Running Doubles

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G-Town's Comment
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I’ve been thinking about the creation of this thread for a while. Consistent with the theme of the Flatbed thread, this could be a place to post information, experiences and photos of running doubles. I hope some of our LTL drivers like Bobcat (and others) can periodically visit this thread to keep it going. I think it’s an interesting topic for many reasons and tends to get less attention than other aspects of trucking.

Looking for everyone’s input here! I think it’ll be interesting and fun. I have my first post waiting and ready to go once I see some replies.

Peace

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.

Banks's Comment
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This was getting for a trip to Rochester, NY. FedEx runs some nice equipment and even with this chip shortage, were still getting new equipment coming in.

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Had to take the twin screw for this one since the weight on the drives was over 20K lbs.

G-Town's Comment
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Banks... a million apologies. I forgot yiu were running doubles. Thanks!

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Nice pix, Banks . . . thanks! Tom used to pull doubles for FX/LH with the Blue & Green colors, and a sleeper. I didn't get to see it much, if ever.

Thanks for the thread, G'Town!

Hope we can learn more about pintle hooks & dollies, here ... too!!

THANKS, guys! This will be beneficial to MANY newbies in TT !!!!

~ Anne ~

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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.

Auggie69's Comment
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I’ve been thinking about the creation of this thread for a while. Consistent with the theme of the Flatbed thread, this could be a place to post information, experiences and photos of running doubles. I hope some of our LTL drivers like Bobcat (and others) can periodically visit this thread to keep it going. I think it’s an interesting topic for many reasons and tends to get less attention than other aspects of trucking.

Looking for everyone’s input here! I think it’ll be interesting and fun. I have my first post waiting and ready to go once I see some replies.

Peace

Doubles? Pshaw!!

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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.

G-Town's Comment
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To Auggie... photoshop!

Love it!

G-Town's Comment
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Question for Banks and Auggie; do you do your own setups? Or does the spotter/yard jockey do them?

G-Town's Comment
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I took this photo back in early September. It represents the first set I strung together without adult supervision. It was drizzling... but since it was hot, even at 22:00 I didn’t mind one bit. It passed inspection by the yard supervisor and departed south after midnight.

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Banks's Comment
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Question for Banks and Auggie; do you do your own setups? Or does the spotter/yard jockey do them?

We hook our own sets. I think the only LTL outfit that has sets hooked for drivers is YRC. I prefer to do it myself. Gives me more control over it. It's why I don't like meets. I have to trust someone else's pretrip and a lot of times I'll find things that me question whether that meet driver did a pretrip at all. I've found hooks resting on the dolly instead of in the loop and electrical cords not connected.

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
Rhino's Comment
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We here at Reddaway hook our own except in Salt Lake City they build sets and trips for us and we just slide under it. I don’t like it. I like to build my own. I prefer doubles and triples over long box. I like the bend in the middle.

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Question for Banks and Auggie; do you do your own setups? Or does the spotter/yard jockey do them?

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We hook our own sets. I think the only LTL outfit that has sets hooked for drivers is YRC. I prefer to do it myself. Gives me more control over it. It's why I don't like meets. I have to trust someone else's pretrip and a lot of times I'll find things that me question whether that meet driver did a pretrip at all. I've found hooks resting on the dolly instead of in the loop and electrical cords not connected.

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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.

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