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Posted Tue, Sep 14 2010 06:21 AM CST
MIKE HEAVNER
Posts: 1

Thinking of getting my own truck to pull livestock.....I have livestock hauling exp.and have been a company driver in the past. I would like to know from you old timers can I make a living at this with my own truck?how much can I expect to make?And what company would you recommend I lease on with. I live in n.c. approx 50 miles west of charlotte n.c.

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Posted Wed, Sep 15 2010 02:42 AM CST
SEAN N
Posts: 20

If you are going to get your own truck, you just as well get your own authority also.  You will have more options this way.  You can still pull some else's trailer, but, if things are not going well you can restablish yourself a lot quicker elsewhere.  Just a thought......

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Posted Wed, Sep 15 2010 09:59 AM CST
IKE JACOBS
Posts: 11

IF YOU CAN MAKE IT ON WORKING JULY TO NOVEMBER AND PAY THE REST OF YOUR BILLS GO FOR IT.  IF NOT THEN BETTER JUST STAY A COMPANY DRIVER. 

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Posted Thu, Sep 16 2010 06:13 AM CST
SHAWN SEXSON
Posts: 18

You know when you go from a company driver to an owner operator, you go from the top of the totem pole to the bottom.  No matter how well connected you think you are dispatchers always take care of their own trucks and those that have been with them the longest first.  Five years ago I would have said chance are good you could make it, now you better have a pretty good chunk of money in reserve to operate on when it is slow for six months.  I have tried to help a few over the years get started pulling my trailer and using my authority to get started, none of them are still haulin cows, and was in the days when you could stay pretty darn busy 9-10 month of the year.  What ever you do good luck, but my advice is if your making a good living drivin for someone now I would stay there.  Been doin this for 15 plus years.

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