Is it possible to make good money hauling containers (intermodal)?

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by Byrds Eye View, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. 4noReason

    4noReason Road Train Member

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    wat do u guys do. bcz i feel like nothing beats container rates. show me a dry van place that gets u home in chicago that pays more.
     
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  3. Ruckie

    Ruckie Road Train Member

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    Come to the chemical side!!
     
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  4. Shawn19

    Shawn19 Light Load Member

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    Not from what i see too many truckers that why rate are so low you better off working for a company then running your truck but that the way i see it.
     
  5. nkytrucker

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    Well, I did it anyway. And, quite frankly, I'd never work for another company as a driver again. I left driving a heavy wrecker for this, so I have a pretty high standard of autonomy and income requirements. The best paid local drivers in the area make about half what I'm used to bringing in, and I've managed to match, if not beat, that pulling cans. Not tooting my own horn, either. There's quite a few making more than me. I'm learning real quick that in local drayage, it's about work ethic and hustle. If you want to come in a 8, work till 5, and stand around the rails jawing with other drivers, work for someone else. If you've got drive, though, buy a truck, lease on, and cash out.
     
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  6. Shawn19

    Shawn19 Light Load Member

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    Well that's great i hope you are right i drove along with a driver today to see what it like pay wise i don't see it i can't run my own rig for that kind of money
     
  7. nkytrucker

    nkytrucker Bobtail Member

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    I'm leased on, so no liability insurance or authority, no sales/credit risk/slow pay, and I'm grossing around 3k/wk. After fuel, around 2200 or so. Not bad considering I'm home every day by 5 pm at the latest, usually around 3, and off on weekends.
     
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  8. Shawn19

    Shawn19 Light Load Member

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    That actually pretty good 2200 after fuel an local around here it about $200 to $300 a day after fuel i can't run my rig for that but there alot guys here running there rig for nothing.
     
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  10. Mailman85

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    I'm thinking about buying a truck and running the rails in Chicago ive worked the rails before but as a company driver do you think I'd be a good move here? Not trying to get rich just a decent living and a decent tractor unit
     
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