Before I commit, what would the Seattle area be like for an O/O home base?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by seamutt, Jun 15, 2021.

  1. seamutt

    seamutt Bobtail Member

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    I got some experience driving heavies decades ago in the Navy Seabees, though I'm afraid I will pretty much be starting fresh as a new CDL driver. And frankly, I'm now too old and too rich to want to be anything other than a retiree owner/operator with a hobby that pays - not become a junior fleet driver. So first, thanks very much to the group of posters here who constantly tell newbs that the O/O route absolutely can't be done by new drivers. But sorry, after doing much research, I've basically come not to believe you. However I am concerned about what markets may be like in different parts of the country. That is, what may be a good market for truckers in the industrial/low wage Southeast, may be a much tougher prospect in my home area, the Pacific Northwest (and I would generally want to drive only regionally here, not long haul).

    As I can't seem to log on to any of the load boards to check things out for myself without first having my DOT and MC numbers - my 'authority', is there anyone here who would be willing to provide me with a basic overview of what the freight market situation is like in the Pacific NW? If so, thanks.
     
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  3. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    I don't think anyone says it can't be done. Mostly what I see is people saying the income is low and the costs are high. Your $3k/month insurance bill won't go on vacation when you do.

    That aside, how it goes will depend on what you're pulling. With a dryvan, the bread and butter maneuver will be to run triangles, grabbing something to somewhere such as SLC or Denver, then whatever you can find to SoCal, and then back to PNW.

    That last leg, from SoCal home, will be where the big money is.
     
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  4. zinita17601

    zinita17601 Road Train Member

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    Having some experience and being a newbie are two different things old rich man,other than trying not to contradict yourself you need to learn how to be humble when asking a more experienced group of people for advice.
     
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  5. shooter19802003

    shooter19802003 Road Train Member

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    I know @D.Tibbitt is in that area and may be able to help.
     
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  6. RocketScott

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    I would not be looking in Seattle, or anywhere in the puget sound area to set up a home base. You could possibly set up on the east side of the mountains but it's still going to be expensive. There is no state income tax so they make up for that by raising all the other taxes
     
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  7. Chinatown

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    Most SeaBees are bullheaded. Even so, the Navy named a ship after one. One of my son's was EO2 when he got out.
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  8. slow.rider

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    One or two runs from LA to Seattle will cover all his extra taxes for the year. The rest is gravy. But I admit, finding parking near Seattle will be a challenge.
     
  9. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Word that scares me. Hobby. This isn't a hobby. Really not trying to come off as a dick but most likely you'll come out with less than you started with.

    What you have going for ya is the hard work and determination from serving all those years. Probably better than most people's work ethic
     
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    That’s a snap shot of right now.
     
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