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Posted:  1 week ago

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Driving with a dog.

Also remember, the larger the dog the smaller the space is for them. I brought my 40pd pit and she was a bit cramped imo.

Also, I would suggest getting a membership at the petsmart clinic cause it's hard to find a vet that is convenient for a big truck. Good luck.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Food for thought from an o/o

Industry standard is 1 million liability, 100k cargo. (Minimum is 750k cargo, but some brokers require the 100k) no physical damage on truck or trailer. I own both. My premium is 11k a year with 1500 downpayment.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Food for thought from an o/o

That's getting insurance through ooida.

The owner has to have 4 years minimum, anyone he or she hires has to have a minimum 9 years.

Straight from the agents mouth.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Food for thought from an o/o

Hello, I will possibly be switching insurance companies next year and when I went to get my quote they mentioned that if I hire anybody to drive under my authority, they would need a minimum of (9) nine years of experience for them to cover. Yikes.

Have a nice day folks and be safe out there.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Hi prime

After 4 years of driving I finally saw the terminal in Springfield going eastbound on 44. The sign just caught the corner of my eye.

Anyways, i know there's quite a few primes here. Be safe and have a great day.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Flatbed owner operators!

For van it's just one rate from start to finish. Im looking for 100 to 200 per stop.

Of course you have to look at the entire trip to see what you'll be grossing. I need 4k a week to operate. A lot of those multiple stop trips only pay like 2k for the week because of the scheduling for the stops so I rarely take then.

Hope this helps.

Posted:  1 month ago

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4200 jobs cut in trucking in the month of September

Il bite. Im an o/o finishing up year 2 with my authority. In the past few years there has been 2 noticable changes in our industry that is making things quite interesting imo.

First is elds. Not much to say what hasn't been said. Like it or hate it. When they were mandated the industry in fear of capacity spiked rates doubling almost overnight. Many, many new carriers came in the game and by the time the fear subsided the market found itself with too much capacity and the rates sank. Not surprisingly, many carriers leased to companies with contracted freight like the megas and places like landstar because they had contact freight.

Secondly, and maybe more importantly are the new electronic brokering systems. 5 years ago there were basically 2 load boards that had the vast ajority of the loads. In order to get a load you had to call the broker, speak to them, agree on a rate, have the rate sheet emailed over, look over the contract, red line anything you didn't like, sign the rate sheet, email back the contract, and only then would you book the load. Only 1 out of 4 or 5 calls would actually result in getting a load booked and it would take hours sometimes.

Fast forward to today. Many brokers have a point and click app that just show you the reciever, shipper, and the rate. If you like it click, if not move on. What this has done is remove the giant bottleneck that got in the way between the carrier and the broker. It basically gave the brokers to the huge amounts of capacity and in doing so really dropped rates and kept them low.

In the future, in my opinion, it's going to put a lot of pressure on the small to medium sized carriers. When the contracts they have are up, the shippers might just go into the spot market instead of signing contracts because of the ease of finding capacity in today's digital world.

Anyways, that was a lot to say, but it's a very complex and fragile system.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Thinking about starting my own trucking company

Hi Adam,

Im an o/o operating under my own authority.

I don't know how you haven't heard from everyone in the trucking industry for the past year, but the market has been soft and has been since 2018.

This is not the time to come out here. You can save money right now and plan when the market rebounds, but I doubt it will be anytime soon.

Call insurance companies for quotes on insurance. Insurance rules this industry. I recommend ooida if you have that many years of experience.

Your three major expenses are fuel, insurance, and repairs.

Position yourself to come out when the climate is good for business. And it's definitely not now.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Training blues

I would ask for another trainer. That's disgusting.

If you like this trainer I would stop during your drive time and take a shower on your own.

I used to train and it would be showers every other day at most.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Scheduled Maintenance

Im actually shocked that prime does anything with def filters. They are EXTREMELY expensive, so expensive in fact that most people take out there old one and clean and bake them.

How many miles do you have? I thought they got the def filters in the new trucks where you don't have to do maintenance on them anymore until a lot later.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Detention Stamps

Obviously, detention can be expensive. Usually it's like $50/hr. My last trip I was paid $140 and I've been paid as much $300 for waiting 5 hours and threatening to cancel the load.

Posted:  4 months ago

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How do people survive

Unskilled? You do know trucking is one of, if not the most dangerous jobs out there right?

Here’s how people survive. In one day a driver can make more than a minimum wage worker makes all week long. They are working their butts off for peanuts while we are just holding a steering wheel listing to podcasts. Some people can be drivers and some people can push shopping carts around parking lots. To each his own. If your looking for the highest paid unskilled job out there trucking might be for you.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Lease operator

I find leases are geared towards team driving either as a trainer or with a significant other.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Can I Buy A Truck With 5 Months Experience?

You're going to get hammered by insurance for the next 3 years until that falls off your record.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Need some help with Convoy app

This site is mainly for company drivers, but I used convoy on occasion.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Advice please - started solo and second time this is happening.

Jj,

You may have to get used to night driving but it's great when you can do it. It'll save you a ton of time getting through congested metropolitan places like atlanta and nashville.

Personally, when I'm under a load I use the clock as efficiently as possible, if that's taking a break a reciever, or driving at night.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Be careful who you complain to

I've learned my lesson too many times. When it comes to kids I eat an orange to boost my immune system before seeing them or risk getting punched in the face with disease the next day, lol. Hope you feel better.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Tell me about being an electrician and / or truck driver

I know a girl that flew helicopters in the military and came out flying for the private sector and making a ton of money.

I would look into doing something specialized like that then driving a truck.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prime inc help

They will either give you one or you can get one at any truck stop for cheap.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Game: What Excites You Now That You Drive?

A walmart i can get into, lol

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