Why do flatbed over van/reefer? I don't see the extra money

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Kenworth6969, Aug 1, 2020.

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  1. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Light Load Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    I've done Van, Reefer and flatbed.
    As a company driver on Van sure the pay per mile Is a little less but you can do drop/hooks, in and out real quick. Not blowing forever straping, chaining and tarping, let alone if the weather is bad. I'm not seeing flatbed carriers offering drivers more money than door slammers.
    Maybe heavy haul but that's a different story.

    Running the boards I dont see flatbed paying more than the rest, in fact I'm seeing Reefer loads paying a lot more than flatbed loads most all the time.

    There's an endless supply of steering wheel holders, flatbed drivers cant be lazy and out of shape. Have to do labor and risk injury too.
    How come flatbed drivers aren't paid a lot more than the rest? So why do it? Should be paid a lot more than door slammers.
    Or is there something I'm missing...?
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    I think its the challenge. I've yet to pull a load but I have less than zero interest in drop and hook with a box. Couldn't pay me enough to do it.
  4. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Light Load Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    You should be paid more to complete a challenge, which box driver doesn't have.
    Thus proved my point
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  5. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Detroit, MI
    Flats use to pay more, way more, so a lot of people started doing it.
    White Volvos and beat up Freightshakers only used to do boxes and containers, but a lot of them switched in the last few years, with stepdecks becoming extremely popular
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Truckers are paid what they're willing to work for.
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  7. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    I do flatbed because I like it, not for the money.

    A couple weeks ago I had to cover the dry van route where I work. It is essentially like ltl, going from stop to stop, take a few pallets off, put some returns back on. Go to next stop, take it all off, put more returns on. Moving heavy pallets around inside a 200 degree trailer. Climbing in and out of trailer because most stops don’t have a dock. No thanks, not for me. I’ll stick with the flats lol.
  8. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Yeah it does get boring but in my neck of the woods it's pretty much paying what flat freight is.

    I really miss pulling a pneumatic
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  9. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Because, flatbed has many advantages over a box. While more demanding physically, I've found, flatbed loads,( or tanker) the customer on the other end is usually waiting for your goods and unlike a box, where it's , "park along the fence, we'll come and get you", meaning, they don't need or have room for your delivery. If I ever trucked again, and that won't happen, but I'd do flatbed today.
  10. Atlaw4u

    Atlaw4u Medium Load Member

    Jun 8, 2018
    As an O/O that runs regional and tries to stay close to home flatbed has more demand in my area.
    Also, with flat I usually get loaded and unloaded quite quickly. I start getting antsy at the 30 minute mark. Also, I never have to deal with lumpers.
    I've also made the choice not to tarp. Yes, I've missed out on some loads but not many. I may eventually buy a set of 4 or 6 foot drops but so far I'm doing fine.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2020
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  11. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    West Monroe, La
    ^^^^^^^ This right here ^^^^^^^

    My initial thought was, because it dont take 10 hours to get a flat unloaded.
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