Why would anyone want to pull flatbed trailers?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by expedite_it, Apr 12, 2021.

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  1. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    Lord knows somedays I dont wanna.


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  3. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You asked your questions and your questions were answered. A lot of very experienced people took time to try to help you.
    There's no need to be insulting just because nobody here agrees with you.
    Take the information that you've been given and apply it any way you want but asking a question and then arguing with the answer isn't the way to get along here.
     
  4. Lostmykey

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    Then the shipper can find someone else to pull that trailer. I’ve pulled trailers before that I’ll admit I shouldn’t have; or I should’ve gone immediately somewhere to have them fixed. Fortunately, the worst one was only missing a mud flap and part of the dot bumper.

    I’ve gotten better at identifying trailers that need to be fixed immediately. I’ve also picked up preloaded overweight trailers; I didn’t continue on my merry way after scaling, I went back and had the shipper rework the load and got detention based on my original arrival.

    edit: ####, I just realized I left my spare mud flap under my bed on the truck. If I’m out for more weeks I’ve got to get the rest of my stuff to be safe.
     
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  5. expedite_it

    expedite_it Medium Load Member

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    When I asked skallagrime what planet he is from and said that it's definitely not Earth, I was only referring to skallagrime's claim of having never had to slam on his brakes over 750,000 miles due to a motorist pulling out in front of him on a shoulder or at a stop sign. On the planet that I am from, it's next to impossible for that to never happen. There are just too many tards driving cars that will pull out in front of a semi-truck going 65+ mph when the semi-truck is a hundred feet away for it to never happen for 750,000 miles.

    I did not ask a question and then argue with the answer. When people gave their reasons for preferring flatbed, I never said that they are wrong. I just claimed to have different preferences than they do.
     
  6. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    So in order for your anecdotal evidence to be true, then his must be false.

    Just cut to the chase, and tell him he's full of ####. No need for kid gloves. We all know what you're thinking. Or you could set the shovel down for a minute, and stop digging the hole.

    Look at it from our point of view - many flatbedders could never bring themselves to pull a van for the very reasons you find it attractive. Just like many van haulers could never bring themselves to pull a flatbed for the very reasons we find it attractive. For example, I could never sit at a dock, waiting for some minimum wage schmuck to stop browsing Facebook long enough to give me a door. I get stir crazy just trying to take a 30. Flatbedding is freedom to me.
     
  7. Jaebo74

    Jaebo74 Medium Load Member

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    Hey, don't lump us all with him. I am and know many door slammers that will gladly go out of our way to get the job done.
     
  8. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    There are many that will. Problem is, you're outnumbered ten thousand to one, and thus stereotypes are born. Like the guy on the way to town today. Panther dry van. I guess he didn't want to get "stuck" behind two school buses, so he yanked it into the left lane at a stop light so he could be first in line. Then he got his ### handed to him by both buses, and a line of pissed off traffic, all because he's a selfish dick head, and doesn't mind adding to the cliche. I turned to my wife and said: "See, that's why everyone hates truckers."
     
  9. Jaebo74

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    Man he was trying to be expeditious. Panther is an expediting company. Don't you know, he's got #### to do. Ain't nobody got time for that. /s
     
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  10. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    When I saw him pull it to the left lane, I thought he was an expediting straight truck. But it was just a dry van being pulled by an old shaker. Even rolled a little coal. Problem is, the truck wasn't near as fast as the owner thought.
     
  11. Long FLD

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    I suspect what many of us do is when we see a car approach an intersection we just assume they’re going to pull out. In anticipation of that we begin to slow down, and are already in the process of shaving speed off and when they do pull out we’re down to 45-50 instead of hammer down with the cruise still set at 65.

    You learn different driving habits as you begin to pull different trailers and haul different products.

    I had over 1 million miles at the flatbed company I drove for. No accidents. No “shifting” loads. Lots of drivers are safe and attentive and don’t cut corners when it comes to securement.

    If you find yourself constantly in hard braking events due to cars maybe it’s time to reevaluate some of your own driving habits.
     
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