I've Seen The Future Of Flat Bedding, Old School, And It Ain't Bright . . .

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Jopa's Comment
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Hey Old School, as I have been chronicling, I have been killing a lot of time waiting for my "restart" on the 12th. I go to the library every couple of days to get on the computer and post. Most of the rest of time I watch TV - this motel has 3 HBO channels so I see a lot of movies. I just watched one called "The Island" a "dystopia" so-called thriller along the lines of "1984" or "THX1138" from 1969. Anyway, the hero and heroine are trying to escape the "black helicopters" and all the Chrysler products chasing them (I think movie companies and car rental firms keep Chrysler in business - and some police organizations). So where do they go? They hop on a conveniently very slow moving futuristic "Mack" truck (that should have been a clue right there) pulling a flat bed loaded with a double deck stack of railroad car axles/wheels. You've seen them, probably hauled a few loads of them yourself so you know they weigh just a tad over heavy. First off, the driver seems to not notice all the black and gray vehicles following him in close proximity and firing guns at his load. Is this a common flat bedder practice to not turn down the music and look in the mirrors maybe every half hour, just in case? Probably figures bullets aren't gonna damage steel railroad axles/wheels so why get a bother on, right? Then there is this close up of the hero as he reaches for the ONE 2" ratchet strap that holds the whole load on the trailer. As he quickly releases this wonder strap (one-der strap) the wheels start to roll off the back and the perusing vehicles start to crash into them and explode, flip, spark, and generally make a debris field a few miles long. There is even a rather large armored truck containing the "head pursue-ers" with all of there equipment that makes the NSA look like pikers that takes a particularly impressive launch/flip over/explosion. During this whole episode, the truck driver takes no notice of all of these goings on - must be a Union Driver as in "Not-my-job" and he doesn't stop or slow down until the bad guys shoot out his front tires, at which point he pulls up along side the center divider and switches to "sleeper berth." Of course this futuristic tractor was borrowed so they didn't do any pyrotechnics or jumps and flips with it as they had to give it back at the end of filming - just blew out the front tires (nothing out of the ordinary there except maybe they were Michelin brand but I couldn't tell). The most interesting close up is when the progress of the axles/wheels exiting to the rear of the trailer starts to slow a bit, the hero REALLY grimaces HARD as he gives the last one a little push. Hell, with that kind of strength he should have simply got off the trailer and PUNCHED those nasty bad-guy vehicles in the grills - that's what the Hulk wouda done. So, what's up with all those chains and binders and stuff you guys waste your time with? Just run by Wally's World next time you can and get a set of those 2" ratchet straps that come four in a pack from China. They seemed enough for the Mack driver - when he wasn't in the sleeper berth , anyway . . .




Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Jopa, when do you get to go back to Prime? You've got way too much time on your hands right now - they need to get you back to work!

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Jopa, when do you get to go back to Prime? You've got way too much time on your hands right now - they need to get you back to work!

No joke OS, he does need to get a life & learn the WHY of all the chains/binders/straps/etc that is needed when securing a flatbed load.


Daniel B.'s Comment
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I don't think we should get on Jopa too bad. He definitely has a life, just too much time on his hands. I think anyone of us would go bored if we have to sit in a trashy hotel for two weeks with nothing to do and appliances/entertainment that hardly works. You guys don't know half the story.

Dan J.'s Comment
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Please enlighten us Daniel B. might just be headed out to Springfield wed. myself .

Jopa's Comment
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Jopa, when do you get to go back to Prime? You've got way too much time on your hands right now - they need to get you back to work!

OK, you guys . . . just avoid the REAL issues. Making false posts about "all the chains/binders/straps/etc that is needed when securing a flatbed load" and whacha callit "securements" when that documentary I mentioned above PROVES a 2" Chinese ratchet strap will hold virtually anything in place - as long as you prevent hitchhikers getting on your truck who may have to dump your load because they are being persecuted by the "black helicopter" crowd . . . hrumpffff . . .

I've seen through the veil of deception and flat bedders are making false macho claims as the elites of trucking . . .



P.S. I go back into orientation at Prime on the 12th if I don't suffer anymore "persecution" myself . . .

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