Late night Expedited. Did I charge enough?

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by Xray4, Sep 17, 2020.

  1. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    Before this thread I have never seen OP's posts and had no idea about him being new. And yes, he does appear to have business sense, because he already felt that he screwed up with that load and that was the reason for creating this thread.
    All of you thinking that you will make a good relationship with a broker by charging a little amount to get a foot in the door, are up for a good surprise down the road, when you realize that nobody gives a crap about you and brokers don't remember favors.
     
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  3. Xray4

    Xray4 Light Load Member

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    I appreciate that for sure. I have been in international travel business for some time and know business relationships are 80% of the future deals. In this industry however I am green. It's more high volume and low value than I'm used to, and for that reason I appreciate the 'nobody gives a crap about you and brokers don't remember favors.[/QUOTE may be the case most times, but maybe not always. Time will tell.

    Next time I'll feel em out more and charge more, depending on all applicable factors. Certainly will add a $500 minimum to the mix.
     
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    In the meantime, I'm not sure where to post this very green question, but just real quick... We aren't 'required' to run only major freeways with scale houses and checkpoints right? I'm not necessarily trying to avoid them today, but my route is 50 miles shorter through the 4 corners to Denver. There is a scale around there somewhere but it may be closed at night. Not sure
     
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  5. singlescrewshaker

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    Heck no! Especially if the route is shorter, & it avoids a coop, you are doing nothing wrong.. You do need to watch out for the obvious truck restricted roads. Just make sure you don't accidentally hop on one of them.. Even know you are in a small truck, it is commercial & you shouldn't be on those..

    Dodging a chicken house in plain sight can get you a bit of trouble if they see you purposefully avoiding them. Like taking the exit before the scale only to ride a service road around it. The bears won't take kindly to that. Not sure of the actual violation code, but they know it well..

    Being on the big road seems fun at 1st. 70-80mph speed limits, just cruising & making good time. After a while, I've learned not only is the scenery, & mom & pop diner's better on the 2 lanes, but there are way less scales to be hassled at..

    cut'n through the fl swamps :cool:
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    I like it!
     
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    Hey @singlescrewshaker , is there a free app you know of that shows truck restricted roads? Or if not free, what do you recommend, an app, or standalone device?
     
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    I believe TTR has a free truck GPS called Hammer that is in app form.? 'Should' keep you on truck safe roads for the most part I'd think.. That'd be worth a shot, & I hear it's pretty good. I personally haven't got around to giving it a try yet..

    Also Trucker Path app might have a paid GPS.? Good free app to have anyhow. Help find truck stops, cat scales, parking, weigh station status..

    I use a Garmin Dezl 570LMT, (old 2015 model) & Google maps with street view to look around. Street view & satellite is good for looking around for no truck signs, & getting a feel of pick & drop locations. Can read signage at locations to find which driveway to enter, exit, things like that..

    Pickup a Rand McNally truck specific road atlas. That is priceless IMO. I got the spiral bound one with laminated pages. You can write on it & wipe it off that way. Around $40-$50 I think in most major truck stops. Now that it's getting close to years end you might find a 2020 atlas on sale. Paid $20 for my 2018 atlas at a Loves in Nov. '18 I think.. Either way that's a great investment because all the roads will be highlighted that are truck safe. Lots of other pertinent info too about bridge law, & weight limits. Most you don't have to concern yourself with yet at less than 26k lbs, but never hurts know/or have on hand..

    With the atlas you can plot your route to make sure you are on truck specific routes. Then its slow & time consuming but you can even enter turn by turn directions into Google maps if it doesn't match up with how you'd like to go..
     
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    I've never tried it on the phone, but with a computer you can "drag" your route wherever you want, and it will update the turn-by-turn directions. Once you like it, you can push the route to your phone.

    Edit: This is with Google Maps.
     
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    There probably are more truck specific apps available.. I am pretty behind the times technology wise, but I find the Rand McNally atlas book is still the best investment..

    Truck specific GPS, I heard the Rand McNally has better routing & truck POI's than the Garmin Dezl does. But I've also heard the Dezl has better hardware, so it's a sturdier unit that won't glitch out as much.. Fun choices, eh..? :rolleyes:
     
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    Ha!! Thanks for info! :thumbup: I will give that a go next time I want to go an unfamiliar route..

    Funny, I was just typing up some more saying how I'm not very tech savvy right as you mentioned this.!! :D
     
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