Cost per mile ton run reefer

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by mesh, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. mesh

    mesh Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Hi guys can someone tell me what cost per mile to run a truck and reefer with a company driver getting 38-40 cents per mile what's the rule of thumb for wear and tear fuel ins plates ??

    Thanks in advance
  2. DMH

    DMH Medium Load Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    Thats a tough one. It all depends on tractor cost, trailer cost and so on and so on. Big companys buy things at steep discounts so they have it better than a o/o. Do a search on costs and you'll see wide range.
  3. mesh

    mesh Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2010
    thanks DMH what i am trying to figure out what i should run my trucks at what loads i should accept per mile rate i was thinkink my cost for my truck driver wear and tear insu plates my cost is around $1.50/mile whould you think that is acurate ??
  4. ShortBusKid

    ShortBusKid Heavy Load Member

    Dec 5, 2010
    Republic of Texas
    Sounds low with fuel at near $4. If your getting 6MPG and fuel is $4 a gallon your fuel cost alone is over .66 per mile. $1.50 - .66 only leaves .84 for everything else.
  5. DMH

    DMH Medium Load Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    Well do a search because theirs tons of info on here. I dont know what payments you have and so on so you could be right or wrong. add every thing up and divide it by a fair milage number and that will get you close. 1.50 a mile isnt enough though
  6. PMiller

    PMiller Bobtail Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    Elizabethtown, Pa
    I don't know what your exact payments are but I will use mine to give you a idea of what you should look at. I use $5 fuel and 2500 miles a week to get my base numbers.

    Truck payment $.08 a mile
    Trailer payment $.08 a mile
    All insurance $.09 a mile
    fuel $.90 a mile
    Maintenance $.20 a mile
    Tags $.02 a mile

    This only takes in to account all know, set costs. You would need to also add something for breakdowns. I don't know your specific situation but this is what I came up with. Again, these numbers are what you need just to break even and keep the truck running. There is nothing in there to put in your pocket.
  7. MNdriver

    MNdriver Road Train Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    Listing these expenses:

    Authority Escrow
    Truck / Trailer
    Health, Life, SD, LD
    Maint Escrow
    Misc Maint
    Load Boards/Prepass

    Which include theses escrow catagories:

    IFTA Taxes
    Authority Escrow

    Drug/Alcohol Testing
    2290 Tax
    Vehicle/load Insurance
    IFTA Filing/license
    Permits -
    Standard Plate -

    And these maint costs

    Oil Change

    and paying the cheap ### wage to myself.

    Break even is $1.49 per mile at 2600 miles per week.
  8. donkeyshow72

    donkeyshow72 Light Load Member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Omaha, NE
    What do consider cheap wage? I pay myself $0.40 just to fly under IRS radar
  9. MNdriver

    MNdriver Road Train Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    $2500 per month. It's all I need to cover the bills at the house along with the Fiance` wages and also give us $500 extra each month.

    It also does not include any payment from a FSC.


    with $30K financed for a truck and trailer for about $650/month.

    With a $2000 truck payment, that number goes up to about $1.62/mile.
    donkeyshow72 Thanks this.
  10. TheRoadWarrior

    TheRoadWarrior rocking-n-rollin again

    Dec 6, 2011
    South West
    if your gonna run a reefer you better get atleast a min of $1.85. Remember you have added weight with a reefer unit...added cost with reefer fuel..and added cost to your maint account for reefer repairs.. I wont run a reefer load for under $2.00 a mile and the brokers i have worked with for over 20 yrs know that... My FSC just went up to 51 cents per mile or on say a 1500 mile trip around $800 bucks added on to the rate... ya cant cut yourself short because you just never know these days..
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