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Sep 09, 2018 at 11:59 AM CST
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The hopper business must be really good for brokers. I have seen more fly-by-night broker agents coming out of the woodwork for bulk ag hopper freight in the last few weeks than I have seen in the last 10 years.
Replied on Sun, Sep 09, 2018 at 01:13 PM CST
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That's because they are filling the vacuum left behind by the ones that moved into other markets. The smart ones followed the truckers and the money to greener pastures.
If you watch I-94, you notice a lot of former hopper trucks, switching over to reefer And flatbed. You see a tractor with a tag axle on it (which is just dead weight for OTR work) and a name like smith farms on the door, pulling reefer or flat bed, and then a month later you see the same truck, only now the tag axle has been removed, so obviously they don't plan on going back to hopper work. Soon the only ones left pulling a hopper will be farmers, who have to haul their own product. It has really shocked me how many brand new stainless steel spread axle reefers you see running I-94, being pulled by show trucks. It's clear who is making money and who is not.
Replied on Sun, Sep 09, 2018 at 01:49 PM CST
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Curt all you have to do is watch this forum, and it's clear that brokers are panicking to find trucks. Ever since December there isn't a day that goes by, that you don't see a bunch of them advertising loads over here in the forum section. They are clearly unable to move them when they post them in load section, so they come over here and jump up and down, trying to get noticed. It has to be frustrating for them, but until they put a competitive rate on it, it will not move. No job is too tuff if the pay is enough.
Replied on Sun, Sep 09, 2018 at 02:05 PM CST
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You can also see them on this forum trying to pump any information they can get..on prices..wheter to charge by the bushel..or what..some here will bite on their questions..but there are most here that won't even answer them...if you don't know what you're doing.. then it's best not to do it..and this isn't dry van freight..