Lies lies lies.

Discussion in 'Landstar' started by joe jackson, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. MOGLAR

    MOGLAR Heavy Load Member

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    So you think getting your own authority and using a load board will solve your detention and breakdown conundrums?? :crybaby:

    Wanna know who to blame......pull down your visor and take a hard look in the mirror.
     
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  2. jdr1989

    jdr1989 Light Load Member

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    I'm gonna put a picture of hillary on my visor because you can blame her for anything
     
  3. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

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    My new cascadia doesn't have a mirror on the visor :(
     
  4. 6daysontheroad

    6daysontheroad Medium Load Member

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    I've got a picture of an old wino on the back of my sun visor. Oh wait, I guess it is a mirror.
     
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  5. tucker

    tucker Road Train Member

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    I may hire you to decorate my house
     
  6. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Well - funny you joined just to post your dissatisfied experience.

    Because I posted a similar thread today - however, it's not about going bankrupt with them, it's about things to avoid.

    And no - I'm surviving nicely on 3 or 4 days work every 2 weeks. Can't relate.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. Starboyjim

    Starboyjim Road Train Member

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    Stayingback, I see this in a slightly different color/light. Companies do care, but not about individuals. They care, a lot, about quarterly reports, P&L statements, stock value and dividend percentages. Any carrier listed on the NYSE has priorities, necessary priorities, and those are the ones I just illuminated, like it's not a surprise. The trucks they run are important, as a group, not as individuals. They're not in the babysitting business, they roll freight for money. Some companies care more about driver retention than others, that's about it for the "respect" matter. And some drivers are more reliable, in other words, more profitable.

    In here, we rarely hear any drivers/OP's tell us the full story about their work. I have long since stopped wondering why that is.

    So if a driver signs on to drive for a listed company, or if an owner leases on to a listed carrier, that individual should know what to expect beforehand - it's always the same because it is always the same. Simple. I lease on to Conway, now XPO, and they've been pretty good.

    I don't think it's really sad, Stayin. To me, it's not a peace and love situation, it's just business. All the company has to do to make me happy is be true to their word about the details, pay me as agreed, and keep me in work. Period. If I want "respect," or "support," or "somebody to care about me," I'll go somewhere else.

    If a company "used and abused" my services "for free?" See ya, and maybe see ya in court, depending on the size of the "use and abuse" situation.

    This theme, how to make money in trucking, is one of the most important questions in the industry. Buying a truck and getting an authority is certainly no guarantee of success - there is no guarantee of success, in trucking, in any business. Except as an elected representative, then you get a license to steal.

    You want to succeed in trucking? Keep your mouth shut, pull your loads, don't spend more than you make.
     
  8. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

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    Great Post Starboyjim............

    I suppose their are limited exceptions to the rule as you explain, Leasing on with Conway/xpo (Which in my eyes,Is the next best thing to the union)..........

    Other than that, Our views are pretty close, Unfortunately, .

    I've seen WAY too many drivers/owner-ops get destroyed over the years not by their own making....They Worked hard and STILL came out with what they had to start with.....
     
  9. Starboyjim

    Starboyjim Road Train Member

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    It's surely not an easy way to get independent, Stayin. I wish more drivers were able to establish themselves and get more freedom of choice. Driving for megas has to be the hardest, company driver, forced dispatch, 1 day off per 7 (full) days of work - awful.

    I often think of having a small trucking company of my own, stay home, do my own dispatch, billing, so on. I have, and am still, looking at becoming a broker and working for myself. Keep more of the pie, you know. Pretty steep hill to climb with out a special client or two to start with.
     
  10. dca

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    No man is an island
     
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