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Jim has been a member since December 20th 2009, and has created 171 posts from scratch.

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Power Station Radiators Load-Jim The Trucker Video Series

This was a great load even when delivering in Florida. They paid well enough to deadhead back out. I got lucky and was called to do the next load only 150 miles away up to Ohio.
This load takes special care in not over tightening the straps for obvious reasons. Strap placement is important and the people at the plant showed me how they wanted it done. My trailer lower deck length was a great help due to the length of each piece.

I was glad to get a good payer right out of South Carolina and I have to say having a good run of luck was appreciated after all the low freight volume and bad pricing.

 

You will learn how and where to place straps and other tips below.

  • How to place straps with the wood protection
  • How many straps to use for the length of product
  • How the load fits onto the lower deck of a 51′ step
  • Where not to strap to avoid damage

This load paid well and I was glad to get it. I mention that Florida loads are not always the best as loads out are not that plentiful. I did get lucky and had a load come out the next day that had to be picked up on a Saturday. I was happy to see that.

 

 

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Multi Stop Steel Variety Load-Jim The Trucker Videos Series

This load had many different shapes of steel that needed tying down. From sheet to bar to plate and curved pieces. It went well and this is one video that you will want to see. I was able to shoot the video is 2 parts so you could see the larger sheet before and after loading and delivery.

After we got the first stop done it was all downhill from there. The hardest part was finding these rock quarries and get the parts to the folks that needed them. Finding the correct places to place chains and straps have come with years on the road doing this and always making sure I have plenty of connections to the freight to keep it in place.

 

I will cover some of the methods used in a quick list below.

  • Proper chain wrap technique
  • Strap wrap method, which way to manage the pull
  • Amount of chains and location
  • Dunnage ¬†or wood location

Watch the video and don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel so you can see when more videos get uploaded.

 

 

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Used Machinery Plant Move-Jim The Trucker Video Series

This load took me close to home and paid just fine,especially for Portland. I was glad to not have to deadhead home out of pocket. A fairly difficult tarp job with a lot of corners and peaks and valleys. My tarps did ok, but I did have a seam failure which caused problems. This problem has happened to me with this brand of tarp before and they replaced it.

I ended up getting a tarp repair in St.Louis on my way out at Tri-City Canvas. They did me a fair price as it turned out the seam was not totally to blame. I had no problem paying for work to be done to repair the problems for the next load. I hauled the same containers back to Ohio after my home time. I did not have to tarp but the very next load was tarped. I stayed home and got my chores done, it was great to take a break after 3 months on the road.

The load count has changed just since I was home, and not for the better. I do hope to get something going here soon as my extended home time ate up my reserves.

 

 

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Crane Boom And Counterweights-Jim The Trucker Video Series

I had a chance to meet one of the Youtube subscribers this past week and it was cool. He was encouraging to say the least as his retirement fun was running around doing step deck work. He explained to me that his favorite videos were the ones that I had posted to help him get started in this job. He also mentioned that videos with people just sitting in the truck talking did not help much so that was good to hear. This video has some of that type of footage but I do keep it down to a minimum. How-To videos always seemed like I was able to help someone, not so much as the lecture videos. I will try to keep that down to an as needed basis to clarify something or make an important point.

Long crane boom and 3 crane counterweights. I show in close detail how the chains go on something like this. The boom was 40 feet long and each weight was 13,000 lbs so we had to be creative on where to set it so it would be stable for transport.
I do get off on a rant at the second part but it is how I feel. So many loads get taken by people who have no business hauling any of this stuff and I tell them where to get off..

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Truck Driving Schools Near Me

I have talked extensively about truck driving schools and how important it is to find one that is good. There are many to choose from around the country but finding one that will actually prepare you correctly for what lies ahead is the difference between a smooth transition to a trucking job and one that sets you up for problems. I will include here an interactive map that should show you what is available in your area. It will show automatically the schools available to you.

To use the map you may zoom in or out with the plus and minus keys. If you see one or more you may click on the red icon for more information. This Google map is a real-time aid to helping you in your search. The contact details for each school should be listed along with location, phone number and address. This way you can call and request a school brochure. I would suggest getting several and make your calls to each one. If you are able, I would also make an appointment to visit each truck driving school and interview and ask questions of the staff there to help you make your selection.

Truck Driving Schools Near You

 

 

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