New O/O, local freight ideas

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Tyler Reiner, Sep 25, 2022.

  1. Tyler Reiner

    Tyler Reiner Bobtail Member

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    I'm probably going to get a truck in the next 12 months and want to stay local, wondering if I should go through the flatbed, tanker, end dumb, or grain hopper route. I'm in MN so finding winter freight with anything other then flatbed and tanker would be hard I'd think.
     
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  3. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Road Train Member

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    Just check the load boards in the 12 months your waiting to get a truck and whichever has more loads, or more profitable ones, go with that. Could also rent a trailer and switch as the market changes.
     
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  4. LoneRanger

    LoneRanger Road Train Member

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    Dry van usually slows down after the holidays. But reefers good all year round from what I hear.
     
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  5. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

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    Find a customer that needs transportation services and buy the equipment said customer needs.
     
  6. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Road Train Member

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    Local in MN? Do grain in the fall/winter and end/side dump in spring/summer. When construction starts slowing, you grab the hopper and haul corn to the ethanol plants. When the corn is done you grab soybeans. When that's done, take a month off and get the dump ready for spring.

    Or just haul midwest regional reefer. Pays more and the freight is consistent.
     
  7. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    Reefer pays decent all year, you just have to deal with reefer receivers….

    At some point I’ll be pulling my bucket in the late spring/summer/fall, then getting even lazier then I am now with my flat bed for the winter just to cover expenses, and then mulch/bagged stone season in the spring before I go back under the dump,

    i don’t mind sleeping in the truck, but I am not going to live in the truck.
     
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  8. rch10007

    rch10007 Medium Load Member

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    Two different trucking lifestyles... I prefer sleeping as well, that's why I don't have a CB, microwave, apu, fridge, tv, etc...
     
  9. Travisb026

    Travisb026 Bobtail Member

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    I’ve been running local tanker delivering fuel to gas stations for 4 years (6mo o/o) and it does well. Low fuel costs, 6000-12000/wk gross, home every night.
     
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  10. Abraxas

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    Hello. You do it in which state? I’m from Texas and planning to switch to the tanker. Any advice to someone who wants to become an owned operator?
     
  11. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

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    End dumb!

    Always go dumb!
     
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