Who IS Busy Right Now?

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Pianoman's Comment
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We have a thread going about which companies are slow right now but I’m wondering who isn’t. Long story short things are very slow at my company too. I’ve managed to stay way busier than most of the other guys by just offering to do the runs with crappy weather and sleeping in the truck a bunch but I’m keeping a lookout in case I should make a change. In my case it’s mostly just slow because of the winter season but there are other factors too. I might go into it more in a different thread but right now just trying to gauge what things are like elsewhere just in case

Suicide Jockey's Comment
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Fuel hauling in my area hasn't slowed. If anything we are getting busier thanks to the warmer weather and increased traffic at our beach stores.

We also have some new guys in training and have a couple more about to be hired.

Pacific Pearl's Comment
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The hot new thing in the PNW is, "mobile refueling". Not sure if other areas are doing it yet. You drive a small tanker - 2,000 gallons with 2 axles - to a nearby Amazon DC and refuel the Amazon delivery vans at night while they're parked. I know two drivers who started this recently and they're very happy.


Diesel Direct

Mobile Force Refueling



When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.


Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Delco Dave's Comment
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My ABF terminal is still busy, plenty of freight coming in/out. I’m closing in on my 1 year mark and haven’t had a week without OT yet.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Fuel hauling in my area hasn't slowed. If anything we are getting busier thanks to the warmer weather and increased traffic at our beach stores.

We also have some new guys in training and have a couple more about to be hired.

Ditto here in SW Virginia, hiring drivers and getting busier. Expecting things to become very busy in about a month I'm told.

RedGator (Nalee)'s Comment
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We work directly for American Foods Group so we haul our own loads. While beef typically slows up this time of year it hasn't been anything out of the ordinary.

BK's Comment
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Helwig has showed no sign of being slow. We are 100% refrigerated. Unless I’m delayed at a customer, I get between 500 and 700 miles everyday. Always have a pre-assignment waiting for me.

Last I heard, they are still hiring qualified drivers and conduct orientation every week.

ID Mtn Gal's Comment
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My company, Cold Rush Express, is strictly containers. We haul fresh beef out of a number of places in NE, Ft Morgan and Greeley CO, Dodge City and Liberal KS. Fresh Pork is out of Marshalltown IA, St Joseph and Milan MO and Guymon OK. All these loads go to TraPac in the Port of Oakland weekly. TSL, Pacific and Hills Bros are 3 more companies that also run cans to the Port of Oakland. However they also have a regular reefer side to their company.

From there we pick up wine, rice, onions and assorted other loads that are run to Cheyenne and into Colorado....mainly the Denver suburbs. We do one round trip each week, running 2800 to 3500 miles.

Until the world economy tanks, Japan has finite landmass, so it's impossible to raise enough beef or pork to feed their population. Our loads go by ship to Japan mainly and I guess sometimes to China.



Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.


A refrigerated trailer.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Busy here. I'm getting my usual miles between 2500-3000 in 5 days. I could get more if I asked for it. But I'm content with things as they are. I'm not lazy—just content. :-)

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I am hauling reefer and only having to sit either because of weather or mechanical issues. Company has loads for me every time I call in available for dispatch.


A refrigerated trailer.

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