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Passin Thru

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My brother is leased to Horizon, a Trailer Transit company out of Elkhart. He gets the same rate but is usually only loaded 1 way, has to find a place to sleep when ety, you can't sleep in the truck unless it has a "DOT" approved sleeper and cant use heat or water or the toilet in a new one. He says they don't pay any extra, and only give you a 500 mile/day limit to deliver. Most 5ers pull like sleds too.Return expenses are not built in, someone is dreaming and a decent motel is $95.00.

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Passin Thru wrote:

My brother is leased to Horizon, a Trailer Transit company out of Elkhart. He gets the same rate but is usually only loaded 1 way, has to find a place to sleep when ety, you can't sleep in the truck unless it has a "DOT" approved sleeper and cant use heat or water or the toilet in a new one. He says they don't pay any extra, and only give you a 500 mile/day limit to deliver. Most 5ers pull like sleds too.Return expenses are not built in, someone is dreaming and a decent motel is $95.00.


Actually you CAN legally sleep in your truck, you just can't call it a sleeper.


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greenenvy1 wrote:

Passin Thru wrote:

My brother is leased to Horizon, a Trailer Transit company out of Elkhart. He gets the same rate but is usually only loaded 1 way, has to find a place to sleep when ety, you can't sleep in the truck unless it has a "DOT" approved sleeper and cant use heat or water or the toilet in a new one. He says they don't pay any extra, and only give you a 500 mile/day limit to deliver. Most 5ers pull like sleds too.Return expenses are not built in, someone is dreaming and a decent motel is $95.00.


Actually you CAN legally sleep in your truck, you just can't call it a sleeper.


As I indicated before- I agree with greenenvy1; there must be a way around it as all 4 drivers I interacted with were setup that way.

I also didn't get the feeling that CDLs were required unless you were pulling a GCWR of 26,000.


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The biggest thing is if the trailer is wrecked in anyway no pay, and you have to pull it back to the factory. Had one take light hail damage on front panels about 200 miles to dealer, 1600 miles from factory. Dealership said they would take it BUT Factory manager says bring it back. It basically cheaper from them not to pay the driver and repair at the factory then allow the dealership to take it and repair it.

There is a lot of trailers siting near factory in dispatch lots because not many are willing to drive in bad weather and risk their own truck and weeks wages for the Trailer Companies transport contract.

Paid on successful delivery.

I had a trailer I delivered to Saskatoon when it was under -20 out. I was told I had to wash it. I told them I was worried about getting water in the electric jack. Just go wash it.
After wash back to the dealer, The jack wouldn't work. THEY CHARGED ME FOR THE JACK.

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I once thought this could be a nice part time job until I ran the numbers, after calculating the fixed costs,(deprecation, insurance, tax (licenses),interest and potential repairs) and then paying the variable costs to recover the fixed costs, it would no longer be a part time job.

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Our new Coachman was built April 10. I wonder how long till it arrives in Alberta?

Oh well

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FLY 4 FUN wrote:

Our new Coachman was built April 10. I wonder how long till it arrives in Alberta?

Oh well

Daryll


3+ weeks is my bet. Want to start an over/under thread and we can win a prize for who's closest?

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The Transporter I work for had over 100 trailers parked in Northern Indiana last year. They have over 300 this year.

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greenenvy1 wrote:

Passin Thru wrote:

My brother is leased to Horizon, a Trailer Transit company out of Elkhart. He gets the same rate but is usually only loaded 1 way, has to find a place to sleep when ety, you can't sleep in the truck unless it has a "DOT" approved sleeper and cant use heat or water or the toilet in a new one. He says they don't pay any extra, and only give you a 500 mile/day limit to deliver. Most 5ers pull like sleds too.Return expenses are not built in, someone is dreaming and a decent motel is $95.00.


Actually you CAN legally sleep in your truck, you just can't call it a sleeper.


NO you can't sleep in your truck, unless it has a D.O.T. approved sleeper. And I had a $275 fine from Texas D.O.T. to prove it plus a hotel bill and 8 hrs of down time. I pulled for Horizon transport. Unles you can do some very creative longs (illeagle) it is very hard to make a good living. If you are single or yor spouse rides with you plan on spending lots of time alone.
Pay is for only loaded miles, 99% of the time you have to drive back unloaded.
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Someone said 40 cents a mile while pulling, it is really closer to about 75 cents.


Killin time waitin on tomorrow.

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bound4fl wrote:

greenenvy1 wrote:

Passin Thru wrote:

My brother is leased to Horizon, a Trailer Transit company out of Elkhart. He gets the same rate but is usually only loaded 1 way, has to find a place to sleep when ety, you can't sleep in the truck unless it has a "DOT" approved sleeper and cant use heat or water or the toilet in a new one. He says they don't pay any extra, and only give you a 500 mile/day limit to deliver. Most 5ers pull like sleds too.Return expenses are not built in, someone is dreaming and a decent motel is $95.00.


Actually you CAN legally sleep in your truck, you just can't call it a sleeper.


NO you can't sleep in your truck, unless it has a D.O.T. approved sleeper. And I had a $275 fine from Texas D.O.T. to prove it plus a hotel bill and 8 hrs of down time. I pulled for Horizon transport. Unles you can do some very creative longs (illeagle) it is very hard to make a good living. If you are single or yor spouse rides with you plan on spending lots of time alone.
Pay is for only loaded miles, 99% of the time you have to drive back unloaded.
O

Someone said 40 cents a mile while pulling, it is really closer to about 75 cents.


As long as you log off duty and not sleeper you are perfectly legal to sleep in your pick up as of February 2013 (IIRC). If you were fined by Texas DOT you should have fought it. I have been doing it for the past 1.5 years and seen many inspections and have never had an issue.
I do agree with your comments regarding this being a difficult way to make a living though.

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