Con-Way Owner/Operators

Discussion in 'Con-Way' started by Getstepn, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Starboyjim

    Starboyjim Road Train Member

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    In fact, I do quite a bit of work for both. They're OK as clients, and I can fuel and take my breaks
    at CWF. Free fluids!.I run an average around 58mph, more on longer pulls, and the JITploads are only
    dispatched at 51. No prob, usually. I agree about the o/o choice, but CNT has a lot of
    good company jockeys, too,
     
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  2. Getstepn

    Getstepn Light Load Member

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    Sorry for the response delay. Yes I am still pulling for Con-way and yes it s great. Truck gross through last week was $106,000 with roughly 51k net after ALL expenses. ( including maintenance and cosmetics not pulled out of maintenance acct..ie truck washes, oil changes, tires etc).
     
  3. 6 Speed

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    What is the purpose of becoming and O/O if you can't pick and choose where you travel?
     
  4. Getstepn

    Getstepn Light Load Member

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    Above advice is not entirely true. Refusing loads is completely within your right. Typically it won't effect your overall miles when averaged out. They will book freight for you out of an area even if you refused something they already had. BUT, THIS IS A CARD THAT SHOULD BE USED WITH BOTH RESPECT AND COMMON SENSE. If you set a load criteria that is very specific with no wiggle room and refuse anything that doesnt perfectly match that criteria then yes your miles can suffer. You have to look at it from a macro point of view. Some loads will yield money hand over fist and others will be scraping the edges of the jar to make money. I've refused loads and never felt "punished" for it. I can always point out all of the recent heavy loads or extra down time runs when I call to discuss a bad load. I don't start the conversation with, "I'm refusing this ish!" I call to discuss my concerns and find out first if it can be relayed somewhere or followed with something light or long. With any conversation it doesn't always go well, but I try. I've had issues with a few people where I got unnecessarily rude.....and I've called back later to say I was sorry. Its amazing how far you get when you conduct your business with ettiquite (sp?).
     
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  5. bwood2800

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    Well put. You write well, both organized and efficient.
     
  6. Getstepn

    Getstepn Light Load Member

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    I'm not sure how many Con-way contractors follow this thread. That said, I was wondering how your load weights have been looking lately. Have you noticed a frequency increase in 40k + loads? How do you handle them? I've typically subscribed to the logic that heavy balances out with light/medium and at the end of the day you need to average it out. I really don't set load criteria other than transit time. I figure that this is fair to the company and that it also means that I typically crank 3600 miles per wk. (YTD is 3579) However IMO, it feels like the weight have crept up and lighter has become a rarity. Its weird but lately I get happy at 36-38k. Perhaps the planners have realized I don't complain about weight and have somehow noted that? They seems to track everything else, so why not this too? Also it seems like every contractor I talk to claims they DON'T take anything over 40 and hardly ever anything over 36. Maybe its possible that their refusals have led the company to identify us that don't complain and in turn our average is up? Just a theory, but plausible.
     
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  7. JR OTR

    JR OTR Light Load Member

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    I think in any system where you work with a dispatcher / coordinator and a single load planner most of the time they get to know the trucks they put loads on. That being said, I would say 60-70% of the loads I've run this year have been under 20k. I had about 3,000 miles last week on two loads and didn't break 10k lbs on either of them! However, there are certain parts of the country where you can count on hauling heavy (Denver and Joplin area for instance) though there will occasionally be a lighter one find its way to your truck. Given that I spent 5.5 years hauling heavy-as-heck reefer loads its nice having a change of pace. Good luck, Jim
     
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  8. Starboyjim

    Starboyjim Road Train Member

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    So bitter. I have 160K with Conway Truckload, 32K company and the rest I/C. All good, no hidden fees, no negative DAC (no DAC whatsoever) and good income. Either way, one driver doesn't make a company.
     
  9. drivernick141

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    Hope this is working out for you, I just cleared 82cpm on my load, as an owner operator glad I left Conway.
     
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  10. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

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    A Con-Way Independent Contractor called in to the Kevin Rutherford podcast today and shared his numbers after a year.

    ~$1.45 revenue
    ~0.50 fuel
    ~0.30 fixed costs
    ~0.25 maintenance

    The net was $0.34/mile which KR said was pretty good all things considered. The maintenance costs included a new set of Michelin tires and $6,000 in emissions/dpf.

    The goal for next year was to get maintenance down to $0.14/mile to give the IC a net of $0.45/mile -- which is about what an experienced company driver earns with Con-Way Truckload after including accessorial pay (though the IC will own an 8 year old truck after ~2-3 years). And yet I'm seeing more and more Conway IC's on the road...
     
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