Look at some of the frequently asked questions below, and take the survey to see if the dump truck industry is right for you!
There is a shortage of good quality trucking companies in the industry and money for infrastructure improvement will make the problem worse!
Dump truck is a day cab with a wet kit. If you have a day cab already its simple! Get a wet kit installed and purchase or rent a trailer. Simple as that.
Why not sleepers?
Sleepers tend to be heavier, so you cant carry as much. Dump trucks also frequent municipal areas, which may have low bridges that sleepers can’t go under.
In traditional trucking you make money by the mile. For instance, if a load is 100 miles and the load pays $300, the mileage rate is $3 per mile.
In the dump truck business, everything is based on an hourly rate and the time it takes to complete a load. For example, if a load takes 1 hour round trip and the pay per load is $90, the expectation is the truck will make $90 per load. We’d expect a truck on a job like this to do 8-10 loads.
Hourly: Truck clocks in the job in the morning, and clocks out of the job site in the evening. Pay is based on a pre set dollar per hour.
Per load: Most companies will give you a price per load price. This rate is generally calculated by a per hour rate. To calculate take the time it takes to travel, divide that time by 60 minutes and multiply by the hourly rate. Another example would be a 2 hour round trip. Divide 120 minutes (2 hours) by 60 minutes, then multiply by the hourly rate (lets use $90). That will give you $180. Per load
Per ton: Trucks generally carry between 18 and 22 tons. Some jobs will pay based on the amount of material placed in your truck. The calculation works similar to the per load price, there’s just one additional step. In the example above we arrived at $180 per load. If we were to divide this figure by 20 (the tons we think our truck will carry), we arrive at a $9 per ton.
Anywhere between $700 and $1,200 daily. Several factors can influence this rate, and the higher grossing jobs don’t always net you the most. Fuel costs are rising!
A dump trailer is needed. Trailers will range from 22-26ft long. Steel or aluminum trailers are commonly used. Steel trailers are more durable and allow you to carry a wider range of material, but tends to be heavier. Aluminum is more brittle, so sharper, heavier items may cause issues, but for most jobs, the lighter aluminum frames will allow you to carry more per load.
Quarter Frame: Both trailer axles stay on the ground. The trailer pulls toward the tractor when dumping.
Full Frame: Both trailer axles stay on the ground. The trailer does not move when dumping.
Frameless: The front trailer axles lift when the dump box lift. The trailer pulls toward the tractor when dumping
Insurance costs will vary wildly depending on several factors, but will generally be cheaper than comparable OTR insurance for several reasons:
· You will stay local. Generally, within a 50 mile radius and likely within state lines
· Cargo insurance isn’t necessary (aside from the state/insurance company’s minimum requirement)
Fuel and Maintenance
Fuel and maintenance are also a major saving. Mechanics that have built strong relationships with their customers typically charge less than mechanics with a single job from the same customer. If your truck only operates locally, it allows you to build a better relationship with a trusted mechanic.
Fuel costs are also negligible compared to OTR. Its not uncommon for a truck to run less than 200 miles daily, with half of those miles running empty.
Days typically start at the job site between 6am and 8am. Jobs will run until 3 or 4pm. On any given job you can expect to deliver between 3 and 10 loads daily, depending on distance you’d need to travel and traffic patterns.
Getting loaded generally takes less than 5 minutes, and dumping the load takes less time. Majority of jobs will require you to serve the construction industry, and the material will either be dirt hauled out or stone hauled in.
The dump truck industry isn’t right for everyone, to find out if you’re dump curious, take this survey
a) Are you tired of being away from home?
Dump drivers drive day cabs. So they are home every night.
b) Are already in trucking and looking to diversify your income?
Even if you’re not getting out of the over the road industry, the dump truck industry has protections that the OTR industry doesn’t. Diversifying your income could be helpful for preserving cashflow in a downturn.
c) Are you bored of riding long distances and looking for a change in industry?
Our trucks generally don’t drive farther than 50 miles in any given direction before you will have to dump or get loaded again. Your longest trip before changing direction or scenery generally be less that one hour. This can be life changing for those that may not prefer the longer trips.