Anyone have their own authority and pull containers?

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  1. Port Man

    Port Man Bobtail Member

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    Contract drivers with Mitchell Brothers, Inc. are at 90% plus FSC.
     
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  3. kidz bop

    kidz bop Medium Load Member

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    I never got my own authority to do ports I was doing ports as company driver.

    All I know is the ports of long beach has had lots of strikes, lots of companies pulling corrupt illegal practices to barely makes ends meet. this is includes running illegal dot violation trucks cause they are too poor to repair them, this includes hiring drivers and mislabeling them illegally as independent contractors. and more.

    so many small port companies went out of business and people lost everything, this was people who ran hard, who violated log hours to run more, people who never got accidents or tickets. they all went down under. it wasn't because lack of loads the ports are always running.

    the pay for the ports i'd assume is too low. lots of driver's went on strikes at the ports, even this year it happened. but also happened for many years prior. you had truckers whining about not able to make truck payments while still working 60 plus hours a week and stuff.

    so with that information, i'd be concerned about having own authority as port driver. i think the small companies don't realize is the ports are your customer, and they can just pick the cheapest carriers, and overtime this drives wages down and down and down, until most of the driver's need to go on strikes to wake up the government. it's not the ports they need to whine too, the ports just pick lowest prices. the market collapses on it's own without government watering the plant known as trucking industry. you let customers and trucking companies settle it themselves then over time the drivers the real workers will get the short end of the stick, which isn't how it should be done.
     
  4. Bootwookie

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    Did you ever find more info on DrayNow? I seen the same thing and was curious.
     
  5. ChicagoJohn

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    I know someone who was looking into them, but I haven't heard anything back. I'll follow up with him and see if he signed up with them.
     
  6. tnpete

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    I have to ask, Will they not allow you to use a flatbed to haul these? I know a few people that have drop decks. With container locks on it. That would sure save the high priced rental. Plus know your trailer is not falling apart.
     
  7. ChicagoJohn

    ChicagoJohn Road Train Member

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    MT cans, sure. Not loaded ones, unless it's a light load.
     
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  8. tnpete

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    So the cans weight 48 to 50,000 each? Never pulled them so that's the reason I'm asking.

    Also is there a chassis that can pull both 20's and 40's? Seen a long with with a 20 the other day.
     
  9. ChicagoJohn

    ChicagoJohn Road Train Member

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    There are chassis that can pull both 20 & 40, although the customer will need a longer dock plate. There can be quite a gap from the end of the canb to the back of the chassis.

    Wright is all over the board. I've pulled 20'S that had 45,000 in them and 40's that had 10,000. Unless you've got container locks, I'm not even sure some rail yards will even lift the box on. I'm not 100% certain, but if my memory is correct, the mt can weighs about 7500. So yes, a 40 can easy weight 50000+
     
  10. Hark

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    I'm an owner operator out of Chicago and I'm looking to move to savvanah ... I have intermodal experience... Looking for decent work down there . Any advice ?
     
  11. Rightlane76

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    Did you hear anything about draynow yet
     
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