The art and theory of deadheading. Thoughts and Opinions.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by TallJoe, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

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    But shouldn't that be the Norm for a Reefer?

    As I DO NOT handle any reefer/Kosher freight(Never have)..........Isn't there hundreds of extra $$$ Involved in these kind of deliveries?

    Unloading Fees- Higher insurance costs- 50/50 Freight claims- Reefer fuel and Maintenance.
    Am I missing anything else?
     
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  3. special-k

    special-k Road Train Member

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    Up here tanker mileage rates are ok. Nothing spectacular but hourly rates are good and thats where the o/o seem to make their money. There's only a few that pay % and they take a big cut. You get 63-65% usually.
     
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  4. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    You got a great deal on that reefer from IN to NY because it's hot, hot, hot. Van there is too. Chicago is about the same. $3 a mile is nothing. Trucks are tight this week so don't leave money on the table drivers.
     
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  5. Drake.r

    Drake.r Light Load Member

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    I don't consider my empty miles to be dead head it's part of the haul if I did get my hands on a back haul it would severely jeopardize my first commitment

    I'm in NV leased to a company for percentage so with the gallons I can load with my big sleeper 900 and the time I average on the loads I'm running for about 95 an hour
     
  6. boredsocial

    boredsocial Road Train Member

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    Reefer haz to Long Island? Jesus christ I thought I had picked miserable freight nobody wanted...
     
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  7. JL of Indiana

    JL of Indiana Light Load Member

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    Hehehe! You ain't kiddin bud. It's not easy either. Literally pulled a team outta STL. Routinely have to pull out of Chicago. Always blows my mind just how few reefer haz guys our out here. I get it but ####! Puts us on our game especially in these conditions as you can imagine!

    It's actually forcing me into changing up my own trucking operation a bit. Had to find haz insurance, drivers gotta pass tests and backgrounds, 70k per reefer doesn't put a warm fuzzy feeling in my belly either. But, what other people don't want to do, ends up working out great for those that do!
     
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  8. rank

    rank Road Train Member

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    Didn't read all the replies but your most valuable ability is your availability. If you're loaded or detained on a garbage load that causes you to decline a good load... well that would suck
     
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  9. boredsocial

    boredsocial Road Train Member

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    There's riches in niches...
     
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  10. boredsocial

    boredsocial Road Train Member

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    This is incredibly true on the brokerage side as well. It's the reason why working garbage freight is terrible for us too. Instead of working loads that honestly may or may not even be profitable you could be prospecting for customers that would actually give you a chance of surviving.

    Opportunity cost and EV are two super important concepts in business. So is diminishing returns.
     
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