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Knitting_Guy
06-26-2008, 07:45 PM
I'm hauling this monster from Milwaukee to Miami.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3259/2613882875_cb39f0838d_o.jpg

figaro
06-26-2008, 07:56 PM
I sure the heck hope you are getting paid well for it!

iwouldratherbeknitting
06-26-2008, 08:07 PM
humm

Knitting_Guy
06-26-2008, 08:11 PM
I sure the heck hope you are getting paid well for it!

Yeah it's paying pretty decent. Real pain in the you-know-what though. Kinda tough getting around corners :rofl:

Knitting_Guy
06-26-2008, 08:12 PM
humm

That's pretty much what I said when I first saw it :rofl:

JessicaR
06-26-2008, 08:14 PM
Hauling A Long One

Hey now... ;)

cindycactus
06-26-2008, 08:21 PM
What is that???? :passedout:

Knitting_Guy
06-26-2008, 08:24 PM
What is that???? :passedout:

It's called a batch plant. Basically it's a portable cement factory. They use them on road and bridge construction sites as well as sites where bringing in cement trucks isn't practical.

figaro
06-26-2008, 08:51 PM
So would that mean you need a football field to make a u-turn?:teehee:

Jan in CA
06-26-2008, 09:14 PM
:noway: Wow, that's insane!

sue in canada
06-26-2008, 09:49 PM
Rather you than me!!

Knit4Fun
06-26-2008, 09:50 PM
I'm sure it corners like a dream and gets right up to speed reeeeeeal fast, eh? :teehee:

Ah, well...be safe and enjoy the ride. I'm sure you can find some taverns along the way to relax and knit in...

KnittingNat
06-27-2008, 03:45 AM
I bet that one understeers.....:teehee:

Wanda Witch
06-27-2008, 11:00 AM
Golly gee, hope you don't get on a dead-end street! Good luck and we know you will be safe.

Doublereeder2
06-27-2008, 11:14 AM
Holy Hauling!! That is some big thing.:oo: Glad you don't have to drive it on our narrow, overcrowded, insane traffic filled Dallas highways.

gailf
06-27-2008, 12:05 PM
Wow, Ive never seen on of those before.

saracidaltendencies
06-27-2008, 01:51 PM
Holy cow! Ok, no offense intended, but wouldn't it make more sense to send that via train?? lol...I'd be terrified in my little car driving alongside ya! :teehee:

teachingmom
06-27-2008, 02:12 PM
I don't know how you do it!?! I can barely park a car! I see trucks turning in town and always say, "I'm glad I don't have their jobs. I don't know how they do it." And there are so many idiot drivers out there. I bet you have some horror stories

stitchwitch
06-27-2008, 04:25 PM
Oh goodie, the batch plant I ordered is being shipped!!!

bambi
06-27-2008, 05:42 PM
That's quite something! I was driving from ATL to SAV and saw a trucker hauling HUGE fan blades. DH thought it might be for a wind farm.

Bambi

CountryKitty
06-27-2008, 06:21 PM
Holy cow! Ok, no offense intended, but wouldn't it make more sense to send that via train?? lol...I'd be terrified in my little car driving alongside ya! :teehee:

I'd be willing to bet it's way too long for a train car, and trains can't carry loads over a certain height (tunnels and bridges) or over a certain width (tunnels again, and places where the tracks are parallel for the trains to pass one another).

Be nice if they could send them by rail--and I sure truckers having to deal with wide or long loads while trying to dodge idiots in econoboxes wouldn't mind either!

Gertie
06-27-2008, 06:35 PM
I don't know how you do it!?! I can barely park a car! I see trucks turning in town and always say, "I'm glad I don't have their jobs. I don't know how they do it."

Yeah. Some truck drivers are amazing how they can put those things into the tinest places. Threading a needle.

Be safe, Mason!! :thumbsup:

JessicaR
06-27-2008, 11:34 PM
Oh goodie, the batch plant I ordered is being shipped!!!

:roflhard:

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:07 AM
I'm sure it corners like a dream and gets right up to speed reeeeeeal fast, eh? :teehee:

Yup, uh huh.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:08 AM
Holy Hauling!! That is some big thing.:oo: Glad you don't have to drive it on our narrow, overcrowded, insane traffic filled Dallas highways.

