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Re: Another D.O.T nighmare

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lumpie

05-06-2012 05:39:47
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I'll be the first to admit that DOT enforcement officers are nothing more than bullies with badges and were rejected for whatever reason from all other law enforcement agencies, but some guys just have it coming. Going down I-35 yesterday passed a 3/4 ton chevy pulling a 36 foot tandem axle dual wheel gooseneck hauling a John Deere G. Had it tied down with 4 yellow ratchet straps. Can't count the number of pallets of seed and totes full of chemical you see just sitting on trailers, or maybe just one strap throwed over them going down the road in the spring.

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jddriver

05-06-2012 11:15:28
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to lumpie, 05-06-2012 05:39:47  
straps are just as safe and sometimes safer than chains



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lumpie

05-06-2012 12:18:00
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to jddriver, 05-06-2012 11:15:28  
That load gets bouncy, back and forth, up and down, and those cheap flimsy straps start to fray and the crappy ratchet mechanism fails and you've got a tractor laying on her lid in the middle of the highway.



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jddriver

05-08-2012 15:49:39
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to lumpie, 05-06-2012 12:18:00  
you must get your stuff at wal mart straps are legal and safe get used to it



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scotc

05-28-2012 11:55:12
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to jddriver, 05-08-2012 15:49:39  
Actually, as long as they have the WLL printed on them, they are legal to use. I just wouldn't go trusting wally'smart crap to hold down an entire load.



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d beatty

05-06-2012 20:32:19
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to lumpie, 05-06-2012 12:18:00  
I don't where you get straps are flimsy when a lot of over the road drivers use only straps. Over the 38 years I drove I got stuck a few times in construction sites and they pulled me out with one 6" wide strap with a crawler. The rig was 26,000 Lbs. not including the load.



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Ralph Bauer

05-06-2012 18:57:36
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to lumpie, 05-06-2012 12:18:00  
Quality straps won't be had at HF or WM....DOT/CHP legal ones will cost their price and will be of decent quality. Will they last forever?? Certainly not. But what do you think all these truckers hauling sheet-rock from the local plants are using? NOT chains!!



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jddriver

05-06-2012 11:12:55
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to lumpie, 05-06-2012 05:39:47  
if those straps where of the two in kind with a load limit of 3500 lbs it was legal



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JimEvans

05-06-2012 10:46:40
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to lumpie, 05-06-2012 05:39:47  
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4 yellow straps should be more than enough to haul a G legally - no problem there. Tandem dual gooseneck means he needed a CDL to be legal since he was over 26,000 total GVW.

Since when is farming not commercial? It is a business, just like every other business. Normally, if you are hauling something for your business it is commercial. I do realize that there are exemptions in many states for farm use and products.

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Ralph Bauer

05-06-2012 08:06:18
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 Re: Another D.O.T nighmare in reply to lumpie, 05-06-2012 05:39:47  
That would give me the "willis", too. And he was on the interstate! (Hope you didn't see him in my home state, Oklahoma ...lol) Granted, there are DOT/CHP rated yellow straps (Got one, its an Allies?) but chains, and more that 4 should be deployed, There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a couple or more chains too many then too few or just bare minimum. That applies to local and long distance hauls. Just a farmer hauling his own stuff: Ralph in Oklahoma.

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