Should I stay? They keep canceling my loads every week or two.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ExoGeniVI, May 28, 2024.

  1. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    In Alabama it is very possible. So many flatbed outfits. You can get regional too. Don't limit yourself too much though. Lots of money to be made, but you don't want to limit yourself too much. Keep an eye out fro regional opportunities too. Venture Express used to have flatbed, I can't remember if they still do but they have day cabs.
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Have you asked the customer if they are having problems? It's hard to know from your description if the customer is having problems or if your company is just telling you the customer is canceling loads. If the customer is canceling loads, what can your company do about that?
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  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    What you make per week depends on rate of pay TIMES the number of loads/miles you work. Companies can advertise more $ per hour/mile but have less work. A company can pay you a thousand dollars per hour, or mile, and not give you any work. It produces starvation. Make sure you talk to current working drivers at another company before you jump ship.
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Almost no pizza places provide a company vehicle for delivery anymore. Ex-Domino's driver here.
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  6. cuzzin it

    cuzzin it Road Train Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Berea, KY
    They do where i live
  7. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Fixed it for you.
  8. Sirscrapntruckalot

    Sirscrapntruckalot Road Train Member

    They have them here on my sandbar even.

    Building supplies and such. Ones I see running around are usually carrying pallets of bricks, wood, etc.

    I imagine other city/states do also.

    Side hustles are good to have, you should listen to @TripleSix, @cuzzin it , and the others. They're a lot smarter than me, I'm just the comedy relief. ;)

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  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Lots of flatbed work around Bessemer/Birmingham hauling steel.
  10. lual

    lual Road Train Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    SW Georgia
    @ExoGeniVI --

    I envy you.

    That area of Alabama is a great place to be a trucker.

    After you get at least a year under your belt where you are now -- then consider (for local, home-daily action):

    • Pilot/Flying J
    • Messer
    • Energy Dispatch (fuel hauler for "RaceTrac" stores)
    • as suggested above -- the B'ham area is a hotbed for flatbed. Easy example: Decker Truck Lines.
    Most of the above will require BOTH hazmat & tanker CDL endorsements.

    But there's good money there, as well.

    -- L
  11. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    Honestly the trucking company should be getting paid regardless either TONU or a rate for canceled loads. They should be able to pay you out of that because the company is not the one getting screwed.
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