Sit or bounce?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by cnsper, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    That sucks. I feel your pain. Put your time in and keep your records clean and go to LS, or Interstate, or Mercer where you can pick your own freight.

    Nothing used to make me more insane than being dispatched. I was on with a small company out of Phoenix, did OK, was home every weekend, but it was dispatched, and I pulled A LOT of HEAVY freight over the friggin mountains in that time, while I watched guys that had been there for awhile go back and forth to Dallas for the same money.

    Well lights green. Time to bounce.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
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  3. izifaddag

    izifaddag Medium Load Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    Thanks for the advice. I have 10 years and a great record. My truck and trailer are completely paid for if old and I am old too lol. I did LS in desperation in 2015 it was a disaster. Nope going back to my own thing and working the load boards. If I can repair the financial damage done in the last 2 years I will try buying a specialized trailer. Got a couple of ideas and the tanker thing is food for thought. Take care out there.
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  4. passingthru69

    passingthru69 Road Train Member

    I sit at times. But when what I do and the rates are in the toilet within a 500 mile radius I sit.
    We don't have that many direct shippers at this time.. But I still refuse to haul cheap.
  5. RStewart

    RStewart Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    Norman, OK
    I might sit one day if I'm in a good market. Otherwise I'll bounce. The difference between sitting & bouncing is just the cost of fuel & my truck doesn't burn much fuel when empty. It costs me about $100 to bounce 500 miles. Either way, whether I sit or spend a day bouncing the load I do get has to cover the daily revenue I lost sitting or dead heading.
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  6. Rontonio

    Rontonio Road Train Member

    Aug 9, 2009

    I am sitting here thinking about a big deadhead to get a load exactly like the one I just hauled - only out of Miami going to Northern Cal.

    Think they will hold
    It for a week? And come up the $10k I would need?
  7. passingthru69

    passingthru69 Road Train Member

    No some south Fl fool will cut your bid in half.
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  8. cnsper

    cnsper Road Train Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    About what I thought you all would say. I'm not going to sit waiting for a load or for the rates to come up. You want me? Tell me now or i am on to the next load. By the way, most of the loads will pay round trip money but you can't expect them all to.
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  9. johndeere4020

    johndeere4020 Road Train Member

    Jan 1, 2010
  10. Razororange

    Razororange Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    During the summer I'll probably wait for a day or 2 if I'm more than 500 miles from home and it's a weekend.

    Less than 500 miles or middle of the week and there's nothing I start rolling home and look for stuff along the way.

    In winter I bounce back home often. Just too much work from local customers to waste time on load board junk.

    Don't have time to waste hauling cheap freight that basically only covers fuel cost and a little in my pocket for 3 days of goofing around.
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  11. DDlighttruck

    DDlighttruck Road Train Member

    Dec 12, 2015
    I'm still a rookie but our outbound freight pays well. I don't understand screwing around with a cheap reload. Now coming home from Minnesota or Iowa different story. But I agree service the well paying outbound
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