Are driving doubles/triples as terrifying as many make it?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by bentstrider83, Mar 16, 2021.

  1. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    I hear ya.

    I looked into a cryo job recently. All day cabs.

    The TM asked why I wanted to leave my current job. (Foodgrade tank regional)

    I said I wanted to spend less time on the road and away from home.

    "Oh, you won't get that here. We have several motel turns, and guys who work all week out and back, and sometimes you have to work from an out of town terminal for a couple weeks."

    In day cabs.........o_O

    So, yeah. I get it.

    I hope you find yourself a good linehaul gig.
     
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  3. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I might try again with Reliant Gases. They got a terminal between Muleshoe and Farwell. Might not have to switch my license since I live right over the border in Clovis NM. They seem to do daycab CO2 from train cars delivered to a spur by the BNSF Lubbock local. Couple of EMD SD40-2s pulling them in and out every couple of days. Make my money and get my rail fan on.
     
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  4. jmz

    jmz Heavy Load Member

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    If you’re looking to stay somewhat nearby, FedEx Freight has been hiring like crazy in Amarillo, as well as Stratford TX. If you want to stay in-state, they also have linehaul openings in Albuquerque, Lordsburg, and Roswell.
     
  5. Capacity

    Capacity Heavy Load Member

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    Try it with doubles and a single axle drive day cab in a Wisconsin winter with light auto parts.
    Pucker factor 10.
    Should be against the law.
     
  6. LPjunior1970

    LPjunior1970 Light Load Member

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    Seems like I see at least one a week lol
     
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  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    You just have to get far enough away from all the light pollution.
     
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  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    The worst thing about linehaul is that with what I’ve seen on the city side with billing errors and shippers who routinely lie about what their product weighs, you really need access to a scale, which on a meet and turn run you don’t have. Most drivers don’t scale their loads because that’s too much like work, and others aren’t smart enough to be able to tell whether or not their trailers are backwards by scale weights. The funny thing is these same yahoos will turn right around and wonder why some sets are more twitchy than others. They’re probably pulling backwards sets and don’t even know it.
     
  9. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

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    First job I've ever held after getting my CDL is pulling doubles, Rocky Mountain doubles, reverse Rocky Mountain doubles, and triples. There is not a whole lot to it other than attention to detail on all your connection points, getting everything in the correct order of weight, and making sure your lights work.

    Believe it or not, turning in city traffic with triples is easier than a 48 ft trailer. Offtracking is much less thanks to the many articulation points. Snow and ice? Most states it's illegal to pull three trailers. If you run out of hours with doubles (and I assume you don't have a drop lot), you just find a wide street/parking lot and drop your entire set, or drop your back box with con gear in the front and solo to the hotel.

    You really shouldn't worry too much about it. We all start out somewhere with LCVs. Best wishes.

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  10. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Reddaway. One of the companies I almost got on with up in Denver back in 2017. But then the sticker shock and winters kind of scared me from turning it into a "temporary home".
     
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  11. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Makes me wonder now how often Linehaul people get nailed for overweight violations? I know with our milk tankers, we're always a little over on axles when crossing over the NM, OK, and CO scales. But we've yet to be nailed for it due to possibly "liquid slosh" I'm guessing.
     
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