van and reefer age >10 years

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  1. roscoedub72

    roscoedub72 Bobtail Member

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    are you guys having trouble getting freight for older reefer or van trailers greater than 10 years old?

    I'm looking to buy a van or reefer trailer between 2003 - 2009 model years. whatever I buy will have air ride.

    this will greatly help me decide whether to remain with my current lease company (i own the truck, i lease their trailer on a per trip basis at 9% to the lease company per trip) or going alone with my own numbers with an older trailer. (my current lease company wants trailers less than 8 years old).

    this will help me decide.

    thanks
     
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  3. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    Just get a newer one, you might miss out on some good auto parts or paper loads
     
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  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    How much is the 9% costing you?

    Bet it is a new trailer payment.

    But new.
     
  5. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    I am assuming that 9% is for weekly revenue. Even though your revenue most likely fluctuates, I would say that 9% would be plenty for a trailer payment.

    My old reefer trailer was over 10 years old before I sold it. I never had an issue getting loaded, and was never denied a load because of its age. The only thing I was asked ,on high dollar loads such as seafood was if the reefer was downloadable
     
  6. roscoedub72

    roscoedub72 Bobtail Member

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    if i drive 6000-8000 miles a month, its over $1000.00 a month and the cargo insurance they will charge $.065 cents per mile.

    january $934.50 + cargo ins. $456.74 totals for 9% + cargo(.065 cpm) = $1390
    february
    $1227.50 + $449.86 =$1676
    march
    $910.00 + $304.49 =$1214
    april
    $1286 + $404.91 =$1690

    the bold values to the far right are the first four months of 2020 charges totaled at 9% plus cargo insurance to the carrier.

    i need to know i can find freight with an older trailer before i decide to jump ship on leasing with this carrier.

    oh and i didnt even include the 10% they take off the top for every load because it wasnt applicable to trailer purchase numbers.

    thanks
     
  7. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    In my opinion look at trailers 09 and newer, not older. Most trailers older than an 09 will be worn out, the floors will be failing etc.. while there is exceptions, older refers will generally have higher hours
     
  8. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Heavy Load Member

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    Got 2 dry vans, 2004 and 2007, never had problems with the 10 years old or newer. A few times they said it that but never had an issue when we show up. Just make sure to maintain the trailer well and don’t get wooden walls or fiberglass roofs.
     
  9. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    New van $600 per month after $3000 down.
    new tires, new floor, new roof, no leaks, DOT inspection ready, first 3-4 years almost maintenance free,
    I'd never buy used. I'd quicker trade it in after 4 -5 years for another new.

    Not sure about used reefers vs new, probably the logic is the same even though they cost twice as much.
     
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  10. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Heavy Load Member

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    Some people can’t finance new. Also just because a trailer shows $32,000 new, it’s way more than that with sales tax and FET and all the other crap. It isn’t like being a car or truck.

    both my dry vans together were less than $17,000 and have been free of all problems and I already put new tires on them. I’ve had these for 3 years now.
     
  11. roscoedub72

    roscoedub72 Bobtail Member

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    kshaw what year vans do you have?
    i think i got the info i needed to proceed. thanks
     
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