poland spring loads

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  1. mugurpe

    mugurpe Medium Load Member

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    Hi folks, I'm bidding on a contract delivering poland spring direct to dorm rooms in Boston (I know, fingerprinting bottles of water to 5th floors in Boston from a 53' probably makes most of you want to throw up, but that's the part I know something about) and have a few questions for those of you that've run loads out of there. We're planning on doing the freight in addition to the actual last mile delivery stuff.

    How are those 5 gallon jugs loaded onto pallets? Are they on regular pallets and strapped down? specialized pallets for jugs? Those square blue box things that cage the jugs and make them stackable? What's the scoop on that.

    How cool is the PS dock about working loads to get you to weigh right?
    Is this a "plan on being there for 4 hours" kinda dock or do they get it done quickly? dock appointments? What's the scoop.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. KillingTime

    KillingTime Road Train Member

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    Usually this. Sometimes they'll individually cardboard them then palletize.

    44-46k, usually about 21 pallets of varied sizes of bottled water. Can't really speak for the water cooler jugs. In Poland the scale is 6 miles away, no real issues. In Hollis the nearest scale isn't until after a weigh station.

    Yes. Longer if your truck says Western Express.

    Any more Q's tag me. Gotta roll. Tank is full, it's snowing and I wanna get this job done.
     
  4. mugurpe

    mugurpe Medium Load Member

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    @KillingTime thanks for the info. It's a specific set of orders so supposedly it's 700 5-gallon jugs, and 350 24pack cases. Looks like 36,400 plus pallets/square things that make the jugs stackable.

    My issue is I've got a single-axle daycab that I want to grab it with instead of having to rent a bigger tractor. It weighs in at 26,860 empty so I should be able to handle it with a tandem axled trailer, but I'm afraid of it getting loaded too heavy on my drives and not heavy enough on the trailer tandem so I'm wondering if I can work with the forklift operator a bit if I have an air-weigh system on that tractor's drive axle. Maybe I'll just have to rent a tandem axle tractor to make the run work (it's a once-per-month gig), but I could keep my bid down if I can pull it off with my own equipment.

    Does poland spring need those plastic box things back or are those just trash/recycle? Do those things have a name?

    thanks again.
     
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  5. KillingTime

    KillingTime Road Train Member

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    Maine is a 43' Bridge Law State. Work with that if you can.
    But I strongly recommend against a single screw if you're planning to run soon. This winter has already been a pain in the ### up here. I saw 3 accidents tonight from Grey (I-95 x63) to Scarborough (x42), and another one on I-295. And my pal running in the 1600 spot got stuck just off of x75 (Auburn) trying to do the easy loop into Poland.

    You might be able to make a request, but their security clearance is pretty tight. They don't want anyone messing with the water... As a tank hauler all the sites are gated, camera'd and have badge access only... The plants themselves have numerous inaccessible doors (even to me), cameras everywhere (careful where you take a piss) and a guy monitoring the ingress / egress like a hawk. They might entertain your request, but don't expect to be able to watch from the docks.

    They might take it back as dunnage... but don't quote me on that. (No idea what they're called. Lol.)
     
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    mugurpe Medium Load Member

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    thanks man, much appreciated.
     
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