Onions...

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  1. fragicide

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    So, dispatch sent me a 2-pick load of onions from New Mexico going to North Carolina. Can I just say I friggin hate gosh darn onions! It's too #### hot to be dealing with this crap.

    Am I the only one who thinks onions should go on reefer trailers where they belong? I don't think they should be anywhere near a flatbed...
     
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  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    I never hauled em before but ive heard nothing but bad things about them. It should definatly be in the back of a reefer
     
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  4. fragicide

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    I hauled one load of them last year mid-winter, and it was a royal PITA. Loaded in Prosser, WA and took em to somewhere in SC. Broker forced me to route down 15 to US6 and Moab to 40. Dang things always wanted to shift on me, and it rained nonstop which meant I had to keep messing with the tarps.

    They definitely don't pay enough for the amount of work they require. But I guess it's guaranteed freight out west...
     
  5. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    Seems like something that should normally be in a van or reefer, or at least a side kit trailer.
     
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  7. fragicide

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    Meh, I'm a company guy, so I get paid the same. Which I think makes me hate them even more...
     
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    I didn't even know onions came out of New Mexico... Figured it was the same places most potatoes come from of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California...
     
  9. D.Tibbitt

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    how do u even tie them down ? Just throw straps and hope for the best ?
     
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  10. fragicide

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    I didn't either until today. I've seen them come out of Cali, Arizona, and Utah. But New Mexico is a new one for me. Picking up in Deming and Las Cruces tomorrow morning.
     
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    The way I've done them in the past is set dunnage under the front of the front pallets, and under the back of the back pallets. Tilts them into themselves. Then throw one strap over each row, then cross strap the front and back to prevent forward movement.

    Then comes the tarp job. Gotta throw the tarp over the top, but leave the sides and ends open unless it rains. Then you gotta close it up so they don't get wet. It's a ton of work... Something about airflow is why they prefer flatbeds I guess.
     
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