My Last Week Pulling Dry Van; And What A Week It Was.

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Chris L's Comment
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Well I made it through my last week pulling Dry Van and boy it was a long one! I started out Sunday night leaving from Syracuse NY to Philadelphia PA to deliver a load of Mikes hard lemonade. Then it was down to Berlin New Jersey for a load of insulation to a wholesale warehouse in Syracuse. Of course I got the call about the flat bed job that afternoon. Tuesday I headed to Lyon's NY to pick up a load of cans and take them down to Hurlock Maryland to deliver on Wednesday morning. I was able to get to the plant Tuesday evening shut down. Wednesday morning I was able to unload earlier than my scheduled appointment time and headed to Aberdeen Maryland to pick up a load at the Clorox DC bound for the Walmart DC in Marcy NY. My appointment in Aberdeen was scheduled at 7:00 P.M. I tried to check in early but I got sent away so I had to shut down at one of the Maryland service plaza. So I contacted my DM to see if I could get my appointment time pushed back so I could get a 8 hour reset in before I get loaded. The DM wasn't able to get it pushed back so I had to roll before I had my full 8 hours in. When I got back to Clorox I had about 2 1/2 left on my HOS clock. I hoped that they could get me loaded before my HOS time expired and I could get back to the service plaza and shut down and get a full 10 hour reset. It turned out I didn't have to worry about running out of time I backed into the door at 7:30 P.M. and they didn't start loading me till 2:30 A.M and didn't finish till 6:30 A.M. I did a 10 hour reset sitting on the door. When I finally got on the road to head up to Marcy I had an open window for delivery and a plus it was a drop and hook. So I get my next assignment and I have to go back to Hurlock MD with another load of cans. When I got to our yard to pick up the trailer I had about 3 hours left on my drive clock i was able to get back down to the Flying J in Gibson PA before I had to shut down. Friday morning I was able to get to Hurlock just before my scheduled appointment time. I lucked out my back haul was dunnage from the plant so I was able to get back to Binghamton NY before I ran out of time and had to shut down. I finally made it back to the yard Saturday morning. After I dropped the trailer in the yard I had to unload all my stuff from the Tractor I've been driving for the last 4 months and move it into the new tractor that I'll be driving for the new job. I finally got home to Momma about 4 P.M. Saturday. Monday I'll link up with my trainer and start the next chapter of this adventure.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob D.'s Comment
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I backed into the door at 7:30 P.M. and they didn't start loading me till 2:30 A.M and didn't finish till 6:30 A.M. I did a 10 hour reset sitting on the door.

Don't expect this in Flatbed.

PJ's Comment
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You will forever remember that last week with a van. I never pulled flatbed commerically but Rob is right, 10 hours to load/unload probably won’t happen. My flatbed experience was all on a private fleet and I unloaded myself, so I didn’t have any waiting time at customers. Occasionally I would need to wait for a funeral to finish up was my only hold up.

Congrats on the new job Chris. Look forward to hearing how you like it once you get into it fully.

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