How much do container haulers make? Would like real numbers.
Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by SteveScott, Oct 13, 2021.
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In texas we avg 80mphBakerman Thanks this.
One thing we can haulers deal with are crappy tires. If you encounter me on the interstate, if I'm pulling a loaded container on a pool chassis, unless it's a super light load or the temps are below 40 deg., I rarely go over 67 mph (my truck is gov. at 81 mph), even with a light load on a cool road, I'll still rarely exceed 70 mph, if I'm empty and coming home, I'll be doing 80 mph. If I'm empty heading to load, depending on where I'm going and what I'm loading, I probably won't go over 70 mph, just because I want to make it home. We've been running a bunch of tire loads from Denver to SLC the last couple week, even though they are light loads, I'm maybe 50K gross, I'm still doing 70 mph max loaded, but the last two loads, coming back empty across I-80, I'm searching for speed records, simply cause I want to get home.
There are places where finding someone to work on a split rim is impossible, and finding a 10.00 x 20 tire and tube can be almost impossible, not to long ago, one of my coworkers sat for 4 hours while the repair service searched for someone, then it was another 6 hours before they could get to him. We ended up calling the repair shop, telling them the driver was limping to a hotel (he was in a day cab) 20 miles away so he could take his 10 while waiting.
It was so bad this last summer, we made the decision that any loads over 38K, going more than 100 miles, while be hauled using one of our 3-axle chassis, we explain to the brokers that due to tire issues, it's too dangerous for drivers to haul that heavy of a load on a standard chassis. My boss has modified our rates for doing this, charging flat fees instead of normal rates, but the reality is it gives us drivers a peace of mind, one that we'll make it, and two that if we have a tire issue, the tires are a common size radial and easily replaced.
Earlier this summer, I had a 44K load that came in on a 40' container, the chassis it was loaded on, 7 of 8 tires were low on air, when we started to air them up, we noticed the tube liners were rotted and cracking and two of the tires had tread separation, not enough the pool would replace them, but enough that they would fail. The load was going from Denver to Cavalier, N.D., simply put, there was no way that chassis would survive the trip, we ended up trans loading it to our regular van trailer. My boss took pics of the junk tires and liners and emailed them to the guy that runs the chassis, he simply shrugged his shoulders.mp4694330, Speed_Drums, TallJoe and 2 others Thank this.
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kylefitzy Road Train Member
- Aug 12, 2007
just curious because I don’t know how that side of the business is, the only containers I haul would be “a bit” over height on a regular chassis.Midwest Trucker Thanks this.
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- Feb 19, 2012
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wis bang Road Train Member
- Jan 12, 2011
We have learned to still use a pool chassis when forced to go to the railheads here.Speed_Drums and gentleroger Thank this.
Why is it so common that when an O/O claims to net $3k a week, many don't believe it? Seems like a low number to me as I net $25-2600 on a 5 day work week home daily as a Company driver.Pamela1990 Thanks this.
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