Random LTL Rants (all are welcomed)

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by road_runner, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

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    When I was active duty, we usually towed buses from the rear. Kinda sketchy with cabovers since they tend to bottom out from the front. But that's what we did.


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  3. ACH1130

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    Try doing a car carrier! Or a moving truck! Coach buses are so low to the ground that I won’t go under to do a shaft.

    Some car carriers are so low to the ground I have to lift them up to get my bar under it. And you have to tow it low as most are 13’4 tall. Moving trucks have that tail swing and low to ground so same way. Thankfully we don’t do a lot of school buses especially cab overs.

    Front loader garbage trucks the axels are so far back that normally I’ll chain sling them.
     
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  4. Naptown

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    Suddenly I'm getting lots of practice at this. Picked up a relay last night with trailers 22k and 21k respectively. Asked the driver how they weighed and got a shrug of the shoulders in reply. No scales his route, so he didn't care. I had to pass three going back, so I cared very much. Maybe I'm just more OCD than I think I am, but can't roll out without knowing everything is right and I can't stand passing off a problem to someone else. Crap attitudes like that really bother me.

    On the bright side, I have yet to meet a fuel clerk that knows how to weigh a set of doubles. I explain exactly what we need to do, and they weigh it like a spread axle instead. Sometimes more than once. I've weighed four sets at truck stops so far, and have yet to pay a dime. I just put on my frowny-face, play up my aggravation level a bit, and they waive the fee. One gal even gave me a free coffee. Sweet.
     
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  5. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

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    1k difference is nothing I would be majorly concerned about. It takes a highly trained officer to spot the difference, especially when you are driving a twin screw and your dolly is a single.

    In my neck of the woods, DoT doesn't care until it's right around 4k+ over. I think right around 6k+ they start writing tickets and force you to rehook them.
     
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  6. Mike2633

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    GFS Brighton used to snap axles pulling out of the warehouse, I don't even know how they got those trailers delivered.
     
  7. Naptown

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    I was asking him about axle and gross weight. Weight distribution is a hard concept to grasp on some of our docks and they like to load heavy on one end or the other. As it turned out, the axles were fine but it grossed almost 81k. Without a working pre-pass, I didn't feel like looking for trouble. Dispatch sent me to the nearest terminal to swap the rear for a lighter load.
     
  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Never run a relay if you don’t have to. In my experience, the guy coming from the other end is always a moron.
     
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  9. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

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    Ahh... Gross didn't even dawn on me when I read your rant. My states LCV permits allows us to gross 106k lbs with any combination (triples, Rocky Mountain Doubles, and standard two pup doubles) as long as we didn't exceeded the axel weight.

    I pull two pups with 22,500 lbs of talc each all the time.
     
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  10. road_runner

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    Oh do I have some stories on that... Most of them are about me being the moron.
     
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  11. Buckeye91

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    I always wondered how that worked for gross in our state. Is that just a yearly permit that you must apply for? Or is it just on your registration.
     
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