What to expect driving yard truck?

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  1. Sea0fgreen

    Sea0fgreen Light Load Member

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    Im about to start a job as a yard driver. Wondering if anyone has advice or what I should be expecting or looking out for?
     
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  3. Ex-Trucker Alex

    Ex-Trucker Alex Heavy Load Member

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  4. Lazer

    Lazer Road Train Member

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    Hot, cold, dusty, downpour rain, busy as hell, then bored as heck. Treated like Royalty, then get your ### handed to you.
    All in the life of a yard mule.
     
  5. mpow66m

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  6. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I agree with @Lazer. Lots of people do this, but its not a job for me. In & out, in & out, in & out. It aint just that, but when its raining, storming... in & out, in & out. Wet all day, even when trying to stay dry with a large rain coat.... you're gonna stay wet.
    Winter time, not my favorite. Can never get the truck warm. Door is open & closed, open & closed. Gotta stay bundled up like a Polar Bear all day, trying to work in it like a mummy.
    Summer time down here in Louisiana. 100 degrees, no way to keep the truck cool.

    Again, lots of people do it all over the U. S., but for me, no thanks. You don't have to worry about me taking your job. You're secure as far as I am concerned.
    Don't get me wrong, some people like it. We've got someone now & then that will get out of a road truck & go to yard truck. It's all in what you like.

    Number one rule so everyone doesn't hate you.... you can drop it a bit too low, but don't ever drop it too high. I can always deflate my air bags & drop the 5th wheel and slam under it if I need to. But too high, not but one thing to do. And if its storming, raining, cold, hot... yeah, I'm not gonna be happy.
     
  7. motocross25

    motocross25 Road Train Member

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    Also depending on what yard you’re jockeying at, there could be a lighted walkway with neon signs pointing to big door that says “Shipping/Receiving” with an animatronic billboard above it, and no less than 10 drivers will flag you down to ask where to check in at!
     
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  8. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    It's actually a lot harder than it looks. I lasted 1 day.
     
  9. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    I have done it for a few years. I enjoyed it but it's definitely not for everyone. I'm not sure what advice I can give at the moment. It kinda depends on your particular assignment, because they are all different.
     
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  10. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    I can vouch for this, 100%!
     
  11. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    300 trailers in the yard, you need to find #8467912............have fun !
     
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