Oldeskool has bailed out

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by OldeSkool, Oct 2, 2023.

  1. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    Well I’ve been a member on here for 7 years or so, and many of you have helped me a lot with my journey as an owner operator. However I have sold my truck and am back to driving for a guy hauling logs. I have no desire to go back into $5 a gallon diesel, this time with plummeting truck prices as well. I guess time will tell if it was a smart move, but I feel relieved to be out of it. Wishing all of you that hang in there best of luck!!
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  3. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    Wishing you all the best in your new chapter of life.
  4. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

    May 2, 2021
    Good luck @OldeSkool

    Let us know how the log haulin goes
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2023
  5. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Experienced mx13 execrator

    Sep 16, 2016
    Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes the juice aint worth the squeeze and if your life is better cutting the crap. Then do what is required.
  6. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    It sounds like you have good reasons and a good plan. Good luck.
  7. LTL Bull

    LTL Bull Heavy Load Member

    Mar 12, 2020
    Good luck, as a recent changer I get what you’re talking about. Best of luck in the new endeavor
  8. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    That's great news. I don't what will happen in this industry, but it won't be O/Os, that's for sure. Please be careful hauling "sticks", don't turn your back on the "pile" for a second. I've seen some videos of stick haulers in the PNW, that do some incredible driving with some of those loads, and water to cool the brakes. Lot of respect for those drivers. Good luck, you did grand, laddie,,
  9. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    West Monroe, La
    No shame in getting out. The shame in some cases is staying in. Praise for making a tough decision.
  10. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    O/O will always be plentiful. There's a group of them that weather the ups and downs just fine. But there's a much larger group who are the revolving door of dreamers/failures that get quickly replaced by more dreamers/failures. Used trucks are getting cheaper by the day. All those extra pandemic new authorities that exploded onto the scene in recent years have not been wiped out just yet. Together those two things sound like a recipe for an extended down cycle of rates to me because whatever little meager uptick is going on right now in response to $5 fuel is not going to last and the dreamers won't be deterred.
  11. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Not sure about plentiful, O/Os were plentiful in my day( 70s-90s) In some situations, O/Os will always be needed, mostly for the piddly crap the biggies don't want, and that could be huge again someday. I disagree about the dreamers, but we have to remember, if it wasn't for dreamers, our world would be a very different place. Dreamers today have much different "dreams" than we had. An old(er) timer once told me, "isn't half a loaf of bread better than none"? Apparently not, and failure doesn't have near the consequences today as it once did. Who's to blame? We are. We created this mess and not sure how it will end up, but for now, you wouldn't catch me in a big debt situation, like a truck today. My 1st truck in the late 80s, a '82 WS conv. with new motor, cost me $22,000, or about $57,000 today, fuel was .78/gal. and O/Os were in high demand. I pulled rail cans out of Chicago for almost 4 years with it, and did okay. Grossed about $75gs/year.( almost $197gs today) I don't ever see that coming back.
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