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Author Topic: Any ham radio operators who are experts in interstate trucking?  (Read 955 times)
N1AUP
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« on: November 26, 2018, 07:05:19 AM »

I'd like to chat with someone who is knowledgeable about how a company gets product from one state to another via truck.  I need to get product shipped to Mass from a variety of places, and know nothing about the trucking / freight business.

If anyone would like to share, I'd be grateful.

Thanks
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WW7KE
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2018, 09:09:37 AM »

I would think UPS would be your first choice.
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NZ4ZN
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2018, 02:15:43 PM »

As a custom/luxury homebuilder, we get special stuff shipped in from all over.

Offhand, I'd say that it's almost impossible to get a dedicated truck/flatbed trailer across a couple states for less than about $1,000.00 a trip, and coast-to-coast can be up to double that. The big killer is that the guy has to deadhead back with an empty trailer, so you pay for a two way trip. Maybe your business can make use of the trailer both ways...we can't.

Last time I shipped timbers from the Maine Barn Company, I had a competitive freight quote by a third party that was right in line with the timber company's trucker. $1,100.00 from Maine to Maryland for one load of timbers.

Try contacting Nate Lawyer with "FreightQuote.Com". NateLawyer-at-FreightQuote-dot-Com 816-949-6146

Good luck,
Ed
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K4JJL
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2018, 09:14:05 AM »

The big killer is that the guy has to deadhead back with an empty trailer, so you pay for a two way trip. Maybe your business can make use of the trailer both ways...we can't.

Call a freight broker.  They find "deadhead" trips and try to hook them up with loads, usually at somewhat of a discount.  I've heard of guys using Fastenal to ship stuff on their deadhead trips.  They're pretty good about it, too.
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NZ4ZN
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2018, 09:23:49 AM »

Call a freight broker.  They find "deadhead" trips and try to hook them up with loads, usually at somewhat of a discount.  I've heard of guys using Fastenal to ship stuff on their deadhead trips.  They're pretty good about it, too.
Good suggestion and that's what the company I linked above does.
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KM1H
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2018, 09:46:42 AM »

Ive shipped antique thru muscle car era auto engines all over the USA using a broker and also asking on CB over about a 30 year period.

Carl
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K1FBI
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2018, 03:24:58 PM »

I've shipped antique (thru the Muscle Car Era) auto engines all over the USA, using a broker and also asking on CB Radio, over about a 30 year period.

.... That's better!
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K4JJL
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2018, 08:47:55 AM »

Call a freight broker.  They find "deadhead" trips and try to hook them up with loads, usually at somewhat of a discount.  I've heard of guys using Fastenal to ship stuff on their deadhead trips.  They're pretty good about it, too.
Good suggestion and that's what the company I linked above does.

I've had commercial kitchen hoods delivered to my warehouse in reefer trucks.  We cranked up the reefer while we unloaded it.  Nice to have AC while you work.
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N1KWW
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 04:28:50 PM »

 This may be more than you need but explains licensing regulations on intrastate transportation of goods. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/do-i-need-usdot-number
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