What's it like to have multiple stops running foodservice loads?

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  1. I love tequila

    I love tequila Light Load Member

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    Do liftgates make it easier or more difficult? Do they have people running straight trucks and tractor trailers? What size trailers do they use and what do they do to require a sleeper?
     
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  3. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

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    It depends on the company for what kind of trucks they have. When I was with Reinhart I drove everything from a pickup with a reefer unit that sat in the bed of the truck to a box truck to a tractor trailer with 28, 36 and 48 foot trailers. There were no sleepers. They put us up in a hotel on over night routes.

    I never had the benefit of a lift gate, I always ran a ramp, but I imagine a lift gate would make life so much easier.

    As far as having multiple stops, it is difficult. You have to be precise. If one thing goes wrong it puts you behind the rest of the day.
     
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  4. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    I pedal milk and we use lift gates. So much easier, but its easier to stack milk crates than different size boxes of food.
     
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  5. Bigblk

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    A lift-gate is useless unless the stop is big enough to be palletized. Most Sysco pallets had 4-10 stops per pallet.
     
  6. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    If you had 2 boxes going to a store though wouldnt it be easier to lift gate them to the ground rather than pedal them down a ramp? escpecially in the winter?
     
  7. double_r

    double_r Heavy Load Member

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    Put the 2 cases in the cab and throw them out the window as you drive by the stop lol
     
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  8. TugHillRider

    TugHillRider Light Load Member

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    Incredible lol. That was suppose to say 20 lol
     
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  9. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    As soon as you get off SSI ill give you some information.
     
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  10. localguy65

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    Most foodservice deliveries are ramps. Up and down, up and down. Lift gates and pallet jacks are used for large stops and typically the senior guys get those routes.
     
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  11. double_r

    double_r Heavy Load Member

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    What;s a liftgate? LOL
     
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