Dry Van Drivers Who Switched To Flatbed, Do You Regret It?

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Jamie's Comment
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I’m just curious those that started out pulling a van, and switched over to flatbed. Do you have any regrets?

I’ve considered switching to flatbed for awhile now and did a small portion of it while I was working for Schneider on the Home Depot account.

My only problem is, although Crete owns Hunt Transportation (A flatbed company), I really don’t want to quit Crete just to go work for their flatbed company since on paper it’s a separate company. embarrassed.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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Also another concern is that I’m a bit overweight, so I’m worried I wouldn’t pass the physical test they do(Not the DOT physical).

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Joe Mc's Comment
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I made the switch to flatbed in April 2019. I like it much better than dry van. The reasons for my preference for open deck: quicker load/ unload times, better treatment at shippers and receivers. More out of the truck time with securement & load checks, more physical work, your work is on display- an incentive to hone your craft and do a good job with tarps and securement, a camaraderie among flatbedders- most guys will help you out if you have a question or need a hand, variety- you’ll deliver to all kinds of job sites, stores and manufacturing facilities. I’ve seen some flatbed drivers that are overweight. I haven’t seen any that are very overweight though.

Shipper:

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.

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.
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