would like to hear from US drivers only please

Discussion in 'US Xpress' started by highwayman, May 14, 2011.

  1. highwayman

    highwayman Medium Load Member

    :biggrin_25520:i'm thinking about doing a lease with us xpress and was wondering if any of you current drivers know any of the lease drivers that are running with US on their lease program. now i have been associated with usxpress for the last year and im coming on board with them and going with the lease, now i have spent the last year going thru all the terminals and talking with company drivers as well as lease drivers and to be honest i have only ran into a few lease drivers that were not doing well and even then they admitted it was because they wanted to be home every other week, i'm coming a board and plan on running the whole summer without going home as i was staying out with the other guys 6-8 weeks at a time so the time out does not bother me and with it being summer i want to run the miles...anyway any info you guys have would be great....now i really dont want to hear all the negative dont lease talk..LOL we have all read those stories already...lol, just curious what you company drivers think of it all
     
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  3. highwayman

    highwayman Medium Load Member

    :biggrin_2552:wow the responses are over whelming....haha
     
  4. flood

    flood Road Train Member

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    as of two weeks ago ALL lease drivers are being put on milage ONLY and when i was at tunnel hill, ga i saw 4 dri
    vers come in and turn in their trucks and go back to company drivers. because they wouldn't make money at milage. (heard 25 drivers turned in trucks that week)

    look at all the runs you have made over the last 3-6 months now look at what you would have made on the lease for that time and would you have made more....?
     
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  5. highwayman

    highwayman Medium Load Member

    yeah i had heard that they stopped paying percentage and were just paying miles and fuel surcharge, but was told the miles were still good enough.....i was running close to 3k miles a week consistent, i was wanting to go lease for a few reasons...one of them is having more say so and not getting stuck in the northeast...and there were other issues i wanted to get away from that i should prob not talk about on here....let's just say i didnt what the other place would ask a driver to do on the road...hint hint
     
  6. highwayman

    highwayman Medium Load Member

    im not gonna lie....i really expected more info or input than this...with all the USXPRESS drivers on here i thought i might get more out of this....so should i ask......WOULD IT BE BETTER TO GO AS COMPANY DRIVER? any input now???? lol:biggrin_2552:
     
  7. flood

    flood Road Train Member

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    i would say company driver or get your own truck, remember that your fixed weely cost for a lease truck from usx will be about $750 (there's alot more than just the truck payment) a week if the truck doesn't move.

    my old trainer is in a lease truck with usx and his wife is his codriver (cost an extra $100 a week to team) his weekly fixed cost is $850. we are buying are truck and are fixed cost is $400 a week

    if you get a 1000 ml run your still on the hole, 2 1000 ml trips and you MY break even.

    remember that every 1000 ml (with fuel discount & fsc) is going to cost you around $540 just in fuel so to run 3000 ml a week your fuel will be around $1620 plus your fixed cost of $750 = $2370 cost per week. what if you sit for a day or two (34hr) and it's hot so you idle or it's cold and you idle.. what if you breakdown...? if it's not under warranty YOU PAY (do you have the money.?). if it is under warranty and your going to be down for 3-4 days waiting for parts do you have the money for the motel and food, and remember that if you are broke down you still owe the $750 a week...

    what about winter when it's slow and you may only get 1500 miles a week for a month plus it's good and cold so you have to idle ALOT so eery week you will be in the hole... will you have enought money in the bank to survive it...?

    yes i am pointing out the downside alot but if you don't have a plan to survive the downside i don't care how good the upside is you will not make it

    alot of drivers you talk to RIGHT NOW will tell you how good they are doing but if they havn't done it all winter when it's slow then what they say doesn't count

    if it's what you want to do LOOK real hard at the numbers, look at every load you have run for the last 3-6 months how much downtime, breakdown time, every load, how much you were paid then look at all of it as if you were a lease driver, would you realy have made more...? of so how much more...?

    alot of drivers do good as a lease driver BUT alot don't
     
  8. highwayman

    highwayman Medium Load Member

    yeah i wanted to lease in order to have some freedom as well as maybe make a little more money ,, i know it was a crazy thought but still a thought...lol , thanks for the input and responding, i'm not getting much out the drivers on here with either thread i started, was hoping to get some..and maybe make a few friends since i will be coming aboard as a company driver ....:biggrin_25519:
     
  9. linadin

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    if you want to go lease look at the freightliners i have 9mths left of payments on mine and i am still on percent you just have to ask around not all drivers went back to milage there are still some percent drivers. As for outside cost not covered under warrenty you will have a maintance account. over all I do very well and still manage to run thru the house every other weekend.
     
  10. highwayman

    highwayman Medium Load Member

    yeah looks like im just gonna go company for now and see what heppens before diving into the lease
     
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