Stepdeck work and Covid-19

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Abbctrucker, Mar 22, 2020.

  1. Abbctrucker

    Abbctrucker Bobtail Member

    Mar 22, 2020
    Hi everyone

    new here and been an owner operator for a few years sub-contracting for a company for Reefer and dry vans in Canada.

    I am looking into operating thru my own authority within the next month and I just need some insight in regards to this whole BS with Coronavirus and the trucking industry.

    I would like to go ahead with stepdeck and work thru loadboard only canada based, and I know the demand for Reefer and dry vans are crazy right now because of this whole virus and the supply that is needed, but are you guys thinking the flat deck/stepdeck industry is going to be operating normal as of right now or could we possibly see a decline in work and job availability?

    im not the type of person that wants to pick up equipment or freight from one place and take it straight to it’s destination, I would like to do lots of LTL work and picking up pieces on my way straight to the destination that I need to go, but I’m just iffy right now if I should go ahead with purchasing a stepdeck with the circumstances the governments are making that could possibly slow down the deck industry.

    Any insights would be much appreciated !
  2. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

    Aug 31, 2018
    I’m not in that segment. But, I’d say it’ll be fairly dead for a couple months, then will be slow to return as it takes time for people to get their confidence back and build/buy things.

    Im sure much more knowledgeable people will come along shortly. Standby.
    Abbctrucker Thanks this.
  3. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    Spring always lights off the flat/step market. Lots of trucks jumping over to chase van restocking lanes may take some flat capacity away and when spring hits the load to truck ratio should be pretty strong. I wouldnt worry to much personally.
  4. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Tourist Town, FL
    It’s going to be a terrible year for platform freight. First the oil field truckers started going to general freight, then this virus putting the world on hold. Good luck to new ventures, you're going to need it.
    magoo68 Thanks this.
  5. Rooster1291979

    Rooster1291979 Road Train Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    I would only be pulling legal freight if I was getting into it right now. Permits in some states are not happening right now. The kind of freight I pull has basically stoped.
  6. sbaumann14

    sbaumann14 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Rhinelander, WI
    Last week 7.83 ratio of flat loads according to DAT.....but how much of that do you want to pull? (cheap)
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