Spoke With A Celadon Flat Bed Driver.

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Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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A Celadon flatbed driver recommended that I try to switch from reefers to flatbed. I'm sure I'd have to wait 6 months (2 more months) but I don't know. He said the pay is more, but I usually get long runs, but long waits too. Given an option what's the consensus of which is better, reefer or flatbed?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

The Dude's Comment
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Flatbed gets more chics.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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Flatbed gets more chics.

Unless you're talking about the fowl variety, but interested. I'm happily married. Lol.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Having no experience with reefers, my opinion is this: reefers suck, go flatbed!

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Whether it's flatbed, reefer or dry van.... By the time you consider all the pros and cons of each freight type it's basically a wash as far as money is concerned.

I really want to try flatbed than I remember it gets really freaking cold during the winter time.

It hurts to get fuel in the winter time and it's - 30° outside. Now imagine you're 5 to 13 feet off the ground trying to tarp a load and it's - 30° outside and it's always windy if you're trying to tarp.

Besides everytime a flatbed passes a set of cattle pens on the side of the road the cows hold THEIR noses!

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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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Besides everytime a flatbed passes a set of cattle pens on the side of the road the cows hold THEIR noses!

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Did we just get served???

Bud A.'s Comment
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I really want to try flatbed than I remember it gets really freaking cold during the winter time.

It hurts to get fuel in the winter time and it's - 30° outside. Now imagine your 5 to 13 feet off the ground trying to tarp a load and it's - 30° outside and it's always windy if your trying to tarp.

Spent three hours securing and tarping a load in Phoenix yesterday in 100° heat. Drank four Gatorades and a bottle of water and was completely wiped out afterward. I can't wait for winter, or at least fall. You can fall off a trailer in any season, but no one ever died by freezing to death while tarping. (Of course, Abe hasn't pulled a flatbed as far as I know - he might be able to pull that one off.)

Jessica A-M's Comment
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I commend you (crazy) flatbedders. Someone's gotta do it so I don't have to. It's not that I'm lazy but I'm not flatbed material.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Flatbed is interesting because most people think it's too much work in difficult conditions but the people who do it wouldn't want to do anything else. I think it's one of those things that's worth trying to see what you think.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Well, in my 62mpg Swift truck/dry van, I get passed by flatbeds more often than even dry bulks!rofl-2.gif

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.
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