Ok I’m ready to play with the big dawgs

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Humbretrucking, Mar 6, 2021.

  1. Humbretrucking

    Humbretrucking Light Load Member

    Sep 23, 2020
    I have the opportunity at my feet to work hard this year.. I’m wondering if someone can tell me some good lanes to run on a consistent basis.. for example is there a certain routine that always brings you success in gross revenue.. some people have theory that actually work when it comes to trucking.. I will like to know where the big money is in other words.. I’m pulling 53foot dry van

    I plan to learn how to chain up.. I have to purchase some I had no idea they were pricey for each chain.. anyway that’s another problem..

    show me the money!!! Thanks for any advice thanks for listening
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  3. asphaltreptile311

    asphaltreptile311 Heavy Load Member

    Jun 16, 2016
    I often wonder how van pulling operators fair out? I know with so many megas pulling vans that it's probably pretty tough to get a good rate.
  4. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    I do shorter loads, more work and hours, but it’s worked out.
    Even with LS I’d do 400-1000 mile loads, load and be there the next day for delivery, unload everyday and aim for 3500 gross, usually did better than that.
    You’ll have to find the region you like to run in and can get freight from
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  5. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

    Mar 25, 2014

    There are years or times you can make money with a van. I dont have one anymore. But still think I should buy another just to have. They are hot right now in my area and I'm busy. I dont care the type of trailer I pull. I care about what I make.
  6. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2017
    Palmgetto, FL
    Florida, Florida, Florida..
    Florida intrastate is where the big money is.! Don't matter the wagon.. Especially on the spot market..

    I thought this was common knowledge.? :rolleyes:
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  7. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Heavy Load Member

    Feb 4, 2019
    There is a reason mostly retired folks live in Florida.
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  8. Bigwin123

    Bigwin123 Heavy Load Member

    Nov 22, 2019
    Just do me a favor. I'm not a o/o. But get paid percentage. And the flux in the market some times is great and sometimes I can really feel it.
    My favor is or my advise would be if you see a load for (example price) 3.15 a mile and when you call a broker to confirm it's still available. When the broker "has a guy on the other line that will do it for 2.85) tell them to let them take it then.
    Its like a auction. I want to keep the prices high, because it affects my check. Just tell the broker I can go up but I can't go down. Its not a love or hate thing its a money thing.
    Good example right here. If guy one will do it for 2.85 guy 2 is 2.80 and guy 3 is 2.70. Now the broker thinks it worth 2.70. Guy three finds a better load stiffs the broker. Land star now gets the load for. 2.70. Then minus the agent and other costs my boss now gets 1.25 .and after taxes I'm now at about 30-45 cent. Which just makes me think about flipping burgers....my advise and favor. Always bid up. Please never bid down.
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  9. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    What does learning how to chain up have to do with anything.. Nobody is gonna pay u more just because u know how to chain.... Chaining up and running out west takes alot of time out of your day ..and ur gonna have to reschedule alot of deliveries... Compared to running in places that dont have mountains.... Also the market out west here is tough for every type of trailer... u really gotta have something going on out here that has nothing to do with the spot market..
  10. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

    Apr 12, 2016
    I could not find statistics and did not really look hard for any but by sheer speculation and 20 years of static observation, I am guessing that dry van segment, including intermodal - which to a large degree gets transferred on vans too, is no less than 80% of all freight there is. Hence, there is room for owner operators pulling dry van and doing so profitably, sometimes at a level which is comparable to other, more specialized types of trailers - which the last 7.5 months have attested to.
    Maybe someone can prove me wrong, which something that I would gladly accept.

    Megas cannot process all their freight either, so that need to broker the excess on the spot market.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2021
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  11. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

    Apr 3, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I carry lots of chains, 3/8 and 1/2 inch grade 70. As for tire chains I haven’t put any on in over 30 years
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