Well no longer have any need to worry about other drivers making us look bad. Since the last time we were able to get online we have done a respectable amount of running. Let’s see…
- Last time we were online we were sitting in Sacramento.
- Then we hauled butt down to LA to pick up a preloaded trailer. Thirty minutes to drop our empty and hook to the new trailer and we were off again.
- Ran straight to Hartford, CT and the longest we stopped on the whole trip was thirty minutes to get fuel and switch drivers.
- Delivered in Hartford, grabbed the world’s fastest showers, ate a burger and collapsed into the bunks for ten hours non-moving sleep.
- Then into Boston in the wee hours of the morning to pickup the load we are on now. It delivers tomorrow in St Paul, MN.
So that’s 3,450 miles to Connecticut, then a twelve hour break, then another 1,450 miles headed back west to Minnesota and the whole thing will be done in less than five days. Which probably explains why I’m all brain-dead and such. I know there are many teams out there that would give a lot to grab these sorts of runs… sigh… we’re just not one of them.
On the bright side it is looking like a fairly good paycheck. Which is good cause we are looking at trucks again. I’m not sure what our plan is now though since for years and years my plan has been to buy a truck and lease on with LandStar, but that isn’t looking like it’s going to happen now. I’m really unimpressed with what LandStar has been doing to their van drivers in the past few months.
Freight is down everywhere and virtually every trucking company has seriously lost big income except for LandStar. They significantly lowered the percentage they pay their van drivers so instead of the company losing a ton of money it has been the guys driving for them that has been taking the huge hit. I guess that is a company’s choice, but it doesn’t mean I want to be the little guy taking the hit so that LandStar’s shareholders still get a good stock price in the middle of the biggest freight downturn in living memory. No, thanks.
Also from everyone I have talked to it looks like LandStar’s van loads have dried up. So there just isn’t much freight available for the drivers to fight over. So they can lower the rate per mile at the same time because the drivers are so desperate. When you are already giving up 38% of the linehaul to the company, a load that pays $1.15 per mile means that the truck is only making $0.71 per mile. So out of that you are paying fuel, insurance, base plates, truck payment… oh and a little thing called driver pay. Nah… there’s no driver pay in a $1.15 per mile load.
Frankly, I’m wondering what the heck LandStar is doing to earn their 38% of the linehaul for van drivers. Their freight has dried up and their rates are in the crapper. It’s a damn shame because they used to be one of the most highly respected companies out there, but lately it’s hard to find anyone in the van division that has a good thing to say about them.
So unless things change big-time LandStar is out. That doesn’t mean that we won’t buy our own truck just that we are going to have to rethink our plans. Right now we are holding off – waiting to buy just when freight volumes and rates start heading back up. I’m guessing that will probably start happening in the early spring. But who knows.
On the bright side, if TWMNBN keeps running us like this we will either be long dead or able to buy the truck with cash money… and pick up a nice trailer on the side.