Hopper, Dump O/O's & Drivers

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

  1. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    Doing ok. Been plenty busy but winters coming on. Haven't heard from you in a long time. How you been doing? Looked at your hopper FB but not sure how to talk to you there. I'm really not up on the FB stuff.
     
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  3. d o g

    d o g Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    kajidono Road Train Member

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    Wow, that is harsh. Never heard of that happening before.
     
  5. Big John

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    Doing good, been off of work since the 1st of the month and just recovering from hernia surgery. Wife is having a baby sometime with in the next few days we hope. Wrecked my truck during wheat harvest this year so I rented a little Freightliner day cab from Wichita and ran it for a month waiting on mine getting fixed. It seems like it is always something and just can't get ahead. lol. Picked up some local fertilizer accounts so I am adding one truck after the first of the year, a good friend of mine will be leasing to me and pulling my trailer. I will send you a message how to contact me on facebook. I also started another photo page called "Grain Elevators & Feed Mills" lots of elevator photos from all over.
     
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  6. Rodeoman7

    Rodeoman7 Light Load Member

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    Beets is almost done and were still trying to get thru silage. Defiantly tired of harvest season!
     
  7. TXSilverEagle84

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    LOL

    Whats silage? In our neck of the woods, the guys who pull hoppers hasn't had the luxury of hauling anything other that peas, wheat, barley and some other edible stuff.
     
  8. d o g

    d o g Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Silage is basically a chopped roughage. A lot of it is corn, but it can be any type of high-yielding hybrid sorghum, or even other grasses. It's high-moisture and really bulky - you won't be hauling any silage in a hopper.

    There's a lot of grain going into Houston for export, but it's normally been pretty cheap. I haven't done any of that in years, so I can't tell you any current information, but I would expect that it has only gotten worse.

    A lot of milo and some corn and other ingredients coming into the poultry complexes north of Houston - Nacogdoches, Center, etc. You can stay really busy during milo harvest running from Central Texas back to Tyson or Pilgrims Pride there.

    A lot of fertilizer comes into East Texas cattle country north of Houston - Buffalo, Crockett, etc. Nitrate from Yazoo, potash from Carlsbad. Those loads often have a decent seasonal rate.

    If you want to load fertilizer back out, there used to be phosphorus coming out of Houston - La Porte, actually. I think it was Occidental Chemical. Not sure if they still load out of there, or not.

    There are a lot of rice by-products coming out of ARI at Freeport to get you back out, too. A high-side trailer makes it easier to get a load of the really bulky stuff like rice mill feed or hulls, but you can get by with 78-80" sides if that's what you have.

    You'll just have to shake it down and walk it down to get close to a full load and throw a 2" strap over your tarp at the front and back. Really bulky, kinda like hauling midds - a real PITA. But, a lot of it goes to the feedlots in West Texas or New Mexico and sets you up good for loading potash back.

    It's always been pretty cutthroat around Houston as far as the straight grain hauling goes. Hauling some fertilizer or feed ingredients will give you an edge for survival with a hopper.
     
  9. Rodeoman7

    Rodeoman7 Light Load Member

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    To pull silage you either need a live floor trailer or dump trailer. Pays really well too if your willing to put your truck in the field
     
  10. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    Dang, was on hopper load website and a TQL broker was wanting hopper carriers.
     
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