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Re: Hauling Price

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04-28-2012 08:59:35

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I guess when your in a business you hope to make as much as you can at what you do. I do the same. On the other hand, if your in a business and you can maximize your profit by doing a few smaller things on the side to help your bottom line, you probably would also do it. I suspect that is why some truckers will do backhauls so cheap. They can sit around waiting for that maximum load or take on some smaller pieces and make the trip. I have been able to get tractors hauled for .50 mile all the time with the trucking company I use. They book all over the US and sometimes I hit it lucky and they have a truck just waiting to get loaded. Personally I wouldn't and couldn't haul for that cheap but it must work for them because they do it all the time for me.

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04-28-2012 16:45:01

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 Re: Hauling Price in reply to MSD, 04-28-2012 08:59:35  
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They are NOT doing it that cheap. The 50 cents per mile is only what YOU paid. The real money comes from the rest of the load. In fact, that 50 cents per mile you paid might have been over and above what was actually needed to be profitable for the trucking company. It was the "gravy".

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05-28-2012 12:29:06

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 Re: Hauling Price in reply to rustyfarmall, 04-28-2012 16:45:01  
Exactly. When someone gets something hauled for $.50, it sure isn't the only thing on the trailer. If you have a half dozen pieces on the trailer at $.50 a mile a piece, that's $3 a mile to the truck. Two of those could be heavier, so they might be getting $.75 for those, which would be $3.50 a mile to the truck. If you have a creative driver, 6 pieces is an easy fit.

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04-28-2012 20:21:52

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 Re: Hauling Price in reply to rustyfarmall, 04-28-2012 16:45:01  
I agree. They aren't loading my 1020 JD up and hauling it 1400 miles for just $700. They usually have other drops on the way but in the end I don't care about that, I only am concerned about what it costs me. I did have 6 tractors on one load out of LA brought back for $1000 total one time. A little over 1100 miles to home and the driver was there 3 hours after I called the trucking company.

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04-29-2012 11:23:46

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 Re: Hauling Price in reply to MSD, 04-28-2012 20:21:52  
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1986 was the last year for me driving coast to coast. At that time, the truck got paid just $1.00 per loaded mile, and out of that $1.00, I got paid 20 cents per mile to drive it.

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04-29-2012 12:02:16

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 Re: Hauling Price in reply to rustyfarmall, 04-29-2012 11:23:46  
Driver for that load had 2 options. Sit and wait for something to come along that paid full price or take a load that paid his way home. I suspect he wanted to get back home so he took the load right away. It wasn't that I only offered him that much, it is what he wanted for the load so it worked out for both of us. He might have made his profit for the return trip on his original load there and this could have still been gravy for him also. I didn't ask and he didn't tell.

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