I don't transport pipe very often, but last week I had two pipe loads back to back.  Both were in support of big power line projects on the east coast.  Pipe is round and it can roll very easily, which makes transporting it more challenging than freight with a flat surface. 

While at my first shipper, I loaded four 32' pieces of pipe.  They were banded together and loaded on 4'x4' timbers especially constructed to keep everything in place with no side to side movement.  Extra scotches were nailed in place to ensure a smooth ride and further mitigate the risk of a piece coming off in transit. 

At the receiver, the unloading process coudn't have gone smoother.  I unstrapped my load and a piece of equipment that resembled a boat lift came around my trailer and lifted the entire load off at once. What took four hours at the shipper, (including waiting in line for my turn) only took about 10 minutes at the receiver. 

My next load was a 10.5' wide/tall pipe going to another job site.  This load was beyond the legal dimensions so I had to order oversize permits and properly mark the over-dimensional load for transport.  These loads have many restrictions regarding routes, speed limits and hours of the day that the load can be moved.

After the pipe was loaded on trailer, the pipe was held in place by the two forklifts until we could build the scotches needed to keep it from rolling.  A lot of lumber and nails were used until I felt the load was free from movement.  I then secured the pipe with 30' straps that barely reached the other side.  After tightly securing the load, I was on my way toward the destination. 

Delivery was challenging at this site because of the mud.  I was a little nervous driving a 53' step deck with an oversized load through the woods, down a dirt road to get to the site, but I finally made it.  Once there, a crane was set up to unload me and I was quickly out of there on my way to the next challenge!


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Joey Slaughter

Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. Joey has been in the trucking industry since 1992.

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Thanks Tron for letting me know.

June 09, 2017 18:26:51 PM

A con artist is using one of the pipe pics above for a fake business: https://www.instagram.com/p/BC8sjQfysWZ/?taken-by=always_b_closing_&hl=en

June 09, 2017 12:41:25 PM

Thanks for reading guys

February 25, 2017 17:42:31 PM

I hate mud! One reason I would never to oil field or hoppers/end dumps. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

February 04, 2017 11:48:18 AM

That was fun a fun read....and great pictures.

February 02, 2017 15:47:57 PM

Life would get mighty boring if you didn't have some good ol mud to clog things up once in a while. Nice pictures Joey.

February 02, 2017 8:01:24 AM