This is like starting trucking all over on my first day!

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by A Bug, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

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    Drove dry van and intermodal for six years.

    Now I am chaining, strapping, and wrestling with this Conestoga trailer and asking every trucker around me stupid questions that are going to make me cringe when I think about what a noob I was years from now.
     
  2. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    Correction, stupid people DON'T ask questions. You'll be fine.:thumbup:
     
  3. PoleCrusher

    PoleCrusher Road Train Member

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    I know the feeling. Started flatbedding a year ago after 20 years of door slamming and suicide jockey.

    Still feel like a total noob some days. Keep asking questions. Most guys in open deck will help if you ask.
     
  4. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You can ask stupid questions, 'cause they really aren't, or you can make stupid mistakes which really are.
    The questions don't cost anything.
     
  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Hey man every flatbedder has been there, just remeber its ur duty as a flatbedder to pay back the lessons u have learned the first time a new guy asks ur advice on something. The good flatbedders are always looking for a better more efficient way to do things.
     
  6. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

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    Example of one of my stupider questions after messing around 10 minutes trying to drop my trailer, "How do you pull this dang release handle on the 5th wheel?!?"

    Turned out the woman I was asking was a flatbedder's wife so she was nice enough to call her husband on the phone and let me talk to him.
     
  7. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    If it’s any consolation, I had straight truck duty today in a pretty nice Pete but with a dog of a Paccar engine.

    Trying to adjust to a straight truck today was like my first time trying to put on shoes. :confused: :biggrin_25523:
     
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  8. johndeere4020

    johndeere4020 Road Train Member

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    Small Pete?
     
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  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah. I’m thinking a 337, with a lift axle and a 26’ body.
     
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  10. johndeere4020

    johndeere4020 Road Train Member

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    That’s a Cummins
     
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