bringing up me doubling my pay.

Jamie's Comment
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To add onto my last post, it's hard to secure a pallet 4-5 feet high when you could easily break the items inside when you tighten down the strap, which of course is our fault if we break anything or if anything falls off the trailer. But most of the time we haul a lot of lumber, drywall, pallets of concrete blocks or mix so its fine most of the time, but even that is a gamble at times since the store doesn't always band it correctly so it starts to come lose during transit, but lucky most of the time it's only going 5-15 miles but other times it might be going 60-100 miles away.

Jamie's Comment
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If I remember when I go to work tomorrow, I'll take some pictures of some of the things I'm referring too so you guys will get a better idea.

andhe78's Comment
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Tarps will help keep the bits and bobs on the trailer.

Also look up v-boards.

We’ve all carried poorly palletized freight on an open deck. Leaving Schneider won’t get you away from it. I still don’t like palletized double stacked rolled roofing, or Charlotte pipe’s boxes of loose fittings.

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Jamie's Comment
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Tarps will help keep the bits and bobs on the trailer.

Also look up v-boards.

We’ve all carried poorly palletized freight on an open deck. Leaving Schneider won’t get you away from it. I still don’t like palletized double stacked rolled roofing, or Charlotte pipe’s boxes of loose fittings.

Tarps might help, never considered it since we dont tarp our loads, if it's raining the store usually warps the products or they get rescheduled.

I'll look onto it, thanks. Also me leaving Schneider wasn't about the type of loads we haul on this dedicated account but about me switching to OTR flatbed, since this is a local account.

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.

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.

Jamie's Comment
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Tarps will help keep the bits and bobs on the trailer.

Also look up v-boards.

We’ve all carried poorly palletized freight on an open deck. Leaving Schneider won’t get you away from it. I still don’t like palletized double stacked rolled roofing, or Charlotte pipe’s boxes of loose fittings.

Is V-Boards the same as "edge protectors ", which we currently use not sure If it's the same and just different names. The images I looked up, looked like they were longer.

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.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Alternating pull of your straps may help with some of the freight that leans on ya, if your trailers have ratchets on both sides. If they do not then I would use the hand held ratchets to achieve alternating pull.

andhe78's Comment
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Not my picture, but this is an example. I’ve hauled many loose boxes on pallets with a similar setup and no issues.

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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.

Jamie's Comment
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Not my picture, but this is an example. I’ve hauled many loose boxes on pallets with a similar setup and no issues.

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That would work in most cases, but usually with these loads its usually one tall pallet with nothing to lean against, as there is either nothing on the other side of it or it's a short stack of stuff since we haul things for home depot, so just all depends on what orders we pickup.

Alternating pull of your straps may help with some of the freight that leans on ya, if your trailers have ratchets on both sides. If they do not then I would use the hand held ratchets to achieve alternating pull.

I have been trying to do this lately, it helps sometimes just all depends.

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.

andhe78's Comment
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You know, the first question that springs to mind is you can’t be the only guy on this account, what are the other guys doing that haul these loads?

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