What % of loads

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  1. runawayload

    runawayload Light Load Member

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    From my understanding, WS mostly runs furniture loads. What % of the loads run close to max weight? Is being overweight a constant concern or does it rarely happen?
     
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  3. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    Though I never worked for WS I've hauled HON office furniture and Lazyboy for five years. I would think they are all the same. Furniture is too bulky to max your weight and consists of a variety of box sizes. I've hauled many less than 20,000 lbs but you are expected to tailgate them which is the downside. When they are stacked 3 high and trying to drop a 250 lb box safely is not always easy. You'll break a sweat by the time the truck is empty. If they don't do it carry you some floor sweep and throw it down. It makes sliding a whole bunch easier if you don't use a hand truck. Many places you just unstack and they come in with a hand truck. Very few will do all the work. The upside there is minimal wait times and you can be empty pretty quick if all hustle. Picking up loads are usually drop/hook.

    There's a few WS drivers on here. Maybe one can answer better.
     
  4. AXE

    AXE Road Train Member

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    I'd have to guess and say 0% of furniture loads run close to max weight, I've pulled full trailers of LayZBoy, floor to ceiling, nose to tail and not come close to max. Now beer, sugar, talc, and plywood are another story! :biggrin_25523:
     
  5. fisher guy

    fisher guy Road Train Member

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    hence why moving trucks have such big trailer and usually big 130" bunks they are not to particulary concerned with weight
     
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  6. hup

    hup Medium Load Member

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    Sometimes you can haul carpet too, which can be heavy. But you usually don't have that many rolls at a time to be anywhere close to gross.

    And ya, like Axe said, we also haul general freight: not just furniture...
     
  7. Vega$Trucker

    Vega$Trucker Bobtail Member

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    Don't see why weights an issue? Knowing your weight and legalities is a part of every driver's job, if its to heavy u fix the issue, its your cdl after all. Being heavy is the best way to run tons safer in the weather, but I'm green I don't know. Much :'(
     
  8. runawayload

    runawayload Light Load Member

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    When I complete school I will be heading up to MT. I was just curious as to what types of weights they deal with and if running heavy or close to overweight was a problem.

    Most don't share what the loads are, just distance and problems. I have read very thread 3 pages deep in the WS forum and watched countless hours on YouTube. So far my favorite youtuber is 1776filmz, he started out at WS when they offered the 30 day training, he's since moved on to car haulers. Don't know what his name is here or even if he posts.

    Im the type of person who researches everything down to the dumbest detail.
     
  9. fisher guy

    fisher guy Road Train Member

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    80k gross isnt a big deal dont let anyone fool u in to that it is some of these guys are running 200,000lbs gross + on a daily basis like someone on here said in the winter u want to run heavy in the summer u want to run somewhat light for fuel milage aside from that what does it matter big deal u gotta slide tandems i've never done it (i run a spread axle flat and before that tri-axle trash hauler didnt care about axle weights 100k gross+) but it looks easy just dont be afraid of the cat scale and learn the truck and u'll be fine
     
  10. MontanaLongbow

    MontanaLongbow Bobtail Member

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    Doesn't it kind of depend on where your based out of? If your out of the south east won't you be hauling more furniture?
    And if your up north west won't you be hauling more beer, sugar, talc, and plywood and the like?
    Or am I way off base here?
    Thanks.
    Longbow
     
  11. runawayload

    runawayload Light Load Member

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    I will be based out of Southern California.
     
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