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Buying a hopper

May 20, 2020 at 02:22 PM CST
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Picked up a 99 columbia with a series 60 for 10k. Now looking for the cheapest hopper I can find. I see loads are paying about a 1.50-1.60 mile. I can easily run for that and make a living. Whos the best broker to use?

Replied on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 09:36 PM CST
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You think you can live off 1.5 a loaded mile? You do realize you'll be running 30 to 50% unloaded miles right, and that they cost you almost as much a loaded mile?

Replied on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 09:36 PM CST
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Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 07:19 AM CST
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You can easily run for that rate and make someone else a great living. You will profit absolutely zero dollars taking loads that pay that low. The goin rate to drive a truck down the road is in the 3 to 4 per mile range.
Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 07:19 AM CST
Just pick any broker if you are willing to haul it any of them will let you
Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 07:53 AM CST
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I did all the math. At 3 dollars a gallon averaging 6 mpg comes up to 50 cents a mile for gas. Then another 25 cents a mile for my insurance and maintenance fund then 50 cent per mile again for my pay leaves another 25 cent/mile at least for profit. Nobody can tell me whos a good brokers to use?

Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 08:29 AM CST
I have an 06 Timpte for sale. Email me at [email protected]
Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 09:33 AM CST
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Nobody senses a troll here? This should be entertaining. I'll play along. My tire bill for last year came to $15/day. I spent $3600 on tolls, $2500 on book keeping and tax accounting, $300 on drug testing, $2500 on HUT and licensing, $1050 getting towed out of a muddy farm field, $3800 truck and trailer washes, $550 for cat scales, and $900 on loads boards. You may want to add a little to your expense side. Also a $10000 truck won't be operated for 25 cents a mile with insurance, and you need to amortize your truck and trailer costs and factor in replacement cost on equipment that no doubt will have a short life span.
Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 10:19 AM CST
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06 Timpte? I think that is going to be outside my buget. I'm looking for around 7k max.

Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 10:19 AM CST
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Wow. It looks like your overhead is extreme. Hut is only 550 for me, loadboards are only about 125 for three of them and I won't be running toll roads. Thank you for the help although I didn't really ask for advice. 25 cents a mile in 2000 miles is 500 dollars a week. That's pretty for my expenses over the entire year thats like 25 thousand dollars. How do you stay in business with a high overhead like that? I'm looking for a good broker or dispatcher that can get me the miles. No need for Cadillac rates.

Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 12:08 PM CST
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Quote: "Wow. It looks like your overhead is extreme. Hut is only 550 for me, loadboards are only about 125 for three of them and I won't be running toll roads. Thank you for the help although I didn't really ask for advice. 25 cents a mile in 2000 miles is 500 dollars a week. That's pretty for my expenses over the entire year thats like 25 thousand dollars. How do you stay in business with a high overhead like that? I'm looking for a good broker or dispatcher that can get me the miles. No need for Cadillac rates. "

That was HUT and license. If you want to run for 50 cents a mile you can do that as an employee driver with zero risk. Don't think my expenses are any higher than anyone else's. If you think $500 a week is more than enough for maintenance you will be quickly surprised. I get a monthly oil change for $300. Even if you do it yourself it's a hundred and value your time at zero. I'll bet that old 99 dd60 will need injectors or a head gasket in the next 12 months. I put a cooling fan in mine, a turbo, injectors, dash fan, AC compressor, serpentine belt, u joints, other misc ac components, a power steering reservoir, and hose, rear seal, clutch and head gasket on a 600,000 mile engine along with tons of electrical repairs. None of which I planned on. Truck was a 2015 glider. I'm sure there are lots of things I missed.
Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 01:54 PM CST
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300 for an oil change?! No way. It's only costing me about 100 and that includes both fuel filters. I'll be doing oil analysis also so my drain intervals will be nearly double the usual 12000 mile recommended. No wonder you need 4 dollars a mile to run. Once the states open everything back up I'll have tons of business. Compared to youre prices I'll be able to undercut with ease. Tons of work will come my way. Just have to find a cheap beat up old hopper first.

Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 02:45 PM CST
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I have an 1991 Timpte for sale [email protected]
Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 03:57 PM CST
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Quote: "300 for an oil change?! No way. It's only costing me about 100 and that includes both fuel filters. I'll be doing oil analysis also so my drain intervals will be nearly double the usual 12000 mile recommended. No wonder you need 4 dollars a mile to run. Once the states open everything back up I'll have tons of business. Compared to youre prices I'll be able to undercut with ease. Tons of work will come my way. Just have to find a cheap beat up old hopper first. "

Where can I find some of the drugs you are using? I'd like some. I think the other fellas right. Got a troll on our hands.
Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 04:51 PM CST
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I feel so rude for not answering your original question. Based on your specific circumstances you will want to almost exclusively run for TQL.
Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 05:16 PM CST
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Quote: "300 for an oil change?! No way. It's only costing me about 100 and that includes both fuel filters. I'll be doing oil analysis also so my drain intervals will be nearly double the usual 12000 mile recommended. No wonder you need 4 dollars a mile to run. Once the states open everything back up I'll have tons of business. Compared to youre prices I'll be able to undercut with ease. Tons of work will come my way. Just have to find a cheap beat up old hopper first. "

Thats a great idea, "save money" on literally the cheapest and easiest maintenance item there is on the the most expensive piece of the truck to cut everybody else's rates down. Have at it, I'd sell you my nice 2017 Timpte cheap just to watch that dumpster fire.

Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 05:17 PM CST
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Quote: "I did all the math. At 3 dollars a gallon averaging 6 mpg comes up to 50 cents a mile for gas. Then another 25 cents a mile for my insurance and maintenance fund then 50 cent per mile again for my pay leaves another 25 cent/mile at least for profit. Nobody can tell me whos a good brokers to use? "

Have you ever owned a truck before? A 10k dollar truck is going to cost you 50 to 75 cents a mile just in maintenance, for the first couple years at least. A POS old hopper is going to cost you another 25 cents a mile to keep it from entirely falling apart on the highway. Have you had that thing to a mechanic to see if it's even close to roadworthy? If you're willing to run for barely break even rates you can pick any garbage rate broker anywhere pulling any trailer and have more work than you can keep up with.

Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 06:20 PM CST

Recaps are less than half the price of new.

I could pay you $1.61 per mile on all miles to pull my trailer.

Replied on Thu, May 21, 2020 at 06:38 PM CST

Why waste your money on a truck or a trailer? I have a bridge I will sell you for the same money. The location is on the East Coast.

Replied on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 07:23 AM CST
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I don't have any plans in sinking a bunch of money into the tractor or the trailer. Just keeping them legal is the only thing Ill be doing. There basically disposable. Head gasket pops? I'll get another 10k truxk and start all over. Sounds like you guys are overcharging.

Replied on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 07:24 AM CST
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Quote: "I did all the math. At 3 dollars a gallon averaging 6 mpg comes up to 50 cents a mile for gas. Then another 25 cents a mile for my insurance and maintenance fund then 50 cent per mile again for my pay leaves another 25 cent/mile at least for profit. Nobody can tell me whos a good brokers to use? "

Hey Jimmy !!!! A 99 Columbia with a 60 series. Doesn’t run on gas, as you stated here. But if you want to try let us know how that works for you. These guys are spot on with their numbers. So maybe it would be best you didn’t get into the business. We have enough low ball idiots already in it.
Replied on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 07:24 AM CST
I would not want the libility of pulling a 7 k trailer down the road! You will need to spend at least 15 k to have one safe enough to pull down the highway!think about what would happen if it came apart loaded in rush hour in a big city!
Replied on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 07:33 AM CST
David krouse
Replied on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 08:10 AM CST
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"Surely you can't be serious!"

"I am serious... And don't call me Shirley."

Replied on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 08:11 AM CST
Quote: "I don't have any plans in sinking a bunch of money into the tractor or the trailer. Just keeping them legal is the only thing Ill be doing. There basically disposable. Head gasket pops? I'll get another 10k truxk and start all over. Sounds like you guys are overcharging. "

No, we're not running garbage we found in a scrap yard down the highway.

Replied on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 09:27 AM CST

I like that movie too!

