Chicago Dump Trucks- Answering all questions!

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by SwiftKit, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. SwiftKit

    SwiftKit Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys, I have a few years of experience in hauling construction materials in Chicago (Dirt, stone, sand, clay, etc)

    If you're in the area and have any questions about the industry, pay, companies, etc Let me know and I'll answer! IMO Chicago dump truck drivers have the best pay out of ALL trucking jobs. Only jobs @ companies like Old Dominion, UPS, Saia have comparable wages

    Ask away, I'm here to help!

    Edit: if you also work in Chicago hauling dumps, stop by and say hi! Would like to network :)
     
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  3. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

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    Why don’t dump truck drivers ever use their tarps?
     
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  4. SwiftKit

    SwiftKit Bobtail Member

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    I can only speak on the construction side of things
    it's either out of laziness or they're just in a hurry and taking it on/off is just a hassle and slows the $$$ making process

    Zero need for a tarp if you're hauling something like dirt/clay

    Don't tarp a load of sand? You're going to cause a sand-storm on the e-way - def necessary

    Stone is usually loaded in a heaping pile, so it's practically impossible to unroll a manual tarp over it (electric tarps will work by going over the load)
     
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  5. Cat sdp

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    What a manual tarp you speak of.....? If your doing local construction work a manual tarp doesn’t cut it.....

    Northeast hourly rate for a trailer is $85- $115 . Most everything is by the ton tho....

    Rates out there...?

    Here you have to tarp everything. Even 6-12” erosion stone. Or get a ticket.....
     
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  6. Manuallaborer

    Manuallaborer Bobtail Member

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    Are you familiar with Harry's Motor Service in Summit? Are they still trucking?
     
  7. SwiftKit

    SwiftKit Bobtail Member

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    5 years ago, $85 was very common after commission (10% commission paid to company providing dispatch for the work)
    Today $100/hr is normal, and if you're working directly with an excavation, construction, or demo company you can see as high as $115.A company I know managed to seize union construction jobs, and they were getting paid $150/hr per truck (insane) while the trucks just sat around all day and maybe did 1-2 short 50 mile runs.

    Only in one Chicago suburb, specifically Thortons, you can and will be ticketed. Everyone tarps when going there, as that's really the only place that is known for enforcing it.

    This is an example of the manual tarps you see around here. Cheaper, and allow for clearance of electrical lines as they roll out, as opposed to electric tarps which are raised an easy 10+ feet in the air
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    I'm familiar with the area but not Harry's
     
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  8. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

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    HA! You know, to show how sheltered some folks are, my neighbor, in her 70's, never left the small town we live in, never heard of Jimmy Hoffa OR the teamsters. With respect to the OP, I ran a lot of Windy years ago, and Chicago dump trucks, all R model Macks with fenders flapping from multiple steer tire blowouts, pulling frame less dump trailers, were the absolute bottom of the barrel. The punishment those Macks took, firmly established , in my mind, the toughest trucks ever made. Once, in a rare Chicago traffic jam,,,,,,I was next to a R model Mack dump T/T,( fenders flapping) this guy floors it, and big chunk of soot blew out the stack and across my hood. I bet it ran better after that.:eek: I hope that image has changed some.
     
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  10. SwiftKit

    SwiftKit Bobtail Member

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    That's unfortunately way before my time
    :D so....i wouldn't know ;)

    Yea, you'll find some of the worst maintained trucks here. I wouldn't be caught driving next to & matching speeds with a dump truck on the highway here! The vast majority are **** boxes!
     
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  11. Gambino1994

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    OP sounds like a D driver, loves to talk about how they know everything
     
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