Is there a height/weight requirements for trucking?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by chiquita07, Jul 9, 2021.

  1. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

    Jun 14, 2011
    When I drove for Swift's flatbed division out of Phoenix, they required you to be able to pick up a folded tarp and place it on the end of a flatbed trailer. One woman had a real tough time with it, but was able to do it after what seemed like minutes of struggling. This was conducted during the tie down course at the company yard.

    Also, in the real world of trucking, you are going to be in situations where you're going to have to crank up landing gear on a fully loaded trailer and the granny gear isn't working right, very hard to do, especially when you drive for a company that doesn't have air bags that can be lowered on the drives.
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  3. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Don’t worry. You’ll do just fine.

    There are companies who try to create a problem. Like strength test. That one claims it’s to pull the fifth wheel jaw release. In my experience. If I have any difficulty pulling that. It’s because my truck has pressure on the jaws. I stopped without making sure I have the kingpin good and against the front. All I have to do is get back in truck. Put it in reverse with trailer brakes on. That releases any pressure against the back of the jaws. Pulling release is easy. ... BYW... some idiots will pull the fifth wheel release when you’re parked. They’ll do that to a poor mega driver. To stop this. When you park. With trailer brakes set. Pull against the kingpin forward. Then set truck brakes. King Kong won’t be able to pull that fifth wheel release.
  4. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    You should be fine, but if it’s a problem quit the gym and gain a hundred pounds then everyone will be trying to hire you. ;)
  5. bonder45

    bonder45 Road Train Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    Williston, ND
    I have a girl working for me, she’s a tiny little thing doing super hard oilfield work. I’m sure you’ll be fine.
  6. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    You’ll be fine, I have a couple drivers shorter than you and they do fine.
  7. Trucker K

    Trucker K Medium Load Member

    Sep 21, 2019
    Like most said on here as long as you can do the job you should be fine. Cranking the dolly legs on jacked up trailers can be an issue at times. Most Van box/reefer trailer jobs have a minimum of 75 lbs of lifting requirements and I've seen many drivers of all sizes able to accomplish the feat.
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  8. Plantfoam

    Plantfoam Medium Load Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    My wife is the same dimensions and she does just fine. We've been teaming together for 5 years so far. There will be people who question your ability, but they should be more concerned about the guys with purple legs that run out of breath walking into the truck stop.
  9. Just passing by

    Just passing by Road Train Member

    Feb 25, 2017
    You're physically fit. That's already a plus. 90% of drivers out here aren't. I would suggest tankers/hazmat.
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  10. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Road Train Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    As I look around these days I don't think trucking has any requirements, other than the ability to be breathing on a regular basis, and if not, they have a wonderful machine that can help you do that too.
  11. Team818

    Team818 Medium Load Member

    May 5, 2019
    Seems like what the women usually don't like is the Lifestyle, not the driving. That's what I noticed. Most women drive local jobs that are 10 hours at the most, start to finish. OTR they run Team or are married and run Team. Which is totally understandable.
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