Replied on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 09:47 AM CST
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My friend has a good cheap hopper for you Jimmy. Call 867 5309. Ask for jenny
Replied on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 03:47 PM CST
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My expenses total 10k for the year and running 25 cents a mile on 2000 miles is 500 dollars a week for 40 weeks. This easily covers my expenses. Add another 25 cents for another 10k in repairs and maintenance on my plastic throw away truck. 150 a mile is buying myself the best job ever. Nkt mention I'll be Undercutting other trucks so the work will be pouring in. I'll have more thab I can handle. I hope you guys stay parked and leave room for me out there.

Replied on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 03:48 PM CST
Quote: "My friend has a good cheap hopper for you Jimmy. Call 867 5309. Ask for jenny"

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Replied on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 03:48 PM CST
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Sounds like a disgruntled buhl haulah with his pants tucked in his boots mad that he’s slowly going broke!
Replied on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 07:43 PM CST

You do realize that when you blow a tire, just one, that $500 you saved for maintenance is gone right? 10k for a truck? Bet you'll pay more in OOS fines and you're build then that thing is worth.

Replied on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 06:21 AM CST
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Quote: "My expenses total 10k for the year and running 25 cents a mile on 2000 miles is 500 dollars a week for 40 weeks. This easily covers my expenses. Add another 25 cents for another 10k in repairs and maintenance on my plastic throw away truck. 150 a mile is buying myself the best job ever. Nkt mention I'll be Undercutting other trucks so the work will be pouring in. I'll have more thab I can handle. I hope you guys stay parked and leave room for me out there. "

Jimmy boy, you can park that Columbia. I just bought a 1000 dollar 1978 international 1700 load star. 404 gas, 5spd with a 2 speed rear end. 9.00-20 tires made during ww2. It doesn't have a sleeper, but i found a used ice fishing house for 100 bucks from a guy in Wabasha that i can mount on there. I got my insurance for 500 dollars from a guy named Doug in Vegas, he seems like a straight shooter. I bought Jenny's hopper. Its a 1980 Tommy, the two tone model. I sold my house and got a van down by the river, ill be able to undercut you all day, you won't have any loads. The trailer is shot, all the slope seams are spread bad, i won't be able to get a decent washout done because product will hang up in there really bad, but with my expenses so cheap, ill be able to afford to have most of my dollar per mile loads rejected.....sorry Jimmy, your business just fell down the well. Maybe Wal-Mart is hiring.
Replied on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 11:42 AM CST
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I don’t think I have ever been so entertained 😂!
Replied on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 11:42 AM CST
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What kind of idiot spends 500 on a single tire? Virgin Roadmasters are like 300 installed. No wonder you guys charge ao much. Your overhead is amazing. You guys are ripping off your customers charging such high rates.

Replied on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 12:24 PM CST
There is something to consider here....if this first 10k truck falls apart and you buy another 10k truck you will have to buy another tag for the second truck because tags are not transferable. Also will have to pay for another 2290 so your low maintenance plan just got more expensive by several thousand dollars.
Replied on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 10:46 PM CST
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Quote: "What kind of idiot spends 500 on a single tire? Virgin Roadmasters are like 300 installed. No wonder you guys charge ao much. Your overhead is amazing. You guys are ripping off your customers charging such high rates. "

Ya can't fix stupid but by god you can breed it!
Replied on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 10:46 PM CST
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Theres idiots born everyday, What you put on paper most of the time it wont work, Hes counting on no break downs, no dot checks, portable scales, the school of hard knocks is a hard way to learn. The man is going to get rich on $1.50 per mile loaded? It doesnt cost nothimg to dead head. mercy

