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    Camper delivery jobs!!!

    Don't believe everything you hear on the news. The RV industry is going gangbusters and camper shipments to dealers are WWWAAAAAYYYYY up!!!! Horizon Transport is the company I have worked for going back to 2004. They are now in extreme hiring mode. The truck requirements have been adjusted and full size trucks with a short bed are now acceptable. Also, only a bumper hitch is required to get leased on. And the kicker is that a new truck giveaway is now in progress. In August a 2011 pickup will be given to one lucky driver. Now is a great time to begin delivering campers.



    We do have recruiting incentives so if you are interested please PM me and I will give you my name and driver number so I will get credit.



    Pickup Division - Horizon Transport



    Godspeed,

    Trent
    '06 3500 4x4 233,xxx
    '06 3500 qc 4x2 SRW auto, 650,xxx
    '05 3500 qc 4x2 auto, 651,xxx
    '05 3500 220,xxx
    '05 3500 293,xxx
    '04.5 3500 qc 4x2 6 spd, 779,xxx
    '01 3500 qc, 4x2 HO 6spd, 816,xxx "Black Sheep"
    '89 W250 auto, 264,xxx

    "Too many of the things I once knew I now know not" Me

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    Hey Trent what does it pay per loaded mile ?
    running since Feb 2013 1985 dodge crewcab longbed 4x4 cummin's conversion
    R I P Speedy the bug 5-17-2010, sold 2008 2500 n 2011 3500
    new as of 5-11-2012 a 2012 jetta sport wagen TDI Wifes Ride
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel replaced the Crashed Durango

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    Black Sheep is correct.



    RV industry is running wide open! Begging folks with trucks to come to work.



    If you are in the Southwest, another great company that I do a lot of business with is Hour Glass Transport out of Coleman, OK. They are a subsidiary of Sundowner Horse Trailers.



    They pull new horse trailers out of the factory all over. The ones that come to Florida, I load them back to Texas with RVs.



    Tell 'em Barry sent you.
    2009 2500 QC LWB 6.7 Automatic 3:73 Bone Stock...for now. Vision 81s turning Michelin 19.5s. Rescued from Ford dealer 10/07/11.

    RV/Truck/Boat/Horse Trailer Buyer/Dealer

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    Hey Trent,



    Just noticed your signature. Tell me please in 25 words or less, what do you think of that 6 speed auto trannie?
    2009 2500 QC LWB 6.7 Automatic 3:73 Bone Stock...for now. Vision 81s turning Michelin 19.5s. Rescued from Ford dealer 10/07/11.

    RV/Truck/Boat/Horse Trailer Buyer/Dealer

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    Hey Barry,

    I would love to tell you about my 6 spd auto! Unfortunately I don't have one to tell you about. My '05 is the 48re auto with 4 speeds. I will say the tow/haul feature really impresses me.

    You might have seen Simplysmn's sig, he does have the 6 spd auto.

    Godspeed,
    Trent
    '06 3500 4x4 233,xxx
    '06 3500 qc 4x2 SRW auto, 650,xxx
    '05 3500 qc 4x2 auto, 651,xxx
    '05 3500 220,xxx
    '05 3500 293,xxx
    '04.5 3500 qc 4x2 6 spd, 779,xxx
    '01 3500 qc, 4x2 HO 6spd, 816,xxx "Black Sheep"
    '89 W250 auto, 264,xxx

    "Too many of the things I once knew I now know not" Me

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    Simplysmn,

    The factory loads are from $1. 07 to $1. 22 for US loads, Canadian loads are some higher. I expect a fuel surcharge increase this week, don't know how much yet.

    Godspeed,
    Trent
    '06 3500 4x4 233,xxx
    '06 3500 qc 4x2 SRW auto, 650,xxx
    '05 3500 qc 4x2 auto, 651,xxx
    '05 3500 220,xxx
    '05 3500 293,xxx
    '04.5 3500 qc 4x2 6 spd, 779,xxx
    '01 3500 qc, 4x2 HO 6spd, 816,xxx "Black Sheep"
    '89 W250 auto, 264,xxx

    "Too many of the things I once knew I now know not" Me

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    Whoops, excuse my mistake.
    2009 2500 QC LWB 6.7 Automatic 3:73 Bone Stock...for now. Vision 81s turning Michelin 19.5s. Rescued from Ford dealer 10/07/11.

