LTL/Doubles Question

Topic 30930 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
RealDiehl's Comment
member avatar

I'm trying to settle a question for my brother. He's the type that thinks he knows everything🤣

How often will you find a set of doubles being pulled by a sleeper cab?

Thanks in advance

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Rob T.'s Comment
member avatar

I rarely see OD with a sleeper. I see FedEx ground, Tforce (formerly UPS Freight) and Estes quite a bit pulling doubles with sleepers. Million miler drives for CRST and is on an XPO dedicated lane from Des Moines out to the west coast (Sacramento maybe?) In a sleeper.

Side question for the LTL guys. I've noticed sometimes a trailer will have plastic hanging outside the door. I haven't really paid too much attention to it but atleast the last one I seen was a placard load. Is the plastic supposed to help prevent static electricity from igniting or what purpose does the plastic serve?

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

RealDiehl's Comment
member avatar

Thanks, Rob.

Actually idk if I should thank you. Bc you inadvertently won the argument for my brother...Who knows nothing about trucking by the way😥

wtf-2.gif rofl-3.gif

Rob T.'s Comment
member avatar

Thanks, Rob.

Actually idk if I should thank you. Bc you inadvertently won the argument for my brother...Who knows nothing about trucking by the way😥

wtf-2.gif rofl-3.gif

sorry.gif

No doubt its alot of daycabs but there's a decent amount of sleepers too. I wonder if its based on what area of the country you're in. I seen an OD leaving the des moines hub today but only other time I recall seeing OD is down in FL/GA. I also forgot to mention YRC. They stick out because their sleepers actually look road worthy unlike the rest of their equipment. rofl-1.gif.

RealDiehl's Comment
member avatar

No worries.

Quick explanation:

Our father drove for UPS pulling doubles. Later, after we had grown up he bid on what the UPS drivers at the Philadelphia airport referred to as "the money run". It was a sleeper team run going from Philly to Dallas, TX.

During a recent conversation my brother mentioned something about my father pulling doubles across the country. I told him I didn't think he pulled doubles other than when he was doing the home-every-night (feeder driver) gig. My brother argued that he did. I then proved my ignorance by telling him that I can't remember seeing many, if any, UPS doubles being pulled by sleeper cabs.

Nah...thanks for your honest reply.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
member avatar

I felt a disturbance in the force as someone mentioned LTL!!

All the LTL companies have sleeps as far as I know, way more day cabs but still a fair amount of sleepers. We usually run to Salt Lake City from Chicago with them a bunch. Not sure how many we have but they spend most of their time on 70 running east and west I believe. I see R&L and UPS with sleepers far more often than OD.

Side question for the LTL guys. I've noticed sometimes a trailer will have plastic hanging outside the door

Roll up doors leak more than swing doors so that's just a rain curtain to keep water off the freight, customers don't like soggy boxes.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

RealDiehl's Comment
member avatar
I felt a disturbance in the force as someone mentioned LTL!!!

Yep. I sent up the Bat Signal to draw you guys' attention.

Thanks for the reply!

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Banks's Comment
member avatar

As far as I know, FedEx freight doesn't have any sleepers. They have some lay over runs and a lot of meets, but no sleepers.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More