I've put my time in, who pays the most and who runs with faster trucks

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by fins2feathers, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Markvfl

    Markvfl Road Train Member

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    Running more miles at a higher cost per mile to make up the difference of the higher cost of running faster - that's a BRILLIANT business plan!
     
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  3. Markvfl

    Markvfl Road Train Member

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    $3700 per quarter x 4 quarters = $14,800 savings in a year. I guess what it all comes down to is: why are you trucking? For me it's a business with a bottom line that needs to be high enough to justify doing it. I also get a sense of pride and accomplishment from doing it well and efficiently. Others may enjoy the feeling of being Billy Big Rigger at any cost. I get my BBR fix from passing the same trucks going up the hill that passed me going down the hill. Running 62 in my ungoverned truck that produces 750hp at the end of the day I pull into the same truck stop as the guy who passed me doing 75 three times during the day. If you don't believe it then try it for week.

    Your tire costs, maintenance costs and insurance costs are reduced as well. Your license stays clean and CSA score stays low. Oh yeah, and watch your stress level go down too.

    IMO this is one of the best examples of the mentality of the average trucker and why they are so easily tricked into making people who use logic and facts into making them wealthy. These are the same people that tricked you into believing that more miles is where the money is. Anytime you can generate more revenue running less miles at a lower cost you are the winner.
     
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  4. Krooser

    Krooser Road Train Member

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    Here's something to consider...

    It's Friday...

    You're running 58 mph (to save fuel) and you have a 5 PM appointment. The problem is you can't make that appointment unless you can run 70 mph. And you have a live load waiting for you that deliver's back home Monday.

    If you keep running 58 you will miss your appointment, and your backhaul, and you have a weekend layover to boot...

    My solution is to run 70 mph, make your delivery, reload and be back home the next day. So you "waste" $50.00 worth of fuel... but you now have a good paying load back on the truck and will be home for the weekend. Monday morning you are ready to go, with a 34 hour restart, and can deliver and reload with more $$$ in your pocket than you had before.

    This scenario happens to me almost every week... I like being home... for me it can make a $900.00 difference in revenue every week... beats saving $50.00 worth of fuel.

    IMHO of course.... and don't give me that "plan your day better" rookie-speak.... I DID plan my day...the shipper and Chicago traffic didn't...
     
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  5. spacetrucker88

    spacetrucker88 Heavy Load Member

    buy your own set it up how you want and DRIVE LIKE HELL you should arrive there pretty quick
     
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    spacetrucker88 Heavy Load Member

  7. striker

    striker Road Train Member

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    My truck is goverened at 76 mph (peddle and cruise), on the road I keep it at 75 mph. All of our day cabs are set between 74 mph and 76 mph (depends on the computer), we have two freightshakers that will 80 and 83 respectively. When I first got the truck is was set at 65, consistenly averaged 6.5 to 6.9 mpg, now, on a good day I'll get 5.9 mpg.
     
  8. Thatguyfromtexas

    Thatguyfromtexas Bobtail Member

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    HMMM..... I did $5600 / 800miles in 4 days -:biggrin_25524: and I can prove it. And I think I averaged about 4 mpg. Of course I had to idle for 2 nights.


    Since I got tired of driving other peoples Governed vehicles and started buying my own fuel, I've tried to learn how to drive smarter and not harder. And my receipts and Calculator tell me that My 650hp 3406E will give me around 5.75 mpg if I keep the rpm's under 1600. That puts me at around 70+ mph. If I run west TX where I can go 85, my mpg drops to around 4 to 4.5, less with crosswinds.

    With that being said, more often than not, you'll see me slidin on the right side. But it sure feels good to pass a line of trucks when I'm grossing over 95K going up a hill.
     
