New driver here - flatbed question

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Nate Da Great, Oct 28, 2021.

  1. Nate Da Great

    Nate Da Great Bobtail Member

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    I'll be attending training shortly and the recruiter really seemed to steer me towards a flatbed job. From my conversations with other truckers, I understand that the work is more physically demanding and you'll be out in the elements more so than with a standard trailer, but I'm sure that there are probably other pitfalls to specializing right out of the gate versus hauling standard freight. Any suggestions? I do like the idea of specializing, but I don't know how much more marketable this makes me as a new trucker. Plus I have existing back issues from working 17 years as a nurse. A back brace and the occasional ibuprofen usually get me by. I just want to make sure that I'm not getting in over my head.
     
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  3. streetglider

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    Back issues? You will be in over your head. Those tarps can be heavy
     
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    That is what forklifts are for.
    I wrecked my back with 2 winters cat-skinning before I cot my chauffeurs licence at 18. I always had ASA or Tylenol handy but handled tarping for most of my 45 or so years on the road doing open freight and heavyhaul.
    I have been medically retired for 4 years now and still use analgesics almost daily.
     
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    Get a reefer or dry van job instead of flatbed.

    Most reefer companies hire lumpers (paid to unload the trailer) so the driver doesn't have to. You also get paid when you stop at a shipper/customer and hourly pay on top of that.

    I did reefers for 18 years, so I know what I'm talking about.
     
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    Honestly , you will be making practically the same money flatbedding as a company driver as you would running van or reefer. Imagine having to spend an hour or more to secure and tarp a load in the middle of summer or winter , then having to jump in the truck and drive for 6 to 10 hours .

    Full size lumber tarps weigh about 100 pounds each . And quite often , there is no other way to get them to the top of your load other than carry them yourself
     
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