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Am I doing something wrong

Jul 26, 2018 at 04:35 PM CST
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I?m have trouble find end dump work that pays the bills. Yes my bills are higher than most, but why are van trailers making 3 plus a mile and I?m on the high side of 2.50 on a good load. Help is welcome and appreciated. Thank you
Replied on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 05:42 PM CST
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These mega billion dollar companys seem to have no problem getting these owner operators to line up 3 wide and a mile deep for a $2.00/mi load in this industry. Why is a really good question.
Replied on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 10:28 PM CST
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We struggle keeping our per mile rate above 2.40...and our truck is light...28,500..I see loads posted on here for 1.40 a mile that doesn't even cover operating expenses.
Replied on Sun, Jul 29, 2018 at 06:42 AM CST
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This is why my end dump is for sale. The rates never made sense to me for the risk involved. I switched over to flat bed / Conestoga work. Ironically my best rates are my lightest loads. The heavier the load the cheaper it is. I have had loads paying $6.50 pm for a 1900 lb load. That trip was 1200 miles. However our 40k loads are usually in the $3.00 range.
I think one reason keeping dump rates down is many of these loads are short and allows most to be home every night. Hoppers would be similar. To many trucks willing to work for less so they are willing to work for less for the luxury of being close to home.
Replied on Sat, Aug 18, 2018 at 07:10 PM CST
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If they will not pay you to make what you need and make a profit for your company. You should find a different arena that will. My cousin calls me biching about his hopper all the time. I told him park it and get a van. Nope he just keeps bitching and running his head off and wondering why the money sucks. If you continue to think more weight or more miles will make up the difference you will find yourself with broken equipment and your bank account broken as well.

They say if you want to make a milllion in trucking start out with two million.