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Victor C. II's Comment
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Super quick update we just, just got loaded and we are getting ready to roll. Here is our load. We did two belly straps and a whole lotta other straps as well and one huge bulkhead.

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Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

Victor C. II's Comment
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The below picture shows me at the Laredo, Texas Melton Terminal. I drove 1,575 miles from Monroe, Michigan to Laredo, Texas and wow, I drove 10.45 and 10.75 hours and it felt good to look at the Miles I did for those days.

I got some advice from a man while helping clean his trailer and truck and pointing out a potentialy dangerous tire, named Scott that works here that says that he drives 8 hours every day or even 5 hours the first day and then 8 the next two or three days. Like if he was delivering on the 20th and he is starting out the 15th then that is how he would do it. Mainly so that he never has to recap and still makes good miles.

I checked out a ton of our loads and llooks like a bunch of equipment, metal poles, wood electrical poles, wood, flat sheets of metal, Cat buckets and Johndeer bush hogs. Yep, its pretty cool.

Scott, also told me that it will be like how it was for him where he for a couple months was wondering what he got himself into, but he says it gets better and that he really loves what he does. I know there are a lot of complainers here too, but wow, is this cool.

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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.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Here is my third load! Little nervous lol. Its going to Georgia to Dug Gap!

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George B.'s Comment
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Looks like you are having fun and learning a lot. God bless.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Looks like you are having fun and learning a lot. God bless.

Agreed, x10 !!

I'm just WONDERING, why the heck are those 'beams' (what ARE THEY, even?) staggered ... towards the front? Not much of a bulkhead; okay I get it; that's been discussed deeply by Turtle and Chief Brody (and Old School allllthetime!) in times past.

I just don't see HOW the heck.. (whatever that product is,) is secure from flying into the cab, in a hard braking event ?!?!

Victor; do you ever think maybe you got over your head with flatbed... ???? Just asking....for me, I guess!

God's blessings!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Did you post this in the 'flatbed' thread? For advice? IDK.. just doesn't look okay to me...but what do 'i' know? Hauled a load of Jersey/Lennels w/Tom and it hopped to HECK. Never threw straps so fast (and ever) in my life. It's not for everyone, and wasn't for him/us!

Stay blessed, mi mano.

I just dunno.... don't like the looks, of it, but.. I DUNNO!

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Yes I am definitely having fun George, its a blast getting to know drivers in this area of trucking. Some can be lomg winded lol, like a good trainer for a friend of mine, he could talk for hours!

Yes Anne it was really secured becausenwe multilayered strapped it. Definitely was a job that day.

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Looks like you are having fun and learning a lot. God bless.

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Agreed, x10 !!

I'm just WONDERING, why the heck are those 'beams' (what ARE THEY, even?) staggered ... towards the front? Not much of a bulkhead; okay I get it; that's been discussed deeply by Turtle and Chief Brody (and Old School allllthetime!) in times past.

I just don't see HOW the heck.. (whatever that product is,) is secure from flying into the cab, in a hard braking event ?!?!

Victor; do you ever think maybe you got over your head with flatbed... ???? Just asking....for me, I guess!

God's blessings!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Did you post this in the 'flatbed' thread? For advice? IDK.. just doesn't look okay to me...but what do 'i' know? Hauled a load of Jersey/Lennels w/Tom and it hopped to HECK. Never threw straps so fast (and ever) in my life. It's not for everyone, and wasn't for him/us!

Stay blessed, mi mano.

I just dunno.... don't like the looks, of it, but.. I DUNNO!

Looks like you are having fun and learning a lot. God bless.

Bulkhead:

A strong wall-like structure placed at the front of a flatbed trailer (or on the rear of the tractor) used to protect the driver against shifting cargo during a front-end collision. May also refer to any separator within a dry or liquid trailer (also called a baffle for liquid trailers) used to partition the load.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Hey Yall I am graduating on the second of February! I am sooooo excited. I had an entire week and a half day off because my trainer went home for a week at home. It was fantastic and I practiced a ton of backing sure I will get more but I got to where I can instinctively put it in! I also watched all 3 seasons of Too Hot To Handle a Netflix reality series and even applied to be on it. It teaches people to make genuine emotional connections and relationships not built just on physical appearance and intercourse and I have learned a ton already I am really excited to Lord willing hopefully get accepted for the 4th season. I believe its only for a month or two but I could be wrong. Its for like the summer. Here are a few photos I took while on break which was needed and really nice!

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Also fo you think we can get some video formats in here? That would be SOO cool!

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Always happy to read your updates, man!

Keep on keeping on!!!!! 02/02/2022 ... what a great # for a great day; following!

Best always,

~ Anne & Tom ~

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victor C. II's Comment
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Thank you Anne!

Always happy to read your updates, man!

Keep on keeping on!!!!! 02/02/2022 ... what a great # for a great day; following!

Best always,

~ Anne & Tom ~

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Thank you Anne!

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Always happy to read your updates, man!

Keep on keeping on!!!!! 02/02/2022 ... what a great # for a great day; following!

Best always,

~ Anne & Tom ~

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Most welcome, man!

Always following; pining for more!!!!! Thanks for all you share..this will SURE help future drivers choosing Melton! Your contributions with this (almost) daily diary is priceless. Trucking Truth 'thrives' on good stuff, just like this!

Keep it up, keep safe, keep posting!

~ Anne & Tom ~

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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