Will Own My Truck Free and Clear Sept. 8th…advice sought

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  1. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Could be anywhere

    Probably could update my avatar pic, eh?:confused:
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  3. Space Truckin

    Space Truckin Light Load Member

    Mar 8, 2023
    Venus, Mars, and Tampa, FL
    I remember reading this years ago, not sure if still true or not. But the jist of it was, the price of an air fare is not necessarily lower if the distance is less. What apparently matters is how much competition there is on that route. In other words, if you do decide to fly out there, maybe you don't even need to bother driving out West first? If you ever decide to poke around comparing some fares, I'd be really curious to know if this old theory still holds water.
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  4. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    Sorry to hear about your mother, and congratulations on paying off the truck.

    There's always Landstar - despite all the BS with them, they have a pretty low bar for revenue each year, I think if you turn a minimum of 50k a year, they leave you alone. My choices 8 years ago were LS,Mercer and Schneider - because I wanted to be able to do nothing if I felt like it, or the market dictated it.

    It suits me - I build up an escrow of 4% to pay for tires mainly, but also to clear their 'red file' which is all the weekly charges that accumulate when you're not working. They'll call if it gets up around $2k and you haven't been running.

    This year so far, I ran 2 weeks in January, and just set out today, for a week, and that will put 1099 for the year at $40k - so I could theoretically just run another 4 or 5 weeks through the year, and keep them, and myself happy.

    If your truck is CA legal - then pick you a load out there when you feel like it, and go on.

    Things change a lot when you become debt free in this life and industry - and it's nice to see. Your family and time spent with them should always be prioritized over pounding pavement.

    Good luck whatever you choose.
  5. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Tourist Town, FL
    The cheapest airfare is nonstop in a high volume lane. Miles aren’t as big of a factor
  6. Todd727

    Todd727 Light Load Member

    Jun 7, 2021
    Basic supply and demand for those seats.
  7. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    South GA
    Right. So do some research and find out the cheapest fares from OC locations......indy, Nashville, Charlotte, Atlanta.....etc
    Book a load there, park your stuff, and Uber to the airport.
    By the way, I was able to get loads to Phoenix out of Dallas. Only problem was there wasn't jack coming out of Phoenix. Finally found a load to SLC, it was ugly and cheap, but it was an interesting ride.
    Congratulations on paying your stuff off. It's a good feeling.
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  8. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

    Apr 8, 2012
    Orion's Belt
    Landstar has plenty of work out west….. at least that’s what I read …
  9. TylerVS

    TylerVS Light Load Member

    Nov 11, 2012
    Sully, IA
    For two years I'd just stay there if you are happy other than not being able to get west very often. I'd just buy plane tickets as it seems I don't get good opportunities to see family members when I'm near them while working anyway.
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  10. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Could be anywhere
    Thanks to all for the constructive input. It is greatly appreciated. It’s been a little difficult the last year as my wife and I separated 18 months ago, and mom got sick a month later. She died October 21st, and I pretty much worked from November until three weeks ago when I traveled to CA to collect a few things from her house.
    I worked Thanksgiving and Christmas and didn’t do much else. But things are becoming a bit more clear (as they tend to do) and the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an oncoming train.

    Who was the Einstein that said life got easier as you got older?o_O
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  11. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018

    When I lived in Atlanta we would drive to Birmingham alabama to fly somewhere because the price was so
    Much lower .

    Delta buys empty gates at Atlanta so no other airline can compete with them, hence the high price
    All the discount airline fares were from
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