Advice for soon to be flatbedder

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Drpparker95, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Aces-N-Eights

    Aces-N-Eights Light Load Member

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    It always amazes me when I see posts like this one. All the same theme:

    NEW DRIVER w/ THREE MONTHS EXP AND AM LOOKING FOR MY 5TH JOB. SEEKING JOB THAT OFFERS: HOME TIME EVERY WEEKEND, TOP TIER PAY, NEW EQUIPMENT, & UNICORN RIDES ON ANNIVERSARY.

    O/P takes job (against EVERYONES advice). Shows back up 3-6 weeks later complaining about company, how he didn't make any money, and was unjustly terminated - looking for advice on job #6.....

    Lol....
     
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  3. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    I tried to establish a new handle just so I could thank that one again, but Mack E-6 smacked me upside the head. :biggrin_2559:
     
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  4. TheyCallMeDave

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    Or that breaker bar contacting a sensitive part of your body. With ZERO flatbed experience, let alone any worthwhile trucking experience for the OP, I'd strongly suggest some type of workman's comp plan.

    No ####, 10 cents right off the top. How nice.

    Agreed, can't say that enough. It's not swinging doors on a box, that's for sure.

    My guess is, OP spilled the beans and let the owner know what happened at Swift and the owner saw a great chance at getting work done at a discounted rate.

    I would add more, but I think everyone has just about covered the basics. I will say this, how wise can this owner be? I mean, don't get me wrong. People make mistakes, but with OP's track record, not to mention lack of experience, I don't see how you could, as a o/o, put someone behind the wheel and take such a big gamble. No offense OP, but if the stuff you mentioned AREN'T on your dac or mvr, I'm sure there are flatbed companies that will take you on, and actually TRAIN you, which will set you up for a better chance at success. Toying with this idea is a recipe for disaster considering the problems you've already had. But, you're an adult, so do as you wish.
     
  5. MrEd

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    Your "boss" is taking unreasonable liberties with your posterior, if you know what I mean. A 1099 better pay 25 to 30 percent more than a W2 job. The tax situation as others have explained require that imho.
     
  6. Just passing by

    Just passing by Road Train Member

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    No. No. Nope. 35 cpm is the epitome of indecency.
     
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  7. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    ROFL well said, sir! I'm gonna steal that, just FYI. :D
     
  8. Aces-N-Eights

    Aces-N-Eights Light Load Member

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    Gonna steal that for myself too!!
     
  9. J_D_Boss_Hawg

    J_D_Boss_Hawg Bobtail Member

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    Always secure more than the DOT requires. Know the WLL of all your devices , AND the securement points on your trailer. Actually do your loadchecks , ESPECIALLY the first one inside of 50 miles. If anything is gonna work loose, it'll happen by then. Crawl on your load when tarping . You can be very high off the ground sometimes. Go slow , be safe. The FMCSA green book has all of the gov BS related to flatbedding. Get to Know it. Sections 393.100-393.201, or pages 478-502. Helps with WLL, the "50 percent rule", and securing various types of freight you'll haul .
     
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