Replied on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 12:15 PM CST
Keep it up. We all need a good laugh. Those roadmaster or insert any name other then Michelin tires last roughly 80k miles max. So a 550 dollar tire that has been proven for 220k miles is a smarter approach if your planning to still be in business after 80k miles🤔🤔🤔
Replied on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 12:15 PM CST
Wow wow wow. Did you forget something that i missed? This is business and it needs to pay handsomely or else I would work at McDonald's. The attitude of beating us all up on price is gonna come back to haunt you after your up against and no money after you ran over something and blew 2 tires and get busted trying to limp it to a shop cause you have no benjamins in your bill fold. Trucking is serious and the dot man will inform you on what you missed and then some. Did you figure that your pos equipment will need s cam bushings on everything to get legal? This is so ignorant that I think it could be a broker undercover to get us fired up.
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 07:30 AM CST
And here is the perfect example on why o/o pay scale has goin Down the drain. But the best part about it a couple months of bad luck (breakdowns, no freight) he’s out the game. I’m an o/o I haven’t worked a full year since 2014. And why is that because really o/o will go home before we pull cheap freight
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 07:30 AM CST
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And that super cheap hopper you looking for probably to break and half before the year over
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 07:31 AM CST
David
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 07:31 AM CST
Hey everyone HAPPY Memorial Day. This is the day that we honor the men & women that fought and died to give Jimmy the right to go into Business and go broke.
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 07:31 AM CST

I think some brokers may be reading this. Someone let the cat out of the bag. They now know we've been on easy street for years. I was just sent an email woundering if was interested in their 1625 mile load for $23/ton. It's a good load if you can load 150 tons.

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 07:31 AM CST

Has anyone heard from David Krouse is he sick or did he just this one out. We all know he would have gotten a charge out of this one

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 07:32 AM CST
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Funny, in 22 years I've NEVER seen an inspection check for it. How can they check with out taking the drum off? No statute for it. I didn't think of the IRP not being transferable but I'll have plenty of work coming my to cover it from my extremely competitive rates.

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 08:45 AM CST
Quote: "Funny, in 22 years I've NEVER seen an inspection check for it. How can they check with out taking the drum off? No statute for it. I didn't think of the IRP not being transferable but I'll have plenty of work coming my to cover it from my extremely competitive rates. "

You spent too much money on a truck, shoulda went 5k on a truck and 5k on a steel hopper. Everything else has been asked and answered by yourself so your full of it I imagine. Head up north and help them guys out with combining wheat for 1.50 mile and/or $45/hour and prove you can do it I'm sure they'll pay you that if you ask nice
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 08:48 AM CST
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Jim bo, maybe we could work together. Birds of a feather, cut rates together. I've done some modifications to my international to get better gas mileage. I figure i can get down to under a buck a mile now. I added a wing on top of the ice house....i mean the sleeper. Well, its not actually a wing, its an ironing board. I bet you're thinking it looks trashy, don't worry, I painted it, because class pays. People might say the truck looks like crap, I just tell them I'm going for a homeless transformer look....unemployedamus prime, or garbatron. They'll probably make a movie about it.

I feel like trash for even joking about this. A pile of people follow this forum. Shippers, brokers and truckers, i get the occasional email because of my loud mouth, so I need to learn to shut up. Tensions are high right now, and I'm tired of it. I'm mostly tired of people like you "jimmy". You're just trying to start fights and create dissent. The icing on this crap cake, is that you are too much of a coward to do it under your real identity. At least I assume that because I don't want to believe there are people actually that dumb. Im ashamed of myself for reading your trash on memorial day and allowing myself to let it occupy head space on a day where thought should be elsewhere.

Any volunteers on this thread willing to send a copy of their driver's license into bulk loads for some identity verification? I'd gladly send mine. Have a good one to all the real people. Stay safe.
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 10:05 AM CST
Quote: "What kind of idiot spends 500 on a single tire? Virgin Roadmasters are like 300 installed. No wonder you guys charge ao much. Your overhead is amazing. You guys are ripping off your customers charging such high rates. "

You get what you pay for. I haven't seen a cheap Roadmaster tire last three years like several of my Bridgestone tires have. By a trailer with a PSI system and you will be ahead of the game as far as trailer tires. If you are getting into business to haul for a buck fifty, do yourself and everyone else a favor and don't. All you doing is ripping everyone off but the brokers.

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 10:05 AM CST
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So you don't want to share your broker with me? Lucky for me the board here has plenty willing to keep me moving at a reasonable rate. The American dream is alive and well. Work hard and get paid accordingly instead of price gouging in the name of patriatism.

