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Jan 31, 2023 at 04:22 PM CST
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Hello, so I've had a customer of mine to reach out to me about hauling hopper freight from time to time. I'm really debating on buying a trailer but I want to know is it hard to establish more contacts. We're out of South Carolina and I don't know too many people to reach out to. Is the a standard rate that should be charge when haul bulk loads or is most of paid by the ton.I also don't want to jump into the industry with just one contact. I'd really appreciate if some one can lend me a hand in the right direction. I rather ask then under bid and become part of the problem the trucking industry already ha/

Replied on Wed, Feb 01, 2023 at 10:28 AM CST
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There's no clear-cut way to do anything, unfortunately. I would bid it based off of what could potentially get you home. Call companies in the area i.e. scoular, adm, cargill, etc, or even use bulkloads and see who, in the destination area, has loads heading back your way; and how consistently they have those loads. If there are aren't consistent loads in that area, then it is really important to bid accordingly. Being stuck in an area is awful, and no one should ever truck for pennies just to get out of an area. As for who to, specifically, call I don't think I'd be much help...

I do hope this helps, and best of luck to you!

Replied on Wed, Feb 01, 2023 at 09:32 PM CST

I just started this hopper thing myself

MOSTLY JUST drive OTR in the winter

To me its damn paper work and and understanding factoring and all that if you know about that stuff

I think theres plenty of loads if patient ,I just came SC lol to Iowa lucked out at the last mnute

Now up here trying to string a couple together its kinda of timing thing I think

But I'm no wiz at for sure lol

Replied on Thu, Feb 02, 2023 at 09:06 PM CST
My advise for bidding loads is to always ad some more $ on to account for bounce, weather it's back to where you started or to another load add some to your rate so you don't lose money trying to get a load. Remember hoppers are a specialty trailer that you can't just go anywhere and pick up anything thats on a pallet bounce and wait times will be your biggest battle. Hopper is paid by ton of flat rate but I would try to stay obove the $3.50/mi mark otr but everyone's expenses and situation is different.
Replied on Fri, Feb 03, 2023 at 08:56 AM CST

Will the contract pay for the trailer payment. Will you continue changing the shipper if not using the hopper.

( Up charge while hopper not in use, since they're the ones asking you for a hopper to start with)

Replied on Tue, Feb 07, 2023 at 10:40 AM CST

We are a firm of freight brokers and would like to add you to our list of carriers we call on from time to time. We are a reputable firm and pay within 20 days. We have contacts for shipping bulk road salt that require a hopper and pay by weight. Our email address is [email protected]