Want to learn how to load car hauler

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  1. jazzyd910

    jazzyd910 Bobtail Member

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    I've been piggy backing 17 years always want to buy my own car hauler looking for advice and wiling to listen and learn please
     
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  3. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    I have several weeks of training open currently on a high rail. $5,000 a week and you provide the car. Just kidding. Whatever you do, don’t buy a carhauler before you work for someone else for a couple years. You may not understand why, but take my advice. Good companies are still hiring and training as soon as this pandemic is over. You wouldn’t be able to lease on anywhere without experience anyway. Used rigs are cheap, but experience and training are priceless.
     
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  4. jazzyd910

    jazzyd910 Bobtail Member

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    I like that banker lol
     
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    jazzyd910 Bobtail Member

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    I really would like to train with owner operator if they have and extra rig
     
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    Banker Road Train Member

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    I probably would teach you to load and unload for free if it wasn’t for the liability, as I am slightly bored currently. Originally I was going to buy a carhauler and then learn how to haul cars. Instead I went the company driver route for several years before I bought my rig and I am glad I did it this way. Most Piggyback drivers I know really like that line of work. If it weren’t for flying all the time I may have gone that route.
     
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  7. jazzyd910

    jazzyd910 Bobtail Member

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    what part of the country you in
     
  8. jazzyd910

    jazzyd910 Bobtail Member

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    company driver I'm up to my head with that stuff it's about the company not the driver
     
  9. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    ****We are in the early stages of possibly a very difficult time for our industry. Therefore all of my advise is contingent upon our industry bouncing back after the shutdown.****

    Knowing what I know about carhaul if I were you I would find a company that runs contract freight near or thru my house since I like to be home regular. All of the ones I know of train new car haulers. I would pick a company instead of an owner operator, because the pay and benefits “usually” will be better. You will make more money working for the “right” company until the day you decide if you want to still own a rig. There is a huge difference in carhaulers pay, but the jobs are out there (NORMAL TIMES BUT NOT CURRENTLY) in certain parts of the country that motivated, experienced carhaulers make $2,000 or better every week. You will also hear a few drivers on this forum speak about how terrible the rates are and how little they make. These few people who complain are not working for the companies or geographical locations I am thinking of. A little research calling the companies that fit your geographic search, will tell you very quickly how much their experienced carhaulers make in normal times. Most of them are laid off currently, but it will come back one day(hopefully soon).

    (HYPOTHETICALLY) If a carhauler on this forum tells you he could make more at Sysco or Pepsi than he does at his carhaul job normally, (this is the job, company or even terminal of otherwise good companies) to stay away from because this is not the job I speak of. You probably won’t be able to convince him that the entire industry isn’t the same as his job.(HYPOTHETICALLY)
     
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  10. Tobytob

    Tobytob Light Load Member

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    As stated Car hauling is all about geographical location, If you can find a company that gets too or thru your area you will be one happy camper. Staying out for weeks on end is an option too, But it works best when you can run thru the house consistently with loads. This isn't like dry freight or flatbed, it a whole different ball game, Much better if you ask me, it why I made the decision to return after being gone for so long.
    As for training, Banker said it best find you a company job and learn the ropes, again it not like general freight, dispatching is different along with terminals, You actually get to know the hands that feed you. Build a great relationship and you will prosper in this industry.
     
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  11. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

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    Very wise comments! Many people can’t grasp the building relationships idea. Nobody owes us anything, but when we have a great relationship with those that we work with it seems like we often get what we need more times than not.
     
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