Loading your own trucks

Nov 16, 2018 at 09:53 PM CST
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How many of you load your own trucks from a load board or direct freight?
How many use a 3rd party to keep you loaded all the way around?
Do any of you find it easier to get your own freight in the bulk biz or go thru someone else? We haul mostly reefers form east to west coast and in that biz you have to have 25 trucks before anyone will talk to you about hauling direct. I was just wondering if bulk is a little easier to get or should we just go thru another broker? We only have 3 hoppers.
Replied on Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 05:24 AM CST
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you need a broker, it's going to be hard to find someone to go "direct" and unless you have plenty of money, billing cycle most of time is 60-120 days out
Replied on Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 10:50 AM CST
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Hello good morning i have a friend who runs his own refrigerated fright out west all the time he is always lookin for help not sure on rates but can find out.
Replied on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 07:43 AM CST
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have done both ways sometimes it works sometimes it don't magority of the problems I see is brokers not honest enough to post where load is actually at/going claim it's to protect the lanes and their rates I don't actually buy it but it is what it is another problem I found is one of the major brokers likes to post loads that dont exist just depends which end of the country u would like to stay on mostly
Replied on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 07:43 AM CST
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I have ran both ways using a broker is easier but have found your freedom diminishes greatly. although pay is steady. I have been pulling my own freight off the board for 8 months I'm just 1 truck so it's working out ok...money can be slow at times. But I enjoy having the freedom to run any load I want. lots of fake loads and I do have a "do not haul for" list that is a little more extensive than I'd of expected. I have also picked up some direct hauls that pay pretty good.
Replied on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 07:58 AM CST
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Yes all of you make good points. I guess it comes down to how that you want to operate your business. I guess sometimes we don't put as high of a value on brokers until we really realize what they do. I'm not saying they should get 20 and 30% and more like some do but should be worth 8 to 10 providing that they keep us busy with good rates. It's probably worth that for the flexiability that we need with company drivers these days. Probably stay with the brokers for now. Thanks for everyones input.
Replied on Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 04:27 PM CST
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I have my own customers that keep me busy 80 percent of the time. Then use bulk loads the balance of time. I have one truck and it is not good to rely on one shipper. So I fill in with broker or other shipper loads. There is a place for honest brokers. I don't like giving away ten percent all of the time.
Replied on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 at 06:23 AM CST
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Originally Posted by: DONALD KEIFER
Quote: "have done both ways sometimes it works sometimes it don't magority of the problems I see is brokers not honest enough to post where load is actually at/going claim it's to protect the lanes and their rates I don't actually buy it but it is what it is another problem I found is one of the major brokers likes to post loads that dont exist just depends which end of the country u would like to stay on mostly"

Yes, I can't agree less.