If you're running non-specailized dryvan, your competition is everyone from the one truck guy to Swift. Since this is where the most competition is, supply and demand dictates it will also have the lowest rates. It's simple economics really, and what lead me to selling my van trailers. When I lived in the northeast I did fine running regional, and you'd do fine running midwest regional, but everywhere else your sunk unless you have your own contracts. I've never found Texas to be that great for freight in the first place, either.
Why are we putting up with under payment
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keepntruckin Light Load Member
- Dec 27, 2011
I pull a dry van and "NEVER" take less than $2 a mile, and I don't sit.
Also, if they need me to take a load to an area that I know has little or no freight coming out,, I have pay me enough to where I can get back to a good area.
To tell the truth I have been using the getloaded.com rate indexes to get a base on what to aim for. Going into this I thought the relative I am working with would know what to charge but he doesn't. Is there a better place to get an idea of rates? We have been running from TX to CO and PA. I would love to get better rates but for all I know the brokers can tell I am inexperienced and work me over.
You need to run better areas to make more money, and if your drivers only want to go out and back, you will continue to struggle. Back in my dry van days, FL was tough except for a few times of the year. I would run the midwest to northeast lanes and fly home out of Baltimore. It made a lot more sense then taking some crappy load into FL and bouncing to Atlanta from Miami.
Thank you fortycalglock, I feel like I have been fighting with my relative a lot about how to run. He keeps telling me about how he ran when he was signed on with a large company 4 years ago. I am thinking about just running him in state for awhile. Short run rates look real good.
It seems that I contact new brokers constantly. Am I better off calling back the ones we have already done work for first even if they don't have anything posted?
Dice1 Road Train Member
- Jul 1, 2011
How is it the Brokers and Shippers fault for the rates?
The Carrier always provides the service and sets the rate for that service provided. You have a poor business plan when you let the customer tell you what your rate should be for the service you provided.
You don't go to McDonalds and tell them what you pay for their Big Mac. No, you choose what you want from their menu and their PRICE for that. So why should you the service provider let the customer dictate what you charge for your SERVICES you provide.
Remember it is not CHEAP FREIGHT until it is hauled by a CHEAP FREIGHT HAULER.
You have all the power to adjust your rates to make a profit and maybe your cost are too high to compete with others in your market. Either find another market or cut your cost to be more competitive and profitable.Paddletrucker Thanks this.
FLATBED Road Train Member
- Sep 14, 2008
How is it the Brokers and Shippers fault for the rates? So very true , they just OFFER the low rates and there is ALWAYS a trucker more than willing to run for those LOW RATES.
If you ever saw a RATE sheet for so called added service that customers get charged you would .
aiwiron Thanks this.
Kansas Road Train Member
- Apr 14, 2009
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