Differences In Driving Dry Van/Reefer Vs Flatbed?

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RJ's Comment
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Hello everyone, This is my second posting on this forum, and I would like some advice/information on the differences between driving & backing a 53ft trailer vs a 48 ft spread axle with a dump valve.

I have some experience driving / backing a 53ft from CDL school, but no real world experience (i went on the road with it 3 times, and it was in a manual truck)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hello everyone, This is my second posting on this forum, and I would like some advice/information on the differences between driving & backing a 53ft trailer vs a 48 ft spread axle with a dump valve.

I have some experience driving / backing a 53ft from CDL school, but no real world experience (i went on the road with it 3 times, and it was in a manual truck)

Welcome back, Ryan (RJ!) It's your 2nd thread, not post, but .. all counts, so all good!!! We're full of fine folks up in here, for sure...as you are well aware.

It would be in your BEST interest, to read Turtle's diaries. First, flatbed with Prime .. out the gate. Now, WMPF .. in a van/reefer (!?!) not sure which, or when!) Here's your 'one underdog.. now ya gotta swing yourself:' (name it....) Turtle's Diary & link to flatbed/Prime

Simply go to the page where it says, "Comments by Members" .. second from the bottom. Type in Turtle (and, Rob D., acutally! He's flatbed with Prime, now.) You can actually do the blue search button that says "Search Topics by Tags" if the above 'underdog' isn't enough, haha!

Additionally, and IMPORTANTLY, Old School is flatbed with Knight/Hydro/Sapa ; not sure if he offers up any comparisons with boxes of any kind, however....i'd bet dollars to donuts, it's in his comments, LoL. He's our flatbed go'to guy, as I'm sure you know!!

Wish you well in your plight, good sir.

Keep us in the loop!

~ Anne ~

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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