Motor Carrier Power Only, is it worth it?

Mike

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Staff member
I posted about getting set up with Amazon, which got me thinking about Power Only loads.

Also, I try to keep up with future trends regarding the industry, and it is possible that there could be a pretty big market for power only in the future, much more than today. Some say that having a trailer may be of little value not too far down the road. I'm not making these claims, just like to keep my eyes and ears open for any changes to the landscape.

One of the kickers if you are doing power only loads is the need for additional insurance ( trailer interchange). A few companies require additional coverage to protect their trailers.

While I haven't bid on any of these loads, the offers I see are absolutely garbage. I know that some of these are new trailers that are listed with the "load out" opportunity, but I don't think I would ever risk my insurance premiums on those loads. You cannot haul a new trailer and expect to have zero claims if you put any freight in or on that trailer.

Anybody work in the power only market? How do you see the rates as opposed to simply dragging your own trailer around?
 

Sinister

Supermodel
Staff member
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I talked to an old guy in a bar one night and he said the rates are terrible but it kept him away from the house and busy so he wasn’t at home driving his wife crazy.
 

Mike

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Staff member
I talked to an old guy in a bar one night and he said the rates are terrible but it kept him away from the house and busy so he wasn’t at home driving his wife crazy.
the golf course would have the same effect, or a boat, and you can drink at both....
 

Fageol

Old acid hauler but not too caustic
I posted about getting set up with Amazon, which got me thinking about Power Only loads.

Also, I try to keep up with future trends regarding the industry, and it is possible that there could be a pretty big market for power only in the future, much more than today. Some say that having a trailer may be of little value not too far down the road. I'm not making these claims, just like to keep my eyes and ears open for any changes to the landscape.

One of the kickers if you are doing power only loads is the need for additional insurance ( trailer interchange). A few companies require additional coverage to protect their trailers.

While I haven't bid on any of these loads, the offers I see are absolutely garbage. I know that some of these are new trailers that are listed with the "load out" opportunity, but I don't think I would ever risk my insurance premiums on those loads. You cannot haul a new trailer and expect to have zero claims if you put any freight in or on that trailer.

Anybody work in the power only market? How do you see the rates as opposed to simply dragging your own trailer around?
From what I've seen (truckin' 05 to 13 but many miles before that with PIE, CF, Safeway, et al) here in Anchorage, power only works for the Anchorage/Fairbanks freight corridor (360 miles each way -- can be done in Alaska's 15 hours). I suspect that it works for the haul road (Dalton Highway, Fairbanks to Deadhorse) also. When I was with Sourdough there was a standing order for hauling a few American Fast Freight sets per week between Anchorage to Fairbanks. I think that Sourdough still pulls some AFF sets. Here's what an "outside" set looks like when you have a substitute tractor and the chains break on the greasiest day of the year -- the best I can say for me is that I didn't roll the set but came close when I dug into the soft shoulder on Honolulu Hill. Not my proudest moment.50258

That tanker set that extends across the road was light and the skinner was too slow so one end almost caught up to the other. That's the slickest that hill has ever been according to many old timers. Those T800s had ISX power that rivaled the 6NZs of the fleet. But they were rough-riding suckers. BTW that pic was taken after the Cantwell DOT crew cleared one lane so the wrecker could haul a Carlile driver and me out of our misery.
 

Hillbilly Canuck

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I know a guy in KY that's been doing it exclusuvely for a few years now and he seems to be doing fairly well with it. He's not doing the Amazon thing but rather leased to a carrier I think. It could definitely make it hard to stick to your plan of staying within a state or two of the house though.
 
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tommyh

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I`ve done Power only off and on for a long time.Sometimes it is bad,sometimes it is good.There are all kinds of Power only loads or trips.
The right ones will make you money
 

mndriver

curmudgeon extraordinare
Supporter
Cost of trailer interchange keeps me from doing it. Had plenty chances to do it and it's always been ugly. Basically they insure you for the highest value trailer of the type you want to pull.
 

tommyh

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I never got trailer interchange
last year,those Food Lion power only runs I did , I increased my insurance some,costs about 500 but it was worth it
 
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