Physical Requirements for Line Haul

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  1. fbc91

    fbc91 Bobtail Member

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    I have 1 year OTR and am looking at other trucking jobs now.

    How much should I be capable of lifting to handle dollies for doubles/triples?

    I have RA and elbow tendonitis, so that's why I'm asking.

    Thanks
     
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    most dollies are easy to move around.. even the big dollies for the turnpike doubles.

    the problem comes with finding a GOOD dolley to pull your tail trailer.

    make sure you have good (but not expensive) work gloves, as YOU WILL get grease on you just walking by a dolley, the airlines, etc.
     
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  4. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    You sure like that punishment dont you?

    I have two forms of Arthritis but not yours just yet thankfully. I would not be the one to be playing with pups and dollies personally.

    But if you think you can handle the ow without narcotic medicine (Disallowed as of Jan this year...) go for it, you are a tougher cookie than I am.
     
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  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Basically, just be smarter than the dolly.

    The vast majority of them in use anymore are well counterweighted so lifting the pintle eye isn’t the Herculean feat it used to be.
     
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  6. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

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    We had a linehaul driver that couldn’t stand or could barely walk up stairs. Still did the job.
     
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  7. fbc91

    fbc91 Bobtail Member

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    HalpinUout Road Train Member

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    I'd say lifting them up and down is easy actually pushing or pulling them definitely can take some work depending on the location. Can be tough.
     
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  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    True, but fortunately most companies will put pintle hooks on tractors for this.
     
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  10. Seebs

    Seebs Medium Load Member

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    My terminal will have the jockeys do the hooks for the drivers who have physical difficulties (or the old guys).
     
  11. Digman943

    Digman943 Light Load Member

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    Try and get on with a Union carrier. The year I was at YRC I only had to drop and hook a set 3 times. The sets are always built and the tractors even hooked for you.
     
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