Advice needed

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Dallas Dan, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Dallas Dan

    Dallas Dan Bobtail Member

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    OK so I have a nice International 9400 that I use 8 months a year to transport my Carnival Show. It sits in the Winter and I want to put it to work. I have my own authority and am fully insured. I also have a 45 foot dry van in really nice shape. I would like to go OTR and only drive around 1500 miles a week max. I do not mind sitting where I land for a few days before I go again. I would also consider power only, but would rather use my trailer. I know I need a niche market so...what advice do y'all have for me? Thanks, DD
     
  2. Chickamauga Vol

    Chickamauga Vol Bobtail Member

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    Find a company/broker that manages logistics for concerts/truck shows/etc. You may have to run power only, but otherwise it checks the boxes for you.
     
  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Maybe hire on with some mail hauler outfit. I don't know of any other company that would load a 45 ft. trailer. Probably have to use their trailer.
    Google for some intermodal/drayage companies in Dallas; they use owner-operators to pull containers.
     
  4. Big John61

    Big John61 Bobtail Member

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    i got very very good dispatch company only 7% charge for service i got my money till 24 hours after drop off. fuel benefits tires benefits service 24/7 if you need info PM me
     
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  5. Herb71

    Herb71 Bobtail Member

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    Care to share the dispatch co, Big John?
     
  6. Big John61

    Big John61 Bobtail Member

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    yea its great co for me works perfect 24/7
     
  7. DSK333

    DSK333 Road Train Member

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    Lease the truck on somewhere that doesn't have forced dispatch and rent a trailer from them or source one on your own. A 45' is going to problematic due it's short length for most load board freight. It's all about the 53' and the occasional 48' these days.

    EDIT: I just noticed you mentioned being insured already. I'd rent a trailer and pull load board freight if I were you.
     
  8. Big John61

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    What do you mean? do you need find dispatch for you? my dispatch working great with all my friends
     
  9. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    That 45' trailer is useless. Get rid of it and get a 53'. Don't waste your money on a dispatch service. Self dispatching one truck isn't rocket science. Learn a handful of lanes. It takes time to know what is or isn't a decent rate, what going rates are, etc. Get a load board subscription and dive into it. Again, do not try to run all lower 48 states or you will never learn anything of value about a handful of specific lanes. Run a region of 15-20 states or less and learn those lanes like the back of your hand.
     
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  10. Big John61

    Big John61 Bobtail Member

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    Hi Dan yes they got all what do you need .Just call them a you will see. Its very friendly family dispatching company. You are the BOSS and they will dispatch you how you want
     
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