Think outside the box, and try to expand your capabilities.

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  1. flatbedcarrier

    flatbedcarrier Medium Load Member

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    The businesses that are moving a lot of equipment typically rely on brokers more because single truck owner operator isn’t always going to be in the area when they need them.

    Is there anybody around you that upfits trucks? For instance building dump, water trucks, or trucks with man lift/boom service bodies on them? Also see if there’s anyone building catering trucks in AZ. I’m pretty sure there is. Catering trucks need a really low deck height. Tow truck manufacturers as well.

    If there’s any of these types of businesses around you, you should definitely go talk to them. Just walk in and ask to talk to whoever is in charge of shipping. You might surprised at how glad they’ll be that you stopped in.

    Theres also a place that makes cell phone towers in Tucson you should talk to. I’ve loaded trucks out of there.
     
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  3. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Yeah there's a couple of those type of truck manufacturers here in Phoenix, I been trying to figure out how to get my foot in the door with something like that. I actually know the place ur talking about in Tucson . I loaded out of there a couple years back with some 50ft long cell towers.. I really appreciate all the ideas . It's funny because you are saying the same things that I've been thinking about but sometimes it helps to hear it from someone else to know that it's the right track to go down . You've really got the gears turning in my head now
     
  4. FormerDrivingInstructor

    FormerDrivingInstructor Bobtail Member

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    @flatbedcarrier: It would be funny if it weren't sad, but all of your ideas make complete sense. Your ideas are based on making money on deadhead miles and meeting needs that are currently unmet and doing so in a way that allows you to make money commensurate with your skills. You would do well in hiring a couple other resourceful drivers, taking a small cut, and teaching your ways to them. Keep sharing!
     
  5. flatbedcarrier

    flatbedcarrier Medium Load Member

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    I work with several Independent Owner Operators here at my company. I have a pretty good customer base that they stay busy moving loads for. I move loads for those customers to, when I can. I work in my office a lot these days.
     
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  6. flatbedcarrier

    flatbedcarrier Medium Load Member

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    I went and moved that tractor. Just got back. Easy local run $7.04 a mile loaded, or you can say $3.52 a mile for the round trip.

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  7. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    Does Central Dispatch post power only loads?

    I've only ever moved new trailers but I can imagine moving used ones you'd run into all sorts of fun stuff. Even the new ones I'd move there would be lights not working, flat tires, and various quality control issues. You really have no idea as to the road-worthiness of an old or used trailer. If a tire blows out or a hub cooks itself, who's problem is that has always been my question.
     
  8. flatbedcarrier

    flatbedcarrier Medium Load Member

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    I’ve seen a few power only moves on central dispatch over here years. In my opinion, it wouldn’t be worth having a account on there for just doing power only work.

    The shipper is always responsible for cost of repairs . I do what I can to help them if something goes wrong during a trip. If it’s a simple quick repair, and doesn’t cost me anything but a little time I rarely charge them any extra. I don’t like to be held up for longer than I need to on a run. I carry tools and even some common trailer parts. When moving used rv’s I ask a lot of question about the shape of the unit. I also require the customers to check their trailers out thoroughly, and send me pictures of it before 8ll agree to move it. If a trailer has been sitting for years without use, yeah, it’s probably going to need some attention before it hits the road. The trailer has to be roadworthy if I’m going to be the one moving it.
     
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