The REAL Reason Freight Rates SUCK

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by mcgoo422000, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. jakescabsolutions

    jakescabsolutions Bobtail Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    I agree you need some kind of collusion like the gas stations where they all sell gas for same price.
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  3. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2008
    None of that should matter to you. Yeah $1000-$1300 gross a week was good money easy to make as a company driver about anywhere 10 years ago. Those days are long gone economy and regulations, they are and have been a changin... As someone pointed out, very well I think, the problem is too many with too much debt who have no clue the pricing power they really have and set unrealistic inflexible minimums then complain they are rolling cheap. If you can't afford to sit a week or 3 you are in a very weak position and will roll on others terms. That's being generous I could park for months.
  4. mcgoo422000

    mcgoo422000 Medium Load Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    Thank you I'll check them out
  5. mcgoo422000

    mcgoo422000 Medium Load Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I been told by several drivers lately they're not making 500 a week and had a swift tell after school with them he barely made 325 a week.
  6. Ironman6622

    Ironman6622 Light Load Member

    Dec 28, 2011
    knoxville, tn
    Yep you got a better chance of flipping burgers at macdonalds than being a company driver for a big company
  7. Oscar the KW

    Oscar the KW Going Tarpless

    May 19, 2011
    No I am not trying to turn the subject, you are. What I am saying is if you pickup a truckload at (a) going to (b) and have room left to put something else that you can pickup on your way, why not do it if it doesn't mess up the time requirements for the truckload. If you don't want to mess with putting LTL's with truckloads fine, more for the rest of us. But I still think it comes down to the fact you want to try to convince class 8 operators to leave that stuff on the dock so you hotshot guys can reap the benefits of a customer panicking and putting a truckload rate on it. It may be cheap for you as a truckload, but for us its just a little extra bonus. So good luck trying to convince REAL businessmen otherwise.

    FREEBRD Medium Load Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    Lafollette tn
    Who said rates are cheap! Dont you see brokers on here complaining every day about how little money they are making! Everyone knows truckers are getting rich!
    If youre not you dont know how to talk too people! Its all there! All you have too do is ask! Get on the phone call a shipper and say hey ! I own a flatbed ! He will say yes! And there you go on your way to riches!
    You ask! How do i no? Well, i read it on a truckers forum! Just like last 8 yes since ive been a o/o never fails around the beggining of a new year! You will read! How its going to get much better the economy is looking up we expect a 7% increase! Hahaha
    people its all a mind frick! Americas needs truckers and the powers that be will say anything to keep truckers except treat you like a human and with respect! meaning paying you a living wage.
    So they lie to keep as many as possible ! Because you -we the truckers move america..
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  9. Working Class Patriot

    Working Class Patriot Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Wherever and Whenever...
    This past week I have seen rates drop about a dollar a mile.....And the Brokers refuse to go up......

    Had two loads offered to me today.....One was scaffolding with 8' tarp at $1.60/m to Denver.....
    The other was coils with a 6' tarp with two P/U at $1.50/m to Aurora........

    The first was from Carson....The second was from Anahiem and then Riverside........

    Wow....Both of those loads would normally get at least $2.50/m...........

    Too many trucks chasing not enough loads........:biggrin_25513:
  10. Beethoven

    Beethoven Light Load Member

    May 3, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    I see a common problem on here. One driver is raising a concern and a few others make him feel like he is the problem. RIDICULOUS. is everyone so self centerd and silo'd that you can't see what the guy is saying.

    You na-sayers have all fallen for the tricks of modern day brokers. Designed to "divide and conquer". Have some conpassion and help the guy out with where to get some good rates. Don't shoot him down. ####. Stick together and show some solidarity.
  11. rockyroad74

    rockyroad74 Heavy Load Member

    I don't think that many guys in their 20s want to come out here. I've talked to a few of my neighbors kids about training with me on the road and then I might add a truck or two.

    I've decided not to go that route, I can't find any takers. Most are happy enough living on $10 an hour, living at home or having their bills subsidized by momma. They don't worry about being put out on the street. Those are the guys that are willing to do OTR. The ones who cannot fall back on others for help, and cannot find a better field to get into in their area.
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