Dump Truck Business Start Up

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by Dash88, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. Dash88

    Dash88 Bobtail Member

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    Hey all,
    Truly new to the forum thing.
    I have an opportunity to start a dump truck company (owner/operated) in the MD/DC area. There is non stop construction all year around in the growing city so the demand is there. I wanted to know if anyone could give me some starting advice on...

    • GVW that I should be looking for to haul gravel (primarily)
    • How many axles should i be looking for
    • top 3-5 brands of trucks (but only if that type of info doesn't fall under Advertisement)
    • expected start up cost (including insurance estimate)
    • Hauling rates (weighed and hourly) for the MD/DC area
    • How to bid on contracts
    • what company's look for when hiring an Owner Operator
    • and any personal stories or advice on your dump trucking experience

    So as you can see, I am as new as they get! I am definitely doing my research before breaking open my piggy bank and committing. I say this is next years venture. I would like to just gather as much information from the internet as well as real life drivers with dumping experience. I'm looking for info on the good the bad and ugly so that i can make a clear decision as to if this is something I would like to do (as far as being an owner operator)

    Thanks in advance
    Dash88
     
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  3. GrizzlyCan2011

    GrizzlyCan2011 Light Load Member

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    So I don't start another thread about the same thing I'm also thinking of buying a dump truck out right and do side work when I'm not at my day job. I know dump truck insurance is around $500 a year but not sure about business insurance. Not sure how that works. I've just been stopping dump truckers on my regular route and asking about the business.
     
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  5. Dash88

    Dash88 Bobtail Member

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    Hey Grizzlycan2011,
    Congrats on deciding to look into the dump truck biz. Since we are both in the same boat as far as starting, any information that I find that I think may be helpful, i will be sure to post.

    5k a year sounds about right, I got an estimate of 9,600 a year. (possibly because im up north, and everything is ridiculously high up here)

    Please feel free to keep me posted on your progress.

    Dash88
     
  6. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    Hi Dash88, well, I spent a good portion of my career in dump truck work, and I can say, without reservation, it's truly the hardest type of work, truck wise. The places one goes, always hauling max weight, is extremely hard on trucks and tires and brakes, so repairs will be a constant issue. In my experience, the absolute best trucks for that type of work, is a Mack. Next would probably be Kenworth, and I've driven older Fords that were good trucks too. Good luck
     
  7. Dash88

    Dash88 Bobtail Member

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    [QUOTE="semi" retired;4123075]Hi Dash88, well, I spent a good portion of my career in dump truck work, and I can say, without reservation, it's truly the hardest type of work, truck wise. The places one goes, always hauling max weight, is extremely hard on trucks and tires and brakes, so repairs will be a constant issue. In my experience, the absolute best trucks for that type of work, is a Mack. Next would probably be Kenworth, and I've driven older Fords that were good trucks too. Good luck[/QUOTE]

    "semi" retired, Thank you so much for the advice.
    Im glad to hear that youve had such great success with those types of trucks. I have been looking at a few used trucks online and its becoming overwhelming. If you dont mind me prying for info,

    When you were dump trucking, what were you hauling?

    What type of warranty would you suggest on a Dump Truck?

    how did you go about charging clients (by weight or hourly)?

    How did you propose your contracts (or bid on contracts)?

    I am trying to be as realistic as possible in my thinking and planning as I research getting into dump trucking so thank you for taking the time to even respond....And i dig your signature
    'Been that, Done there"..lol
     
  8. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    Hi Dash, well, I was a company driver,late 70's, 80's & 90's,on and off, so I can't help much on the business end, but from what I remember, asphalt was by the hour, gravel and sand and grain were usually by the ton, and most were bid on contracts. Not sure of warranty, if it's a dump truck, you're probably good until you get out of the driveway of the dealer( not sure about that one), you'd have to check about that.
     
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  9. taxi2010

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    i had a post with the same info about 6 mths ago . some of the post will help u also with a few question. now how to look my old post up i don't know
     
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  10. Caterpillar Cowboy

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    Be prepared to break and tear a lot of stuff up on your truck, or keep it parked and not work it.
     
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  11. Dash88

    Dash88 Bobtail Member

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    Caterpillar Cowboy, I can only imagine the beating those trucks take, from non stop heavy loads to crazy mileage. The plan it to get an automatic. and I have a "go to" mechanic in mind. I'm hoping that constant tire changes, tarp replacements, etc will be all signs of steady and profitable work. Thanks for chiming in. Are you an owner and operator, if so, is there any advice you'd like to pass on as far a business start up. Any advice/ or personal experiences would be appreciated.
     
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