My favorite part of flatbedding?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by God prefers Diesels, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Medium Load Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    I just waited at a shipper for five whole minutes before he started loading me. After he was done, he apologized for the wait. Not even kidding.
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  3. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I have to call or text my shipper to let him know what time I’ll be there, when I arrive my load is hanging on the carry crane.
    Better than waiting for a door.
  4. Tug Toy

    Tug Toy Road Train Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Corn field
    I know right? Half the time I can’t even get in a 30 min break?
  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Hahah those are the best places. Theres been a couple times i only delivered 1 pallet. By the time i got my 1 strap off, rolled up , paperwork signed and back in the truck, my elog was still on drive line. Wish it always worked out that way
  6. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    Wait till you get to deliver where they . . ,

    • Untarp
    • Gather 150 bungees
    • Feed your straps to you as you roll
    • Help fold and roll tarps (5 or 6)
    And in less than an hour after unloading indoors, the project manager shakes your hand and thanks you for delivering safely and in a timely manner.

    You may need them to help you to your feet after you pass out.

    I don’t miss the treatment I used to get at grocery warehouses.
  7. Badmon

    Badmon Medium Load Member

    Oct 6, 2014
    Deep south
    The one and only time i went to Krogers DC in Atlanta during my brief stint dragging dry box, i was loaded and my dock door greenlit before i even made it back to my truck with the BOL. Literally less than 15 minutes. My boss and dispatcher were shocked. The delivery at the Kentucky DC the following day took every bit of 8 hours though. Got docked before most plus beat the sunrise and was one of the last to leave because they had to sort the product or whatever typical horse #### that box jockeys get fed that i couldnt care any less about. Dont miss it one bit
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  8. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    You need on where when you get there they...

    Tell you to pull over and wait, you’re in time for your unload appointment, but the guy ahead hadn’t shown yet, you both have same product, but we need to wait to see if he shows.

    We will get to you in a bit.

    Glad you’re here, go back to your truck, your load isn’t ready yet, we’ll come get you, but don’t have a time estimate.
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  9. Oscar the KW

    Oscar the KW No Filter

    May 19, 2011
    As a part time box jockey and part time flatbed’r, I can say they both have their customers that are great and ones that suck.
  10. Michael H

    Michael H Medium Load Member

    Nov 3, 2015
    I couldn't agree more with the OP! This is the main reason I went into flatbed work. The customers we deal with are a night and day difference cut above the dock workers. In flatbed, they actually want your product...yesterday. They are generally more helpful and a lot more friendly to work with. Less b.s., too. For instance, never been asked to hand over my keys and go stand in a box like a convict. Never sat for hours/days like a DC. I was thinking about buying a box for the winter (before the truck died) and thought about chocking, waiting times, rude dock workers, and alleys built for model-t's. Then I thought I'd stick with the flatbed.
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  11. freebeertomorrow

    freebeertomorrow Heavy Load Member

    Mar 19, 2016
    so do all of you flatbedders leave your purse in the truck while you work? or do you hang it on the trailer allowing quick access to the lip gloss?

    asking for a friend
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