Booking Loads

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by swiff, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. swiff

    swiff Light Load Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    how do you guys book your loads do you book multiple loads days in advance? or do you wait until unloading before booking a new one?

    The reason I ask is that some receivers take some time to unload you, which can make one late for another appointment, so I am figuring it might be better to do I load at a time, after my driver unloads then I can search for a new load, I think I might get some crappy rate at that time but it seems like the safer thing to do so that I do not miss other appointments.
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  3. Nedrudt

    Nedrudt Light Load Member

    Nov 10, 2013
    Tucson, Az/Dublin, Oh
    Personally every time I've had a load booked to pick up after I drop off the load I have, something always goes wrong. First time my truck broke, second time the guy I was dropping off at refused to pay (crazy story), and the third time I got stuck waiting 6 hours to drop off my load and they cancelled the next load on me. Anymore I'd rather wait until I'm empty before ill book my next load. Usually that load you were looking at is still on the board along with a hundred others and there's more that just got posted.
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  4. rank

    rank Road Train Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    50 miles north of Rochester, NY
    What Nedrudt said
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  5. cpape

    cpape Desk Jockey

    Jul 15, 2010
    Dubuque, IA
    Completely disagree. Most open deck loads are not overly time sensitive. You can usually adjust a pickup appointment. It is usually pretty easy to guestimate how long it will take to get to unloaded and to the next pickup. If you get the feeling from the customer or broker that things are time sensitive, take a step back. That may not be the load you want to prebook.
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  6. swiff

    swiff Light Load Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    alright thanks for all your input guys I think I will agree with Nedrudt on this one.

    Thanks again, I got a lot to learn.
  7. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    I pre-book a lot of dry van loads. Sometimes as many as 3 in a day sometimes as many as 4 or 5 loads out into the week. Just depends on what I'm seeing. I can also kick back and book a load at a time as they come when I finish one. Key things here are I'm familiar with my lanes and many of the customers I go to have been there at some point or another. I also ask a lot of questions about loads that I've never done before. The brokers I work with regular don't spew bull #### about load details. I can read when I'm being fed some bs most times from brokers i don't know. Things going south and loads cancelling is a risk. Have had it happen a few times. Very rare for me to ever give anything back that i've booked can only recall that once in the past couple of years. You have to think things through, plan, and execute.
  8. kachup

    kachup Medium Load Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    If you got a good equipment and you are responsible and know what you working with, why not? Its all Judgmental decision. My business is open deck. I know my drivers are responsible and have great equipment, if anything feels weird they let me know ASAP, But 90% of the time they don't sit waiting for loads unless they are off loading has a late crane appointment or if the place is notorious to take their sweet time, when that happens book something for the next day. You should have an idea how long loading and off loading is going to take and know how long your DH is going to take to pick up the next one. If you work with agents, just ask if they are ready for you or when you get a rate sheet call the customer in advance and let them know you are coming and cant be sitting around. All great loads are easy and quick. Post your truck up agents will call you and you will have an idea with what you working with.
  9. BAYOU

    BAYOU Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    I find loads to pay better the father out it loads a load picking up Friday I find always pays better on Monday or late Friday. My day goes way better knowing where my next load is picking up get in get out and move on and if I'm waiting last min I'm watching the board 24hours before!
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  10. Aiken

    Aiken Light Load Member

    Aug 23, 2010
    Aiken, SC
    I am booking sometimes 3 loads ahead. all depends on area and price. stepdeck
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