Taking the plunge. My journey as an O/O.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Farmerbob1, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. LumbraX

    LumbraX Medium Load Member

    Sep 12, 2015
    Orlando, FL
    the last couple of months have been the most profitable for me ever since a owner operator (Reefer). It’s time to jump ship sir you’re missing out on all this money.

    I’d recommend a Ryobi leaf blower instead of wasting time at the wash out. Unless there is blood all over the trailer of course.
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  3. Itsbrokeagain

    Itsbrokeagain Light Load Member

    May 31, 2019
    So wait a sec...you're picking up dirty trailers...why aren't the drivers who previously used it cleaning it out? It should be on them to get a washout and drop it. Like are they getting you and a half dozen other o/o's to just put up with it and wash out the trailer before they go get a load?

    That would drive me nuts.
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  5. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere

    Ya know, I can understand your frustration with having to wait. Buuuttt......

    That's life
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  6. iraqralph43

    iraqralph43 Road Train Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    Crete won't let him jump ship / leave...until the truck is paid off ...but I could be mistaken
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  7. 062

    062 Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2013
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  8. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    I thought Bob financed that truck on his own and can take it anywhere he chooses.
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  9. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    South GA
    Indeed you do, sir. And we all have met that 'special' guy that won't turn the key for less than $4 a mile. My life is complete.
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  10. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    That's chump change to the Truckers report Central Point, Oregon short haul crew!!! C'MON!!!
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  11. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Fairmont NE
    I’ve never bragged about how much I make. Frankly the guys running spot market are posting numbers that shadow mine right now and I’ve said that numerous times here. I do what I do because it’s consistent both in the amount of work and the pay. I don’t want to ride that roller coaster. But to suggest there’s no margin for weekly truck washes is foolish in my opinion because it’s not doing harm to me and my operation.

    When I met with the guy about pulling food grade one of the first things he wanted to see was a picture of my truck. Image helps in some segments, like when a guy is turning you loose with a polished and Alumacleared trailer that he just paid $100k for.

    Now hauling feed ingredients I’ve seen guys with scurvy trucks be turned away from loading without a washout ticket while I pull in with a clean truck and get loaded after I tell them I swept out. If the outside is dirty they naturally assume the inside of your trailer is a mess too.

    You guys have a good weekend, I have to blow my radiator and air to air out and then run up and get my truck rinsed off again.
  12. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    A reefer driver without a cordless leafblower is kinda like Luke Skywalker without a lightsaber am I right? Lol
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  13. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    I could leave, but then I would be in a much more strict payment arrangement for the truck and insurance, etc. As it stands now if I have a short mile week, Crete simply takes it out of the next check.

    When I go on home time, I normally stay out at least a week, and have one settlement with short or no miles.
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