Hauling different containers

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by liftedxlt, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. liftedxlt

    liftedxlt Bobtail Member

    May 31, 2017
    Hi everybody, I had a question about hauling different company containers of different sizes. Just bought a daycab and was looking to haul intermodal in the Chicago area. Ive done this line of work in the past but worked for Swift so they had their own containers
    My question is If im hauling all types of intermodal now, do I call the container company to get permission to haul that container or does it not work that way? Are chassis and containers free game to anyone who hauls all types? How would I get in contact with someone or a company to find intermodal loads to haul?
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I don't know about how.

    But what I do know is this from my container days. You are given a particular box to get. It really does not matter what size box that is. Until it's time to toss the large chassis and get a small one, container ports keep racks of all sizes of chassis. When you have the right chassis the box man will drop the box onto you.

    Get papers, inspection and so forth off you go.

    Your number one problem is constantly being overweight. You will need a standing permit for say 110,000 gross. And even that is not enough to defend against say a 140,000 pound ticket.
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  4. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    I don't think just anybody can haul a container, unless it changed. I had my own tractor leased to a company in Green Bay. Power only, it was called. He dealt directly with the shippers and set up pickups, deliveries, and chassis use, insurance( that was a biggie). He handled all the pay, which was fine by me. I think there's more to it. Damage was a constant concern. Many times, these crooks tried to charge damage to him, and the pre-trip at the yard was the only thing that saved us. Quite frankly, I'd never do it again, there's better places to put your truck, and tons of company jobs. Buying a truck today, and not having a good plan, and I don't consider intermodal a good plan, is foolish.
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  5. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    They load that is booked will be with such and such container, CSX example, when you give booking number, ask for a list, it’ll have like csxu123456-0 if its on list of available, grab it and go outgate.
    Make sure all lights work, tires up, flaps on, or when you ingate it later they’ll charge you regardless, they dont usually inspect on outgate.
    The way it works in memphis anyway
  6. striker

    striker Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Denver, Co
    You're best bet is to lease on with someone to get the hang of it, coming from Swift dedicated to general container hauling is night/day. To start, to get your SCAC code, you'll need to be part of IANA, you'll need specific insurance, interchange permission, a billing source to work with the chassis pools in your area.
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  7. fuelhobo

    fuelhobo Bobtail Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Anyone knowledgable on specifics with types of required chassis and per net weight hauled ? Company is starting their own transport side & I dont know all of everything on this yet
    Heres the scenario : loaded cans from the warehouse to the port terminals
    empties back
    Gross weights in the 98k range max
    40' high cube can & 40' chassis
    Drivers take these loads out with cans sitting on a
    4 axle chassis that weighs 8k the can weighs approx 8400 before any loading
    The truck is a 2019 day cab cascadia with a drop axle so 4 axle semi
    Is the 4 axle chssis necessary or does a 3 axle fairly compensate for any variances given the overall gross ?
    These are paper rolls FYI
  8. striker

    striker Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Denver, Co
    98,000 lbs Gross???? You're going to need a 4 axle chassis and probably a 4 axle tractor. Which ports are you running too? I can tell you that most 3 axle chassis are rated for 77,000 max GVWR.

    Cheetah makes a 4 axle chassis that weighs 7,300 tare, it's rated 75,000 GVWR. If you are running those types of weights, you might also want to look at specialized heavy haul chassis that Chassis King makes, they are designed to handle 40/45/48 super heavy loads on a 53' chassis with 4 or 5 axle configuration, including a quad axle with one steerable, some of these are specially designed to handle upto 105,000 GW.
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