Leaving Dryvan To Go To Flatbed

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Sparky's Comment
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I'm still with Swift, but I'll no longer be doing their dryvan side of things. Someone from Phoenix got in contact with me and asked if I wanted to do flatbed (I had sent in an email a few months ago saying I was interested but they wanted me to have a few more months of driving experience before switching).

I go to flatbed orientation next week for Swift, but I'm kind of scared/excited. I've done a lot of research into flatbed and the hassles and struggles it offers but I like physical labor.

That and I was offered a job with System Transport and I heard they were good at training people like me with no flatbed experience and were a overall good company but I know Swift and I like it here. Plus I can bring my cat along in the truck at Swift, can't with System. So a totally new adventure awaits me next week.

Dryvan:

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.
Dan F.'s Comment
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There’s an old book I don’t know if it’s still around called “ Practical cargo securement” that you might want to study.

I know they’re going to try and drill it into your head but it really is for the best, you don’t cut any corners when securing your loads.

Gunner's Comment
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I just hired on to swift. I go to phoenix next week to do flatbed school. I might see you there!

Don's Comment
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I always believed I would like to do flatbed because it was a "different breed." After a couple of years driving, I realize I'll leave that side of Trucking to those of a "different breed." lol. Good luck!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jbh J.'s Comment
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I find flatbed very rewarding, however I have never done anything else but it does usually guarantee a decent daily workout. :)

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