I've hauled oversized through Dallas many times. No big deal, just another day.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:10 AM
Holy cow! Ok, no offense intended, but wouldn't it make more sense to send that via train?? lol...I'd be terrified in my little car driving alongside ya! :teehee:

Train takes too long and couldn't handle it anyway. We truckers haul parts for the railroad because they can't get their own stuff there fast enough. What takes a day or two on a truck can take weeks on a train.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:11 AM
I don't know how you do it!?! I can barely park a car! I see trucks turning in town and always say, "I'm glad I don't have their jobs. I don't know how they do it." And there are so many idiot drivers out there. I bet you have some horror stories

Ya get used to it. For me driving my rig through town feels as natural as you in your car.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:11 AM
Oh goodie, the batch plant I ordered is being shipped!!!
:roflhard:

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:12 AM
That's quite something! I was driving from ATL to SAV and saw a trucker hauling HUGE fan blades. DH thought it might be for a wind farm.

Bambi

I've hauled a few blades and turbines here and there. Talk about a real pain, those blades are sometimes as long as 130 feet.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:15 AM
I'd be willing to bet it's way too long for a train car, and trains can't carry loads over a certain height (tunnels and bridges) or over a certain width (tunnels again, and places where the tracks are parallel for the trains to pass one another).

Be nice if they could send them by rail--and I sure truckers having to deal with wide or long loads while trying to dodge idiots in econoboxes wouldn't mind either!

Bingo! Too big for rail. Also would take too long.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:16 AM
Yeah. Some truck drivers are amazing how they can put those things into the tinest places. Threading a needle.

Be safe, Mason!! :thumbsup:

Thanks, we do what we can. Backing into a parking spot in a truckstop is harder than most places we go. Often there's only about six inches margin one way or the other.

saracidaltendencies
06-28-2008, 01:34 AM
Train takes too long and couldn't handle it anyway. We truckers haul parts for the railroad because they can't get their own stuff there fast enough. What takes a day or two on a truck can take weeks on a train.

I surely didn't know that, I always thought a train would be faster because there would be no traffic or traffic lights, etc. to worry about. Ya learn something new every day! :teehee:

BinkyKat
06-28-2008, 03:43 AM
Reminds me of the trucks that haul parts for wind turbines up here in ND. The main structure is so big and tall, the attach one end to a "short" trailer connected to the truck and basically a set of wheels to the other end. It's nuts!
I had a semi with just one of the blades pass me once - I thought it was hauling a jetliner wing! :shock:

Duessa
06-28-2008, 04:27 AM
I've never seen that. Most of the men in my family drive truck. My Grandpa was an owner/operater and hauled rolled steel. Once he rolled it during a storm and lost a finger and he hasn't done that since. Now he drives plows and mowers for the highway department. My dad does short hauls for a lot of stores. things like stuffed animals and candy and such. I have cousins that drive deisl (sp?) engines for the military in places we aren't allowed to know the name of. My dad used to joke that he would teach me how to drive a semi before a car and then I would be able to drive anything. he had me so freaked out that everytime I ever got in his truck I was worried he would want me to drive :roflhard: Anyway, my whole family drives, some married partners even. I still can't comprehend how they drive and park those things. LOL you should see me park my bf's pos ford escort. :roflhard:

Anyway, i hope you have a good drive and that you stay safe.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:21 PM
I surely didn't know that, I always thought a train would be faster because there would be no traffic or traffic lights, etc. to worry about. Ya learn something new every day! :teehee:

Well, trains never go straight to anywhere. Cars are dropped in their yards and connected to other trains going in the general direction of the destination for that freight, then transferred again and again until they reach the yard closest to their destination where the stuff is then loaded in trucks for the actual delivery. The whole process can literally takes weeks and sometimes months. That's why when shippers need their stuff delivered quickly and on time they use trucks.

Everything is shipped by truck, even if it was on a train at some point.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:22 PM
Reminds me of the trucks that haul parts for wind turbines up here in ND. The main structure is so big and tall, the attach one end to a "short" trailer connected to the truck and basically a set of wheels to the other end. It's nuts!
I had a semi with just one of the blades pass me once - I thought it was hauling a jetliner wing! :shock:

Yeah those things are huge. I don't do stuff that big very often, but I do once in a while, usually crane sections.

