What is line haul?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by 3 Dog Nite, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. 3 Dog Nite

    3 Dog Nite Light Load Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    Southeast, TN
    An ad in the local paper is looking for a line haul driver. My 5 yr career has only been OTR & local peddling before jumping into a bus drivers seat.
  2. sharpshooter

    sharpshooter Medium Load Member

    Jun 20, 2010
    terminal to terminal. Is the ad an LTL company?
  3. Ranger_309

    Ranger_309 Medium Load Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Basically line haul and short haul are the same thing. You normally pull a set from one terminal to another, usually about a 500 to 600 mile trip or less.
  4. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    well actually it depends on the company you work for and THEIR DESCRIPTION of line haul....

    one LTL company i worked for, line haul was, leave my terminal, go to another terminal and either return, or stop off at as many as 3 other terminals on the way back...this was mostly all trailer switching, either single trailers or pups....usually you are home every day, but an over-nighter is certainly NOT out of the question too. this job, many of us would run (on average) about 400 to 500 miles daily (or nightly).

    another "line haul" job i had was from my terminal, here in MASS down to Winchester, Va, then spend the night, and come back the next day...sometimes making a stop along the way either going down to VA, or back up here.....now some would have called this "regional" rather than line haul, as i did the very same (miles wise) from MASS to VA with another company.....it was a "regional run".....to them....

    so you really need to go in person or ask them via email or phone call, what "line haul" is to them..
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  5. Kittyfoot

    Kittyfoot <b>Crusty Ancient</b>

    Sep 21, 2009
    Sorrento, Louisiana
    In my experience Line Haul was loaded trailer from Terminal A to terminal B, drop trailer and pick up another loaded trailer at B to A. Or sometimes A to B to C and back again. Very seldom did I load/unload. Nice gig if you don't mind the same roads over and over.
  6. AZS

    AZS Honk if anything falls off

    Sep 30, 2010
    PHX, AZ
    less than truckload right?
  7. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    How do you think all the lines get on the road? Someone has to haul them. :biggrin_2559:jk
  8. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2006

    yes...LTL = Less Than Truckload

    TL = truckload.

    but just so that you know, many TL companies i have worked for, will at times do LTL work, by making pick ups along the way to say VA like i did, and make drop off's along the way, or bring that entire trailer load to the terminal...it is just another way to keep busy for the TL companies.
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  9. HouseOfPain

    HouseOfPain Medium Load Member

    Nov 18, 2009
    Beyond the milky way
    Most ltl are hazmat, double triples required from what I noticed
  10. Flying Dutchman

    Flying Dutchman Road Train Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    Northern California
    doubles and triples are big for ltl, different trailers to different drops, etc.
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