Why can't I find Flatbed drivers to haul my loads?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Tim77, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. rank

    rank Road Train Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    50 miles north of Rochester, NY
    That's what I was thinking. If I'm going to tarp lumber for $900 on 300 miles it had better be zero deadhead on both ends otherwise it's a time waster. $2700 on 900 miles.......depends.......the devil's in the details.
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  3. reverendhandy

    reverendhandy Medium Load Member

    Jan 24, 2017
    Modesto, CA
    One of the biggest reasons you're having trouble, like others have said, it's lumber.
    Lumber is very time consuming.
    Irregardless of what the customer orders, lumber Mills all want drivers as close to 80,000 as they can get them.
    The customer may have only ordered 12 units, but the mill insists on max weight, and will continue loading as such.
    90% of all lumber loads have to be fully tarped, and if it's custom lumber, it quite often has to have plastic wrap first.
    With other industries for example, if the customer only orders say 5 steel plates, that's all that gets loaded, generally for a better rate than a full load of lumber.
    Also if you consider, that it could take several hours to load and tarp, you also have double the time, because it will take you almost the same amount of time to unload.
    Then you consider the fuel cost, slower speed in the hills because your heavy, etc,.
  4. hlea2479

    hlea2479 Bobtail Member

    Nov 19, 2017
    My problem is, I have approximately 5-6 daily load lists coming in, but waaaay too many drivers to give them all something. I was grandfathered into the company that's been in business since 1971, and we're well trusted. It's nice having a company call and say, "hey, I really need this load moved asap" and me being able to call a handful of people and someone take the load. However, I feel bad that I don't always have something for every one. I would like to find a few more suppliers/companies, who could send me their daily load lists, so that I could supply more of my drivers work.
  5. Abby25

    Abby25 Bobtail Member

    Nov 7, 2018
    You still have those lumber loads coming out of Virginia up north. My husband has a hard time finding loads coming to New Jersey from Virginia.
  6. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    SouthEast Alabama
    Don't get your hopes up that the member you addressed will respond to your question. He hasn't been on the forum for 2.5 years and will not return.
  7. 6wheeler

    6wheeler Road Train Member

    Aug 30, 2009
    Not interested. I'm reporting you. Flatbed owner operator.
  8. Aamcotrans

    Aamcotrans Heavy Load Member

    May 24, 2016
    Strasburg, Va
  9. Chrisap55

    Chrisap55 Light Load Member

    Jul 18, 2021
    Rate per mile is relative. $3 a mile on 300 miles is basically $900 a day. By the time I get loaded, secured, tarped, drive to customer, untarp, unsecure, get unloaded, my day is pretty much over being it's Florida. I could take a 1,600 mile load that delivers in 3 days for $3,000 less than $2 a mile, and make more per day than that $3 a mile freight. Time is money, not rate per mile.
  10. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Kansas city,Mo
    You’ll also burn a lot more fuel running 700 extra miles on that longer load and probably end up netting less then the three short loads. Gross per day means much less then net per day. But what do I know I’m just a company driver.
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  11. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2020
    GOAT watching
    Dang it. There you go using math. You know we can't do math.
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