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Re: part time for-hire business

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super trucker

02-14-2014 09:37:04

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If your pulling campers you will not make enough to make it worth it. Did it for 1 winter and slept in the truck and ran my azz off just to make enough to argue myself into thinking it was worth it. The hauling company's do it by design just to keep you coming back until your broke. If it DOESN'T pay at least $2 bucks a mi stay home.

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Jamie Majors

02-14-2014 16:09:38

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 Re: part time for-hire business in reply to super trucker, 02-14-2014 09:37:04  
Actually hauling brand new trailers and they pay 1.75 to 2 bucks I've got 4 trailer manufactures within 50 miles of me 1 said a load a week, 1 said a load a month still have to talk with other 2. And I have another place that's north of me said might get a back haul every now and then
More then likely I will fail. But I'm gonna try

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Super Trucker

02-15-2014 14:04:50

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 Re: part time for-hire business in reply to Jamie Majors, 02-14-2014 16:09:38  
If you can keep your loads down in miles you can do ok. Just like weldingman said the truck won't come home for free. Look into the lanes they have to see if one is better than the rest. If its a forced dispatch run as far as you can. I figured I needed to make 70-75 per hr to make money. Mostly made 60-65 per hr. Don't forget if the trailers are stacked who pays for the equipment and labor to unload them. When I did it I wished for half the advice your getting, I would have just stayed home and played with the kids until the spring came and put the big truck to work.

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welding man

02-15-2014 13:09:24

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 Re: part time for-hire business in reply to Jamie Majors, 02-14-2014 16:09:38  
They pay 1.75 to 2.00. Well cut that in half. You have to get back home to get the next one. The secret to making money in the trucking business is being loaded almost every mile you run and get paid for every mile you run, but that is not going to happen. Deadhead miles kill you and laying in a motel waiting on a load is worse. You have to be loaded both ways to make money.

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02-15-2014 07:55:15

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 Re: part time for-hire business in reply to Jamie Majors, 02-14-2014 16:09:38  
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I looked into doing that very same thing. Found out that the manufacturer is NOT the one who pays you. You have to collect from the customer when you deliver the trailers, which can be a real headache. Also, while transporting those trailers, YOU are responsible for any damage that incurs, and it is YOU that pays to have that damage repaired. Might just be a tiny scratch in the paint, which may or may not have been there before you hooked onto it, but it is still YOU that pays to get it fixed.

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