How old is too old to do flatbed?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by SHOJim, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. Freightlinerbob

    Freightlinerbob Road Train Member

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    We have another guy that's around 75 I guess. He takes winters off, mostly because he doesn't need to work and his N14 gets about 3 mpg in the sometimes brutal Canadian winters. So there's little point.

    Anyways, his Doctor is a younger woman that asks him with every physical....."how long do you intend to continue this foolishness?"

    As long as you keep signing off on it, doc.
     
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  3. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    I've seen quit a few people with fused spines and whatnot. They get around a bit slower but it dosent stop them from getting the job done.

    I think it's the people that drag their feet and mope around that have a hard time.
     
  4. Nick2001

    Nick2001 Bobtail Member

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    Valley Transportation has covered flatbeds if you're not interested in tarping. I'm sure there must be other companies out there that have them too. Link below:

    http://valleytransportation.net/
     
  5. Mudguppy

    Mudguppy Degenerate Immoralist

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    I have 1 fused vertebrate and 4 herniated discs. I don't tarp, but being dedicated heavy haul I sling anywhere from 1500 to 2500lbs. of 1/2" chains and binders (multiple loads and unloads) daily, six days a week. I'm laying on ice right now, but will be back at it at 0430 tomorrow....:biggrin_25523:
     
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  6. SHOJim

    SHOJim Road Train Member

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    I know Valley Transport in Ohio has the " covered wagons". What is typically hauled in that kind of trailer?
     
  7. djtrype

    djtrype Heavy Load Member

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    Pretty much anything that can't be side-loaded onto a van and needs to be covered or hidden from public view.
     
  8. Nick2001

    Nick2001 Bobtail Member

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    Steel coils, rolls, sheets, pre-formed concrete, etc. Just about anything that pays the bills. Check out their website. I believe it says something similar.
     
  9. UltraZero

    UltraZero Medium Load Member

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    Well, I will say this regarding flatbed work. When I start to chain/strap/tarp a load, I don't stop. Once I start, I don't really take breaks unless it cold. I think one needs to be in good shape to do flatbed work. Now that being said, this doesn't mean one could not only do certain strapping loads that don't require moving heavy chains. I am trying to move up in the Heavy haul world, so I don't care what I take. I'm still waiting on my first coil load.
     
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  10. SHOJim

    SHOJim Road Train Member

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    Well I have a pre- hire from Valley Transport in Ashland. Melton called me today and TMC wants me to contact them tomorrow. Any input on the forementioned 3 company's? Thanks!
     
  11. macmanboomer

    macmanboomer Light Load Member

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    Not sure about Valley, but the other two you will tarp a lot of loads if that is a concern.

    Our company pulls mostly step decks which is a little easier on you physically since you're working around waist level instead of reaching up & working at shoulder level all day. I would much prefer step deck over traditional flat any day.
     
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