Oakland CA Port, 3700 miles in 5 days. Possible?

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by hallellujah, Apr 9, 2020.

  1. hallellujah

    hallellujah Light Load Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    kansas city, mo
    recruiter claims they have 68 drivers doing that route every week in 5 days. though she did admit the port can take 1 to 8 hours. but even with 8 hours at the port the run only takes 6 days. 1700 would be around .50 cpm.
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  2. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    If you were downgrade at 100 to 140 or so you will know instantly the situation. Don't worry.

    The wheels tend to set up a special harmonic at about 135 and beyond. If you ever played with a childs toy that you wound up and let go on it's large gravity wheel the effect is the same, Only you have ten wheels doing that on the rig with that special sound.

    Dont worry if any company worth their salt detected that a truck is in excess of allowed speed they will so fire whoever was driving that right away. Today's monitoring cannot be easier to the company. There is a awful lot of data going out to the office as you drive.

    On some buses I cannot sleep. IF the driver is any good at all with his engine power and steering inputs I will consider myself blessed to sleep through hours of one engine speed and very little braking, shifting or steering. But as soon that darn bus gets busy in traffic or whatever Im awake again. That one reason I cannot ride them. I remember one female bus driver who was VERY GOOD. she kept her at one RPM most of 81 in Virginia. I had a wonderful sleep that night for 300 miles. But that is rare.
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  3. striker

    striker Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Denver, Co
    Well, there's your first issue: TSL.
    First off, if TSL says it can be done, it can be done, they've done it. Secondly, I deal with TSL as a depot, based on the asinine responses and attitudes I've dealt with from some of their people in Omaha, no thanks. Oh, and enjoy the camera's.
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  4. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    I'd say never in a million years. You have to go up and over Donner. Easy 20 minutes at the inspection station and coup too.

    But you're not going to just shag ### through the communist state, especially the bay area.

    It's 6 days, and that's even getting after it pretty good.

    0 places to park near the Port. Well there's a handful of covert places, but mostly there's nothing.

    Good luck. In winter, you might spend a few days just up on Donner lol.
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  5. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Some items to consider.

    Is the truck port compliant?
    Does it have port stickers and an RFID box?
    Do you as the driver have a TWIC, required.
    Who owns the chassis?
    Time on the port will probably be at least an hour.
    Time to get on the port could be hours.
    If you have a “problem” unit, just plan for all day, and maybe tomorrow.
    The lines to get in start building about 04:30.
    Have a complete list of all your codes.
    Same for all the phone numbers.
    In the greater SF Bay Area, there are no real truck parking areas. They outlawed them in the late 70’s.
    Any parking will be in the Central Valley.
    Outbound you can have tolls, minimum for a truck is $26.00 cash, you can get a toll box/sticker.
    From the NV/CA state line to the port on I-80, you will have three scales. Truckee, Rocklin and Cordelia/Fairfield. No Truckee going eastbound.
    Traffic in the Bay Area is thick, average speed is about 25 MPH most of the day.

    If your not familiar with the port operations, your not going to get a lot of help or explanation. You will get a lot of eye rolls. If you have people that do this regularly, get with them, they should be able to put all this together for you.
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  6. hallellujah

    hallellujah Light Load Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    kansas city, mo
    Thank you very much for that detailed information. That is good info to know, and actually makes me kind of glad TSL turned me down after about a 20 minute phone interview.
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  7. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    Probably a Good thing.

    You looking for work?
    Any flat/step deck?
  8. Studebaker Hawk

    Studebaker Hawk Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    NW Indiana
    Imagine that, some schmuck sitting in an office somewhere who has never driven a truck, first lies to the customer about the logistics, and then lies to the driver about how everybody does it.

    I am crushed.
  9. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    The Village, Portmeirion
    You aren't going to be in and out of a port in any timely manner. Or get reloaded for a "backhaul" in any amount of time that is "theoretically possible"

    Sure, if can pull into someplace, get loaded or hook up, drive as fast as possible with no traffic, no delays getting fuel at truck stops.

    It doesn't work in reality. Not consistently. It can happen, once in a blue moon...
  10. FearTheCorn

    FearTheCorn Light Load Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    If this is really a choice, stay away from the Port of Oakland. I repeat, STAY AWAY from that port. If nothing else gets you, and it's a long list, those lunatic container haulers will spell your doom.
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