So how bad was 2019?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by 86scotty, Dec 23, 2019.

  1. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    2019 was on track for me to take home about the same as a company driver, but that changed in mid November when the truck started losing coolant.

    This led to discovery of a cracked head and scored cylinder and liner, as well as a failing EGR cooler.

    After a whole lot of crap centered around TruNorth's aftermarket warranty that I bought, the repairs cost me about 17k. The hotel cost me 3k. The lost income cost me way too much, but I can't give a clean number. My tax burden will also be dramatically reduced for the year, but I can't give a clean number for that yet, either.

    I expect that my income after truck expenses will be around 45k due to the engine rebuild and new EGR cooler.

    The one box failed with 300 miles on warranty earlier this year, so now have a new one-box and rebuilt engine in the truck, and hope to get through this coming year without much in the way of repairs beyond normal maintenance.

    After 120k miles, the drives are down to about half their original tread, so I am hoping to get at least another 20k miles out of them before buying new ones. We shall see.
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  3. Ruthless

    Ruthless Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2010
    The City.

    Lol did you cancel it for to get a 18% drop??
  4. whoopNride

    whoopNride Road Train Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Lol, Na I am not sure what happened but I will take it. A little over 1400 cheaper for the same coverage. I had to do a double take!!!

    I pay it upfront for the year instead of the payment plan, my booty always puckers up come renewal time. Even with no claims you never know what they will do with your rates from year to year.
  5. 062

    062 Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    My outbound loads have been from the same broker for nearly three years, and the rate has held steady. The broker I had been loading back to the house for decided to cut the rate back in September, and it may have been a blessing. I changed up a few things, and if I can get it fine tuned. I should be able to make the same or more on less miles,and time.
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  6. GraniteRiver

    GraniteRiver Light Load Member

    Apr 22, 2018
    I can’t complain, my booked rates were steady all year with a good uptick in November and December. December would’ve been my best month of the year if I wasn’t taking so much time off. Will be interesting to see what 2020 holds.
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  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    Bad, very bad. Down 20% on overall avg per mile. Worst rates in 7 yrs. But not the worst I’ve seen. It hasn’t hurt tooooo bad. Lol
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  8. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    2019 was a good year for me, not as good as some years, but not a bad as some others.
    The thread below are my numbers going back 5 years now doing the same thing.
    2014 vs 2015
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  9. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    How much coolant were you losing when you finally figured there was a problem? I only ask because when I bought my new T680 last year, I noticed small amounts of coolant gone every few weeks. No more than a gallon over a year. I mentioned it to the KW dealer and they said it was normal. Should I be worried?
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  10. Ruthless

    Ruthless Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2010
    The City.

    if you have a bum head or head gasket you’ll be adding a gallon ever couple days or more.
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  11. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    Take a oil sample and send it off... Find out if its leaking internally or externally... Internally is worrisome...
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2019
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