Contributing author Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. A Ringgold, VA based carrier. Joey started his company in 2010 after serving time as an unhappy employee with a local trucking company. The time spent there was not fun but, in hindsight, was a turning point that propelled Joey into the wonderful world of being an entrepreneur. Please visit JoeySlaughter.net for more insightful blogging.
This week I had a few incidents where the limits of my trailer were reached. I chose the step deck because of the increased versatility over my previous car hauler trailer and that’s been proven true. However, there are limits with this type of equipment; namely the lower clearance and two separate decks. It’s the former that gave me some trouble this week.
I’m very aware of the clearance issues since my last trailer was low to the ground, but I mostly transported vehicles to paved and level parking lots. In the open deck segment of trucking, most of the pickup and delivery locations are off road and not level.
The picture below is of a business that makes storage buildings. I delivered to them on Wednesday right before the big east coast snow storm in North Carolina. I was told that there was a hill, but when I got there and saw the roller coaster (I may be exaggerating) I knew that I couldn’t make it down without tearing off my tool box and ramps that hang slightly below the frame of my trailer. Thankfully, there was an alternate way in and I was able to deliver my load that way. A few hours later 8-10 inches of snow fell here so I was glad to get out before it hit. Who knows, I may come back, but it will be with my sled..