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 12:23 PM
I've never seen that. Most of the men in my family drive truck. My Grandpa was an owner/operater and hauled rolled steel. Once he rolled it during a storm and lost a finger and he hasn't done that since. Now he drives plows and mowers for the highway department. My dad does short hauls for a lot of stores. things like stuffed animals and candy and such. I have cousins that drive deisl (sp?) engines for the military in places we aren't allowed to know the name of. My dad used to joke that he would teach me how to drive a semi before a car and then I would be able to drive anything. he had me so freaked out that everytime I ever got in his truck I was worried he would want me to drive :roflhard: Anyway, my whole family drives, some married partners even. I still can't comprehend how they drive and park those things. LOL you should see me park my bf's pos ford escort. :roflhard:

Anyway, i hope you have a good drive and that you stay safe.
:rofl: Believe it or not after a few years of driving a rig it's as natural to you as a car.

Jan in CA
06-28-2008, 01:08 PM
How long and wide is that thing? DH wants to know if you have to have an escort vehicle with you?

Knitting_Guy
06-28-2008, 01:45 PM
How long and wide is that thing? DH wants to know if you have to have an escort vehicle with you?

It's 12' wide 13' 9" tall and 80' long (including the tractor). The only state where I'll need an escort is Florida and they're meeting me at the state line on Monday.

Jan in CA
06-28-2008, 01:57 PM
Egad, that's huge! :noway: Thanks for the info!

snowbear
06-28-2008, 02:15 PM
You do give us interesting and fun filled trivia.. We thank you for that. I use to run the delivery for premanufactured homes. get the permits.. etc. That was a bit of a headache for different states, Wouldn't it be nice if all states had the same requirements for loads?

Be safe, and keep the shiny side up, the dirty side down, and keep us posted.

Bear Hugs your way...

PurlyGyrl
06-30-2008, 08:35 AM
WHOA! :shock: Mason, you and my brother-in-law should talk. He's a OTR haz-mat driver (has been for I guess 30+ years) and has to haul these HUGE casks of radioactive materials (the actual radioactive stuff is usually smaller than a football but the protective lead lined casks are as big as a house!) He's got some wild photos too.

kristaj
06-30-2008, 03:27 PM
My mom and sister are on almost as long a haul. They are diving from Green Bay to North Texas this week. Their cargo is two toddler boys, one 2 1/2 and the other 1. I think if it were me I'd rather have your load! Hope its not too hot and humid in Florida.

Knitting_Guy
07-02-2008, 12:54 PM
WHOA! :shock: Mason, you and my brother-in-law should talk. He's a OTR haz-mat driver (has been for I guess 30+ years) and has to haul these HUGE casks of radioactive materials (the actual radioactive stuff is usually smaller than a football but the protective lead lined casks are as big as a house!) He's got some wild photos too.

I've done a few of those loads in the past. I'd rather haul what I do, fewer DOT hassles.

Knitting_Guy
07-02-2008, 12:55 PM
My mom and sister are on almost as long a haul. They are diving from Green Bay to North Texas this week. Their cargo is two toddler boys, one 2 1/2 and the other 1. I think if it were me I'd rather have your load! Hope its not too hot and humid in Florida.

Yikes! I'd much rather stick to my loads, at least they're quiet :rofl:

Dangles
07-02-2008, 01:06 PM
I've the utmost confidence in Mason's driving ability. You can probably drive your rig "with your eyes closed". Drive safe, Mason. :)

Knitting_Guy
07-02-2008, 03:24 PM
I've the utmost confidence in Mason's driving ability. You can probably drive your rig "with your eyes closed". Drive safe, Mason. :)

Thanks, but I've found keeping my eyes open is the best way to keep from running over stuff :rofl:

Dangles
07-02-2008, 03:39 PM
Thanks, but I've found keeping my eyes open is the best way to keep from running over stuff :rofl:

:rofl:

Plantgoddess+
07-02-2008, 05:55 PM
Another reason rail is slow is they ripped out a lot of the track to smaller markets and closed a lot of the switch yards so that freight has to go a long way out of it's way if it's going off the main tracks. My husband was a carman for BN for 15 years and he left when the railroads started closing down lines in the 80's. We didn't want to relocate to the city where the closest switchyard is now.

ArtLady1981
07-03-2008, 02:31 PM
WOW! :passedout:


How about more excitement: put it out on the ICE ROADS of Alaska! :teehee:

Knitting_Guy
07-03-2008, 06:36 PM
WOW! :passedout:


How about more excitement: put it out on the ICE ROADS of Alaska! :teehee:

Let me think about that, ummm no.