Any companies out there willing to hire someone that can't climb into a trailer?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by OhioScott, Nov 25, 2022.

  1. OhioScott

    OhioScott Bobtail Member

    Jul 16, 2022
    I was rejected from training for not being able to climb into the back of a dry van. I can easily get in and out of a truck and crawl under to check the kingpin so I feel I can do the job otherwise. I plan to work on building my leg and knee strength but are there any companies that do not require this? It seems like a major safety issue climbing up on a Mansfield Bumper when it's covered with ice and snow (but what the heck do I know?). Does anyone know of a company that doesn't require this: 100% drop-and-hook or maybe a reefer that has to be washed out? I drove OTR twenty years ago and I'm currently between jobs so I need to get something going so any helpful comments would be appreciated.
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  3. NightWind

    NightWind Road Train Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Sunny South, AL
    I would suggest a ladder. I pull an end dump but there are time I have to get in the trailer, how ever there is what they call a "Man door" built into the front of the trailer. Another thing is IF you have a actual certified disability the company has to provide accommodations.
  4. The Crossword Trucker

    The Crossword Trucker Heavy Load Member

    Feb 21, 2015

    I worry that if this is your starting point getting into this industry , you will go downhill pretty fast.
    It is amazing hard on your body to sit ten hours a day where you cant get up ever little while and walk around. Fitness and obesity problems loom large in trucking. Whatever health problems you have now are only going to get much much worse once you get your CDL.
    Not trying to pop your balloon but you need to really take stock before you make this leap.
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Light weight aluminum ladder can solve that problem.
    Also, try knee compression sleeves. They're good for older people with weak knees or arthritic knees. Google "Knee Support Sleeve". I wore one on my left knee for a couple months and now don't need it anymore.
    This one shows "Advanced Knee Brace & Support"
    Dozens of brands to choose from.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2022
  6. Thrasher28

    Thrasher28 Light Load Member

    Aug 12, 2021
    Bowling Green, KY
    Wasn’t sure if you’re a refresher trainee or if that specific company ‘trains’ everyone. But if you have recent experience, GP Transco doesn’t require it. For practical reasons, it’s a helpful ability, but most warehouses make accommodations for occasional strapping. I just know the company itself doesn’t have any kind of physical tests for it. They also give out a helper strap to all new hires, so I’m sure this is a situation they’ve seen before. I never used the strap... I just assume leave a door closed to pull myself up one step and then scoot my way in.
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Compression socks help for weak or painful ankles.
    Amazon has a large selection of these.
  8. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Road Train Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    I don’t see how the job is possible without getting in and out of the trailer. A ladder may work from a practical perspective, but that would likely be considered a disability from an employers perspective.
  9. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2015
    Fortuna Faviet Fortibus
    It would be difficult to inspect and secure a load without getting inside. Once I’m empty the trailer gets swept, blown, or scrubbed /moped. Each and every time. Washout places aren’t everywhere or always open. Your customer expects their load to carried in a clean trailer and be properly secured. They are paying for that. Anything less and you are cheating the customer. You serve the customer, not yourself.
  10. Terlingua

    Terlingua Medium Load Member

    Oct 24, 2021
    You'd love the dedicated account I'm on. In the year I've been on it, I haven't climbed into a trailer once. The loads are sealed both directions. But, my company is one that requires you to demonstrate the ability to climb into a trailer during training/orientation.
  11. ducnut

    ducnut Heavy Load Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    I’m not expected to climb up into the back of a trailer. I grab two pickups, then, drop & hook on the other end. If I need to get in the back, I can walk right on from the shippers’ docks. We have some big boys that drive for us. It’s everything they can do to get up into their cabs. Guaranteed, they’re not climbing up into any trailer.

    You just need to find the right fit, jobwise.
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