What's it like transporting heavy equipment?

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  1. chriskc

    chriskc Light Load Member

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    86A9BEA9-3BBE-45EC-B423-09BFCBFB602E.jpeg That’s on a landoll 440
     
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  3. chriskc

    chriskc Light Load Member

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    image.jpg That’s what a 323 puts me at. Now mind you I’m in a commercial zone, I can run axle weight. A 323 I think weighs a little over 56,000 lbs.
     
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    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    Well, he WAS my superior, shop/delivery foreman. He said, "I'd have turned around and came back" ( and charge them for another delivery, I'm sure) He was pissed I took so long. It was no big deal, the starter was in plain view, 2 bolts and the wires, it was finding the crew that took so long, but he maintained, "you're the truck driver, not a mechanic".Oddly enough, he was a dock manager at a union freight company before that job. :eek:
     
  5. TripleSix

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    If you’re gonna drag it over, you have to hit it with momentum. If you’re going to get stuck, it will be close to the neck. If the high center takes the weight off your drives, you’re done for.

    If you’re pulling an rgn, call your receiver for directions. Look on a map for Rayville,LA where us 425 and 80 cross. I was routed up 425, and then East on 80 to the recover. There’s a tall RR track that runs parallel to 80, tall enough to high center a step deck.
    Receiver warned me and to me to go 1 exit East. I am glad he did.
     
  6. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If you hang up on a RR crossing and drag the trailer across make sure there's no damage to the track itself.
    If the track is misaligned it can cause a derailment. If there's any doubt call the number that's posted at the control box for the crossing.
     
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    Does this scale ticket go with the escavator pic you posted?
     
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  8. RollinThunderVet

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    As others have stated, its really great that you are researching before pulling the trigger.
    If you want to drive, and you want something that you can grow in, then open decks is the place to go.
    Start with a reputable flatbed company and put in 2 years. Then either move to the stepdeck division or a stepdeck company. After a year or to of that, then start looking for a HH outfit. There are a few companies out there that have all of these divisions. growing within a company is the easiest path. As you will find out in this industry that are 843984 ways to skin a cat.
    I have pulled van, and stepdeck, and am currently looking to move to an RGN. i can tell you firsthand that the open deck work is much more satisfying. if you are detailed oriented and safe, it is much less stress as well. check out my Instagram Loveisapitbull
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    you will most likely have to plan on at least regional for a few years unless you start with a local company. everyone has to pay their "dues".
    pay for your CDL course yourself, sign on with a smaller company, and invest in a few years of learning. then sit back and make yourself indispensable. never stop learning. best of luck.
     
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  9. chriskc

    chriskc Light Load Member

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    Yes
     
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    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    At least with a hydraulic gooseneck you can raise it. That saved me more than once.
     
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