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Have hopper rates went up at all?

Jun 09, 2018 at 11:15 AM CST
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I unhooked my hopper in January 2018 and I am looking to get back out on the road since things have slowed down around the farm. I refuse however to drive my equipment for nothing. I just haven't seen the upswing from when I unhooked until now. My uncle is pulling a reefer and getting spot loads of meat out of Iowa packing plants for 3.50 to 6.75 a mile. I'm torn between pulling a reefer or a hopper. I love pulling hopper be cause of my ag roots but money is way better in reefer. Any help in decesion making?? Thanks in advance.
Replied on Sat, Jun 09, 2018 at 02:11 PM CST
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Go with the reefer. Your statement is 100% correct. Seems to me the hopper industry is more interested in helping these mega billion dollar comanys get richer by the day hauling there stuff around for nothing rather than helping to level the playing field and create a beter environment for themselves.
Replied on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 05:58 AM CST
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We pulled a couple of hoppers off and put reefers on them and they are pulling in $8,500.00 a week and home every weekend. Ours hoppers have a hard time doing half of that in 7.
Replied on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 07:54 AM CST
These places can't get a tanker truck to even answer the phone for $6 a mile + the washout, but they can get hopper trucks to line up for a miles and sit there all day for a load that pays $1.70 mile. These mega billion dollar companys are laughing there a** off all the way to the bank.
Replied on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 02:47 PM CST
I think I have my answer. Now to see if this country guy can stand the cities. Thanks for the help