What is line haul?

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  1. 3 Dog Nite

    3 Dog Nite Light Load Member

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    An ad in the local paper is looking for a line haul driver. My 5 yr career has only been OTR & local peddling before jumping into a bus drivers seat.
     
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    terminal to terminal. Is the ad an LTL company?
     
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    Ranger_309 Medium Load Member

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    Basically line haul and short haul are the same thing. You normally pull a set from one terminal to another, usually about a 500 to 600 mile trip or less.
     
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    well actually it depends on the company you work for and THEIR DESCRIPTION of line haul....

    one LTL company i worked for, line haul was, leave my terminal, go to another terminal and either return, or stop off at as many as 3 other terminals on the way back...this was mostly all trailer switching, either single trailers or pups....usually you are home every day, but an over-nighter is certainly NOT out of the question too. this job, many of us would run (on average) about 400 to 500 miles daily (or nightly).

    another "line haul" job i had was from my terminal, here in MASS down to Winchester, Va, then spend the night, and come back the next day...sometimes making a stop along the way either going down to VA, or back up here.....now some would have called this "regional" rather than line haul, as i did the very same (miles wise) from MASS to VA with another company.....it was a "regional run".....to them....

    so you really need to go in person or ask them via email or phone call, what "line haul" is to them..
     
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    Kittyfoot <b>Crusty Ancient</b>

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    In my experience Line Haul was loaded trailer from Terminal A to terminal B, drop trailer and pick up another loaded trailer at B to A. Or sometimes A to B to C and back again. Very seldom did I load/unload. Nice gig if you don't mind the same roads over and over.
     
  6. AZS

    AZS Honk if anything falls off

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    less than truckload right?
     
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    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    How do you think all the lines get on the road? Someone has to haul them. :biggrin_2559:jk
     
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    yes...LTL = Less Than Truckload

    TL = truckload.

    but just so that you know, many TL companies i have worked for, will at times do LTL work, by making pick ups along the way to say VA like i did, and make drop off's along the way, or bring that entire trailer load to the terminal...it is just another way to keep busy for the TL companies.
     
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    Most ltl are hazmat, double triples required from what I noticed
     
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    doubles and triples are big for ltl, different trailers to different drops, etc.