Step Deck Operators

Discussion in 'Mercer' started by Road Jouster, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Road Jouster

    Road Jouster Light Load Member

    Anyone running a steep deck?
    How consistent is the freight in the Mercer realm?
    Is there a problem picking flatbed loads on a step? Knowing the deck length could be an issue that may not be a problem with a skateboard.
    Step versatility isn't much value if the freight isn't there.
    Each has advantages and disadvantages when comparing a step to flat.
  2. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
  3. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
    Some places won't load on them.....
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    I couldn't get a container in California loaded on that setup. Must be some reason, but they wouldn't explain it. The container was 45 or 48 I think.
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  5. Kitty power

    Kitty power Light Load Member

    Apr 12, 2017
    53 step gives normally a 43 foot bed container locks for two twenties load levelers and if they don't like it next guy will. most places will load and use this setup if you really want some fun add a set of ten foot slide out ramps!
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  6. Blind Driver

    Blind Driver Road Train Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    New Albany, IN
    I had a 52'. 12' up top and 40'below.
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  7. Road Jouster

    Road Jouster Light Load Member

    Interesting stack... A couple of Qs. How much extra weight does load levelers and ramps take from payload? Considering a step weights 2k - 3k more than a skateboard.

    Looking at the load in the pic, would loading the smaller bundles under the [beams] work? Securing of course would have to be independent to not bare any load of the larger items. Thinking of keeping the load height and CG as low as possible. I'm thinking there may be times when a shipper would refuse to load out this way.

    I've not run step so I would be a newbie with step. I see the versatility a step. Yet...
  8. Road Jouster

    Road Jouster Light Load Member

    Explanation would be good information if not for courtesy. I've seen containers overhang skateboards before and not using "Oversized Load" signage. Legal? Dunno... I suppose this may be buried deep within the regulations book!
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2017
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  9. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

    Mar 31, 2013
    sarasota, fl
    Every state is different but most allow 4 ft to over hang on a 48'. No od banner required, just a red flag at the extremity. I could see an empty container over hanging but no way would i do that with a loaded one.
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  10. whoopNride

    whoopNride Road Train Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I haven't been out there in years, but a buddy of mine says Long Beach won't load a container on a step any more, unless you have a 40ft bottom. No over hangs.
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