Hopper, Dump O/O's & Drivers

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by wheathauler, May 31, 2009.

  1. bullhaulerswife

    bullhaulerswife Forum Leader/Admin Staff Member Administrator

    Jul 23, 2007
    Wow, a glory load, huh? So was it dry? Did it go to a feed place, or what. I'm curious. LOL
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  3. farmermatt

    farmermatt Light Load Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    Lowry City, MO
    a friend of mine used to go up there (Atchison) and get a load for himself every couple of weeks and never really complained but otherwise i don't know
  4. HwyPilot

    HwyPilot Medium Load Member

    May 31, 2008
    Northern Georgia
    It was dry - and odorless (nothing like DDG from what I've heard) and flowed like rice. Without looking at my notes, I'm almost sure that load went to a small family cattle ranch in Dime Box, TX.

    As with most of the loads I was hauling, I'm sure it paid decent at some point - just not by the time it got to me. Glad to hear yours might pay to move it! Still parked at the house here taking care of some family stuff - hope you're all keeping your rates ahead of fuel!
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  5. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

    Mar 10, 2009
    Hutch, Kansas
    Fuel is $3.09-3.19 around here. The rates aren't going up to absorb these increases, main reason being loads are getting harder to find. Usually for me now to first of year is pretty slow and Jan, Feb can be bad too.

    I've talked to some friends who haul for other grain companies and their loads have dropped also.
  6. cowdoc

    cowdoc Light Load Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    walnut ridge, ar
    Fuel was $3.05 here today. Got 1 of the trucks back today with a new gear. He also replaced the clutch while the tranny was pulled. He's got it adjusted where it has a bunch of free play and engages right on the floor. I hate that. Gonna have to readjust.
  7. 008

    008 Bobtail Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    North Central Texas
    Just found and joined this forum yesterday
    I pull a hopper TX NM OK KS AR TN NB O/O own authority
  8. Strider

    Strider The Info Monster

    Aug 30, 2010
    Kansas City
    Welcome 008,

    There are some good folks at the TTR forum. Here's to hoping you gain as much as you can add to the conversation. With your years in Trucking, I suspect that's a great deal....
  9. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

    Mar 10, 2009
    Hutch, Kansas
    Welcome. I think you will like the hopper thread and the other threads.
  10. dairyman

    dairyman <b> Hopper Thread Greeter</b>

    Oct 31, 2009
    Ky.,wait'n in line
    My clutch is the same way,doc,and i can't get used to it either.I feel like a dang rookie when i get stopped on an incline,crow-hoppi'n till it releases:biggrin_25513:,plus i'm afraid its about time for a 5th wheel rebuild kit:biggrin_25521:

    Welcome to the hopper thread,008.Look forward to reading your post.:biggrin_25514:38 years of experience:biggrin_25514:,thats a lot a good stories:biggrin_255:.

    Wheathauler,i hauled my last 2 loads of beans today so its back to the ddg,soy hulls and beanmeal for the winter i guess.I'm tired of these dusty suckers,but i'm sure i'll be missing them after kicking,beat'n,pokeing and shoveling ddg out:biggrin_25524:.Didn't i read a while back where i thought you said something about rebuilding your 5th wheel? How'd that work out? Mine is a Fontaine,so i may just try the rebuild kit,i don't think its ever been rebuilt.
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  11. highside

    highside Medium Load Member

    Feb 6, 2010

    Dairyman, if you've got a Fontaine, you're best bet is a rebuild kit. I had a Fontaine No-Slack II and I rebuilt it in about an hour. (That included steam cleaning the grease off of it) There are just 2 jaws and a couple of springs to replace. VERY simple. If you get the 5th wheel off, and discover that you need new rubber bushings in the pivot pins, I discovered that if you drill lots of holes into the rubber, it lets the bushings shrink in the bore and they come out ALOT easier than if you leave them intact.
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