RV Transport questions...

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by Rick_C, Mar 12, 2012.

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  1. Victorbeard

    Victorbeard Bobtail Member

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    Guy(Mr RVTransporter) my business didn't fail and I don't go site seeing. In that business one cannot afford to site see. I merely discovered what most others who keep "living the dream" don't bother to look at before it's too late. Only fools get excited about the gross income and fail to clearly account for all expenses. so why do they have to keep recruiting so many people every day? Why is it that most people working that industry stay in it for less then a couple years?? I've never met anyone who's been in it long term, except for dispatcher's recruiters and management, but no drivers. Why??? Why is there constantly signs posted all over town "Drivers Wanted" ?? with every transport company in town. All of them need more drivers all the time... could it be because most of them quit?? go around any place where drivers hang out and hear what they are saying. I have yet to find one who has been doing it for more then a year or two but most question why they never get a back load, are jabbed with unfair fees and back charged with damage they didn't do or cannot afford to stay in a hotel at least once in a while. why is there so many drivers who look like they cannot even afford to wash there truck?? One needs look no farther than where the drivers gather waiting for a load. It is a big dream scam by the rv industry.
     
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  3. lastone in

    lastone in Light Load Member

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    We all go through this every year. I will be driving in March. I will stop in June or July. All ready I have got 3 different request from different transport companies to drive for them. I live in Texas for 6-9 months out of the year and move my RV to Elkhart for the season.

    It will be another “all hands on deck" season this year. I have a friend who took a driving job with one of the Heartland divisions to just drive their ‘hot delivery” products, (urgent and special order products, along with repaired units). They say he will be working all he wants. We will see.


    I don’t disagree that there are successful full time RV delivery drivers out there. I still suspect the number is in the low 10% of the total. No one can convince me otherwise. The only debate is what metric should we use to consider it a successful full time job. This is still a “contract” job with no security or benefits that a “real” job would provide. I dread to see the drivers who are full time several years from now with a minimum social security payment when the are 65, (if any).


    I don’t have to re hash the industries problems. That gets done year after year by everyone who went into it believing it was a solution to a career. For the majority - simply not the case.
     
  4. RVTransporter

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    You sure have a lot of hatred for the industry for some one who is successful in it. I have never claimed this is a "dream job" or even that I am a success at it. All I have said is that I've been making a living at it for three years now. My definition of making a living is keeping the bills paid. Success would be something more, like no debt and able to fully fund my IRA and have an SEP as well.

    The questions you ask could be asked of the trucking industry as a whole. Every trucker here knows why the turnover is so high.

    I knew a guy that got his settlement after a delivery in NV. He went to Vegas and lost it all. On the return trip his transmission failed and he had no money to fix it. Was that the industries fault or his own stupidity? He blamed it on not making enough money. I say he was stupid.

    Another guy I met in the yard a couple of years ago. He had just gotten into the business and bought a brand new Ram 3500. It was a $50k truck. He told me he didn't make any money on his first run as I was helping him hook up his travel trailer because he didn't know how. He questioned me on why his truck got such bad mileage. I asked how fast he was driving. 75 mph. I said no, how fast were you driving with the trailer on. 75 mph. I told him to slow down to 65 mph and he would make more money. This poor fool had no clue about the job he went $50k into debt for.

    I could go on and on but what's the point? How many big rig drivers start out as owner operators with no experience and are successful? The industry is filled with people that have no clue about business or trucking. Most that fail at it blame the industry and not their own bad decisions. It's the same in the general population. Most people won't take the blame for their own failures. It's never their fault.
     
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  5. LGarrison

    LGarrison Road Train Member

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    The naysayers are spouting BS again.
     
  6. Victorbeard

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    Keeping things in prospective, I have NO hatred for the industry at all. I do however have a real problem with "industry leaders" making it sound like it's a dream job only to USE unsuspecting individuals trucks till it breaks down. The industry banks on this in order to get trailers delivered cheap. Then it is repeated over and over again year after year. People keep coming for that "dream job" believing all along that they are making money because of the they see all the (as you say) gross income $$$$! ... without fully accounting and understanding whats going on because they have been told you make money! Yes I do have a problem with people in the industry screwing drivers over with nitpicking BS fees and then screwing the drivers around paying them so very little and no back hauls and using them while all along the unknowing public thinks it's a "dream job" Its a bunch of bull!
     
  7. LGarrison

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    like I said ln my other post you have to work at it you can't have it handed it to you
     
  8. RVTransporter

    RVTransporter Light Load Member

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    Ever heard of a load board? Central dispatch is one you might try. There are back hauls out there, you have to be motivated enough to find them. Nobody is going to do it for you.
     
  9. lastone in

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    I checked with my soon to be dispatcher this week. I asked about getting back hauls via a load board. They will not let me since I’m leased on with them exclusively. It also has to do with what, as a contractor with them, I can haul. Oh well. I suppose I can always do it and hope I don’t get caught. The worst that can happen would be I would be in an accident with a load and they would find out - right, (sense the sarcasm people).
     
  10. RVTransporter

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    Not all companies are like yours. Some let you find your own back haul and run it through them. You run under their DOT number, they provide the insurance and they get 20%.
     
  11. Brucesmith

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    Using a load board would only work if you are a truck and trailer. A PU owner would be sol.
     
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