If you’ve ever been interested in how oversize/overweight loads work, you’re in luck. Today we talk to Travis Jellison, who has pulled loads as heavy as 230,000 pounds, 16 feet wide, 15.5 feet tall, and 120 feet long. Yikes!
In the news segment, we discuss how the coronavirus is affecting the trucking industry with regards to the loss of work and restaurants, and Hours-of-Service adjustments, including the upcoming HOS changes. We also look at technology such as electric vehicles and it’s lack of infrastructure, CDL skills testing, and how 5G networks could help the trucking industry.
Freight brokering gets its fair share of talk time, and we hit on truck parking, truckers and medications, toll hikes, and gross injustices like the prison release of a bad trucking CEO and what is considered a preventable accident when it comes to the CSA.
In the feedback segment, we hear from Daniel, Evan, two Davids, and Aron all join the Trucker Dump Slack group. Driver Dave has an encounter with a duck, and Ben talks about buying grass. We also hear from Robert, who tells us about his unique trucking job.
Our guest Travis Jellison has been driving trucks since 1995. The vast majority of that time has been spent pulling a variety of oversize/overweight loads. His current setup is an 11-axle combo that is 120-foot long!
Born and raised in Washington, he now resides in Colorado, where he enjoys spending time and exploring nature with his partner.
Podcast show notes:
This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:
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Links mentioned in the news segment:
FMCSA Extends HOS Emergency Declaration for Second Time from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)
Trucking Sheds 88,300 Jobs in April from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)
A third of small fleets shut down as COVID-19 guts freight market from OverdriveOnline.com
Iowa Driver Among First in US to Use Technology for CDL Skills Test from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)
Next Generation of Wireless Technology: 5G Holds Promise from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)
Updated HOS regs to take effect late September from OverdriveOnline.com
Infographic: What’s changing in federal hours of service regs from OverdriveOnline.com
Quick takes: Readers mixed on hours of service changes’ impact on their own operations from OverdriveOnline.com
Carriers’ right to review what the shipper paid for a brokered load from OverdriveOnline.com
FMCSA: Brokers Aren’t Technically Breaking The Law, And We Might Not Do Anything Even If They Were from TheTruckersReport.com
Amazon, already a mammoth middleman, squeezes into trucking brokerage from OverdriveOnline.com
Electric-Vehicle Charging Startup Amply Power Secures $13.2 Million from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)
Crazy crash eligibility examples from fmcsa.dot.gov
Infamous Arrow Trucking CEO Released From Prison Early from TheTruckersReport.com
New Jersey Highway Tolls to Rise up to 36% from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)
TravelCenters of America begins reopening dine-in restaurants from FreightWaves.com
Government Groups Launch Truck Parking Survey for Northeast Region from ttnews.com (Transport Topics)
Links mentioned in the interview:
If you have more questions about over-dimensional trucking, you can talk to Travis Jellison directly by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Links mentioned in the feedback segment:
Robert Terry has a really unique job driving a food trolley named Clementine. Check out the photos.
Driver Dave has a run-in with a duck.
Ben Dickens – de Geus, aka @goose tells a story about his boss sending him to buy some grass.
Jon Sinclair, aka @mouse wants to talk about free audiobooks from your local library.
Congratulations to Aron Nero, aka @Aron for starting truck driving school!
Evan Jon Kooker, @2017EJ is planning to get into trucking after he retires.
David O’Neil, aka @Junior is new Canadian driver.
David Schmidt, aka @davidschmidt just finished binge-listening to every Trucker Dump episode. I don’t know if I’m happy or if I’m sorry. 😉
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