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omapilot's Comment
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Hello Again, I first introduced myself about 9mos ago. Since then finished CDL school and started work with TMC. Great place to learn flatbed for a newbie. It didn't quite go as planned and ended up back in my old trade of HVAC. I quickly realized why I got my CDL in the first place. After kicking around furnaces all day I took the chance and applied to Old Dominion. I was very fortunate to receive an opportunity to work for them!

I just completed my first month and a half running line haul extra board. I have been able to have a steady route to cover and with the exception of a couple weather related cancellations at my drop point have had wonderfully consistent miles. I have nothing but great things to say about the company and the terminal for taking a chance on me, and getting me the training I needed to pull doubles. (still a work in progress to get my process down, but coming along). Especially pulling two empties up I29 yesterday in the wind... :) I just found a comfortable space to roll and the two cooperated pretty well.

Anyway, I have seen many double drivers on here and have read prior posts from them. Great information and look forward to learning all that I can with this new opportunity. OTR was always an option, but I am glad that I took the chance on seeking out LTL work. Look forward to getting back on the forum!

Ryan

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.

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.

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

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.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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
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Welcome aboard! Which terminal are you out of?

Empties in the wind are fun, that rear trailer likes to off track a bunch sometimes.

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.

omapilot's Comment
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I am out of Omaha,Ne. Yes they are quite "fun"! Nice that the roads were dry. Don't want to think about the snow... yet.

G-Town's Comment
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Not working for OD; running doubles since September for PFG. It’s different, but I rather like it.

Good Luck and Safe Travels

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.

omapilot's Comment
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I agree G-Town, it's different but it is likeable! Just paying allot of attention not getting into a spot that you can't back out, I mean pull out of. I got clever and tried to back the dolley while connected to the lead, just saying I'm glad it was 2am and nobody was around. I've seen it done, but I'm far from that point! Hahaha

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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 I got clever and tried to back the dolley while connected to the lead, just saying I'm glad it was 2am and nobody was around. I've seen it done, but I'm far from that point! Hahaha

I've been doing this just over 4 years and can only do that about half the times I try. A few times it looks like I know what I'm doing which is nice.

Just be careful when you try it going to far will break the dolly off the pintle hook.

omapilot's Comment
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Thanks! Yeah the short distance that I tried was enough to know that the dolley wanted to do its own thing. Didn't want to get close to breaking anything so that was all I needed to learn for that moment.

G-Town's Comment
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I’ve backed up with the converter dolly attached to the lead trailer for short distances; 20’ or less. By the time you see it off-tracking, it’s too late to correct requiring a pull up.

I prefer to use a tractor equipped with a hook to maneuver and position the dolly.

omapilot's Comment
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Much easier to use the hook on the tractor!

G-Town's Comment
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Much easier to use the hook on the tractor!

Oh absolutely!

Where my run originates, I don’t have the space for heroics.

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