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Re: The worse thing

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willie in mn

07-28-2011 18:59:28

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A backhaul is somebody else's front haul. A successful hauler has an assistant (planner) or a bunch of a planners lining up the next load before the fronthaul is delivered. Spent my working career in transport business. When I retired the company I worked for had approx 900 rigs on the road. Spent a few weekends laid over in southern Ca, del Fri aft, reload ready on Mon morn. Deadheaded from Detroit to Mpls once, New Years holiday weekend, nothing moving from Det, boss brought me home to be in position for outbound loads that would be ready to go when I got there. Otherwise longest deadhead was +/-100 miles.
To get your machine moved, pick an established hauler, the larger the better. An established hauler will have cargo insurance to cover you in case of mishap, reliable equipment, knowledge of permits & procedure for oversize loads, equip & manpower to rescue your load in case of breakdown or driver disabled in Mumble Fumble Egypt.* In a nutshell, you get what you pay for. A one man outfit might quote a cheaper rate, but it will be more expensive in the long run.
* eg: emptied out in Detroit one evening, dispatch said "hotfoot it to South Bend, driver in hospital, find tractor 9233, leave your mt trailer, grab his hot hi-value load & deliver ASAP!" Only 8 hours from time driver went to hospital & I had it moving again.
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