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.
Is this the WRONG time to get a flatbed?
Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by scoobertdoo, Nov 25, 2022.
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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.
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zinita17601 Road Train Member
- Aug 19, 2010
singlescrewshaker Road Train Member
- Dec 31, 2017
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..Siinman, Dave_in_AZ, beastr123 and 1 other person Thank this.
A lot of stepdecks hauling Ford Transits out of the plant I was in Tuesday.Dave_in_AZ Thanks this.
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.
Judge Road Train Member
- Mar 19, 2014
I know it’s not a step, but i seen this the other day
2018 Reitnouer Max Miser Flatbed Trailer
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.Vampire, Another Canadian driver, Isafarmboy and 4 others Thank this.
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