Owner operator Frac Sand or flatbed

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  1. Snoopy82

    Snoopy82 Bobtail Member

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    Owner operator here, been pulling reefer for last year and a half, looking at either going back to flatbed or pulling sandboxes hauling frac sand. If anyone has any input, I’d appreciate it. I have plenty of flatbed experience, so I know what I’d be getting into there. Was just wondering if the frac sand deal is worth it. Is the money really there like they say?(8-10,000 gross, net 4000ish/week). And also, how bad is it on the truck? I have a pretty nice 2006 W900, don’t want to just trash it, but if the $$ is there, then I could keep it up. Thanks
     
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  3. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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  4. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Van preferably - or frac sand.
     
  5. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    Where are you located? Bucket can be seasonal work in the north, or if not, anything that moved in winter (salt) doesn’t pay.

    Personally Id take your time finding a decent used flat bed if for nothing else to sit in the yard until you need it, but I like being able to hop around to where the money is
     
  6. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    Frac sand doesn’t move in a bucket.

    if you want to haul sand I would find work near home.
     
  7. Dave1837

    Dave1837 Road Train Member

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    Flatbed if you don't want to trash your truck. Not sure where you're located but here in PA those guys literally get pulled up hills by dozers tied off to dozers
     
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  8. ProfessionalNoticer

    ProfessionalNoticer Road Train Member

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    That happens in the flatbed world too.
     
  9. Old Man

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    They also drag in all kinds of trucks, not just sand. eastern Ohio and West Virginia are just as bad.
     
  10. Brettj3876

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    Some of the steepest terrain I've been on in the oilfield is southeast Ohio. All along Ohio RT 7 and WV rt2 is almost vertical coming up out of the river valley. Had to throw chains a few times in the summer after it rained
     
  11. Long FLD

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    Oilfield work is hard on your truck. All signs on this website point to flatbed being the best paying freight around, so I would say go with flatbed for sure. One member here who switched from flatbed is now back pulling flatbed so it must be way better.
     
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