Back Issues And Flatbedding

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Zen Joker's Comment
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Hello Everyone,

I have sciatica and perpetual back issues. Presently I do sit 8-10 hours a day with my desk job and do Yoga as often as I can. I have a question please for all knowledge folks :)

Is flat-bedding workman's suicide in my case? Would the work (even with a lifting belt) be a stretch for someone who has a history of back issues? I know the tarps can get up around 80 lbs.

Any input is appreciated

Chris L.'s Comment
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Tarps can weigh more than that even. I can't speak for working with a bad back but I would suggest doing a year with reefer or dry van and try flatbed after that if your still interested.

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.


A refrigerated trailer.

Steve C.'s Comment
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I can't speak on having a bad back, but i can speak on the tarps. The 8 foot drop lumber tarps I use weigh about 120 pounds when they are completely dry. When they are wet or frozen they weigh even more. If you are interested in the flatbed side of things, maybe look into pulling a Conestoga or covered wagon. That way you could avoid the tarps, which are by far the heaviest part of the job. You'll still need to do some work strapping and chaining, but if you use good technique it should be less strain on your back.

Covered Wagon:

A flatbed with specially fitted side plates and curved ribs supporting a tarp covering, commonly referred to as a "side kit". Named for the resemblance to horse-drawn covered wagons.

Zen Joker's Comment
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Chris & Steve, thank you for your feedback. Reefer may be where I go. It seems to be safest.

Be safe guys and thanks again!


A refrigerated trailer.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I swore I posted on this thread last night and I always reread my post after I post it so I know it was there. Oh well.

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