JB Hunt - Power Only program

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Hanadarko, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Sly Fox

    Sly Fox Road Train Member

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    When I got my authority I was bombarded with calls and emails from JB Hunt. Their pay was almost what I was making at CR England leased to them. No thanks.

    Plus, dry van is not really where the money is in a lot of places. Generally, if it can be hauled in a dry box, it can be hauled on a train. Reefer is more specialized in that rail transit isn't as precise and quick.

    If you've taken the leap to get your own authority, run your own business. Start looking at the load boards. Start making some contacts with brokers. I've been driving less than two months and have gotten a good relationship with one broker and am getting some very favorable loads that are there every week for me.

    The money's out there if you want to do the phone calls. It's not easy. The first few weeks, you seem to do more calling than driving at times. But, it starts to pay off.
     
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    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    Money is out there in dry box land too, you just have to figure it out. Easier said than done. My experience with what loads I have checked on from JB Hunt is that I will never get my rate from those guys, Schneider is the same way. Guess I will keep working with the brokers I've established with along with Cheap n Heavy Robingsome, and "Landstarve" (pulling the freight that is apparently garbage and no self respecting BCO would do) and making 2$+ on the hub miles...
     
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  3. BigBadBill

    BigBadBill Bullishly Optimistic

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  4. drafting1442

    drafting1442 Bobtail Member

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    My husband started with them on Thursday. On Friday he had to DH 60 miles to get a trailer then go another 90 miles to load. On top of that they gave him a Monday 4:00 load only to find out it was for 4 p.m. and was only 600 miles away. He called the company that he delivered to and asked if they would take the load early. They said no problem any time after 7 p.m. on Sunday. He delivered at Midnight and was ready to reload 1st thing on Monday. They are now making him wait until 9p.m. Monday to reload and has to wait for an appointment to be set up to deliver tomorrow. On top of this he will probably have to wait until Wednesday night before he can get loaded again. What a joke. Don't think we will be doing this any more. He can work the way he wants using the load boards and just rent a trailer for 150/month.... pay per week will be much better.

    Both loads are HEAVY and looking at their load visiblity board all the loads near him appear to be HEAVY. We saw some JB loads on the load boards and they are 25k & 35K. I guess they want the power carriers to haul the "junk" loads.

    Pay card and fast pay options are only good thing we have seen so far.
     
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    FREEBRD Medium Load Member

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    we cant handle the truth bill!!lol!!
     
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    HDFatboy Light Load Member

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    Welcome to trucking....... None of what you said is out of the ordinary and he will still have appointment times, deadhead, and lots of waiting using loadboards.......
     
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    atrucker Light Load Member

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    What are they charging you for the year, for insurance??
     
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    atrucker Light Load Member

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    Could you give some of the example of these loads you do, miles, rate and area and direction etc
     
  9. drafting1442

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    @ HDFatboy
    We know there are DH miles and waiting times, but with JBH it is more extreme. It is a joke to have to wait 18hrs before they get you reloaded when there are more of their own loads close by. The thing we have noticed is their light loads are shown on an external load board but not offered on the load visiblity board.

    We can plan about 3 days (or more) worth of loads and have it set up to run comfortable and stay busy. Not much sitting time in-between and still make the 1.65-2.00+ per mile that he would make with JB. The only added expense is a trailer and you can rent one of those pretty cheap around home. He did this for years for his mom and she made more money than with the company dispatcher finding her loads.
     
  10. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    Why would I do that? You think somebody told me?
     
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