Booking long distance loads

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  1. MWHauler

    MWHauler Bobtail Member

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    Hey what’s going on guys,
    I’m still new to trucking as an owner operator, and I was wondering if booking long distant loads are worth it. Saw a load that was 891 miles, pick up on Wednesday and drop off on Friday. The pay is $2800, after all expenses I profit $1500. I feel like I’m missing out opportunities to grab more loads. What do you guys think
     
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  3. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

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    That is not a long distance load. Not an unusual y high rate either. Stay local.
     
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  4. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    I would consider that regional not long haul. Most drivers consider 1400 miles plus long haul. Rate and mileage is ok, but not for having it on your truck for 3 days and for emptying out on a Friday.
     
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  5. zinita17601

    zinita17601 Road Train Member

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    Why does it cost $1300 to run 900 miles?
    It really depends on what you hauling and for whom,staying local can be more profitable,picking up and dropping off everyday but it can also mean longer wait times,missed appointments and lost revenue and more work if doing open deck.
    Imo mixing it up is the best option,position yourself for the best market and manage your time to work comfortably while meeting your costumers expectations
     
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  6. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    Seems like anything over 500 miles is a two day transit since ELD's therefore might as well be called a long haul. The rates seldom ever justify the lost extra day(s) you lose.
     
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  7. Ridgeline

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    I wonder what is on the back end, are you going stuck d/h back to civilization.
     
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  8. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    Probably because he included his cost to operate per mile ....not just $500 in fuel and 2300 profit
     
  9. CAPTransport

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    $500 for 900 miles? What in the fuel injector leak is going on?
     
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  10. zinita17601

    zinita17601 Road Train Member

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    6mpg truck,$3 per gallon:$450 fuel cost
     
  11. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    Insurance , truck/trailer payment ( if any ) , amortization , tolls , plates etc
    MWHauler knows better
     
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