Originally Posted by dxrobertson
147 feet? Thats about double the long norm, couldnt imagine... delivery well done!
It sure was a long sucker! Most were just over 100' nose to tail and only
After a few years OTR pulling 53s, I got a driving gig for a private oversized speciality hauling firm for a few years hauling structural steel elements out of Gary, Indiana. They built the pieces over the week and we pulled them on the weekend to their destination because there were less annoying 4 wheelers (trucker slang for cars) to get in the way!
I worked in a convoy system with up to 9 other drivers and was the driver/supervisor in charge of the whole circus going down the road (in a previous life I ran convoys as a platoon sergeant in the Army). Each driver had a lead and follow pilot car so we had up to 30 vehicles on the road. We had all sorts of rules we had to follow from following distance, speed, routing, and could only get off at certain exits due to size, weight, and turning radius.
Getting fuel was an experience I would never forget. Not too many truck stops could handle our rigs. I remember once we had to shut down on the side of the Penna Turnpike because of a freak blizzard. The troopers were pissed at us for taking up a few miles of right shoulder but I was not willing to risk the lives of my drivers or the motoring public trying to get that much weight down those icy hills.
I'm out of the game now. The money was really good but my DW didn't want me gone so much so now I work in an office. Kind of miss the open road. Maybe that's part of the reason I like camping!
Like Brownie, I feel that backing my 18' popup is harder than the big rig, although I didn't do a whole lot of backing with rigs that size