What is the Denver market like for the Owner Operators?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Ellimar1021, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Ellimar1021

    Ellimar1021 Bobtail Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Just wanted te get some feedeback from O/O's hauling dry van out of Denver if biz was good? Thinking of moving there. Drive safe and God bless.
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Denver is ok. They do a spot of shipping in east Denver.

    You will find that the southern part of Denver is a different culture.

    Denver is not the people or government it was once long ago in my time. There has been a exodus of sorts out of the west coast that managed to eat into and infest some of the things Colorado never dealt with before.

    I keep tabs on them to this day, but it's a adequate city. Just a place to fuel up and fit for battle prior to the mountains west for me. The one saving grace is that the place has always been relatively wide and roomy, rather easy to get a semi around. Beats say Camden NJ any day.
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  4. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    No, Denver is considered a "backhaul" zone.
  5. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    st malo mb canada
    If most smart o/op charge to leave Denver empty on the inbound freight you may want to secure something before the move .. otherwise it’s a dollar a mile lane or it used to be anyways
  6. Gentlemanfarmer

    Gentlemanfarmer Medium Load Member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Greenville, FL
    Never had much success getting out of Denver. Of course I pull a flatbed and the rates were usually a dollar or less per mile.
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  7. Tug Toy

    Tug Toy Road Train Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Corn field
    Just deadheaded 645 miles out of there yesterday.

    You have to get enough going in to pay for the trip out too. What little freight there is in the Denver area pays less than terrible.
  8. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    As others have pointed out, you need a rate going in that will offset the outbound rates.

    One thing to understand, some places, like Denver are high consumption areas. They have a high demand for goods to come in. Most is consumed for local use, little is made for market. That translates to a lot of empty trucks. Drives rates down.

    There is freight, just not good rates.
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  9. 86scotty

    86scotty Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2017
    ^^^ My experience exactly. It's unfortunate. I have family there and it's a great city/area. I really wish I could get out there more. Last time I tried I could only get potatoes a couple hundred miles out of town going back to Kansas City and I have no idea how or why people haul them regularly.
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