Have Things Been Slow For The Rest Of You?

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TCB's Comment
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Things have really slowed down for me lately. I've been doing a lot of sitting lately. I have been sitting at the truck stop since 8:00 am PT waiting on a preplan. Nothing so far. My planners and DL are stating that freight is really light. Freight Waves has been stating that things are slow. I hoping that things will pick up soon for the holidays. It's not a good time to have less of an income with hyperinflation happening.

Bird-One's Comment
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For me knock on wood I’ve been staying pretty steady. But I haul dairy products both reefer and tanker.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Klutch's Comment
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This past 25 days out have been great. The previous 25 was slow, more sitting than normal. Glad things have picked back up.

PackRat's Comment
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I'm still seeing more than 10,000 dispatched miles each month with four to six days off.

Dave T.'s Comment
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People aren’t buying as much gas right now so it’s kind of slacked off for us but the heating oil is picking up so I’ll be making the switch back to the straight truck next week, unfortunately. Our drivers are having a hard time getting gas and diesel so they’re having to go outa state to get it.

Old School's Comment
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I've been really busy. There's so much going on with our economy that I have no clue how it's going to pan out. I think our President has made some huge monetary mistakes, but he has political reasons for doing so. Time will tell if his gambling pays off.

LTL freight seems a lot more affected at this time. We will have to see how soon the rest of us start feeling it. I've actually had to turn down a few loads recently. It's something I rarely do, but some days they just think I'm a miracle worker. I bring them back to reality when it's necessary.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Our drivers are having a hard time getting gas and diesel so they’re having to go outa state to get it.

Whoa! Do you have anything more you can give us on that? I just saw a video this morning of gas lines for miles in France as they run short on fuel. I'm wondering if they're setting us up for shortages?

BK's Comment
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From reading these replies, I think the freight demand depends a lot on the type of freight being hauled and perhaps the particular company and their sales team. My company has not slowed down any. In fact I had to insist on enough time to move into my new truck, clean the old one and still have enough time to take a shower and do my laundry. They wanted me to go out earlier, but like Old School, I needed to get a breather.

Also, we are 100% reefer , so I think that demand has been steady. Time will tell what happens to the economy. What is it for the national debt now? I heard 34 trillion. If that is true, it is not sustainable.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Dave T.'s Comment
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Whoa! Do you have anything more you can give us on that? I just saw a video this morning of gas lines for miles in France as they run short on fuel. I'm wondering if they're setting us up for shortages?

The suppliers aren’t wanting to sell their product at a decent price here when they can ship it up the line and get more for it elsewhere. Plus, all the mess in DC is making a pretty big impact. Our guys are making 2-3 trips a day at 4 hours round trip into NC to load. I don’t know that much about it as I don’t deal with that stuff on a daily basis but I know it’s a mess. Gas prices are going up and diesel is back up to $5/gal here because of it. There’s definitely no shortage or anything like that, it’s just part of the game.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I have been steady at averaging 11k miles/month. This week has been horrible, but it's because of circumstances specific to me and not having anything to do with freight. I would be on track for one of my best weeks, if not for circumstances with regard to delivery time issue for my load down to Jacksonville and then a problem with the truck not being able to regulate soot level. I had a load going to Ohio from two farms in Georgia when I am getting an alert that I have to do a regen. Tried doing a regen and couldn't because engine then threw a fault code. I get to a Volvo dealer today and just a little bit ago learned that there is a recall on the truck that must be performed before anything further can be diagnosed.

Oops. I went into long-winded story mode when I was just trying to say that freight seems to be fine for me.

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