Flatbed and detention/waiting

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Wespipes, Jun 21, 2021.

  1. Wespipes

    Wespipes Heavy Load Member

    Jul 14, 2019
    Do yall wait around? I had a week 3 weeks ago. I had 27 hours of waiting to be loaded(multiple loads throughout the week). Of course got paid for only 5 hours of it. I've been debating just leaving these disrespectful shippers after 2 hours. Currently in Birmingham picking up iron pipes. Been almost 2 hours. Brokers freaking out that imma leave. Well your measly $30 a hour after 3 hours ain't worth my time. Just seeing what other owner ops in flatbed do
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    How the heck do you get to sit for 27 hours and only get paid for 5?

    I would not tolerate it as an owner, I would have told the shipper the truck is leaving, loaded or not.

    Had a driver wait for 40 hours this past February, the driver was there for 10 hours, and I got pissed when I found out. I called the consignee, went back and forth with the issue and told them I’m moving the truck out of there so she said what ever it takes and said to add drivers expenses to it, so they had a $6000 bill for detention and and $2000 expenses bill for that truck sitting on-site for 40 hours waiting. It was a 300 mile trip and it would have been easy to find another truck but they said they would pay and they paid.
  4. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

    Aug 31, 2018
    I’m not in flat bed but if it’s been a couple hours with no end in sight then then we’ve definitely left before. It’s like if your not going to respect our time, we’re not going to respect your load.

    When the market isn’t so good then it’s tougher to find a good replacement load and sometimes you just need to wait it out.
  5. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    I pull a hopper, they usually don’t pay detention on them but I got paid for 5 days sitting in TX, and I was unloaded on the 5th day.
    27 hours...Someone is keeping your money.:wave:
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  6. MLC Adventures

    MLC Adventures Light Load Member

    May 2, 2021
    I'm running flatbed because I'm impatient AF. Been lucky so far, and had to wait 45 minutes once to get loaded. Unloading has been done as soon as I arrive.

    Haven't pulled anything out of a BIG lumber or steel mill though, and have stayed out west so far.

    Not sure, but I bet I'll be asking questions at two hours, and leaving at three. For right now anyway.

    The advantage of a great market right now.
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  7. roundhouse

    roundhouse Heavy Load Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    My nephew does flatbed and he’s has to wait a couple of hours on each end on the other trucks in line ahead of him. Or wait on the operator to load the cargo.

    I wouldn’t sit for more
    Than a couple of hours if they are ignoring me .
    If there’s 8 trucks in front of you and they are working steadily to load or unload them . Well ain’t much you can do about that.
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  8. bamanation

    bamanation Medium Load Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Muscle Shoals ,AL
    I’ll wait if the shipper is working. If they are fooling around and not doing anything I’ll bounce. So far I haven’t had to leave but came real close about two weeks ago.
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  9. Aamcotrans

    Aamcotrans Heavy Load Member

    May 24, 2016
    Strasburg, Va
    Move up to over size. Other than ports I am typically loaded/unloaded in 20 minutes.
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  10. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    I pull an RGN and rarely wait.....the other day I was waiting an hour and I emailed the broker and told them I was giving shipper 30 more minutes....... I magically got loaded. Load was only going like 140 miles but, thats not the point.
  11. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    I loaded at Newport News port this morning, in and loaded within 30 minutes.... I cant speak for all ports but typically the ones I frequent im in and out pretty quick....Norfolk can be a mess but I never pick up there unless I can load at 0730-0800 because they take so many breaks and 2 hours lunches. I don't mind the breaks but the 11-1 lunch is crazy
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