Residential deliveries

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  1. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Medium Load Member

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    Which LTL companies do/don’t do residentials? I’m not a fan at all. However, I made $20 (2x$10) in tips today! Not only do residentials suck, but they seem like a huge liability for the company. I know if I was in the safety dept, my number one priority would be to get rid of residential deliveries.
     
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  3. Texas_hwy_287

    Texas_hwy_287 Road Train Member

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    Here on my neck of the woods the only company that does not do residentials is Estes as they hire a 3rd party contractors with bobtails.
     
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  4. Farva

    Farva Light Load Member

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    I literally delivered a log home (from NC to IA) last year (flatbed TMC). Had to 45 into their driveway. I was like...are you ####-ING serious right now. Yup.
     
  5. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

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    Its P&D, that’s just how it is, and with the WuFlu pandemic, residentials aren’t going away
     
  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    many do, it has to do with what they (the person who ordered the stuff) has ordered, and how the shipper handles the shipping end of it. there are weight limits for some products. most times, from what i recall being at NEMF, the residential deliveries are done by a smaller trailer with a liftgate. there is NO MORE a liability in delivering to homes, than businesses.

    so do not use that as a debate.

    as a trucker, you do the job, or get hit with a refusal, possible suspension, firing, black mark on your work record, which very well will follow you to your next job, when the new employer calls for a reference, that you refuse work.
     
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  7. Hulld

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    Most all of my pick ups and delivery’s are residential door to door with a car haul operation.
    At 76 feet long it gets real interesting sometimes in some neighborhoods.
    Miami fl is one of the worst.
    The famous tag line I get constantly when calling residents about access is “no problem trucks come in here all the time”
    When I arrive they say “oh my god I had no idea you were that big“
    I always say “well I told you I am 76 ft long”
    The response is usually “well I don’t know how long 76 feet is all I know is the garbage truck comes in and picks up my garbage here with no problem”
    Some of the other challenges are a lot of neighborhoods have very low hanging trees and I can have very expensive cars on my top deck that I have to be concerned with.
    And then some neighborhoods have very uneven roads with speed bumps and sharp inclines you have to navigate around because my belly is only 5 inches off the ground.
     
  8. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    When you’re talking about a newer neighborhood with all paved driveways and buried power and phone lines, they’re usually not too bad. Most of the time those streets are wide with a cul-de-sac at the end to turn around in.

    The ones out in the sticks can be hit or miss, depending on the size of your truck.
     
  9. Ronniev1262

    Ronniev1262 Light Load Member

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    You are in a lucky neck of the woods. Big E thrives on residentials.
     
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  10. HiramKingWilliams

    HiramKingWilliams Medium Load Member

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    My next to last delivery tonight was a resi. Beat up, dirty, older small house. Trashed 90s car in the driveway with moss growing off of it. I delivered a huge TV. There was another huge TV on a pallet in front of the garage. And a stack of deliveries at the front door of electronic stuff. Dude wasn’t home and said it was fine to leave it in front of the garage. What kinda credit card scam is this dude running?!
     
  11. Western flyer

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    You want to be home every night,
    Then you got to hump freight in tight places.
    Sometimes multiple times a day.
     
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