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 10:05 AM CST
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Quote: "Funny, in 22 years I've NEVER seen an inspection check for it. How can they check with out taking the drum off? No statute for it. I didn't think of the IRP not being transferable but I'll have plenty of work coming my to cover it from my extremely competitive rates. "

You're not talking co.petitive rates, you're talking I'm dumb and have no clue what I'm doing rates. I hope you name your company Dumpsterfire LLC, because that's what you'll end up with.

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 10:30 AM CST
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I see the original post has 19 likes currently. Are there really that many people who are OK with stealing from people? Price gouging in the name of patriotism??? I know someone else that used to blab about trucking and patriotism....
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:19 PM CST
I am definitely going to say this guy must be an angry broker or someone who likes to stir the pot. He is so wrong it has to be intentional. Everything is so expensive to be an owner op. Also why would he be asking for brokers on here where it has lists of loads and their brokers. Unfortunately he is 100% correct the broker will be jumping down anyones throat that wants to haul for cheap. Iam dead tired of hearing no I am not going up on the rate because I have been moving it for this, I just don't have that much in it, blah blah blah.
Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:19 PM CST
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You're the one claiming it's American to overcharge abd not patriotic to cut rates and be competitive. Youre ignorant because our entire economy is based free market choices. Thre less freight costs to move the less it costs the consumer. Capialisn 101 Dale-bo!

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:21 PM CST
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You old guys are gouging and can't handle the competition. Youll be priced out of business eventually.

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:25 PM CST
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My business expenses are 10k/year AND I'm adding another 10k/year to handle relairs/maintenance. Sounds like youre another one with too high overhead. Ditch the truck payment and bring your personal lifestyle into reality. 'Merica!

Replied on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 04:58 PM CST
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Best way to respond to this guy is not to respond. Wise up guys.

Replied on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 12:42 PM CST
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Jimmy, it sounds like you have really thought this thing through and come up with a sound business plan. You are up against some tough competition though. Trucking is a cut throat business. I believe you will need to tighten up even more to be able to under bid your competitors. I'm here to help.

Dale has shown his hand, and by removing the element of surprise you are now in a position to initiate a preemptive strike. His WWII surplus tires will be rock hard and will probably last 800,000 miles or so. I suggest you pick up everyone's worn out tires - they are free and everyone knows bald tires are lighter and have less rolling resistance which increases fuel mileage. His gas motor will be cheaper to run because gas is $1/gal less than diesel right now. I suggest pulling out two of your injectors - 4 cylinders is all you need. Remove any excess weight, especially the intermediate drive axle. That's less weight and rolling resistance right there. If you have a sleeper, board off the entrance and cut the roof off it. You now have a mini hopper giving extra capacity, and the compartment doors are great unloading chutes. You get the idea.

You will need some kind of an alert system to make you aware of any impending mechanical failures, fires, or DOT cops in the area. I suggest something like this. Pay particular attention to the little guy with the three rotary beacons on his head.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBekXg5LxSg

Having such an alert system will put you leaps and bounds ahead of your competition.

I used to be one of the guys that was against you but I have seen the light and been converted. After being shown the way by people like you and some assistance from the large brokerages, I was shown the error of my ways. I was greedy. I wanted nice equipment, and a house, and a new pickup truck, and a woman, etc, etc. Those things are expensive and unnecessary. Before you condemn me, just remember if it hadn't been for guys like me buying brand new equipment there would be no worn out equipment to purchase.

It used to be brokers took 10% of the load and the truck got 90%. I suggest you flip it the other way around, volunteer to give up the 90% and just keep 10% for yourself. You will never run out of brokers that way, in fact they probably will even invite you over for dinner during the holidays. That solves your lack of a broker problem.

One more thing - some of these old farmers are pretty clever. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if Dale's truck really is a transformer and tries to rip your truck to shreds. If you see him coming, floor it. He'll be easy enough to spot, just look for the old truck with the ice shanty behind the cab.

I have been parked for three or four months now, I can't remember exactly. Rates are to cheap for my equipment right now. That's good news for you though. I won't get in your way.

Like Red Green used to say "Remember, I'm pullin' for ya - we're all in this together."

