I'll tell you what man...

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Mattflat362, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    ...if you have been a independent O/O for 3 to 5 years ++ and are still at it you have my highest respect. Owning these massive animals and running them as well as all of the back office crap makes you one of the hardest working people I know. Just wow....

    In hindsight....if I was young and starting over...the very first thing I would do....before ever buying a truck and running a load...would be buy a small building and hire a tech and run that as a separate business.

    Then I would get set up to stock and sell tires.

    Then I would become a O/O.

    It makes it much much more difficult and much more expensive when all of these things are separated.

    Rant over thanks for listening!
     
  2. Derailed

    Derailed Road Train Member

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    Have you had bad luck with tires? Noticed the name Mattflat
     
  3. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    Not really I guess same as everyone. Mattflat is for flatbed.

    5k in new tires and it only takes one load of improper inflation to take one out....and then the one next to it if you don't catch it....not even mentioning the roads that take them out!

    All of this....ALL of it...is beyond ridiculous.
     
  4. ast26909

    ast26909 Medium Load Member

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    Self-employed are the hardest working most productive people, on the opposite end the most lazy, most unproductive are government employees.
     
  5. Gumper

    Gumper Road Train Member

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    I agree that starting a repair shop first would be a great idea. Keeping trucks running is a giant pain in the ###. Seems like as soon as I get on a roll for loads I have a breakdown that costs me a week of time, and most the money that was made for the month. It’s a hard racket for sure.
     
  6. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    If the truck you are driving is that unreliable, why not replace it? I know that's no small expense, but if you are regularly losing entire weeks, that's a LOT of lost income that could buy a decent truck.
     
  7. Scooter Jones

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    That's right @Gumper get yourself a 2016 FL with over 700k miles on it like Farmer Bob and you'll be rolling in the dough in no time! ;-)
     
  8. Ridgeline

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    Taking care of your tires is easy with technology but cheap owners don't even invest in a good tire gauge, let alone a $500 tire monitoring system.
     
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  9. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    Are you saying that there is never a time when a truck costs too much, and should be retired?
     
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  10. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

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    You tell me. You've owned (buying) your own truck since January? What do you think?
     
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