Flatbed Variety

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Steve S. C.'s Comment
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Mobile version is being tricky. Cant edit post or add photos.

Bud A.'s Comment
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With these various pics, I'm even more interested in flatbedding! So here's a newbie question tossed in -- what do you guys do with the loads and the flatbed itself with home time? I'd like to bobtail if I'm actually going to my residence, but I'm not sure that's doable in the world of flatbedding. Also -- suggestions for maintaining balance on top of loads without breaking your neck?

Pathetic pic of my flatbed load:

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It will really depend on where you live and your company's policies on bobtailing home. I generally park my truck at the yard 45 minutes away, or sometimes at a truck stop that's about 15 minutes from home.


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

Bud A.'s Comment
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Oh and this is my new ride... 1996 Freightliner, N14 with an 18 speed transmission. She only pulls 1500 RPMs at 80 mph. No I did not go by you at 90 the other day in Wyoming, I was only doing 80... LOL


Nice ride! I want a truck that will go 80!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Here's a load of steel decking.


Bud A.'s Comment
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The load I dropped today was something I'd never hauled before: roll-off containers. I was a little concerned because, well, they roll. But two chains apiece and they stayed tight for 1400 miles. I had to tarp them, which sucked a little bit, since they were full of odd shaped scrap metal pieces.


After that, I picked up a load of steel right there in Shakytown. Easy load which is nice.


Pat M.'s Comment
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Well, I am having to switch trucks again. In the last three weeks I have been off as much as I have worked. He laid out a good story but starting next week I know what I will be doing for the next year. Hauling precast concrete from Colorado to Montana. 2-3 loads per week. 768 miles one way. Good thing my truck will be able to do the speed limits in Wyoming and Colorado or I would not be able to make the trip in one day. This haul is literally going to take 17 trucks a year to get all the pieces moved. Good thing it is a construction job as those take time.

The good part is that it is all drop and hook. Pickup a loaded trailer and run to Montana, grab and empty and beat feet back to Colorado. And the best part.... NO TARPS!

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bud A.'s Comment
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Good deal, Pat!

Here's my current load. People use these to get high.


Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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We shipped two of these today. Overall height 14' 6'. The were only going from Charlotte NC to Gaffney SC. A rigging company took them, they have all the permits they need for oversize. We built the machines.


Bud A.'s Comment
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I've always wondered what it would be like to have someone take away something you built and drive off with it. Did you feel like going over to the driver and telling him, "Don't scratch the paint with those chains!!" ?



Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bud A.'s Comment
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Some miscellaneous steel to deliver in the morning. Didn't get a picture of it tarped.


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