Freight out of Montana?

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  1. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

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    Gotta find the niche we never pulled a load below $2.55 pm + fsc. I moved back to Texas my buddy still pulling it as well as 4 other trucks going west weekly
     
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  3. bzinger

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    I hear ya ....montana was cool but hard to make a living there .
     
  4. Long FLD

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    There’s decent stuff out there that doesn’t make the load boards. Vault toilets, decorative and private driveway bridges, structural steel. Things like that. But it would be tough for someone to get their foot in the door unless they were looking to be out there a lot.
     
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  5. Gumper

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    I run it every day. Naturally I won’t tell you where the money loads are since that’d be like kicking myself in the nuts right before you do. Mostly there’s scrap metal coming from every large town around the state that goes to Billings, Boise or into northern Utah. Tarped lumber loads from Missoula to everywhere. You’re not going to make any money on those loads though. Expect $1.20-$1.80 mile. It’s better to just not truck to Montana. Ever.
     
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  6. stayinback

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    THIS- is the reply I was looking for

    Good freight- Never seeing any board anywhere,ever- From Smaller manufacturing companies in town- Not out in the fields.
    Very,Very Hard to get- Even the megas with their Hopscotch sales punks couldn't get it.

    Even push out the sales slobs over at Mercer and Landstar.

    So Who gets it?? The Quiet, Relaxed,Tenurized carrier with 20-30 trucks, Running a no-nonsense operation with union style motives....
     
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  7. stayinback

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    So,If I told you I could Get Asphalt Shingles and Plastic drainage pipe out of Bozeman and Belgrade going east and southeast- You'd Call me crazy?!?
    Would those happen to be any secrets?

    How about palletized nuts and bolts out of Butte heading to stores for a lil LTL action??

    55 gallon Drum Non Hazmat Outta Billings going East or West?

    I call it quality out of a tough area, Work Very Hard- You can get it- Which you probably do......

    Hey,I look at it like this- I Get 100's of fellow carriers coming here to Chicago looking for ND,MN,ID,MT freight daily- Works Both ways- Cant come grab our stuff,without us grabbing yours.........
     
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  8. Gumper

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    I usually only run MT, ID, WY, UT, eastern WA, and the Dakotas. In a cutthroat business like this in a rough area like Montana there are no friends to be made. I’ve learned this by trying to help other guys out while getting #### on in return.
     
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  9. skellr

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    Lumber or dirt out of WY... ... ...
    You need to cover the cost of leaving before you go in. :)
     
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  10. Gumper

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    Yeah it’s pretty rare to go to Wyoming. I’ve hauled pipe that paid pretty well out of there before.
     
  11. Long FLD

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    It’s been like that for a long time. The maxi guys stick together and will trade work, the truckload guys try and steal work from each other.
     
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