Load Straps

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I started out with 4 load straps. I’ve had to use 3 of them on loads with sealed trailers. I know I can get more from Schneider, but what happens to those straps I leave behind?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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They get piled up in a dusty corner of their dock with workers tripping on them and cursing about all the stupid straps until a driver happens to accidentally see them and ask about them or they tire of tripping on them and toss them in the waste receptacle.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Unless they are damaged and don't work, in that case they will invariably end up back in your truck and will actually multiply.

PackRat's Comment
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Keep an eye out for extras at shippers and receivers. I've gotten extras there, and I've even grabbed brand new straps out of dumpsters.

The major carriers purchase these straps by the pallet, but they still add up to a lit if money, especially if these end up in a landfill for no reason.

I carry at least a dozen with me. If I have an excess, I turn those in at a terminal or company shop. The same thing goes for load locks.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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Yeah, I can't tell you how many times I've found load bars or straps inside other Crete trailers while doing drop and hooks. I normally grab them and keep them as I've done a lot of drops where I can't get my straps or load bars back.

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.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Keep an eye out at along fence lines behind dropped trailers. People toss load bars, straps and other goodies back there alot. You'll find some broke ones but half the time they work fine. Also if you do paper roll loads grab a few of those rubber mats, they work wonders getting you out of the snow when trying to back under a dropped trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Andrey's Comment
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I was given four new straps with the truck, and I treat them as if they were my own. Since it is me who opens the doors, it is also me who gets inside and takes the straps off. I have nothing against dock workers, I just don't trust them when it comes to my stuff.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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I was given four new straps with the truck, and I treat them as if they were my own. Since it is me who opens the doors, it is also me who gets inside and takes the straps off. I have nothing against dock workers, I just don't trust them when it comes to my stuff.

Dont deliver to the walmart DC in Menomonie WI! I swear they got a dude sitting in a bunker next to their stop sign at check in who pops out and cuts your seal off and puts a new one on before you can get back there to remove them.

PackRat's Comment
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When I was OTR and they did that, I'd sit at the entrance until I got my straps returned. If they refused, their seal was cut when I had the trailer parked. I'd never give up my straps unless they handed me the same number to replace them.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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When I was OTR and they did that, I'd sit at the entrance until I got my straps returned. If they refused, their seal was cut when I had the trailer parked. I'd never give up my straps unless they handed me the same number to replace them.

Can't help w/straps; got a 'few' humbly..

Load LOCKS... wow, one crimp & they don't want 'em back. Is that NORMAL??? Still functional.

Hmmmm.... ?!?

~ A & T ~

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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