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Jun 06, 2022 at 08:24 PM CST
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I am new to BulkLoads - I am here doing some research and investigating before pulling the trigger on what trailer to grab up.

I own a small company out of Stryker, OH hauling primarily dryboxes currently and I am looking to diversify.

Is there any specific help that you boys ( and gals ) would suggest while we are making the jump into the market - It currently looks like buying an end dump would be about the best choice I could make as far as diversifying around our area.

This whole paying by the Ton thing is a new idea as I am use to the ol RPM straight forward number - not mattering what the weight is.

I have hauled Hoppers, Belts, and Dumps in the past - I just haven't ever owned one myself.

Appreciate the help!

Boone Irwin
Irwin Trucking LLC

[email protected]

Replied on Wed, Jun 08, 2022 at 10:01 AM CST

Have a handfull of direct customers and only use brokers when you have too.

Replied on Wed, Jun 08, 2022 at 09:17 PM CST

We run 6 dumps, they are alot more versatile for us vs. a hopper. Yeah they're a little heavier, cost a little more - but we are loaded both ways most of the time - a lot more of the time than if we ran hoppers.

I think you're on the right track. All equipment is crazy high priced compared to even a year ago, that's the only downside I see for jumping in at the moment.

Replied on Fri, Feb 17, 2023 at 10:34 AM CST
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If you are new to hauling bulk loads, it may be helpful to do some research on the different types of bulk trailers and the commodities they typically carry. It's also important to understand the regulations and safety guidelines for transporting bulk materials, as well as any specific requirements for the commodities you'll be hauling.

When it comes to purchasing a new trailer, consider factors such as weight capacity, durability, and ease of use for your specific needs. It may also be helpful to connect with other haulers in your area or industry to get their insights and recommendations.

As for the payment structure, it's important to understand the rates for the different commodities you'll be hauling and how they are calculated. You may also want to consider negotiating your rates based on the specific needs and demands of your customers.

Overall, as with any new venture, it's important to do your research, plan carefully, and be prepared to adapt and learn as you go.

Replied on Fri, Feb 17, 2023 at 11:32 AM CST

I see loads of scrap going to Delta all the time... I would not want a very nice trailer to do that work with...