Flatbed Variety

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Pat M.'s Comment
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Well after dropping the walls, I headed to New Mexico for a dozer blade, ripper and blade arms. Did a 34 hour reset while waiting for Monday.

flatbed trailer loaded with dozer blade ripper and blade arms in New Mexico

Gross 70k only on this load. The blade itself was 7 feet by 20 feet. It came off a hd41 alis chalmers dozer. These monsters are bigger than a D11.

Joanna 's Comment
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Dang, that's one serious blade!

Pat M.'s Comment
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Dang, that's one serious blade!

I believe that the blade itself weighs in at 20k. Even with all this stuff removed, the dozer is still 2k over weight for a 9 axle lowboy trailer.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Whew! Been a busy week. Did not even have time to get photos of all my loads... LOL

First I had to go to a one horse town in Wyoming..... Well the horse died last year. Load was 2 - 500 gallon fuel tanks. No photo but imagine a square box on skids with hoses coming out the top.

Then I had to go to Iowa to pick up a new trailer.

Look Ma, I'm pulling doubles!

flatbed trailer loaded on a flatbed trailer

The next 2 loads will look the same with the exception of that I will bobtail down to get them.


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Some times you have to stretch things a little. What started out as a 48 foot trailer is now 68 feet long.

flatbed stretch trailer loaded with large bridge piece

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Some times you have to stretch things a little. What started out as a 48 foot trailer is now 68 feet long.



Pat M.'s Comment
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Here is a little excavator that I had to move today.

doosan back-hoe loaded on 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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Here is the load for tomorrow. A couple of chip seal rollers and I will be bringing back 2 asphalt rollers. Have been too busy to get photos lately and most of the pickups have been at or near dark and the drop I was just too tired. I have hauled an asphalt plant, mechanics truck with an attached control room trailer for the asphalt plant and a lube truck with an attached job site trailer.

two caterpillar rollers loaded on a flatbed trailer

Pat M.'s Comment
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Man there has been no time to get photos lately. I will get one tomorrow though.

Today I was like a one legged man in a butt kicking contest trying to hang wallpaper with on hand tied behind my back.

First load was a CAT 983 loader going 100 miles and deadhead back, then a street sweeper gong 60 and a mini excavator going 60 back. When I got done with all that, I got to drop the equipment trailer and pick up a lowboy for tomorrow's load. A 70,000 pound concrete box that is going 150 miles. I will get pics of that tomorrow for sure. Being 14' wide and having to go through a narrow canyon this is going to be a challenge for sure.


To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Hey Pat, I've enjoyed following your thread. Really cool pics brother!


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