Running short loads

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  1. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    I'm just curious for those of you that run short loads how you set them up. For example a lot of guys say they run short freight and they are home every night or almost every night.

    So do you run something short like a hundred miles and just come back when you are empty? How many miles do you actually travel to be home every day or almost every day? Do you run a short load like 50 miles and then try to pick up another load that crosses Homebase on the way out of there? What is your mileage range and how do you figure getting home?

    Also, since you are doing a minimum of one load per day, how much of your week do you pre-book? If you are booking I assume 5, 6, 7 or more loads per week that must be a lot of phone calls to try to find good rates.

    If anyone cares to share, what is the difference between your local revenue and someone who tends to travel farther?
     
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  2. PPDCT

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    The guy I work with out in the Carolinas charges me a flat rate based on time spent per load. We figure a half day per job, and he sets his rate on that. If it's going to be further out, we have kind of standardized on what for what. Works for both of us, and my customer.
     
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  3. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

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    That's good to know, but if he only charges you for half the day, what does he do with the rest of his day?

    It would be okay if he charged you $500 and it was 4 hours, and he could go somewhere else for another 4 hours and get another $500...

    This is all the kind of thing that I'm trying to figure out...
     
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  4. PPDCT

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    Usually we stack one or two runs together on a day. Sometimes three. We still charge the same rate based on that. He also has some other local work through different folks. So if he were to charge me $500 for load one and another $500 for load two, he's set for the day. Or he'll do a load for me, and a load for someone else. Tomorrow he's picking up a job going out a couple hundred miles for me, and he's charging me basically his full day rate. It all just depends, really. He's got enough repeat business that he stays pretty squared away.
     
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  5. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

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    Stacking and running short loads takes a lot of work in planning and negotiating.
     
  6. TROOPER to TRUCKER

    TROOPER to TRUCKER I WILL FIND YOU

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    Are you in the Carolina’s ?
     
  7. PPDCT

    PPDCT Heavy Load Member

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    I'm not, but I have customers all across the country. One of my better ones is out of SC.
     
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  8. TROOPER to TRUCKER

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    I’m in SC about 30 minutes south of Rock Hill
     
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  9. 6wheeler

    6wheeler Road Train Member

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    That's how I run. I get $400-$700 almost every day, for less than 250 miles from home.

    Broker yesterday sent me an email about a local shipment 100 miles paying $400. I know the shipper and they were paying the broker $750. Broker trying to profit $350. I told the shipper about it.
     
  10. zmster2033

    zmster2033 Light Load Member

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    I have been running local lately and has been working out decently. I have a few brokers that I work with regularly after establishing relationships and will try to fill in some runs via the load board. The tricky part is finding loads where everyone is on the ball and doesn't hold you up. There have been days where I have completed 3 loads in a day when all goes well. There are the rare times where I get screwed because a shipper will hold you up for 6 hours and this plan does not work out well. I typically am booking day of though and look for runs that are straight through deliveries.
     
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