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Explain bounce mileage

Oct 02, 2020 at 02:58 AM CST
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So I run a hopper bottom for a farmer, I am thinking of getting a truck one day and I downloaded the app to see what kind of demand there is in my area for hopper work. Can someone explain the bounce term for me? I read it’s the same as dead heading but looking at loads the math doesn’t add up. Like I saw a run that was 154 miles long and the bounce was 49 miles. If I am understanding the term correctly shouldn’t the bounce be 77 miles on that load? Sorry for the rookie question, I am just here researching.
Replied on Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 08:05 AM CST
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The bounce is your empty miles to pickup the load.

If someone is willing to pay 'bounce miles' then its too cheap to start with in my opinion. If they are willing to pay for the 'bounce' then they ought to be willing to just pay more for the load.

Replied on Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 08:05 AM CST
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Hard to answer that question. Bounce means the distance between where you are and where the next load is. Deadhead, bounce....they mean pretty much the same thing. Empty miles between loading points. The trick is to negotiate a rate that not only covers the loaded miles but also covers some if not all the empty miles. Good luck

Replied on Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 02:58 PM CST
Do your research, you will be glad you did, also google what is considered a good profit margin for a business, and then google profit margin for trucking.
Replied on Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 02:59 PM CST

Bounce is deadhead. However I have noticed usually on here the bounce is wrong, so I personally double check with google maps.

Replied on Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 02:59 PM CST
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Ok I think I understand now. So the bounce would be the distance from my location in relation to where the pick up is located, so yeah deadhead essentially.
Replied on Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 03:00 PM CST
What had me confused besides the terminology was that load in particular was offered as a series of 4 runs, I wasn’t sure if it had to do with the empty return trip or what. It being just deadhead miles makes so much more sense. I am on some other boards researching and had never seen that term before. I really like the layout and features of this one, thank you all for the help.
Replied on Wed, Oct 07, 2020 at 01:29 PM CST
From what I’ve found the “bounce” is the miles from you exact current location to the shipper. So if you’re in Ohio and looking up loads out of Arizona your bounce will show 2000 miles. But if you’re in Phoenix looking at the app and the load is in Chandler the bounce would be like 20 miles.