Fighting for trailers

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by landy77, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Trckdrvr

    Trckdrvr Heavy Load Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    Just grab a JB Hunt trailer(or any other carrier trailer and roll with it.

    Thats what a rookie did at a company i used to work at did...he even went and got it reloaded before anyone at our home terminal realized that the trailer# wasnt in the system...

    When asked why he had a JB Hunt trailer he said:

    The guard told me to drop my loaded trailer and grab a empty i did!!
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  3. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

    Sep 8, 2007
    Utah's DIXIE!
  4. johnday

    johnday Road Train Member

  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Dispatchers lie like snails leave slime. They can't help it, it's just their nature. They lie to customers "the driver is 15 minutes away." They lie to drivers "the customer will stay open until you get there." They lie to the boss "the driver had enough time, I don't know why it's late."

    If a dispatcher doesn't know there is only one empty trailer and 2 drivers needing empties at a customer it's because he's not asked for a yard check or because he's gotten a yard check and it's better to lie to the second driver than to wave a red flag at the bull. The dispatcher has an impossible job, and I'd rather eat my socks than deal with drivers all day, but they lie all day.
  6. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Winston Salem
    Hell just run with it. JB won't miss it. You could get the load delivered before anyone knew.

    That's a nice thing about tankers. There is too much that goes into which one you can use to make it first come first serve. Some products cannot be loaded on top of others, some tanks have liners, rear verses center unloaders. We get an assigned trailer or wash out the one we have.
  7. Freebird135

    Freebird135 Road Train Member

    May 7, 2009
    In the air conditioning
    just dont get a swift trailer, they are governed at 62:biggrin_25523:
    kajidono and Infosaur Thank this.

    I_HATE_MINIVANS Heavy Load Member

    The trailers aren't gov... oh, I GET IT NOW !!! HA HA!! :biggrin_2559::biggrin_2559:
  9. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    I almost did that,,, I was still so green. I didn't realize the address was across the street. I was looking for a (your company here) trailer and didn't find any. So I grabbed an intermodal unit (that's where the yeard guy said the MT's were) by (another well known carrier) figured carriers pulled each other's trailers all the time.

    Wasn't until I tried to Qualcom in a seven digit alpha numaric trailer number into a 5 digit slot that some one called me up and asked,,, "um,,, where you at exactly?"

    Another fun adventure was when I was woken up at 8pm (I was driving overnights at that point. In by 3pm, out by 1am) said a bobtail was swinging by to grab my MT. Don't know why she needed MINE, but okay. Had to wake up again at 10:30 to d/h in the Pilot then my dumb ### went back to sleep. Woke up to a fresh asignment at midnight, drive 200 miles d/h for a 6am p/u. "Ummm, fine where's my trailer?"

    Needless to say, overnight dispatch dropped the ball. I showed up at a loading dock with a bobtail. AM dispatch couldn't do a darn thing without their moring cup of coffee so it wasn't untill 10am when they finally answered their frantic urgent messages FROM THE CUSTOMER (they always ignore mine) about what kind of idiot company sends a bobtail for a pickup?!? To make it better they couldn't for the life of them find an MT in the entire state of VA! I bobtailed from Baltimore to Roanoke to Richmond for almost 2 days because of their incompetence! I might not have gotten paid for that tomfoolery, but I wasn't paying for the fuel either donky-hats.
  10. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    years ago a new hire was told to get all the trailers in a drop yard. we run triples here. so he shows up 200 miles away at a terminal which he drove on an interstate to get there with 4 trailers.yeah he got fired. should of given him a raise.:)
  11. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    well since "triples" would have been an endorsement he would have had, he pulled one extra trailer...i'd fire him as well....there are NO quadruple trailer endorsements that i am aware of...:biggrin_25522:
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