Dry van trailer shortage

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  1. Cat sdp

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    I waited 7 months for a refrigerator……

    just in time delivery has gotten out of hand.
     
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  3. slow.rider

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    Swift and Ryder sell trailers off their websites too.
     
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    Might be worth going with a cheaper built trailer like utility just to get one.......if you can even get one from them. The good ones, Great Dane, Hyundai....good luck.
     
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    Last Friday, I called the local Utility dealer in Burr Ridge, IL. They don't take any orders now as they don't have any delivery leads from the factory. I was told to call again in a few weeks to see if I can place an order. The pricing is still unknown but you can't exclude the possibility of upper 30s, if not 40K for a brand new. Aluminum and lumber prices went up. If anyone wants a brand new, once you placed the order, then you need to look at the first quarter of 2022. Unless things cool down by then and orders will be cancelled.
    I bought mine in December 2016 for 31K. My original plan was to trade in for a new one or a reefer when I have the title. This way, I would not deal with the inevitable maintenance of the roof, floor, suspension. Once the the trailer starts leaking, then this is the worst and an endless problem. Floor condition and the intact roof are the key elements of reliability.
    Who would have known that dry vans would be such a scare commodity out of all the things that you can think of equipment wise?
     
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    There's your answer. Thanks for the info bud. Lumber quadrupled in price I'm sure aluminum is just as inflated. .
     
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    Funny how lumber prices have skyrocketed yet their rates haven't in my area. Trash freight and trash rates yet über high value on the store shelves for consumers.
     
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    With lumber price up, less people are buying, which means there's less shipping. Entire swathes of houses are sitting half-built, waiting for lumber prices to drop.
     
  9. TallJoe

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    On the other hand, one could think that those lumber mills would increase the production but the workers to do labor may not be available. Not particularly easy and light job. I guess for the young generation of so called working class it is better to sit and collect unemployment than do that job. Or maybe not enough population in those forest areas...? I hear there are millions of destitute campers living in tents in Seattle area, why don't they all go and fill in those jobs? Asking rhetorically.
     
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    Wholesale lumber prices have been falling sharply lately as post-pandemic production ramps up. Wholesale lumber is off 40% in the past month and lumber futures are down over 50%.

    You hear wrong. There's only like 4 million people in the whole area. Thousands of homeless maybe, not millions. And many of them already have jobs, while many others have mental illnesses which preclude them from that type of work. Answering nonrhetorically.
     
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    I used 'millions' parabolicly. Not my fault they are mentally ill or can't afford rent. I may sound like a heartless SOB but I would not want them to camp near my house or business place. There should be organized and managed sites on the outskirts of the city.
    I don't know a squat about lumber business...I just offered a humble suggestion. I thought since they camp already, maybe working in forests would be ok.
     
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