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    Quote Originally Posted by chris1 View Post
    If your talking a 300 mile load for 2.75 and deadheading back 300 miles 5x week you only gross 2-2200.00 a week after fuel. I wouldn't run any kind of truck for that low of money. If that's the best rate they will give,find someone else.
    $2200 a week after fuel is not a bad week. i.m.o. this can be very profitable.

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    at my m.p.g. I would get $2,625 to the truck after fuel. 600 miles can be done in one long day. $525.00 a day every day after fuel, to me is good money especiallt to start, while on this run he could look for reloads instead of deadheading. I have always worked for less than what I wanted when I started any type of work. I too always had other folks tell they make 3-4 times more & how they would not work for what I work for. though ther is no shame in honest work. hauling for too low a price is bad for all truckers. I just don't think this senario fits that catagory. not all can get $5.00 a mile. I think only folks like g.m. union workers & union steel workers would tell me that they would not work for such a low pay as they got 73.00 an hour. but people like me will do an honest day's work for a decent wage & $2200 for a week is a decent wage. if we think not we will be replaced by folks who do think it is. it is just not that bad a deal. it is more, what you do with your earnings, than how much you earn. I am proof of that. my advise as far as the run goes, it is worth it in more ways than just what it pay's. you will learn so much just by doing it . thing;s youlls learn along the way. it is very true to try & get a plan b if this does not work out. but if you demand top dollar when you first start, you will never get past the start line. learning that comes from experience is worth something too, dont just count on the money.

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    Those union jobs sure pay well but how many of them are working these days??

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatbedder View Post
    Those union jobs sure pay well but how many of them are working these days??
    Come to philly. You will see alot of them.
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    I live in the general area of Chicago and just about everybody I know that has a union job of any type is still layed off. Be it construction or Chrysler not a whole lot shaking around here. They were awful happy when there was work, now the unemployment is running out and theyre getting worried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flatbedder View Post
    Those union jobs sure pay well but how many of them are working these days??
    Just my point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatbedder View Post
    I live in the general area of Chicago and just about everybody I know that has a union job of any type is still layed off. Be it construction or Chrysler not a whole lot shaking around here. They were awful happy when there was work, now the unemployment is running out and theyre getting worried.
    I lived in the heart of Chicago for 25 years. born & raised there. my brother is a high member of the teamsters. in union towns you have to make great money just to afford the basics. I have done better moving south & started a 9 to 5 at just above min wage at the time, than trying to keep up with the beaurocracy in Chicago. some folks there actually brag about how much taxe's & other fee's they pay. weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heavyhaulerss View Post
    $2200 a week after fuel is not a bad week. i.m.o. this can be very profitable.
    So you are saying 2200.00 after fuel is good for 3000 miles?

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    it's a start. I dont think it is bad, considering the loaded miles. per mile, it does not look good, but the bottom line is $2200 after fuel. he has a good start & can learn quick how to navigate this business. if your doing so well as to never consider working for the figures given, I wish you continued success. I just dont see myself telling another person $400.00 -$500.00 a day is a low wage I would not work for. I know all the related cost of operating a truck, & yeah he may have to have some good luck too. I guess I come at it from a different perpective. everyone told me I would fail, when I made a move from the high paying city jobs of chi-town & moved & took a $5.15 an hour job. but I made it & made it well. firebird_1252 is probably enthusiastic about this new business venture. I think it is very do able & want to encourage him to be the best he can be. he CAN make it. weather he will make it depends on more than just this senario. I think he is on the right track. if you think not, I am glad you are honest about your opinion.

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    I guess everyone has their own view. I think 1.40 for all miles is very low. Take off a trailer and it's a .90/mile+fsc carrier.

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    heavyhaulerss, i thank you for the kind words and honesty. i do ok where i am now. i'm a company driver, no headaches, no payments but also standing stagnant. my boss is great, my work is steady, home every night. but.. i also have NO life whatso ever. do i think i'd have more of a life doing the 600 miles a day? yes. i've done it before. i could prob. do better on that number by buying a truck that is better on fuel. but it is a no win situation. the trucks i'm looking at that are better on fuel are also 10k more then the truck i'm looking at now. of course the other trucks are better looking but from my stand point.. as long as it passes inspection i can careless how it looks. if you think a shiny truck with a bunch of lights and chrome makes you king trucker.. your a moron. it does not make you a dime more then the older truck with some blemishes.