Replied on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 02:25 PM CST
Quote: "Jimmy boy, you can park that Columbia. I just bought a 1000 dollar 1978 international 1700 load star. 404 gas, 5spd with a 2 speed rear end. 9.00-20 tires made during ww2. It doesn't have a sleeper, but i found a used ice fishing house for 100 bucks from a guy in Wabasha that i can mount on there. I got my insurance for 500 dollars from a guy named Doug in Vegas, he seems like a straight shooter. I bought Jenny's hopper. Its a 1980 Tommy, the two tone model. I sold my house and got a van down by the river, ill be able to undercut you all day, you won't have any loads. The trailer is shot, all the slope seams are spread bad, i won't be able to get a decent washout done because product will hang up in there really bad, but with my expenses so cheap, ill be able to afford to have most of my dollar per mile loads rejected.....sorry Jimmy, your business just fell down the well. Maybe Wal-Mart is hiring. "

Van down by the river! Rich guy stuff lol

Replied on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 06:10 PM CST
Some people like lift axles for fuel efficiency. I say no way. That 2100 dollars can be spent on vans down by the river. You can easily get the same affect by running 24.5 talls on the inside duals at half the rated psi. Then 22.5 lows on the outside duals. Under a load, the insides will squat down to the 22.5s. Empty rolling resistance will be minimal....

Mr Parry. I like your sense of humor, and any student of red green, is a friend of mine. "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy"
Replied on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 12:39 PM CST
Quote: "You're the one claiming it's American to overcharge abd not patriotic to cut rates and be competitive. Youre ignorant because our entire economy is based free market choices. Thre less freight costs to move the less it costs the consumer. Capialisn 101 Dale-bo! "

Be sure to wander back here in a year or so and let us know how that's working for you, if you can afford an internet capable device yet at that point.

Replied on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 04:47 PM CST
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Quote: "Some people like lift axles for fuel efficiency. I say no way. That 2100 dollars can be spent on vans down by the river. You can easily get the same affect by running 24.5 talls on the inside duals at half the rated psi. Then 22.5 lows on the outside duals. Under a load, the insides will squat down to the 22.5s. Empty rolling resistance will be minimal.... Mr Parry. I like your sense of humor, and any student of red green, is a friend of mine. "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy""

I guess everyone doesn't share our sense of humor. Looks like I got another demerit, I'm way behind in the points.

Replied on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 04:48 PM CST
Quote: "Just pick any broker if you are willing to haul it any of them will let you"

Hey there mr kilpatrick i was wondering if u had any room for another truck im currently hauling longs with weyerhaueser

and looking to get out if so please give me a call.... i live in plymouth nc and i have a 2008 jet hopper. (252) 531-0393

Replied on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 08:35 AM CST

I have 2014 Timpte, 40 x 102-72 wall, air, closed tandem

give me a call for details:

Burt

Trans Equipment Inc, Ephrata, PA

717 449-6746/[email protected]

Replied on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 08:35 AM CST
I have a 2006 Timpte Hopper for sale I am willing to let it go for $7500.00. High side trailer new brakes, tires are good slides were completely rebuilt. Trailer is ready to work. Send me a email if interested [email protected]
Replied on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 06:34 AM CST
Quote: "Some people like lift axles for fuel efficiency. I say no way. That 2100 dollars can be spent on vans down by the river. You can easily get the same affect by running 24.5 talls on the inside duals at half the rated psi. Then 22.5 lows on the outside duals. Under a load, the insides will squat down to the 22.5s. Empty rolling resistance will be minimal.... Mr Parry. I like your sense of humor, and any student of red green, is a friend of mine. "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy""

Keep it up. You guys make Hollywood sound boring
Replied on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 06:34 AM CST
P.S I have 4- 22.5 lo pro I'll be taking off in the near future. Should I just be switching out the inside ones for 11r-24.5?
Replied on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 06:35 AM CST
Quote: "300 for an oil change?! No way. It's only costing me about 100 and that includes both fuel filters. I'll be doing oil analysis also so my drain intervals will be nearly double the usual 12000 mile recommended. No wonder you need 4 dollars a mile to run. Once the states open everything back up I'll have tons of business. Compared to youre prices I'll be able to undercut with ease. Tons of work will come my way. Just have to find a cheap beat up old hopper first. "

100 with everything huh, well my 2020 pete th eoil and fuel filters are 142 at the dealer and almost doubl ehat at cummins, my 2000 kw the filters are 90.