    RV/Truck/Boat/Horse Trailer Buyer/Dealer

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    Hey Barry the new 6 sp auto's are Awesome
    running since Feb 2013 1985 dodge crewcab longbed 4x4 cummin's conversion
    R I P Speedy the bug 5-17-2010, sold 2008 2500 n 2011 3500
    new as of 5-11-2012 a 2012 jetta sport wagen TDI Wifes Ride
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel replaced the Crashed Durango

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    Blacksheep can you honestly say you are making money at that low of a rate or do they have you running alot of miles per month ? Don't get me wrong I love driving but I don't see how you can afford to do it so cheap ? Maybe it's just me ?????
    running since Feb 2013 1985 dodge crewcab longbed 4x4 cummin's conversion
    R I P Speedy the bug 5-17-2010, sold 2008 2500 n 2011 3500
    new as of 5-11-2012 a 2012 jetta sport wagen TDI Wifes Ride
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel replaced the Crashed Durango

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    I was a transporter from January 2005 through October of 2007. I put 400,000 miles on two Dodge Rams in that time --- two years and nine months if you count it out!

    I started out with Horizon and worked for them for a little over one year then worked for a small family owned company and for JET Transport. I made a little money but mostly it was just fun to do.

    RV transporting is a perfect job for someone who is an RVer and a wanderer, who is retired, and who has other sources of income. It is a fun job for military retirees like myself.

    A younger man who has a family and a job would be nuts to quit his job to become an RV transporter. The money sounds good until you realize that the majority of your hauls are paid one way only.

    My very first haul was from Wakarusa, IN to a small town near Sacramento, CA in the snow and ice. The haul paid something like $2500. I thought, wow, that's good money until I realized I had to drive all the way back to Wakarusa at my own expense to get the next load. It is generally rare to get a backhaul. There are exceptions but don't count on it as a routine occurence.

    There are niches in the industry you can run into. When I worked for the small company out of Fontana, CA I once pulled an Alfa from the plant near Fontana to Lordsburg, NM, back to the plant, then to Austin, TX where I picked up another Alfa at the same dealer's lot and pulled it back to the plant. That was a several thousand dollar paycheck for a week's work.

    I was running about 135,000 miles per year and earning gross income of maybe $75 or $80k. That sounds like a good bit of money until you subtract the expenses. I was paying $25 to $27k to Flying J for fuel, $5k to $6k to Motel 6 for motels (and sleeping in the trailers most of the time), $3k or $4k per year for tires and maintenance and it can be far more with an older truck. Meals, tolls, permits, licensing and inspection fees on the truck, it all adds up.

    When you figure out how quickly you are depreciating a new truck you don't actually earn any money. It could be said that all an RV transporter is doing is selling his new truck, one mile or one dollar at a time. From March 2006 until I quit at the end of October 2007 I put 230,000 miles on a new 2006 Ram dually. Think about what that cost me in depreciation.

    I loved transporting when I was doing it. Every load was a new adventure. Saw lots of country, enjoyed most of it, but it is hard work. I ran hard . . . 600 to 1,000 miles per day, six or seven days a week. I had already seen all of the US and Canada but traveled almost all of the US and Canada again while transporting.

    Pulling long conventional trailers across I-40, I-70, I-80, I-90, and I-94 with snow and ice on the road and a wind blowing the rig sideways is not my idea of a relaxing day at the beach. I was careful and never wrecked one. Lot's of drivers wreck trucks and trailers, a few lose their lives every year. If you damage a trailer you will normally be directed to return it to the factory. No pay for that trip. If you damage your truck you're out the cost of your deductible and lost income while it is repaired. The first $1000 to $1500 in trailer damages comes out of the driver's pocket and repeat damage will result in termination. Serious tickets or problems with DOT or LEO will result in termination also. DOT is serious and, I think, more serious now than they were when I started hauling commercially. An RV transporter is subject to all the rules the OTR drivers of 18 wheelers are.

