Looking to add a truck

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by jinxutoo, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. jinxutoo

    jinxutoo Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    I am a one truck owner op looking to possibly add another truck.
    My question is what would be some things good drivers would want?

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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    W2 pay with some bennies to start.
  4. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    Big money
    Paid holidays
    Paid vacation
    Paid sick days
    Brand new truck
    Gravy routes
    Generous easy-going boss
  5. Don379

    Don379 Light Load Member

    Jan 7, 2021
    An old 379 peterbilt 18 speed manual and a cat 6nz.
    If you just want your average ex school bus driver that likes to talk on his McDonald’s drive thru headset all day and speed and not pay attention then just go ahead and buy one of the new plastic interior aerodynamic junk automatic trucks and you are good to go
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  6. jinxutoo

    jinxutoo Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    W2 and bennies are attainable. What does a good driver consider "big money "? I have consistent freight 95% d&h, all miles paid, round trips. Home every 5-7 days maybe more or less depending on lanes for the week. Accessorial pay for d&h and on the rare occasion that the driver would bump a dock?
    Just brain storming. I wouldn't start out with a brand new truck, but if the right driver came along, I would consider a brand new one in the future. With the right driver that doesn't need to be babysat or tear stuff up all the time, I would be as generous as possible.
  7. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    NE illinois
    ...and jacuzzi inside my truck !
  8. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    stability and honesty, that is one thing good drivers want.

    What people don’t get is most drivers are crap, they are part of cdl revolving door mega education system and good drivers who escape by taking it as a profession or learn how to drive outside of the system are hard to find and very hard to keep, they are in very high demand.

    So finding the good driver is hard, they are intolerant of the crap that most fleet owners pull.

    Buy a new truck, make sure you make it dependable and make sure you back the driver and have money to pay at least two to four weeks forward.

    I can tell you one reason why my retention rate is high is I don’t buy junk to put drivers in and I pay without delay.

    too many people who drive and think a driver will accept anything to drive lose drivers.

    too too many fleet owners take their money first, and delay paying drivers for any reason lose drivers, that is a low life owner to me and many like me.
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  9. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Treat me like an adult!
    Stuff like I really don't need to be calling you every hour for a load check in. That's what gps tracking is for.
    Second is pay. The amount is negotiable, but what is not negotiable is getting paid to do work. What I mean by that is if you book a load that's 50 mi throw in a few extra short haul dollars instead of just mileage pay.
    Also, me getting paid should not be contingent on if the company gets paid. Never make detention contingent on if you get paid for detention. Make a policy one hour free, two hours free, whatever. Just make a policy and stick to it.
    Oh. Never give my number out to anyone. That's between the company and me. Brokers do not needed to know it. If they need to know something about the load they can call the company.
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  10. Bossplayasonly

    Bossplayasonly Bobtail Member

    Feb 16, 2021
    The usuals, inverter, Fridge, and APU. Don't buy anything that you wouldn't drive on a day-to-day basis. As a matter of fact, you should be willing to sleep in and drive the truck for 2-3 weeks at a time.
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  11. jinxutoo

    jinxutoo Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    I agree with everything you have stated. I think I'm looking for a younger version of myself.
    What systems do yo have in place to filter the bad drivers out at the application process?
    I like to do things right the first time, I don't want to waste resources and time on sub-par driver.
    I think I have a good idea of a pay structure, but I am unsure of an attractive mileage rate. I know what I would want as a company driver, but that doesn't matter as the mathematics don't work.
    With all the variables with owning more the one truck, the only one that makes me nervous, is the driver.
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