Replied on Wed, Jul 08, 2020 at 02:43 PM CST
Are you still looking for a hopper trailer to buy I have an older corn husker I would sale for 8,000 dallors
Replied on Thu, Jul 09, 2020 at 09:44 AM CST
Quote: "100 with everything huh, well my 2020 pete th eoil and fuel filters are 142 at the dealer and almost doubl ehat at cummins, my 2000 kw the filters are 90. "

He also values his time at zero.
Replied on Thu, Jul 09, 2020 at 03:23 PM CST
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Quote: "He also values his time at zero."

Good evening gentlemen. I don't pull a hopper, but I get on this site fairly regular to see how it is in the hopper world. Not much different than flats or steps in that rates suck and people are taking the cheap rates anyway. The reason for this post is to let y'all know this character jimmywells is a troll. There was a guy on another forum with the exact same name except he had a pete and pulled an rgn, and was a black guy. He has since disappeared, and come over here to get you guys riled up. I wouldn't give the prick the satisfaction, but there it is.

Replied on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 07:48 AM CST
Quote: "Good evening gentlemen. I don't pull a hopper, but I get on this site fairly regular to see how it is in the hopper world. Not much different than flats or steps in that rates suck and people are taking the cheap rates anyway. The reason for this post is to let y'all know this character jimmywells is a troll. There was a guy on another forum with the exact same name except he had a pete and pulled an rgn, and was a black guy. He has since disappeared, and come over here to get you guys riled up. I wouldn't give the prick the satisfaction, but there it is."

I hope most people had that figured out early.

Replied on Fri, Jul 17, 2020 at 08:51 AM CST
If you're willing to run that truck and only profit 50-75 cents per mile then just go be a company driver...that what most of them pay now days I turn loads down daily paying 2.50 a mile because I'm not out here to just earn a drivers wage im out here to earn as much as possible
Replied on Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 08:38 PM CST
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You son, are what the Teamsters classify as a Scab. I cannot believe the statements you have made in this forum. The brokers are taking advantage of the independent truckers that think as you do. Just my opinion .
Replied on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 09:01 AM CST

Oh this was entertaining to read through.

I myself have a plan that will let me get into the game with virtually no risk. Saving money in a few places. Mostly maintenance costs. Due to the fact I'm using a rental truck. So all that will be covered. But even doing it this way with very low personal bills I still couldn't run for what that guy is talking about. I could own my own tiny house with a peddle scooter to get around and be single eating only pbnj sandwiches every day. Or just live in the truck year round. Might get close that way.

Im all for people being able to pay less for stuff. But that needs to be all inclusive. The shippers, receivers, brokers and everyone else can pay less but if I still have to pay the same high prices just for cost of living then how can I afford to work for less? In a perfect world everyone would pay less for everything. We would have different ways of doing business so that there wasn't a need to have freight costs so high. But unfortunately nothing but greed is everywhere and the desire to make more than a person needs to have a decent life has grown out of control. A working individual should get paid a fair wage for the time they put in. A fair wage means, enough so they can afford to enjoy life when not working. Anyway, got a little side tracked. Sorry.

The heading for this thread says buying a hopper.... I got a cheap custom one I'm willing to sell. Double wall cardboard. Super light weight. It doesn't even need tires cause I make them with dollar store trash bags underneath to lower friction. With such a low center of gravity they are very stable. You can take an on/off ramp at 60mph if you want it won't tip over. Saves time and money. I have two models to choose from.

The custom model comes standard with double walled cardboard with hot glue seams so it won't leak product and easy for maintenance. Single layer plastic underneath for low rolling resistance. Regularly $500 but I'll cut a deal since I'm new here. For you I'll pay you to take it off my hands.

The platinum deluxe super hauler model has

Reenforced seams utilizing dollar store duct tape.

Two layers of plastic underneath for longer road life.

Can be painted in any one of our custom colors ( brown or wet brown)

Two candles on the back for your lights so you don't get in trouble with the Dot. ( They last longer)comes with trained lighting bugs so you save money on blinker fluid.

