Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by hawkman01136, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. hawkman01136

    hawkman01136 Bobtail Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    ocala, Florida
    How much longer can the O/Os pay the high fuel prices? How can you be makeing any money? What would happen if the trucks just stopped moving? Do you think congress would take notice and maybe cap the fuel prices. There is talk about caping interest for home loans that are going belly up! I think something like that happened back in the late 70s??? I have a friend that payed out over $600 for fuel in one day for just one of his truck and he runs local not over the road. The oil companys are getting fatter by the minute off the back of the working public. Just me thinking out loud:biggrin_25513:Be safe out there
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  3. MedicineMan

    MedicineMan Road Train Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Woodville, TX
    COngress couldn't do it ow if they wanted to. Bush wouldn't sign it and there isn't enough people to get the over ride.
    You just wait. i think we are in for $4 gallon easy coming soon. At 5mpg that is. $.80 cents per mile just for fuel
  4. 7mouths2feed

    7mouths2feed "Family Man"

    Nov 29, 2007
    Jacksonville, AR
    I hope your wrong! But I'm sure you won't be. Bush has to fatten up his pockets while he can before he is retired from office. He would never allow a cap unless every OO shut down on strike and thats not going to happen, theres no way to unify it. Even with unions there will always be someone waiting to fill the shoes left empty. America is allowing itself to be eaten from the inside out. We will be in the same position Russia is in soon or more closely to our means of government look at the fall of the Roman empire. My guess is less than 20 years. I feel sorry for my kids and future Grands. We have allowed the government to control the people instead of the way it was designed to be......a government for the people, by the people.
  5. MedicineMan

    MedicineMan Road Train Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Woodville, TX
    well it will never happen on that scale but when enough companies go out of business they rates will HAVE to go up. Then the costs will finally be passed to the consumer. I'm not predicting a great recovery or anything, I doubt it will be much more then to just allow us to stay in business. Nobody cares how well we live as long as the food and hummers get delivered.
  6. tiledood

    tiledood Light Load Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    Heartland, Florida
    If LaRouche is right, it could be this year. I too feel bad for the inheritors of our complacency.
  7. BGatot

    BGatot Light Load Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Minneapolis MN
    It's hard to fathom that fuel prices have gone up so much and trucking fees hasn't. Certainly in other industry where the #1 raw materials have gone up a similar amount, the prices would've gone up by now. But when trucking fees gone up someday, prices for nearly everything else will have to go up too! Then truckers, finding it hard to live at the then higher prices would've had to increase fees again. Then prices for everything else will go up again... Can you say, spiraling inflation?

    Gosh, I'm glad I'm not in charge of the economy right now. Wouldn't know what to do. Bernanke will soon have white hair too, not just his beard.
  8. Carolina_Beaver_Teaser

    Carolina_Beaver_Teaser Light Load Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Mooresville , NC
    YES, fuel is high. But all you guys have forgotten the most important part of the equation.......WE ARE IMPORTANT ot the movement of goods threw out the US and CANANDA.
    Right now as we post, average for produce and other food goods through brokers (none the less) is around the $1.95 (PER MILE) RANGE AFTER FEES.
    Now, of course those are average rates. ( not bad for average if you are not in a fuel guzzling small wiener truck)My projected fuel costs based on $4.00 per gallon Diesel is .59 cpm. how about you guys with those Petes 379 and KW W900's (and by the way that is actual,at posted highway speed on average.) Kinda gives new meaning to the old phrase of" All show, and NO go!!" Now doesn't it?
  9. Burky

    Burky Road Train Member

    Well, I am certainly impressed. If he paid 600 dollars for fuel at the current price of around 3.50 per gallon, then he bought 171 gallons of fuel. And if he gets 5 mpg, he managed to get in 857 miles running locally. If he got 6 mpg, then he ran 1028 miles that day in his truck. For running locally, working a legal 12 hours maximum, that's pretty good. He would have had an average speed of just over 85 mph at 6 mpg, but only ran at 71 mph if he got the 5 mpg. not much traffic or many traffic lights in town I guess!

    Maybe a little bit of that fuel was still in the tank the next day and he spread the expenditure of that 600 dollars over a couple of days, not just one.
  10. poppy

    poppy "I Love that Cushaw Pie"

    Jul 31, 2007
    may not have to haul much anyway. i know farmers may just scale back, rather than just put it all back in diesel fuel. i know i won't run a tractor much this year. fuel prices last year were tuff.

    i would say the big companies are licking their lips. most o/o that go bust won't or probably can't buy back later, and the biggins will pick up the freight, i think that is why we don't hear much worry about fuel prices from the big movers.
  11. Burky

    Burky Road Train Member

    Well, maybe ol' Lyndon is correct. After all, just think of the odds. He has consistently been wrong on everything else in his entire life, so the odds of him being right about one thing keep getting better and better.

    And, he is the only nutjob out there that is able to make Ron Paul look like a good choice for anything.
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