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

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

  1. Mailman85

    Mailman85 Bobtail Member

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    Thinking about buying a unit and running the rails here in Chicago not trying to get rich just make a decent living in a decent tractor do you think it'd be a good move?
     
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  3. v6killer

    v6killer Medium Load Member

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    Do your home work on which Carrier you want to work for, What freight lanes you want to work in.
    Intermodal can be very easy work, that said. You got to remember equipment is 25+ years old that you'll be pulling down the road. Your biggest experience will be your truck maintenance, Most drive go broke or so far in debit, be for any money is made, because they don't have business plan in place.
     
  4. 77fib77

    77fib77 Road Train Member

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    Call them and ask. I had experience. Doing crude oil and oil water. Imo I think you need training. I don't know where the pay is now. Dry van pays good now, but it always increases and then drops slowly and then bottoms out.
     
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  5. Danny707

    Danny707 Light Load Member

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    Out here in the Ports of Virginia “Hampton Roads” drivers are making up to 2800-4000 a week and are home everyday. My cousin in Chicago makes 3500-5000 a week as well home daily. Obviously OTR van pays more but you can’t go wrong with a home daily runs. Owner operators of course.
     
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  6. PureLeafTea

    PureLeafTea Light Load Member

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    I love home daily. Most home daily is back home at 7pm and leaving at 5am. That’s not home daily. Eat a meal go to bed? No thanks. I’d sleep at the receiver or at the port so I can get my container back in.

    Has it changed or are you still unpaid for all that time sitting picking up your container and taking it back? I talked to one carrier years ago and you weren’t paid and it took 4 hours sometimes 6 altogether. You could drop and pick up at their yard and a yard jockey would do it all but they wanted $150 for that service. Rate per mile for the runs were $1.78.

    I finished laughing and hung up.
     
  7. South of heaven

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    I'm stepping into the intermodal game here in Boston. Gonna be leased on to Evans and primarily running out of the port in Southie.
     
  8. ChevyCam

    ChevyCam Light Load Member

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    Good to get your feet wet, not a long term solution. up at 5am and home by 7pm like the guy said above.

    Low rates and a lot of unpaid time/miles loading containers and returning boxes/chassis.

    Better know how to work on your truck and save for profits for repairs and maintenance.

    3500-4k running Georgia ports averaging 1.50-1.75 per mile.
     
  9. Imagine

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    I work in the shipping container part which isnt far off from Intermodal but does have the same long hours. I'm paid by the hour and feel it's working better for me. It's working for a lot of our other drivers but there are days when waiting to get a box put on can suck. Detroit area here.
     
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