Flat or step deck

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  1. Largecar359

    Largecar359 Road Train Member

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    I have to agree, I was in dunkin doughnuts in Connecticut and got a medium coffee not a Large, a medium coffee. It was like $2.89. I took a sip and had the girl make a fresh cup man. It was cold, the girl says oh yeah we had the burner off for a little just give it some time to warm back up??? I figure for a $3 cup of coffee it should stay warm all night.
     
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  3. Hurst

    Hurst Registered Member

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    46.5k lbs max I can scale legally here as well. Personally,.. I dont really want to scale more than 45k if I dont have to.

    Let the regular flat guys have those loads. Big blocks of rock, huge steel ingot, lumber, bentonite super sacks. If I have a choice,.. I'll pass.

    I personally prefer the versatility of the step. I carry enough gear to do just about anything a regular flat can do, plus I can load my own equipment and vehicles. It has to be a specific load or like you say,.. heavy,.. for me not to be able to take it.

    Hurst
     
  4. Highwolf89

    Highwolf89 Light Load Member

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    I personally like step cause I think it is very versatile but I noticed on load boards not many loads for step only... I really want to haul like machinery and such like tractors... I know on flatbed you can't really haul that stuff... That's why I am confused on what to do... Step or flat...
     
  5. rank

    rank Road Train Member

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    The decision is made then.

    Flats = commodities like lumber, pipe, steel
    Steps = finished products like machinery...a.k.a "paint"
     
  6. Highwolf89

    Highwolf89 Light Load Member

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    I want to stay in north east just trying to figure out what is my best move to stay ahead of the game and the mArket. To make money whether step or flat. I did flat bed for a month and was hauling wood and lots of buiding materials and metals. Step I mean is there a good market I like over size loads as well I know with step that is possible... I just like the challenge of over size
     
  7. Hurst

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    Thats my main haul, equipment and machinery. I lust after those loads, make nice nice with brokers who specialize in them. Easy and quick to load,.. easy and quick to get unloaded. No loading dock,.. no problem. They pay well for the most part. They try to cheat you sometimes on over dimensional,.. know your costs and sometimes you have to agree to disagree and find something else.

    Here are some pics. Hopefully these will help you make your decision easier. None of these loads can be done on a regular flat.

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    None of these loads were step specific,.. but unless you had an RGN,.. most could not be done on a regular flat. Recognize a brokers effort to deflate the necessity for the equipment that you have and he needs to pay for.

    Hurst
     
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  8. Hurst

    Hurst Registered Member

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    That may be an issue wanting to haul primarily equipment. NE,.. I assume your including PA, potentially Wv, Jersey,.. not just New England? Lots of money to be made on short hauls in that area. But expect to do tarp loads and other junk you dont really want to do in the mix. Usually pays ok.

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  9. Highwolf89

    Highwolf89 Light Load Member

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    Is that step all steel or steel and alum
     
  10. Bad Monkey

    Bad Monkey Medium Load Member

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    If your talking about Hurst, It looks like a combo. Possibly a Fontain 53'
     
  11. herbiemin

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    Hurst do you run CA too? I was wondering because of the sliding axle?
     
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