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Old 11-09-2008, 01:44 AM
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starting to get slow here in november. not to many roofers in the snow. hoping to get at least 40 hours a week
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:37 PM
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I linehaul sheetrock form Vegas to Northern Az and id slowed down SOME after the housing market crashed, but now with winter coming on.....I;ve been only getting 3 loads a week.

When a white army battles Indians and wins, itis called a great victory, but if they lose itis called a massacre.Chiksika, Shawnee
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:48 PM
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This is also the reason I'm taking a hostling job at the brewery, as beer/liquor seem to always get purchased especially during hard times.
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Old 11-15-2008, 02:42 PM
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It's pretty bad where I work.
We have (had?) an account that delivers to all the Rite Aid pharmacy stores in western part of the state, and yesterday, they laid off 14 of the 17 drivers, with pretty much no chance of getting called back because operations are moving 2 hours north to Erie, PA and shrinking to 8 drivers total, which they probably already have up there.

I was spared because I'm on a totally different account hauling steel.:bow:

It sure was a "sobering" phone call though when the boss called me up yesterday and told me he just laid off 14 of 17 drivers, and DIDNT TELL ME I WASNT ONE of them until 5 minutes into the conversation. I thought for sure I was a goner because I have the least amount of time in there, and I was expecting him to tell me they moved one of the older guys into my position.

Thank god for dirty smelly hard wet rainy cold snowy sweaty tarpin flatbeddin, that nobody wanted to do when they had the chance!:bow::bow::bow::bow::bow::bow::bow::bow::bo w::bow:
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Old 11-15-2008, 09:22 PM
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They're cutting back at my barn. They are outsourcing my run. issedoff: They are cutting the Mon-Fri day drivers to 4 days to shore up on OT costs.
"A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government strong enough to take everything you have" - Thomas Jefferson
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:32 AM
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It has been slower than normal at my company too. It's a sign of the times, with the economy being the way it is.
The last few weeks has picked up though!
Flatbed work has really been busy for me. I pull van and flat. I guess it pays to be versatile.
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:13 PM
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Location: SW Desert, nowhere else man!!
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The container-hauler I'm at right now is quite slow as well.
I'll usually make 3-4 pulls a day, 4-5 days/week, then either sit in the yard in Montebello, or get a load back to Victorville.
For the most part, alot of this is mainly done in the LA and San Bernardino County areas.

Any way, I found out recently that the company does no HAZMAT whatsoever, and that's what tends to lure alot of these O/O's to this company.

I'm basically the only guy there that doesn't know a word of Spanish and I have every endorsement on the CDL.

I'm just doing this right now as a requirement for a rehire to my former company.
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Old 12-06-2008, 03:39 PM
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It's awful at the small company I work for in Virginia. My last three checks netted $211, $662 and $150 yesterday. Last week I sat 5 days waiting for a load, the week before it was 4 days. The loads we're getting don't pay a lot either. Yesterday my Safety Director told me one broker offered dispatch a load, 1300+ miles, and wanted us to take it at .88 cents a mile! Another load was at .92 cents. I'm under load now, delivering on Monday, a 400 mile run that pays the truck $450, of which I get .27%.

It's a brokers market and for those who stand up and try and get good rates, there are those drivers who will take the low paying loads just to be able to move. So yeah, its slow and I wonder how many of these low paying loads companies like JB Hunt and Schneider are psiking up because their trucks are all over the road, in a manner of speaking!!!
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:00 AM
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Over here at CRST on the L/P side it has been pretty slow. I sat for 6 days a few weeks ago in Denton, TX and when i was offered a load it was for a total of 150 miles going to Oaklahoma City OK and the worst part wasnt i would have broke even but was told by dispatch Oaklahoma was even worse that week to find freight. So their advice was to not take the load.
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:07 AM
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I am doing my second 34 hour reset in a 7 day period as we really slow right now
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