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. Pepper24

    Pepper24 Road Train Member

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    Just from the information you gave I wouldn’t jump ship so fast.If you’re just delivering to one certain customer it’s not that uncommon for a company to have trouble with the silo or the system itself.The downside is you don’t have something else to take up the slack.if you’re bringing home 1000 to 1300 for hauling lime and home every day I would just tighten the belt maybe find part time work on the weekends to get through
     
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  3. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Road Train Member

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    Many direct customers don’t do tonu. Especially if driver hasn’t showed up to get loaded. Orders cancel or get postponed. There are slow periods. Could be temporary and normal. Just speak with the boss and ask questions.
     
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  4. TNSquire

    TNSquire Medium Load Member

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    Given you’re so close to that year mark, I’d stay put and find some side money to get you through.
    Step 1 is communication with your boss.
    Ask if there’s ANYTHING else you can do in house to make money.
    Whether it’s scrubbing toilets out w sweeping the parking lot, suck it up and do it.
    The moment you complain is the moment those opportunities evaporate.
    If there’s nothing in house, maybe they know who you can call on to turn some quick cash.
    Never hurts to ask. if your boss is as on it as claimed, he’ll have a network nobody knows about.
    If that fails, plan b is the gig market…. Uber, door dash, etc.
    There’s always money to be made.
     
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  5. Bud A.

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    A friend of mine does day cab lime hauling in Ohio. Most days he just sits at the plant and unloads two or three trailers that others bring in, but sometimes he does a 60 mile run to pick up a load. He tells me all the time about what's going on at the plant: silos down, plant expansion, acid haulers doing dumb stuff. He knows all the operators that deal with his area. He knows where their product goes to and what it's used for. Some of it goes to a fracking operation in PA, for example, so if fracking slows down, the demand for lime his company delivers goes down and his job is slower. More recently they got a new customer in Chicago, added a silo, and work picked up considerably.

    My point is, ask your boss, but try to make friends with the folks that run the plant. They have valuable info.
     
  6. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    There’s always maintenance to do. There’s always truck and trailer washing. There’s always something that needs to be thrown away. Everyone that has ever owned a truck knows there’s always something that has to be done.
     
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  7. firemedic2816

    firemedic2816 Road Train Member

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    I had that same issue when I hauled the Dolomite when I was at Fraley & Shilling, either the silos where full the furnace was down or and myriad of excuses so I finally left can’t live like that, there are other companies
     
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    The auto parts stores near me have delivery drivers and the store provides the vehicle to deliver them with .

    the local school district would live to have substitute bus drives available etc

    Talk to your boss and let them know that you wanna stay around until things pick back up but you also need to find some side hustle jobs that won’t interfere with your main trucking job and ask if they have any ideas , or have an issue with you delivering auto parts when you’re not trucking etc
     
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  9. allensmith16121

    allensmith16121 Bobtail Member

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    c a lllllllll u
     
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