Is this the WRONG time to get a flatbed?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by scoobertdoo, Nov 25, 2022.

  1. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Road Train Member

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    I currently run reefer.
    The reefer I have, I don't own.
    I own my own truck.
    Rather than buy a reefer, I am considering going back to a deck.
    I ran RGN, 8 years ago, but I am thinking step deck would be better in my current market (FL)
    Just to be clear, I would not be starting a new business. I have been running my own truck two years now.
    Thinking of changing because my market it is hard to find a load from the house for more than $1.20 a mile.

    Just a few questions if its a good idea....
    What tarps, and size, should I grab?
    Been looking on the boards, and its asking for 6' and 8' tarps? Would that be 24' wide, 20' long x3?
    Straps and chains isn't an issue, I am familiar with those due to running RGN.
    Do you consider anything else essensial?

    I would buy a reefer, but the thought of it having mechanical issues terrifies me. Waking up at 2AM to no engine noise..... Also the Florida reefer market has been ####, so the first 1000 miles from my house I make... nothing.
     
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  3. ducnut

    ducnut Heavy Load Member

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    Your comments about the FL reefer market astound me. I guess, the same lopsidedness in the rest of south FL trucking affects reefers, too?

    If it were me, I’d still buy a reefer and just stay above I-10. There’s so much food and produce moving east to west, I’d think it would be worth it.

    I had a guy tell me, running straight up I-95 is where the FL reefer money is. He said no one wants to go northeast, so the rates are much better. We were loading out of the Coca Cola/Minute Maid facility in Dunnedin. He said he loads out of there, every week.
     
  4. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Road Train Member

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    Sure, run up 95 1.50. Then you can get another 1.50 a mile from the north east. Reefer is great from the mid west to anywhere. going back to the mid west, is bad.
     
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    zinita17601 Road Train Member

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    I would get a low pro step with ramps and haul cars and small trucks just to get out of florida,same thing to get out of new england.
     
  6. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    It's isn't really open deck season. It will kick off again around the tail end of March, early April when snow disappears & construction picks back up..

    Leaving FL sucks on the spot market far as I see it. One can wait around & piece something decent together or make a 100 calls & finally land on $3 bucks a mile. But it goes 700 miles, picks Monday & delivers Wednesday.. lol Time wasted either way..
     
  7. ducnut

    ducnut Heavy Load Member

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    A lot of stepdecks hauling Ford Transits out of the plant I was in Tuesday.
     
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  8. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Road Train Member

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    I have hauled cars on the RGN, $1 a mile each too.
     
  9. loudtom

    loudtom Road Train Member

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    I've only come out of South Florida(150 mile search radius from Okeechobee) loaded a few times with a flatbed, all of them except for one required a team so they paid well. The one that didn't was onions that needed to move on a Saturday or Sunday. I think it was $1400 for just under 400 miles, no tarp. Other than that, I would deadhead 300+ miles to get a decent rate.
     
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    Judge Road Train Member

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    I got a 56 week old one of these, I put 2 60” boxes on it. Used it for 5 loads since new. I’d let it go for $45k.
     
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