Do you OTR reefer guys really make a good living?

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by Rockdoctor, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    WOT? lol.
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  3. firecat137

    firecat137 Bobtail Member

    Feb 6, 2019
    PA to Cali make a round in 8 days.Have 6 days off. Paid off the speedometer. get paid for every pick and drop. Truck is serviced,washed and loaded,oh and paper cost health insurance.60,000 grand
  4. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

    Aug 19, 2012
    I think I understand what you mean, but to discount an entire industry as a place to become wealthy is just plain wrong.

    Your statement may be correct about most drivers or owner ops, it is certainly not a correct statement about every driver or owner op. In the job climate we are in today even someone with very limited experience can get a roughly $100,000 a year job with an LTL carrier or similar company. Those who do not live beyond their means and over many years invest a reasonable percentage of their income in good mutual funds in their 401k, can easily become a millionaire many years before normal retirement age. A millionaire is not what it once was, but it is very possible to have several million by normal retirement age. No one is going to hand it to them and it will take having a long term vision of 30 or more years, but it is very possible. We do live in a microwave society and many people don’t have the long term vision, but not all of us are like that.

    I also know several small to medium fleet owners who started 30-40 years ago as a one truck owner op. If you think some of these people aren’t multi millionaires you better think again. Yes some fleet owners may be up to their eyeballs in debt, but not the ones I am speaking of.
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  5. VantaiTatted

    VantaiTatted Light Load Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    I drive about 340-350 miles a night 4 nights a week(Every other night ) home every morning and I deliver milk to Walmart’s. I gross about 65-70. It’s overnights and the schedule is weird but I get benefits 401k and the pay is alright. Now I am sure there are guys in the oil fields who make a lot more than that and I’d love to give it a try but I live no where near any oil fields lol.
  6. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Exactly right. I know a few of those guys. They don't look rich and they don't act rich and most of them are still involved in trucking.
    They made their bucks by hard work, smart thinking, and working their butt off.
    They might complain occasionally but you never hear them whine.
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  7. 2 CHAINS

    2 CHAINS Light Load Member

    Sep 8, 2018
    Who cares . When Obama was President it probably was true. Now that Trump is Pres and he opened up and dereg oil companies the opposite is prob true . Who cares
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