Would a 53' footer fit?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by ajdude101, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. PackRatTDI

    PackRatTDI Licensed to Ill

    Jul 15, 2006
    El Chuco, Tejas
    It's too long and won't fit. Wish I heard that off the truck more often.
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  3. IH Truck Guy

    IH Truck Guy Road Train Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    Well said..........

    Heck,they can't even build new buildings that don't have problems...
    I had to load a 14' wide piece out of a brand new facility...
    Widest door opening they had was 12'.
    6 months later,they are still trying to decide what they are going to do.LMAO
  4. MysticHZ

    MysticHZ Road Train Member

    May 28, 2010
    Good news ... I drive for Swift and have done Transplace loads ...
  5. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    It is sometimes comical to see business owners think of everything but how to get their freight out the door in an efficient manner. It is refreshing to see a business owner that takes a proactive look at how to accommodate large truck loading. I've seen shippers that seem to be constantly PO'ed at truckers for not getting in/out of docks fast enough, yet they force truckers to make tight blind side jackknifes into their dock and leave cars and pallet piles in the way of efficient maneuvering... then can't figure out why they can't ship more product.

    When I was a "bed bugger" my brother and I moved a household where the customer had lived for years. They had heavy furniture, a huge double door refrigerator, baby grand piano, and a sofa from hell. The problem was after getting all this big heavy stuff into their house and in preparation for selling the house they had installed custom doors throughout the house. Yep.... not one of the doors was wide enough for any of the big pieces to get out of the kitchen, living room, or bedrooms. As a joke my brother brought his chainsaw into the house and started acting like he was about ready to crank it up. The customer's eyes got really big and suddenly he was on the phone with the door company to come out and temporarily take the doors out and reinstall them... we had to cancel off that load because the door company couldn't come out for another couple of days.

    If you're wondering why we had a chain saw in the truck, that's for moving vans that sometimes have to get back into looooonnnggg driveways with trees in the way. We were both experience arborists, so sometimes we "added service" when we moved a household.
    TheDude1969 Thanks this.
  6. HappyHardCore

    HappyHardCore Light Load Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    I've been able to park in spots where after backing into the dock with a 53' the fence was about 2-3 feet in front of my truck. Not everyone can do that though, and depends how much other room you have on the sides, if its blind side, any parked vehicles, etc.

    If the space available is exactly the length of the truck and trailer and/or cars parking in the area, then expect someone to get damage or driver unable to back it in.

    Its obvious when a dock area wasn't designed for full size 53' trailer trucks. Don't be a jerk and call them in when it was meant for shorter trucks. Save everyone including yourself a headache.
  7. dirtyjerz

    dirtyjerz glowing beard pouty kid

    Jun 7, 2011
    Playing in Traffic
    you mentioned your in jersey, where? I may have been to one of the places or the other. I was a peddle guy when I worked day shift.
  8. ajdude101

    ajdude101 Bobtail Member

    Jul 10, 2013
    I'm in North Jersey.

    I am now looking at a complex in Fairfield. A truck can definitely back up into the dock at this place no problem.

    Here's a retarded question:

    In the industrial complex there are multiple buildings, and each building contain multiple units. Is the driver going to have a hard time finding lets say, Building 5 unit 3? The complex isn't gated.
  9. RedForeman

    RedForeman Momentum Conservationist

    Jan 30, 2011
    Johns Creek, GA.
    Actually a very good question. It depends on how good the signage is in the complex. At least make sure your place is easy to identify and supply driving directions for a semi when ordering a truck.
  10. Glp

    Glp Medium Load Member

    Dec 23, 2012
    Oakland, CA
    I do P/D and yes it can be a pain at times, especially if you come in from the wrong side and end up having to blindside in to the dock or turn around somewhere
  11. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    First off: Thank you for asking all of these questions, it helps A LOT!

    Personally I don't think I'd have had a problem with the 1st place but I wouldn't have been too happy. One of the few instances where a blind side back probably would have gotten the job done as long as you don't leave any parked cars to the left of the dock.

    The 2nd location you posted looks like a hook the corner and straight back. Probably would ban parking from the first two spots and check the weight rating of those drainage traps as both are in spots the truck will probably go.

    If your pallets are only about a k a piece shouldn't be a problem loading them with a jack. You might want to look into a company with lift gate service, and work out if that works better for you then buying/leasing a fork. Also you could probably hire a temp for loading day. Maybe even a full time position?

    Where are you sending these loads and do you need a regular shipper? We are based in Reading PA and I drive in NYC all the time.
    (A soon as I get this cast off my leg.)
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