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TucsonJim

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Posted: 04/15/14 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, they don't cover return fees. They state that is why the pay is higher

Here is the link to the FAQ pages:

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So just making up an example, If you use the Pendleton OR mileage rate of $1.22, pick up a MH and go 700 miles, that would be $854. If, and it's a big IF, they let you put a small toad behind it for the return trip getting 30MPG it would take 24 gal of gas at $4 then the return trip would cost $96 leaving you $758 for four days of work - return time included. Yes, I'm just talking in very general terms, no expenses for tires, oil, wear and tear, etc.

The reason I said IF they allow you to attach a toad is I sometimes see transporter driving a new MH with TT behind it, both going to the same end selling dealer. Then I guess you return expenses are flying or a bus.

It would be nice if someone who's actually done it happens to chime in.

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I was looking at a towing website requirements. Hokey smokes. How much do all those things cost to get (insurance, medical exams, parts, etc.). Well somebody must be making money at it, or nobody would do it.

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That is assuming a class A. Per the FAQ they are outsourcing that to another company. So all of those rates are towing something with your vehicle and insurance.

So the breakdown of cost would be the total cost per mile for the tow vehicle. That would have to include fuel, maintinence, insurance and registration fees. Purchase can be tax deductable as a source of your income so that is not 100% meshed into the total cost per mile for you. So lets set your trucks cost per mile is around 40c a mile, when all is said and done on the return trip for the next trailer load you are only earning 50-65c a mile driven if your cost per mile is that low.

IF you take a 1000 mile delivery, you are looking at 3 days round trip and around 650 earned for a bigger trailer delivery in profits. And that does not include cost for motel/hotel or food. But using aorund 12 hours a day driving time, 3 days travel round trip resulting in making just over 18 an hour.


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Posted: 04/15/14 02:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TucsonJim wrote:

That ad just popped up on mine. I went to the FAQ page and here is the pay scale:

Units up to 28' = $1.30 per mile
Units 28'-35' = $1.37 per mile
Units over 35' = $1.45 per mile
All units out of Pendleton OR = $1.22

All pay is per "loaded mile". In other words, you are paid per mile while you are pulling a rig.


I just interacted with 4 delivery drivers in a few months. I got talking to 2 of them. Their pay way $1.16/loaded mile from Goshen, IN. Coming east, they would get a $0.10/mile increase due to tolls. They also would receive $0.10/mile increase if they were pulling a CDL load such as my camper (e.g. combined weight in excess of 26,000 pounds).

The 2 lucky guys who got to take my camper back to the factory *LOVED* me. They normally don't have return loads (and thus don't normally get paid for the return trip).

All 4 loved the job.

All 4 had quad-cab or crew cab trucks. Each removed the back seat and built a platform bed in its place.

2 or 3 drove with dogs in the truck with them. None had spouses driving with them.


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Drove big trucks for over 10 years and 75% of the time they were brokered loads. The freight, or in this case the trailer delivery is handle by a broker who has a contract with the manufacture for a set rate. In turn the broker sells the load to owner operators, who inturn delivers the trailer.
Now the broker sells the load to the O.O. for a per mile cost(less than a manufactures direct Load).
The miles that are paid are computed miles, which typicaly are about 10% less than actual.
The good side of a broker load is you can operate under the brokers ICC licsene/ insurance, The down is less money per mile.
Either way the pay does not warranty the wear and tear on your TV. It's one thing to make a couple of bucks if your going that way, but the little extra money ends up covering your return trip cost.
Like others have said, if it's profitable everyone would be doing it, lots of drivers out there, but they like to eat


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Posted: 04/15/14 04:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As I used to tell my staff, if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it.

So obviously, this job is not easy, or highly profitable.

Everyone wants a high paying, no work "job."

I never found one, so I retired. LOL.


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No sleeping in the RV, No eating in the RV, No using the water systems or the toilets, If you are doing it as a business a CDL is required along with a current medical certificate. Commercial logs and crew rest requirements must be met, and some don't even allow use of coach heaters en route in cold weather. I think there's better ways to earn a few bucks.


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If you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life


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Did it for the past 16 months and loved it. Grew tired of the time away from home. You can make the money work if you are smart. Tough way to make a living no doubt about it.


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