Youtuber Follies

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by merv85, Mar 22, 2023.

  1. CAXPT

    CAXPT Road Train Member

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    kylefitzy,
    Your photos show that you indeed secured those loads according to those regs, I suspect as a result of being conscientious about it. :)
    The loads over 6 foot and 3 tiers, you have secured with a gut wrap, the one's that might appear to be close to 6 foot, aren't over 2 tiers. :)
    You have a bulkhead structure, so the penalty strap isn't needed (although I tend to put them on anyway- my OCD :) ) and so depending on the weight, those look like properly secured loads. I suspect your training and your erring on the side of caution is why it's done the way I would have done them.
    In addition, most of those layers in the photos, have dunnage between layers, which assists friction, whereas the metal structures that she loaded only had dunnage on the lower levels, thereby not having sufficient friction between layers to hold the load in place.

    Yours are properly secured, hers were not. :)
     
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  3. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    That header on the one trailer is just a conestoga nose, it has no structural strength.
     
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  4. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

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    Yeah. Better not have thick aluminum beams bolted to the frame. No way it could do any better than the thin gauge steel in the cab frame.

    I think you massively underestimate aluminum. What do you think carries most of those coils in the first place?
     
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  5. stwik

    stwik Road Train Member

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    Big difference between carrying an object at rest and stopping a 40k+ pound rolling coil.


    Even if the rack was steel I wouldn’t trust it…. Put enough securement on it to keep ya comfortable and drive with a brain.
     
  6. CAXPT

    CAXPT Road Train Member

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    Yeah, but it's one more layer of aluminum that is harder than the flimsy aluminum of the cab. Whatever can slow it down so the next holds better, is better. I would have put another strap on, but that's me. :)
    Depending on the maker, by the way, that bulkhead is rated and DOT approved, so your statement may not be accurate.
    Aero for instance, has two DOT rated and one non-DOT rated bulkheads. Whether it stops something or not, isn't the point in that regard but if it's rated for the required bulkhead specifications that are DOT approved, it qualifies as a structural bulkhead contrary to opinion. I don't consider a van front wall to be sufficient either, but it apparently is DOT rated to qualify as one.
    I guess we need kylefitzy to let us know the model and make so we can look it up to be sure. :)
     
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  7. YardMule89

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    Load shift at FIRST stop sign tells me the straps weren't tight enough or she hit the brakes like she was in a POV. Obviously not secured right but to NOT make it past the first stop sign is telling.
     
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  8. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    It was a quickdraw brand. None of that really matters though. If the load is not in direct contact with the headboard, the headboard is ineffective, and an additional strap or chain is required.
     
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  9. CAXPT

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    Well, depending on the structure, it's best when in contact, I agree, but there's alwas some distance involved, so not sure, but I guess that means you'll be putting an extra strap on from now on then, eh? :)
    By the way, just checked your manufacturer, and indeed, you do have a DOT approved headboard, so that qualifies it as structural.
     
  10. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    I watched half of it and had to turn it off. What a dingbat! And that has nothing to do with her being a woman or lack of training. I mean it’s obvious she wasn’t trained properly but at the end of the day it still falls on her. The whole time she spent sitting in the truck talking to herself while being loaded, she could have spent researching securement regs or calling someone for help or something.

    Also, did anyone catch the part when she was picking up her load levelers?

    “I’m here to pick up my load levelers. The guy is going to bring them out.”

    Guy brings them out.

    “What are those?”

    They are your ####ing load levelers you bonehead! :rolleyes:
     
  11. Kshaw0960

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    I really don’t want to admit this but I’ve had product slide on me before. Solid core steel tubes about 2” diameter, super oiled up, about 12 banded together wrapped in a tyvek tarp material, 5 of them so about 9k lbs each. Extremely slippery. I had 9 straps on this load that was only 20ft long. A car slammed on the brakes before a photo enforced light and I had to stop quick.

    Anyway the center cluster slid forward, blown through the tarp, and was stopped by the lip of the trailer. Literally the lip in the front that is only about 3/16” above the deck and not even an inch wide stopped the cluster. It did blow out and break off but it stopped it. Pretty good for aluminum.

    This is the reason I’m even on this site asking questions all the time and constantly learning. This girl just has the mentality that if she doesn’t know who cares because everyone will help her.
     
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