And Soo much more I can't list it all here. But this one is a very reasonable $1200. Let me know if your interested. I can be reached anytime between now and then except mon-fri I'll be working. And I'm always available on weekends except for when I'm not so I'll definitely take your call unless I don't. Talk to you soon.

Replied on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 05:08 PM CST
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I have a few questions zeus. What is the fifth wheel height? How many lighting bugs are standard and cost to add extra? Also how many diodes are in the standard lighting bug? Do you warranty the trailer past the first rain storm? This seems so wrong oh well I am bored to tears today
Replied on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 10:23 PM CST
Thank you so much for your interest in my special made to order custom hoppers. In answer to your questions. The standard fifth wheel hight is the standard by which most trucks are measured by. So there is no issues there. We have patents on a new fifth wheel coupling mechanism that allows you to hook up to the hopper no matter what your hight is. To describe it in simple terms, it's a helix twisted conglomerate of multi stranded fibers of the length and diameter requested to safely handle the load of product you wish to have attached to the opposite end. As for our one of a kind lightning bug blinker modules. The standard lightning bug comes equipped with one diode per bug. But they are the size of most LEDs so if your looking to run chicken lights adding more is as simple as replacing the stock glass housing unit with a larger one. ( Though this would require some modifications to the hopper in which case we can no longer offer a warranty on those parts). As to warranty against rain. Unfortunately this is something we consider to be an act of God therefore not covered under our warranty program. But if you wish to opt in for the extra AOG (Acts Of God) warranty coverage we will replace the hopper with a "like new" model for only half of your original investment. I hope this has answered your questions. As always, our goal is customer service so if I can be of any more help please feel free to contact me. Look forward to doing business with you.
Replied on Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 09:30 AM CST
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Lol.....10 k for a truck and the cheapest hopper you can find while running for a broker 😆 you won't be able to afford your repairs. Why don't you charge what you should. 1.60 with own t&t and you're happy? You sound like a mexican ;

Replied on Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 02:57 PM CST

But wait! It gets even better! Buy one and get one free! Just pay a separate fee...! Ha! I love that one!

Replied on Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 07:10 AM CST
Quote: "If you're willing to run that truck and only profit 50-75 cents per mile then just go be a company driver...that what most of them pay now days I turn loads down daily paying 2.50 a mile because I'm not out here to just earn a drivers wage im out here to earn as much as possible"

Many of these guys don’t want anything more than a paycheck, because they are trying to screw their ex wife out of child support, the less they make the less she gets, and the supply chain not only loves it, but they have mills creating these guys.
Replied on Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 09:52 AM CST
Zues, im interested in a trailer. Do you offer financing? I think if I could term it out 7 to 10 years I could afford it. I should have my van down by the river paid off by then.

Also, theres a ton of lighting bugs by my river van, I could sell you them at bulk pricing.

If anyone wants to see a good laugh, check out the Chris Farley "van down by the river" Saturday night live skit.

https://youtu.be/Xv2VIEY9-A8
Replied on Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 02:50 PM CST

i have a 95 tempte for sale

Replied on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 07:13 AM CST
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Quote: "Zues, im interested in a trailer. Do you offer financing? I think if I could term it out 7 to 10 years I could afford it. I should have my van down by the river paid off by then. Also, theres a ton of lighting bugs by my river van, I could sell you them at bulk pricing. If anyone wants to see a good laugh, check out the Chris Farley "van down by the river" Saturday night live skit. https://youtu.be/Xv2VIEY9-A8"

When the politicians get done destroying our economy with their childish games, we will all be living in a van down by the river, so all that experience from sleeping in a truck behind the grain elevator should help us transition.
Replied on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 09:52 AM CST
Don't haul that $1.50 crap. Shoot for $2.50 or you will go broke.
Replied on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 04:25 PM CST
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2.50 a mile even seems low. I would love to see someone who says they are making money at that rate, make their tax returns public, so we could compare them to what company driver makes in the teamsters Union. A business owner should make more than a company driver, otherwise what’s the point?
Replied on Sun, Jul 26, 2020 at 06:42 PM CST

My wise old man always told me never agure with a fool! Because the people iistening can not tell the difference