    probably shouldnt post while in a bad mood...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackman View Post
    Come to philly. You will see alot of them.
    cit & state Union jobs provided by the government, financed by tax payers does not count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird_1252 View Post
    heavyhaulerss, i thank you for the kind words and honesty. i do ok where i am now. i'm a company driver, no headaches, no payments but also standing stagnant. my boss is great, my work is steady, home every night. but.. i also have NO life whatso ever. do i think i'd have more of a life doing the 600 miles a day? yes. i've done it before. i could prob. do better on that number by buying a truck that is better on fuel. but it is a no win situation. the trucks i'm looking at that are better on fuel are also 10k more then the truck i'm looking at now. of course the other trucks are better looking but from my stand point.. as long as it passes inspection i can careless how it looks. if you think a shiny truck with a bunch of lights and chrome makes you king trucker.. your a moron. it does not make you a dime more then the older truck with some blemishes.


    probably shouldnt post while in a bad mood...
    hey Firebird.. try looking up my other few post's about how I got into trucking. I dont how to find post, without going thru every one. I have not learned how to navigate this sight well enough yet. I started with a lot less going for me than you. YOU CAN make this work. if I can be of any help, in any way let me know. You ARE A PRODUCER, AN ACHEIVER, a worker who is not lazy waiting for some one to carry you thru your life. take your time deciding & make it work. make it work! my best to you.

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    heavyhaulerss, again i do thank you for the all the help and kind words! i might take you up on the offer if nothing pans out. its strange.. it seems opportunities are coming up now. going to talk to my current boss now hope i can work something out. just pay insurance and truck payment. all fuel paid for his trailers, all drop and hook or unload rolling stock. :clap:

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird_1252 View Post
    heavyhaulerss, i thank you for the kind words and honesty. i do ok where i am now. i'm a company driver, no headaches, no payments but also standing stagnant. my boss is great, my work is steady, home every night. but.. i also have NO life whatso ever. do i think i'd have more of a life doing the 600 miles a day? yes. i've done it before. i could prob. do better on that number by buying a truck that is better on fuel. but it is a no win situation. the trucks i'm looking at that are better on fuel are also 10k more then the truck i'm looking at now. of course the other trucks are better looking but from my stand point.. as long as it passes inspection i can careless how it looks. if you think a shiny truck with a bunch of lights and chrome makes you king trucker.. your a moron. it does not make you a dime more then the older truck with some blemishes.


    probably shouldnt post while in a bad mood...

    How you expect to have a life doing 3000 mi/wk? Weekends you'll be working on truck.

    And there's something to be said for lights and chrome. The value of beauty is debatable but IMHO it definitely has an effect on pride and mood when it comes to trucks. I'd be one mean, apathetic SOB if I drove an ugly aero truck.

    A lot of guys come to the internet seeking info to get into the trucking business and want to consider themselves "businessmen" and poo-poo long hoods, chrome and such since it doesn't add to revenue. But these "businessmen" still have trouble with 4th grade level math. Would a wise "businessman" even enter an industry where the profit margin is in the low single digits and most newcomers fail in the first year and companies are cutting each others' throats to haul freight for no profit?


    I'd bid that company $900/load plus FSC (@5mpg & 1.05/gal. one way), three loads a week.
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    i've been putting off replying to this for a while now.


    first... not a new comer to the business. my family has been in it since WW2.

    second: how will i have a life? easy.. very easy. drive up unload reload come back unload. 10-14 hour day. i did it before when i was a company driver for another company...

    third: the lights thing.. thats all in prefrence.

    fourth: i always have something on the back burner. i am also tryign to get in O/O with my boss. about 10k a month clear.. some might not think its a lot.. but its clean, light 12 hour day work.

    i like to get other peoples opinions before i jump in head first. if nothing pans out i stay a company driver where i am now..

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    Weekends you'll be working on truck.
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    Well, times has changed, i use to average 11-12 grand a month after operating expenses(fuel, tolls), running 9-11,000 miles a month, puling company trailer. This days, i'm happy to make 8-9 grand, running 8-9,000 miles. $2,200 after fuel, is not a bad money this days, but if you have to run 3,000 miles to make it, here is a catch, "tear and wear" on a truck, could eat up a bigger portion of it, than you'd expect.
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