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Jun 08, 2016 at 07:32 PM CST
Anybody else hear about the shutdown in Florida? Just read about it a little bit ago anybody else wonder if it'll do a bit of good?
Replied on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 at 08:04 PM CST
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I have received more phone calls today from brokers looking for trucks,than I did all year so far. Three different ones said the same thing...because of the dot road check,there regulars are off... My guess is yes it will do some good for everyone to take a few more days off
Replied on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 at 11:38 AM CST
I have enjoyed this week off, I think I will take the next one off as well. I have found that by taking the whole month off, that I don't have to worry about the crappy freight rates. I am thinking about applying at McDonald's they pay more then we are being offered for freight right now. HaHa, brokers when you see my rig parked in the shopping center in Belton, MO. It will have a not for hire sign on it, McDonalds is paying more than you can pay.
Replied on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 at 11:44 AM CST
parked because of the d o t check.....people asked me if i was taking off during this... i said hell no , i know i can pass a level 1 anytime any place.
Replied on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 at 12:01 PM CST
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Originally Posted by: KEVIN SINGLETARY
Quote: "parked because of the d o t check.....people asked me if i was taking off during this... i said hell no , i know i can pass a level 1 anytime any place. "

It is not whether I can pass the Level 1 or not. I just always take this week off anyways, it is my week off, that is how it lands. This year I have been taking more weeks off because they are offering rates lower then I can make working at McDonald's. I can make no money sitting at home vs sitting in a truckstop or paying the shippers and brokers to haul their freight. At least at home I get to look at my beautiful wife and don't have to look or smell all those wanna's whining at the truckstops. I think I will have to raise my rates again, this sitting around the house is getting me spoiled, I used to do that when I was a builder, when somebody would want me to go build in California or Florida I would have to jack up the prices, the building codes officials were such a pain in the ass there. I am realizing it is the same in trucking, when you shippers and brokers ask us to haul your freight to places that have now freight back out or that to states that have a reputation for a huge dislike of truckers. Well we should start asking for $3.00 per mile more to go to those places.
Replied on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 at 12:08 PM CST
alfred i was refering to the guys that have to park because they cannot / do not maintain their equipment.
Replied on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 at 01:10 PM CST
Originally Posted by: KEVIN SINGLETARY
Quote: "alfred i was refering to the guys that have to park because they cannot / do not maintain their equipment."

I did not take it as a slam to me. I just wanted to have a little fun and let the shippers and brokers know that I and others now know exactly what freight should be paying and that we are going to blow this gig wide open. I have been sharing the true shippers cost with as many individuals as I can. There have been quite a few individuals that have taken the time to come to Peculiar and meet with me. It amazes them when I show them the numbers and the government reports to back up my numbers. Either the government reports are lying about the rates for various lanes and products or the shippers and brokers are lying When the government reports line up with my shippers cost calculator well then what am I and the others are supposed to think.

I have proof that freight was paying more than a lot of shippers and brokers are offering to truckers today. These rates are from 1978, if any of you want to see this come by the J in Peculiar and give me a call. I will be more than happy to show you the proof, once you see the truth you will not be able to go back home without the lies in our industry grinding on you.
Replied on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 at 01:10 PM CST
Originally Posted by: KEVIN SINGLETARY
Quote: "alfred i was refering to the guys that have to park because they cannot / do not maintain their equipment."

I did not take it as a slam to me. I just wanted to have a little fun and let the shippers and brokers know that I and others now know exactly what freight should be paying and that we are going to blow this gig wide open. I have been sharing the true shippers cost with as many individuals as I can. There have been quite a few individuals that have taken the time to come to Peculiar and meet with me. It amazes them when I show them the numbers and the government reports to back up my numbers. Either the government reports are lying about the rates for various lanes and products or the shippers and brokers are lying When the government reports line up with my shippers cost calculator well then what am I and the others are supposed to think.

