Thinkin about fleet owning

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by Iraqvet, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. Iraqvet

    Iraqvet Light Load Member

    Oct 28, 2007
    Ashtabula Ohio
    Well I definetly appriciate the feedback from everyone so far.I am still not sure what I am gonna do..I might just take my money and run lol...I guess I got a ton of research left to do!!
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  3. PharmPhail

    PharmPhail Road Train Member

    Nov 7, 2008
    BTW I retract my statement about insurance being cheaper for additional misunderstanding. They're all the same, the down is just less if you add them later because it's prorated for what's left in the policy year.
  4. BlueHawk

    BlueHawk Bobtail Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Dearborn Hts, MI
    Iraqvet... I would suggest a LOT more investigating before you dive into this. Finding good teams to run your equipment would be only your first hurdle. Then you have plummeting rates, company politics, and fees up the wazoo. You need to understand rates vs running costs, how many loaded miles each truck would have to run before you're in the black, etc. It's not an easy thing! You can't just go out there and say, "I want that truck, that truck, and that van. I want you four to run those trucks. And we'll sign on with this company; and all will be hunky dorey." Ppl lose their ##### thinking that way.
  5. motomike

    motomike Bobtail Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    as a current independent expediter, this forum is not the best place for research, it's good but expediters online is specifically geared at the expediting industry, you should read back thru at least one year of post there and you'll find plenty of help from all members, some advise you may not really want to hear but it will be the truth. And Thank You for doing what you are doing for all of us over there
  6. Baack

    Baack Road Train Member

    May 24, 2007
    Our expediter forum is kind of new
    We would appreciate any advice or sharing of knowledge you have
  7. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
    I belong to several trucking forums including those geared to expediting and hotshotting . While it's true a forum focused on a certain sector of the industry will have more posts geared to that sector members here also can answer most questions . I know expeditors and hotshotters and I post the most important information I learn here .
    It's true expediting has been affected by slow freight and rate cutting like the rest of the industry . Experienced hotshotters seem least affected but it took a lot of hard work for them to establish the customer base they have and gain the reputation for reliable service that allows them to demand premium rates . It's not something somebody can just walk into .
    New expedite members would be a real asset here sharing their knowledge .
    Baack Thanks this.
  8. yendor_65

    yendor_65 Light Load Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    Grand Blanc, Michigan
    Yes reputation is key, keep that on time percentage up and you will get the better paying loads more often.
  9. ladybreeze2964

    ladybreeze2964 Bobtail Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    rome georgia
    Just a quick thank you for your service to our country. My son was there for a little over a year and as a mother I never slept the whole time. God Bless You and Good Luck in all that you do.
  10. phroziac

    phroziac Road Train Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Gary, IN
    By the way, as long as you fax your paperwork to the broker/border and have PAPS or PARS barcodes, and a backhaul, aint nothing wrong with going to canada. Just dont use your cell phone!
  11. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
    That's it . As long as YOU fax your paperwork . Never rely on anyone else to do it . If someone else must do it get the broker's number and call to confirm the fax was received . Better than a backhaul is having a dedicated trailer that pays empty miles .
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