BURNT OUT!

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by FREEBRD, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. FREEBRD

    FREEBRD Medium Load Member

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    Been doing this since 2005! have never really made any good money! economy has been bad!
    havent been on the road all winter! usually take it off because flatbed rates get so low its not worth the effort!Seems like the effort is not worth the trouble! Every day you gotta talk to a bunch of cheapazz brokers! Before you can find a decent load.
    Also since ive been trucking i have no life! if you like being lonely i guess it would be ok! when i went out it usually had to be 2-4 weeks.
    My health has went to sh--! Im depressed all the time worrying about my next move!
    DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THESE PROBLEMS? SEEMS TRUCKING IS A HARD LONELY LIFE! WITH A BUNCH OF DOWNSIDES.....
     
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  3. superpet39

    superpet39 Road Train Member

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    I think you said it best: you're burnout on the OTR life. You think its time for you to try and find a local gig?

    good luck nonetheless
     
  4. Voyager1968

    Voyager1968 Road Train Member

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    I think you have to be really comfortable being by yourself for a large portion of your day to be able to tolerate the OTR lifestyle. If you are a person who needs to interact with other people regularly, it can be tough out on the road. Most of a driver's time will be spent in "solitary confinement".....that is, driving down the highway by yourself. The only interaction with other people will be at shippers/receivers and at the truck stop eating dinner. Those can be a crap shoot as many shipping/receiving clerks have the personality of a garden slug, and at the truck stop restaurants you may or may not be able to strike up a conversation with another driver.
     
  5. Hardlyevr

    Hardlyevr Road Train Member

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    I don't quite understand how you can be burned out from something that you say you have not done all winter!
     
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  6. goblue

    goblue Road Train Member

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    sorry man, everyone has feelings admit it or not. when i went through my divorce about 6-7 years ago i think i hit them all, hate, depression, self worth, felt ripped off, etc.. i personally found exercise helped a lot, slowing down, eating better. I just started OTR with Roehl. Roehl has a ton of drivers out there and if I see one at a stop i talk with them. I talked to a swift guy the other day too, we were both waiting for cons to open. we had a nice conversation. I'm sure theres plenty of guys that don't want to talk but I think there are plenty that if they have time will spend a few minutes with you especially if they know you are troubled. things will get better!
     
  7. FREEBRD

    FREEBRD Medium Load Member

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    I take of every winter ! But i dread going back! Because i hear rates are still @2.00 or less!
    Ya no! If i could get up each day and get a decent rate without going through all the brokers and getting to an area were i got 2 bucks going in then @1.40 coming out! There would be less stress ~! Not to mention all the rules and regulations being thrown at us!
    Then ifta, kyu, 2290, ucr! Etc. Etc
    sometimes its overwhelming!
    Sure! I would like to get back out there! Just not in the same climate that its been ever since i been at this!
    Every year i get on here! You here oh boy! This is going to be a good year! Well, guess what! Bs! Its always the same! Never changes! I go hi broker goes low! And most broker dont give a care! They no some smo is going to haul there $1.50 frieght!
    Only thing that makes a difference is if u can find a direct shipper and bypass the broker! Which is almost impossible with 1-truck. Which i have but nowere close to were i live.
     
  8. Dna Mach

    Dna Mach Road Train Member

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    Precisely why I have never stayed out longer than 10 days, ever. Now I rarely spend 4 or 5 nights in a row in the truck. No time to get burned out, I get the load out and reload for home. Always looking forward to either home or getting back on the road.
     
  9. windsmith

    windsmith Road Train Member

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    I've averaged $2.54/loaded mile and $2.21/total miles to the truck since 1/1/2013. That's on 18718 loaded and 2761 empty miles. Dry van.
     
  10. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

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    I've been there. It's one of the reasons I leased to Landstar. It's really nice to look at the board or get load alerts with rates so I don't waste my time. It's not for everyone, but my margins are better than when I had my name on the door and the hassle and stress is way less. I also rarely sleep in my truck! I doubt they are your solution as they'd require an EOBR, but maybe a similar deal might be worth it.
     
  11. greendot7

    greendot7 Bobtail Member

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    Well tell us who's your brokers? Please!!!
     
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