I have proof that freight was paying more than a lot of shippers and brokers are offering to truckers today. These rates are from 1978, if any of you want to see this come by the J in Peculiar and give me a call. I will be more than happy to show you the proof, once you see the truth you will not be able to go back home without the lies in our industry grinding on you.
Replied on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 at 02:55 PM CST
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Truck-Drivers-Protest-Impacts-Traffic-on-Okeechobee-Road-382163671.html

There's a link to the article. I took almost a full week worked till 11 the past 3 days come home and worked on the list of things I havn't got to around the house. I figure it ain't going to hurt nothing besides that I got a truck that needs polished right along with a trailer she's been dull long enough and it's finally started to irk the hell out of me. Heard the fish are biting as well so I reckon this weekend it'll be time to do some fishing clean the old .45 and relax for a while.
Replied on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 06:55 AM CST
Originally Posted by: KEVIN SINGLETARY
Quote: "alfred i was refering to the guys that have to park because they cannot / do not maintain their equipment."

Same thing up our way, maintained trucks are running and the low budget trucks pretty well parked for the week, gonna have to see if Mr. Weast has a little extra gorrilla tape to send up our way. Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replied on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 10:31 AM CST
When you run out of profitable work, go home. It's an O'Bummer of a year.

Trump for President. My second choice. Crazy Bernie was my first choice... I have kids in college.
Replied on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 11:29 AM CST
Originally Posted by: DEAN HUGHSON
Quote: "When you run out of profitable work, go home. It's an O'Bummer of a year. Trump for President. My second choice. Crazy Bernie was my first choice... I have kids in college."

I have found that it is cheaper to sit at home, plus there are benefits to being at home vs at a truckstop in anther city where I may or may not have wanted to be in the first place.

1. My beautiful wife looks better than any trucker that I have ever seen
2. My beautiful wife and I both cook way better than any truckstop I have been to
3. My truck is not getting worn out by idling waiting on a magic load to pop up
4. People seem to actually appreciate me at my house
5. DOT is not creeping around on my property wanting to inspect my log book or trucks
6. I am not paying somebody to work for them
7. I tend not to get as frustrated with shippers and brokers when not working for them
8. I tend not to get as frustrated with traffic issues
9. I enjoy being able to be a chooser instead of feeling like a beggar
10. I realize what the hell I am doing this for in the first place

Yep, too bad that Bernie did not get the gig, then I could have just signed up for the Bernie program and stayed at home all the time.
Replied on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 11:30 AM CST
Originally Posted by: DEAN HUGHSON
Quote: "When you run out of profitable work, go home. It's an O'Bummer of a year. Trump for President. My second choice. Crazy Bernie was my first choice... I have kids in college."

I have found that it is cheaper to sit at home, plus there are benefits to being at home vs at a truckstop in anther city where I may or may not have wanted to be in the first place.

1. My beautiful wife looks better than any trucker that I have ever seen
2. My beautiful wife and I both cook way better than any truckstop I have been to
3. My truck is not getting worn out by idling waiting on a magic load to pop up
4. People seem to actually appreciate me at my house
5. DOT is not creeping around on my property wanting to inspect my log book or trucks
6. I am not paying somebody to work for them
7. I tend not to get as frustrated with shippers and brokers when not working for them
8. I tend not to get as frustrated with traffic issues
9. I enjoy being able to be a chooser instead of feeling like a beggar
10. I realize what the hell I am doing this for in the first place

Yep, too bad that Bernie did not get the gig, then I could have just signed up for the Bernie program and stayed at home all the time.
Replied on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 01:05 PM CST
Amen.

Maybe learn to be a brick layer and head for the border.
Replied on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 01:32 PM CST
Originally Posted by: DEAN HUGHSON
Quote: "Amen. Maybe learn to be a brick layer and head for the border."

I noticed you recommended I learn a new trade in order to head to another country. Is it because that country will not offer assistance to me for migrating to theirs because I am an American?
Replied on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 01:40 PM CST
Originally Posted by: ALFRED JORDAN
Quote: "I noticed you recommended I learn a new trade in order to head to another country. Is it because that country will not offer assistance to me for migrating to theirs because I am an American?"

You are right. I got that wrong. "You didn't build that." Where will they get the brick? Maybe you need a flatbed.