Flatbed Variety

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Gregory H.'s Comment
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I'm still running on a permit, taking my cdl driven test may 5th. I was originally going to work for old dominion but I've spent 2 months training over the road with a flatbed owner operator and can't imagine doing anything else. I've already got approved for hire by keim ts out of Sabetha,KS which is only 2 hours from my home town. Here's our load today out of fredonia,ks that we took to Lee summit, MO. And no I didn't run over my trainer, had a minor exhaust leak lol purple flatbed trailer loaded with metal beams in trucking school with trainer fixing exhaust leak


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.

Over The Road:

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.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Sweet. Welcome to the bright side of trucking... Lol it does get in your blood

Pat M.'s Comment
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I think I watched my mirrors more than the road on this one. I had a lot of chains on this one but was still worried about the motors tipping into each other. The only problem I had was the damn transmissions on the back of the trailer. They wanted to move all the time until I put another chain on them. 2 3/8" chains should have been enough but they still managed to wiggle one chain loose. So I left the chain over the back of both of them and then put one chain each on the front. They did not budge after that.

The motors was more of a concern to me but they did not even loosen up one chain the whole trip. The guy that bought these was shocked to see both of them upright when I got there.

Now I was 83k gross on this one. Trailer was at 36,800 which is not a problem. Drives were at 36,900..... That too was not a problem, you see, I have a drop axle.... BOOM! no reworking a load.... LOL

large motors chained to a flatbed trailer


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.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Well this was my tallest and heaviest load so far. No waiting to get loaded or unloaded. Gross weight was 126,000 pounds, 11'6" wide and 14'8" tall. It was a tiring trip being that I had not hauled anything this heavy nor this tall yet. Tallest I have hauled before this was 14'6" but in Montana we have mostly 16' plus bridge clearance. Had to go to Grand Junction, CO to get this and bring it back to Montana. We could not go back up US Hwy 6 so we had to route up Colorado 13 to 80 and then up 191 to 26....

No scale to cross until we got to Alpine, WY and then the next one open was Lima, MT. 13k on steers, 53k on drives and 60k on trailer. Yep we needed a lot of permits.

heavy-duty giant oversized dump-truck loaded on flatbed trailer

Pat M.'s Comment
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Well i delivered this 42,000 pound box culvert today and have another one tomorrow only with the one for tomorrow I am at 14'8". Already loaded it this afternoon and had to dodge one low hanging cross walk light. At least there are no lights where I am going... LOL

large cement box culvert loaded and chained on a flatbed trailer

Bryn J.'s Comment
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I like reading this thread, but found it on page six, needs to be back on top. Thanks to the posters, I appreciate your efforts.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I like reading this thread, but found it on page six, needs to be back on top. Thanks to the posters, I appreciate your efforts.

Unfortunately I did not get any photos last week because we were busy moving a hot plant. 4 trucks running non stop for 4 days. Only one load left to move, then we bring the crushing plant back to the pit

Bryn J.'s Comment
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No problem, you need to make money, not entertain, but I do like reading and see the posts. thank-you-2.gif

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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A load of lumber from Princeton, ID to Oklahoma City, OK:

blue Jones flatbed trailer loaded with lumber

A load of expanded metal grates from Wewoka, OK to Springfield, VA:

flatbed trailer loaded with metal gratesflatbed trailer loaded with metal grates

A load of bulk containers from Chesapeake, VA to Louisville, KY:

blue Jones flatbed trailer loaded with bulk liquid tank containers

A load of assorted Challenger automotive lifts from Louisville, KY to 5 different locations in Iowa, South Dakota and Washington:

flatbed trailer loaded with automotive lifts


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Persian, it looks like you have been keeping yourself busy with those loads.

Hey here is a bunch of small pieces and a couple of big ones, I know let's put them on a flatbed and watch them secure it. Think the cartoon King of the Hill and them standing around the BBQ drinking beer.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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