100% No-touch freight

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by fbc91, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. fbc91

    fbc91 Bobtail Member

    Oct 17, 2016
    New CDL grad looking for 100% no-touch freight companies.

    I have rheumatoid arthritis and an elbow injury, so I want to avoid heavy lifting.

    Do team drivers touch freight? I'm willing to do that if it guarantees no-touch.

    Based out of Richmond, VA.
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  3. gntorres61

    gntorres61 Road Train Member

    Aug 17, 2013
    Plymouth NC
    Make sure you find a company with an auto release fifth wheel. Try Abilene Motor Express right there in Richmond.
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Some companies are drop & hook such as line haul jobs with Old Dominion Freight Line..
    Probably should ask even though some websites may have 100% no-touch.
    Danny Herman Trucking
    Titan Transfer
    Pride Transport
    Transport America
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  5. DustMyBroom

    DustMyBroom Light Load Member

    Oct 11, 2016
    Abilene is a good place to start. You are aware that you as a driver are responsible for load securement and trailer cleanliness? That usually involves climbing up into the back of a trailer and putting up load locks or sweeping the trailer out. You can carry a step ladder with you...I know several drivers who do...but it is still a physical activity. While doing your research, look for companies that pay all lumpers. That usually means drivers don't load or unload anything at all.
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  6. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    The Twilight Zone
    In today's trucking world no touch is the rule across almost all truck load carriers. About all your going to do is open and close the back doors. I hardly ever touched freight.
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  7. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    That landing gear is gonna getcha. In addition to the 5th wheel. Sliding tandems is another.

    Nothing is ever 100% you still have to deal with assorted body work around and in the rigs.

    Holding a wheel in the west against a headwind all day might aggravate you. I would be cautions getting involved with this ..
  8. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    The Twilight Zone
    I was thinking the same thing.
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  9. cjb logistics

    cjb logistics Heavy Load Member

    Aug 13, 2016
    Liberal Ks
    Heck that means he cannot drive through OK, KS, up CO to what, let say Green River Wy. headwind, crosswind was freaking murder today.
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  10. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    PBC, FL
    Abilene as mentioned is no touch. Only time I have ever handled freight is when I was helping so the unloading would go quicker. We are expressly forbidden to touch the freight of our 3 main customers. All our trucks are automatics too.

    It can still get physical though, broken a sweat many time pulling nails and sweeping the floor.

    Landing gear you can take your time with and those fifth wheel puller hooks may be of help. All our trailer tandems are air slide.
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  11. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    The Twilight Zone
    New Comers to trucking sometimes do not know the difference between truck load and less then truck load. Generally speaking all over the road carriers are truck load and their drivers rarely if ever touch freight. This is across ALL the Carriers. When you start talking LTL (less then truck load ) in a local setting more then likely your going to touch freight and lots of it. If you get into flatbed your going to be climbing all over that flatbed tarping and securing the loads. I highly advise you to stay away from flatbed and ALL local LTL. Regular van and reefer for the most part is no touch. Also to all of the above I will add sometimes driving in winter you will find yourself "hanging iron". This is tire chains. I did this several times in my career and every time no matter what I did I found myself doing it with no gloves.
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