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Roy W.'s Comment
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I tried to get on with us express but they dont hire in colorado. Really wanted intermodal but cant find a company because o dont love in those areas. Amd dry van is just too aggravating for me because the shippers dont load the trailers right.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Roy W.'s Comment
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I checked maverick amd im outsode their hiring area. They were my first choice because my grandfather in south caeolina is in a nursong home and wanna tale occasional hometime there so i can visit. But i live in colorado. Western says they will work with me on that but im not holding my breath hopefully i can set myself up to reset near there bexause my town is right off i-77

Pat M.'s Comment
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I checked maverick amd im outsode their hiring area. They were my first choice because my grandfather in south caeolina is in a nursong home and wanna tale occasional hometime there so i can visit. But i live in colorado. Western says they will work with me on that but im not holding my breath hopefully i can set myself up to reset near there bexause my town is right off i-77

There is a very good mid sized company in Henderson, CO. I do not know their hiring requirements. I think they have about 180 trucks and all open deck. Cast transportation.

Everyone I have met from there is top notch. Dispatchers are former drivers.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Roy W.'s Comment
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I checked them out and i've seen them around but unfortunately need two years experience. Which i lack. But hopefully i'll be able to achieve. From the looks of things i am headed to western express. I like the way it sounds and all my research sounds good. I mean going through training will suck but it's a learning experience a plan on taking as much as i can from. But any tips are welcomed.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Got sent a photo of my next load today. What could go wrong with this? flatbed trailer loaded with concrete cement slabs

It is 11'8" wide and pays an extra $300.

C T.'s Comment
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Roy sorry to hear about maverick. We occasionally run out that way but they don't have enough freight there to get you home. Most of our customers are east of i35

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Got sent a photo of my next load today. What could go wrong with this? 1486428767.2527.jpg

It is 11'8" wide and pays an extra $300.

I'm surprised there's no dunnage under those overhang sections at the front. Granted, it would be a pretty long board but I'd think it would need it, especially in the narrower piece. I can just picture the vibration cracking or breaking that leg off. It looks to be maybe 6' long and around 1' wide ?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Got sent a photo of my next load today. What could go wrong with this? 1486428767.2527.jpg

It is 11'8" wide and pays an extra $300.

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I'm surprised there's no dunnage under those overhang sections at the front. Granted, it would be a pretty long board but I'd think it would need it, especially in the narrower piece. I can just picture the vibration cracking or breaking that leg off. It looks to be maybe 6' long and around 1' wide ?

Pretty close, 5' long and 11" wide. You cannot secure that thing because pulling in on it will chance breaking it also. I am going to secure some dunnage to it length wise for added support.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Got sent a photo of my next load today. What could go wrong with this? 1486428767.2527.jpg

It is 11'8" wide and pays an extra $300.

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I'm surprised there's no dunnage under those overhang sections at the front. Granted, it would be a pretty long board but I'd think it would need it, especially in the narrower piece. I can just picture the vibration cracking or breaking that leg off. It looks to be maybe 6' long and around 1' wide ?

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Pretty close, 5' long and 11" wide. You cannot secure that thing because pulling in on it will chance breaking it also. I am going to secure some dunnage to it length wise for added support.

I'm looking at the holes in the ends, is that for post tensioning once assembled or are they guide pin holes to attach to other pieces? Either way, looks like a fun load because it makes you think about the best way to get it to travel. One of the many things I'm loving on the flatbed side myself is having to look at and think about how to set this, where to secure that. It keeps it fun.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Shovelheads 4 Ever's Comment
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I'm new to posting here, actually this is my first one. This is a great site as I'm scheduled for my R/T on 2/22/17. I've been doing a s!#t to of research on different divisions company's have to offer. I want some physicality, so I'm looking into being a flat bedder. Just got my TWIC and my HM. But I really wanna haul cool freight and eventually get into specialized division. I love a challenge and I think that will give it to me. Thanks for such a great site Brett. It's really helped me and I'm sure everyone on here.

About to finish cdl a training. I heard flatbed maybe more work but the money is much better. I dont mind hard work and being 6'2" should allow me to skip the pink ladder. Lol. Great site. Really helping me train and make educated decisions. Thanks.

CDL:

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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