Discussion in 'Melton' started by bamarlk020665, May 25, 2019.

  1. bamarlk020665

    bamarlk020665 Bobtail Member

    Jul 10, 2018
    Have opportunity to make decent with flatbed company but I’m not a excercise guru. Im 54, would you recommend it?
  2. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
  3. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Champaign, IL
    I've seen some 500 pound land whales doing flatbed...obviously being 'fit's is not a requirement. Myself, I'm 52, 6'1 220# and, while not in the best shape of my life, I'm not morbid. Neither do I have any ailments (asthma, copd, whatever) that preclude me from being able to do flatbed work. It *is* work sometimes. Chains, tarps, sometimes having to lever parts of the load over a fraction of an inch... and it takes TIME to learn to do it right. (I still cant tarp worth a ####) But, it's more rewarding than just driving a dry van or reefer (IMO) and if you haul machinery, little kids think you're a minor deity...LoL
    Harleyff Thanks this.
  4. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    I just turned 58. Been doing skateboards all my trucking life. I’m 5’6” 190 lbs. I have rotor cup in my shoulder issues but that doesn’t stop me. I improvised and execute. I still throw my 5/16 chains over my loads and straps.
  5. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Medium Load Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    I’m a fat ####### that switched to flatbed from dryvan about a year ago. Really it’s not bad. Yeah it can take a toll chaining and tarping in 105 degree heat but just take a break and drink lots of water. Other than that I’m a bit scared of heights and had to climb on all 4s a couple times tarping tall loads, but I’m getting better at it. I like the extra exercise involved.
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