That Dreaded Surprise

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Chris L's Comment
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So I'm currently sitting at the local Pepsi distributor in Asbury Park, NJ getting unloaded I'm actually ahead of schedule because I was not supposed to be unloaded until tomorrow. Usually we get here and shut down and wait for morning. But tonight it was different the night guys were ahead of schedule so they came out and told me I could unload tonight. So I go through the gat and the warehouse guy verify the seal and cuts it off and I open my trailer doors and what do I find 2 that's right TWO pallets of water bottles had fallen over!!!! DOOH!!!! I thought my load straps were close enough to the pallets to keep them from moving but no. Luckily no bottles broke open it was just a matter of picking up and re-stacking the product. One of the night warehouse guys helped me out. Of course Iesson learned is before I fully pull away from the door is to attach the load straps on before I fully pull away I if I can't get the straps tight I'll back it back into the door and have the shipper guys adjust the pallets. Ideally I would be able to put the load straps on before I sign the BOL but this Pepsi bottling plant won't let drivers on the dock especially now with all the COVID-19 protocols in place it makes it much harder. I'm also planning to scrounge up some load bars at my home terminal when I get back tomorrow it wouldn't hurt having a couple of those to use in a pinch. At least I already have my assignment for tomorrow so I'll be on my way home to Momma earlier than I expected also I'll still be able to shut down and get my 10 here after I've been unloaded.


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.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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What are these straps you speak of??? Lol. I threw away a dozen load bars from a Wayfair load they left in my trailer. I asked the reciever if they wanted them but they said no. I had no use for them and no place to store them. It was sad as I saw on Amazon they were $85 apiece. I've not had to use straps or bars on a single load in a years time. I've had to leave straps in a trailer before but the loaders strapped their handiwork and I rolled them back up after unloading.

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