Freight Surprises

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Steve L.'s Comment
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You never know what might be inside a trailer. Once, I was at a beer distributor and an Ashley furniture truck came in. They gotta do backhauls too.

This pic is from when I truly hauled a Tractor Trailer. 😎

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Wow! How did you secure that, just the board nailed in?

I've talked to Pepsi transport drivers (take loaded trailer to a drop yard and bring back an empty) and they frequently haul pallets of shingles to pay for fuel coming back empty.

Due to the area our stores are located we do quite a bit of LTL freight to the point of bringing in atleast 2 million a year from it. Typically we only go out of route 20 miles total for delivery and P/U. Im actually sitting outside KC waiting 2 hours for my backhaul that will deliver in Des Moines on Monday. Nearly every week we deliver LTL freight to the competing grocery chain DC. Only requirement is we can't use our store branded trailers to deliver due to how the public would perceive that

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
Steve L.'s Comment
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Wow! How did you secure that, just the board nailed in?

I've talked to Pepsi transport drivers (take loaded trailer to a drop yard and bring back an empty) and they frequently haul pallets of shingles to pay for fuel coming back empty.

Due to the area our stores are located we do quite a bit of LTL freight to the point of bringing in atleast 2 million a year from it. Typically we only go out of route 20 miles total for delivery and P/U. Im actually sitting outside KC waiting 2 hours for my backhaul that will deliver in Des Moines on Monday. Nearly every week we deliver LTL freight to the competing grocery chain DC. Only requirement is we can't use our store branded trailers to deliver due to how the public would perceive that

Rob, the blocks were on both sides of the tires, using 6-8” nails (pneumatic gun), and they partially deflated the tires. Each tractor was done this way.

At the receiving points, it took some work to unsecure.

I just always think it’s interesting what gets put in compared to our preconceptions.

Be safe! 😎

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
Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Man those dang john deer nails. Toughest part of any load we haul are those blocks and nails.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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Man those dang john deer nails. Toughest part of any load we haul are those blocks and nails.

Not to mention lazy drivers not taking all the nails out of trailers and leaving it for the next driver. Ive had to pull quite a few nails out of the floorboards in the few months Ive been solo. I did make the investment in a 48" pry bar that has made life so much easier on John deere runs. Now if only John Deere dealers werent giant mazes winding around tractors and other implements to hit a gravel dock wedged between tens of thousands of dollars of lawn mowers and tractors.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I had to pick up an empty trailer yesterday, take it 7 miles to the next shipper , then drop it.

Had to blow it out first to remove all the debris before taking it to the next place. Next, I had to remove 20+ nails. These were the cheap ones where the head snaps off when using a pry bar, so I had to put the vice grips on each one, then pry them out. Golden memories!

Please clean your trailer out before you drop it.

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.

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