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Newbie to the daily trucking. Looking for advice.

Jan 04, 2020 at 08:55 PM CST
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I have been trucking for a while now. My father runs a couple trucks locally we just run comodity with hoppers and dumps. I always have flatbed experience. I recently purchased my first truck, a kw900l daycab. I was looking for more information,advice,etc on getting started. I will be using my fathers authority and everything with are other trucks. The reason I am reaching out is because he has only a couple providers of work, which is not enough for me we also farm. I am looking for topics such as rates and how I can keep my truck within my state. Also how farm dead haul is to far for loads there are a lot of large Ag groups on this board. It just doesn't seem like there is much money in a lot of them if you are not close and or looking for more than just busy work.

Thank you.

Replied on Sun, Jan 05, 2020 at 09:19 AM CST
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Its different in every state, I'm not sure with your state, here in SD, I tried staying in state when I started, and the rates were junk, and loads hard to find. I'm sure you can find corn and beans to move from facility to facility, but those product rarely pay half of what it takes to operate a truck. If you are doing short hauling, I personally would charge hourly for the 50 mile range stuff. I'd want 100 per hour or so. Otherwise if you can't average 2 dollars for every mile that the w900 travels, you are losing money. Good luck
Replied on Sun, Jan 05, 2020 at 11:11 AM CST
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Well, it looks like you have already started... With the cart ahead of the horse.

Replied on Mon, Jan 06, 2020 at 07:29 AM CST
You are definitely correct. I did start with cart ahead of horse. There is work for our trucks. The of this post was for both positive and negative responses are both appreciated. I am replying because I am a young man trying to show other people the advantages and disadvantages of owner operator in various situations for newbies like myself. This industry requires us to all learn from others. There is other work out there to make money for sure. In order for us to learn we all need to reach out to understand the pros and cons the good and bad and stay connected. Thank you.
Replied on Tue, Jan 07, 2020 at 01:02 PM CST

I would get a wet kit put on that truck or you can do ,enddumpe or a walking floor I would also buy a walking floor trailer and end dump the hopper bottom if that's what you already got and you got experience with flatbed get your 48 ft flatbed what is a 10-6 spred and between all that you should stay busy by finding work