Aaron Cooper in Rockford, Illinois said: What is all involved in working for a flatbed carrier ?
Depends entirely upon what type of Flatbed as there are specifics: 45', 48', 53'.
Spread axle or Tandem.
Step deck, Drop deck, Covered wagon (Flatbed with Aluminum framework and Tarps).
Strapping, Chaining, Tarping in all weather conditions and/or environments.
Good Balance is important for climbing upon loads in securing and tarping.
Most companies require their drivers to at least supply their own rubber hooked straps where Chains and Ratchet locks and load straps(woven) are provided.
Some companies require the driver to supply their own Coil Tarps for those companies that haul such materials.
--In '99 Coil Tarps cost $125.00-$150.00--
Flatbed work is not for the faint of heart or the lazy drivers as there is usually quite much physical activity required.
I tried it in my first year of driving OTR yet it wasn't for me.