    A friend and fellow TDR member told me he got a letter from Horizon Transport a couple of weeks ago asking him to come work for them. Horizon said they have a FEMA contract to move 11,000 units from Hope, AR all over the country. Horizon is a professionally opoerated company. They have rules and follow them consistently. They used to be somewhat strict but they are fair and honest.

    The RV industry is doing "okay" but nowhere near as strong as it was several years ago.
    Harvey Barlow

    2008 Ram 3500 SLT QC & Chassis w/ CM bed
    2007 HitchHiker Discover America 32 LKTG
    2010 Goldwing XM/Nav

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    Doesn't even sound remotely interesting to me!! Now if I was retired. . . . . much different story! I'll stick to working on RV's and let my retired friends handle the transporting! I thought that was a very in depth story regarding the life and stresses of RV transporting. I am hoping this new season will be better for RV repair. Last summer was dismall at best for me and so far I only have a couple of minor jobs on the calender for April. Good thing the HVAC field is still going strong!!



    Alan
    01'QC-Sold! ....New truck-13' CrewCab LB SRW 3.42 68RFE. DD is an 88' Chevy CrewCab LB 4X4 with a 92' 12V and 98' NV4500 and Stacks. Love this truck!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HBarlow View Post

    When you figure out how quickly you are depreciating a new truck you don't actually earn any money. It could be said that all an RV transporter is doing is selling his new truck, one mile or one dollar at a time. From March 2006 until I quit at the end of October 2007 I put 230,000 miles on a new 2006 Ram dually. Think about what that cost me in depreciation.


    This is a big expense few consider. What usually happens, and from working in the transportation industry for 30+ years I have seen it often, is the owner/driver buys a truck with long term financing and the cash flow looks good until the truck has a lot of miles on it and the upkeep expenses begin to mount. When the owner/driver tries to trade, they qiuckly find they owe more on the truck than its worth. . . upside down. The money they made is spent and they have no money to replace their worn out truck. The worn out truck becomes a "repo" and former owner/driver tries to find a job.



    Unless a cash reserve is built up from the income to replace the truck, which is very difficult to do after all the expeses, the owner/driver will end up with working for nothing after a lot of hard work and miles/hours of sitting behind the steering wheel.



    Bill
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    Uncle Harvey and Uncle Bill tell the truth!! Young bucks listen up!!

    I got a call from a friend of mine about those 11,000 Fema trailers that have been sitting at the Hope, Ark. airport. He was thinking about buying the package. Thought I might have to go to Hope and set up camp. It would have been fun!
    Last edited by Barry; 03-02-2010 at 09:25 AM.
    2009 2500 QC LWB 6.7 Automatic 3:73 Bone Stock...for now. Vision 81s turning Michelin 19.5s. Rescued from Ford dealer 10/07/11.

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    So Basicly you are going to drive your Arse off for Peanut's the big company is most likly getting 3. 00 a mile and they get away with crumb's to you as a driver and sit back and have Steak on your Dime . No Thank You
    running since Feb 2013 1985 dodge crewcab longbed 4x4 cummin's conversion
    R I P Speedy the bug 5-17-2010, sold 2008 2500 n 2011 3500
    new as of 5-11-2012 a 2012 jetta sport wagen TDI Wifes Ride
    2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 Diesel replaced the Crashed Durango

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    Well, they do have to make a profit. Real rates I am quoted is 1. 26 per mile from HGT to 1. 55 from Horizon. I am flat rated(backhaul) for my dealers from Florida back to Mo. , Ok. , Ar. , and Tx. for $1,000 per unit and have no problem finding trux. . . . . . . . . it gets them back where they need to be for the next load and saves dead heading.
    2009 2500 QC LWB 6.7 Automatic 3:73 Bone Stock...for now. Vision 81s turning Michelin 19.5s. Rescued from Ford dealer 10/07/11.

    RV/Truck/Boat/Horse Trailer Buyer/Dealer

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