Papa Pigs Zainy Rookie Solo Adventures

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Papa Pig's Comment
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Just shut it down at my store for tomorrow mornings delivery. I’m down in Mobile, Al. The store is part of a mini mall so the dock is around back. As I pulled around the back I noticed how dark it was, then I started noticing pillows and sleeping bags, blankets, etc. had a very long walk around the front of the store to see what time in the morning they want to unload (the earlier the better cause it’s hot down here) the manager gave me the time that the morning crew would get here to receive me than looked out the window and asked me where my truck was. I told her it was in the back to stage for unload and she almost turned white. Said “Oh no honey, you can’t park back there overnight. Come to the front lot and make sure you have a padlock on the trailer.” Lol I had already decided to ask if I could come up front to park, that back area didn’t look too safe. looks like I’m gonna be ratchet strapping the doors tonight and gonna have a nice 10-15 min crawl at 5mph in the morning(not to say I unload off the clock or anything like that 🙄🤣) Waffle House here in the lot so looks like I can fuel the trucks unloading mechanism(me) before we get started. It’s funny I have posted a lot about food lately but have lost a little over 20 lbs since I started this job 🤷🏻‍♂️

One more thing, after that sweep last night I went and got my load for this morning. Picked up the trailer and the liftgate wouldn’t extend. This was a problem because our trailer maintenance crew doesn’t come in on Sunday and nobody has time to put in a breakdown for a liftgate. So after some cursing, pb blaster, and a pry bar she came free and started operating like butter. If you are gonna do anything with liftgates I highly recommend having PB blaster,prybar, baby sledgehammer, extra fuses(30s I think)cheap transmission fluid( in case you have hydraulic leaks it will help in a pinch) and patience!

Darin 's Comment
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I’ve been enjoying reading your progress and adventures on the road, thanks for your posts. Be safe down in Mobile!

Papa Pig's Comment
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Now I know why this store had an early appointment time. Had to slide the tandems forward to get her in, then slide them back to try and get on the leveling loading blocks

IMO this store should have to use a 48 foot or smaller trailer. Not looking forward to unloading on that slope 😞 🤷🏻‍♂️😂

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Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Papa Pig's Comment
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I would like to add that I nailed it in the first try! VERY slowly of course and with a LOT of get out and looks !

Gonna be sleeping with my nose almost in traffic tonight. I’m thinking about talking to safety tomorrow depending on how the unload goes. This slope could be an unsafe issue . This store should probably be a front door delivery. It might have been at one point but sometimes that stuff falls off the paperwork.

I’m kinda glad I didn’t look at the arias view before I got here. I would have probably stressed myself out the whole way here thinking how I was gonna do the back. For me sometimes it’s best to just go trial by fire and wing it.

Papa Pig's Comment
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So after that back the other night that I was proud of, it just took me 6 pull-ups to get in an easy sight side truck spot at the loves 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ Oh well, that’s what being tired will do to ya I guess. Still embarrassing

PackRat's Comment
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That's a normal occurrence: easy doing the difficult, then it flip flops on you. But it will flip flop again. It's par for the course at least once a week.

Tortuga 's Comment
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Looks like you did a pretty good job backing I'm that spot Papa Pig! By the look of that pole others have left their mark on it a few times rofl-3.gif

Papa Pig's Comment
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Thanks tortuga, thought I was gonna have to grease the trailer up before I tried to get it in there 😂 And oh btw it WAS supposed to be a 48 foot trailer

Tortuga 's Comment
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53 footer instead of 48! shocked.pngshocked.pngdancing.gif Super awesome job!!

Papa Pig's Comment
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One drawback to this account is that it will eat your shoes.

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Got got these keens back in April. It generally takes about 1.5 -2 yrs before I wear them out that bad , but constantly pushing and pulling on the metal trailer floors and concrete will eat them fast.

Anyone who does this account or their own unloading in general I highly recommend a good sturdy pair of slip resistance safety shoes. I don’t like the boots for the summer because this crap is hot enough. These keen Atlanta cools have been great. Kind of like safety toe sandals. Breath very well and give support. I think I got about another month left on the sole but that’s about it, I need all the traction I can get!

I made it back to the dc tonight and if the trailer was ready I could have made it to my morning store, but it won’t be ready for at least 2 hrs and 🤷🏻‍♂️ Might as well shut down and drive in the morning. I hate having to do that but that’s truckin. Hope y’all are well!

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