Is Class B expediting the way to go?

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by prisonerofthehwy, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    Experience can eliminate some of the deadhead and layover time by not accepting loads into areas known to have few return loads .
     
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  3. Sacred Feline

    Sacred Feline Light Load Member

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    I have been out of work for 6mths now and it is really starting to hurt money wise and I have been seriously condsidering driving expedited, I have 5yrs of OTR T/T experience. I like the idea of being able to be out for 3 weeks and home for 1 week..much better than T/T (If I could get a job pulling doubles again I would jump on it but that is not going to happen).

    My better half does not want to go out Teaming again so I need to make it happen on my own. There is no local jobs here available to me - at least thats what I am to think as nobody calls me back. Too many people looking for driving jobs I guess.

    I have no problem with layovers - provided that you can at least make some money...is this still possible given the economy right now..?? How much can I expect..? Any help would be great.

    Thanks.
     
  4. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    If you call the FedEx Custom Critical recruiter she will send you sheets showing full info on last year - miles per truck , percentage of availability , gross revenue , etc. This is further broken down to teams or solo and each classification of truck from cargo van to tractor .
     
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  5. Sacred Feline

    Sacred Feline Light Load Member

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    Thanks a lot for this info, I will contact them. I am pretty surprised that they would hand this information out freely but I guess they are being up front so there is no confusion about what you are getting into.

    I prequalified with FedEx Custom Critical back in '07 but went flat-bedding instead..yeah go figure that one ~lol~... Would probably been off with expediting, less work more money...I enjoyed Flatbed, just wish there was more money in it.

    Thanks again.
     
  6. RickG

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    FedEx Custom Critical does have a couple of flatbedders (actually one or two has a stepdeck) and they do very well .
     
  7. Badcable

    Badcable Medium Load Member

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    This is just an OBSERVATION!!! Usually, in my area (O'Hare airport, Chicago) the number of expediters at any given time is WAY down. Used to see 5-10 C or D units (vans, sprinters) and a handfull of A & B units. These days (Feb 09 onwards) I've only saw one panther A unit. It's the one I usually see on I90, a blue Panther t2000 usually heading west. Could also be due to the holidays + economy. I believe Caterpillar was one of the bigger customers locally, and they've really cut back recently. I'd highly suggest researching the main shippers that use expedite, and see how they're doing financially.

    This observation comes from a former class D expediter (E250 Van) that was doing alright up until November 2008 running in the Northern IL/Southern WI/Indiana/Ohio area. Have since sold my van, and am again looking for gainful employment : / Wish you the best, good luck.
     
  8. BlueHawk

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    ? for OTR500. How does that work having a 28'box and 96" sleeper? Unless it was a modified cabover, you'd have a truck that's over 40'. making it illegal in several states. Please explain this.
     
  9. letzrockexpress

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    There is rarely ever any appointment time in expediting. When you get there, as long as they are open, you generally are unloaded right away. They need the stuff you are carrying now, otherwise it would likely go LTL or truckload...
     
  10. ampm wayne

    ampm wayne Heavy Load Member

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    I agree with most of this post. One thing that can happen is the reciever can say they will FIT you in when they can if you do not have an appointment. HOPEFULLY THEY ARE IN NEED OF YOUR LOAD.
    Also,you can get in a situation where the shipper can be very slow loading you. Then they want it delivered on a time they promised the reciever.
    Expedite is a hurry-up and wait line of work. It takes a very patient and self-motivated driver. Lots of highs and lows.
     
  11. RedBird

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    Patience is the name game here! You can take a high paying load into an area that may not be so good for a return trip out, but if you're patient, and wait, you will eventually get something out of there, or your carrier will move you to another city that has better freight opportunities. I hear out west is bad for van freight, and down in Laredo area.
     
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