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  9. TheRoadWarrior

    TheRoadWarrior rocking-n-rollin again

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  10. TruckerDragon

    TruckerDragon Heavy Load Member

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    Yup. Trainer. I never said I was solo my friend :)
     
  11. TruckerDragon

    TruckerDragon Heavy Load Member

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    I dont have a calc that lies, I will post a actual screen shot if you want later but here is the breakdown for ya:

    00 GH46496 02 02/10 Columbus OH Fairfield CA 2,343.99 0.00 0.00 11 0.810 2684 0.870 0.00 00 GH46496 02 02/10 STOP/PICKUP


    140.00 0.00 0.00 0 0.000 0 0.000 140.00 00 GH46496 02 02/15 FSC Ml: 2684
    Rate: .4430
    1,189.01 1,189.01 0.00 0 0.000 0 0.000 1,189.01 00 GH87303 01 02/07 Lexington SC Laredo TX 1,152.87 0.00 0.00 27 0.810 1300 0.870 0.00 00 GH87303 01 02/14 FSC Ml: 1300
    Rate: .4430
    575.90 575.90 0.00 0 0.000 0 0.000 575.90 00 GH95719 01 02/09 Laredo TX Reynoldsbg OH 1,249.32 0.00 0.00 0 0.000 1436 0.870 0.00 00 GH95719 01 02/14 FSC Ml: 1436
    Rate: .4430
    636.15 636.15 0.00 0 0.000 0 0.000 636.15 00 013112M 00 01/31 MNTR PAY GERJ1
    MILLICENT CATR
    47.19 47.19 0.00 0 0.000 0 0.000 47.19
    ** TOTAL REVENUE 7,334.43
    38
    5,420
    2,588.25

    57 MKUPPMT
    23 01/23 MKUP AUDIT 1/23 100.00 4,555.00 300.00 4,255.00 57 PAYMENT
    25 06/16 O/O INTERSTATE EQUIP TRCTR PMT 565.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 59 QUALCOM
    35 06/16 QUALCOM 20.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 60 JUL11UT 01 29 07/26 IEL FHUT 15.00 550.00 435.00 115.00 61 00MAINT 00 46 06/16 .10 MAINT RESERVE 545.80 0.00 545.80 0.00 61 00MAINT 00 47 02/11 GERJ1 RQST $508.90 MNTWDR -508.90 0.00 545.80 0.00 66 ACCTFEE
    35 06/23 ACCOUNTING SERVICE FEE 15.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 69 PREPASS 01 7 06/16 PREPASS WEEKLY FEE 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 69 PREPASS 01 8 06/16 FL WEEKLY FEE 3.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 69 PREPASS 01 9 06/16 KS/OK WEEKLY FEE 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 72 CHARITY
    30 07/26 Swift Charities 2.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH46496 02 1 02/12 PACIMO-O/O -0001212748 224.47 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH46496 02 2 02/12 PACIMO-O/O -0001212748 0.34 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH46496 02 3 02/13 QUARAZ-O/O -0041309385 42.51 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH46496 02 4 02/13 QUARAZ-O/O -0041309385 0.34 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH46496 02 5 02/13 ONTACA-O/O -0051335087 214.94 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH46496 02 6 02/13 ONTACA-O/O -0051335087 0.34 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH87303 01 1 02/08 VINTLA-O/O -0040896668 409.79 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH87303 01 2 02/08 VINTLA-O/O -0040896668 0.34 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH95719 01 1 02/09 NB TX-O/O -0050910055 386.03 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH95719 01 2 02/09 NB TX-O/O -0050910055 21.69 0.00 0.00 0.00 78 GH95719 01 3 02/09 NB TX-O/O -0050910055 0.34 0.00 0.00 0.00 81 INSURAN
    69 06/16 O/O COLLISION INSURANCE 66.77 0.00 0.00 0.00 81 INSURAN
    70 06/16 GLASS COVERAGE 3.69 0.00 0.00 0.00 82 GH46496 02 1 02/11 GERJ1 20120211181307MW MITCIL 508.90 0.00 0.00 0.00 82 GH46496 02 2 02/11 GERJ1 20120211181307MW MITCIL 5.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 83 INSURAN
    69 06/16 BOBTAIL 5.77 0.00 0.00 0.00 83 INSURAN
    70 06/16 DBD 10.38 0.00 0.00 0.00 86 INSURAN
    35 06/16 OCC/ACC GERJ1 32.31 0.00 0.00 0.00 93 RIDER
    32 07/13 RIDER INS DED 6.92 0.00 0.00 0.00
    ** TOTAL CHARGES 2,707.77

    **** TOTAL AMOUNT PAID TO OWNER 4,626.66


    46266.66
    + the 540 into my maintnance account (Withdrawable anytime)
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    Slightly Less than 5200.

    Have a nice day. Hate all you want. I have nothing to prove to you anymore :)
     
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