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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Sorry. Todd. Just because you cannot do it, does not mean others cannot. I have backed down some tight philadelphia streets and got unloades on a sidewalk ramp. How omdo you expect to get products to businesses? Drop it in from the sky?

John Douglas Barrow's Comment
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Todd notwithstanding, it would make more sense to use a medium-duty van to get goods to small buildings with dinky parking lots unless there is a service alley in back of the store to accommodate a big rig.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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My guess is it's more feasible, and economic to use big trucks for those places. 1) they have multiple stops to do a day and more than a couple stores restocks. A parcel type van would require a driver to offload, return to the warehouse multiple times, reload, go to the next and next stores.

Can't go back 4 or 5+ times to reload whats going to the following stores per day....They evidently figure out ways to deliver to the stores on their route sooner, or later. I would NEVER take 1 of those type runs hahaha


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Bird-One's Comment
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I delivered to Dollar Tree Todd. There was a single store I went to that was only get a medium-duty van worth of goods Todd. So no Todd that would not make more sense. Especially when stores are 300 miles from the nearest DC Todd.

Todd notwithstanding, it would make more sense to use a medium-duty van to get goods to small buildings with dinky parking lots unless there is a service alley in back of the store to accommodate a big rig.

John Douglas Barrow's Comment
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It makes me wonder then why medium-duty vans are even made outside of the purposes for renting out and moving. Then if a business must receive goods by 18-wheeler, the real estate the business is situated on should also be designed to accommodate an 18-wheeler. Pan Am never tried to land their Boeing 747's on a runway built for R/C scale-model airplanes, did they? I would not ever expect UPS to arrive at my front door in a freight train or a sea ship to deliver me a new boombox from

Which reminds time, back in 1987, some tow truck driver, responding from a call made to a telephone number on my AAA membership card, *****ed at me because there wasn't sufficient outdoor lighting at my semi-rural home when he towed my pickup truck there after dark. He also *****ed that I should have had my truck towed to a shop instead of my home. Of course, his rig had the name of a local auto-repair shop on it. This guy was a total arse-wipe to say the least. My truck had a worn-out clutch and would not climb a grade due to slippage of the drive-line. I told this jerk that and he was all like "well, how do you know that, it wasn't even diagnosed in the shop". Come on now, my truck had a manual transmission: why the devil else would it barely move up a hill with the engine revving? Did this idiot think the differential might have been slipping? It was early fall and the pavement was bone dry. It wasn't like the tires were spinning on snow or ice in coastal California. Duh! You see, there was a "professional" driver complaining about no outdoor lights at the customer's lot down a private lane. My real estate was not accommodating enough for his retarded arse. Why the devil do they even put floodlights on tow trucks then? I used to operate a wrecker truck in the army. I did field recovery in pitch-black field conditions. One time my unit CO authorized me to use my truck's floodlights at night for safety reasons. The military often worries about the use of white lights at night for tactical reasons. The idiot I had from AAA back in 1987 evidentially did not operate a wrecker in the service.

Nowadays, if I should ever get a rude or dumb-chit driver or a driver in a crappy tow truck with no a/c on a hot day from a roadside insurance call, I will complain to my insurance company about it.

Brian S.'s Comment
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I pick up a load of rough cut lumber almost every Monday in Mt. Pleasant TN to bring back to Minnesota. I've run the route so many times that I have everything memorized but I still like to have the Google maps GPS on just so I know what my drive time situation is.

After leaving Mt. Pleasant this past Monday my Google maps "re-routed" me "to avoid a 20 minute slowdown near Nashville". It wanted me to go down a road with a clearly marked 10'10" bridge ahead. If 13'3" is a can opener, a 10'10" is a guillotine.

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