Here comes the 2016 oversize trucking season!
Finally, it looks like the 2016 heavy haul and oversize trucking season is beginning to start. While freight volumes are still on the low side we can tell by the consistency of loads being posted that the season will start very shortly. This won’t come soon enough for many companies as the 2015 oversize trucking season was very short lived with freight volumes extremely low. Economic indicators for 2016 look fair as the wind power industry continues forward with its expansion (although not as big as in previous years). That’s not to say it’s time to go trailer shopping just yet but it does look like we should have a decent year. While the heavy haul trucking industry certainly needs a boost, the oversize trucking industry needs it terribly bad with so many other companies dependent upon oversize freight in order to operate. Companies like the entire pilot car industry as well as specialized equipment manufacturers that cater to and service the industry. Over the past few decades we’ve learned that the pilot car industry can be very flexible as well as resilient and can recover from freight shortages pretty quickly considering. Whereas the heavy haul industry suffers much longer from a short term financial blow as equipment costs add so much more money to a companies operating costs and overhead.
So what do we think about 2016 and freight volumes?
In general we think 2016 will be a difficult year for this area of the specialized trucking industry. While we’re not predicting record breaking highs in freight volumes it is our general thought that 2016 will bring some much needed relief as existing construction projects are already on the table. Companies that wish to have this work will need to brush up existing advertising as well as create new avenues.
Here are a few noteworthy items about 2016 freight volumes:
- Existing wind energy jobs in WY, KS, OK and East TX will continue. However, quite a few projects are now being built in other parts of the world as well as sea. This hurts us as far a wind energy equipment shipping goes.
- This is an election year and consumer spending is down so far. Another issue is the candidates. Nobody is real certain where the candidates will be as far as decision making once someone is elected. You know just as well as us these candidates will say anything to get elected but once in office have a whole new story. It’s hard for companies that create huge projects to forecast what their capabilities are for new construction projects. So not a lot is expected to hit the table for this year. This hurts us as well.
- The US has too many heavy equipment surplus items that need to be sold. That heavy equipment will come up in the auctions this year so shipping from the auctions to the ports will be good in 2016 with the over all freight volume getting some help from this area.
- The US government has a huge inventory of old surplus airplanes and parts in the Arizona desert. Much of this equipment will be sold this year which will also help the over all freight volumes.
It’s going to be another tough year folks. The companies that will earn the most money in 2016 are the ones that are advertising savy.
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Pilot cars need to relax!
There’s no doubt about it that the winter time is hard on a pilot car company. This is one reason why pilot car companies need to be wiser with there money when they do have it. Put that money away for the lean season. When winter time and the early spring months come, you’re going to need it!
Right now is a very busy time for us. From ad campaigns to developing software and making sure all of our carriers are happy we’re just flat out busy right now. In the midst of this one can’t help but to notice a few things.
As every year the pilot cars have it real tough at this time of the year. It appears that everyone is running (in every direction they can run) and most are unsatisfied with their results with the exception of the true veterans of the industry. We’ve had pilot car companies sign up in the dead of winter this year only to demand a refund within 30 days or so. Our basic service is $4.16 a month! When there’s no freight running there simply isn’t any. This is the equivalency to shooting your company in both feet (at the same time). One thing to consider is we’re not a brokerage supported website nor do we wish to perpetuate the industry in this direction. Our objective is to connect pilot car companies direct with carriers – not people skimming nickels and dimes (per mile) in a unregulated industry. While we don’t support freight brokerage either at least they are required to have a bond and a Federal MC#. Frost laws, the economy and what we refer to as “chaotic theory” all play a factor in determining freight volumes. This year is no different than any other and the official “boom” will happen sometime between the first of May and as late as the end of June just as it does every year.
When a pilot car company (or any company for that matter) is stressed out and having a hard time and decides to leave a company as heavily armed as WideloadShipping
(online for almost 15 years, top of the search engines, has the trucks doing business on site and takes almost 2 million hits a month during peak months) because they are frustrated during the slowest months of the year they are like any other human being. They are going to think thoughts like “oh, they don’t like me as I quit using them” or “i’m embarrassed because I acted poorly in an email I sent to them” or even worse think they actually got ripped off. Whatever the scenario for $4.16 a month there is no way under the moon and the stars a company can go wrong on a deal like that for more than 20 reasons but here’s a quick 10:
- You’re getting your name in the marketplace cheaply.
- Not only that but ask yourself why are the trucking companies here?
- Our site has so much history it is a trusted site.
- We place exceptionally well in all related terms so customers can find you.
- If you have your own website just the link from ours to yours is worth over $300 a yr.
- Again, as far as popularity you are also connected to your Facebook account.
- You are linked to your Twitter account.
- You are linked to your Google account.
- You are linked to your Google+ account.
- You are linked to your YouTube account and can show your videos.
This is just a few of the more positive items rambled off real quickly. If we wanted to brag it wouldn’t be very hard. The point is, we offer a very affordable value oriented service and if just one company get’s left behind in all of the years of effort we have put into the heavy haul and oversize trucking industry we are not doing our jobs properly.
As far as pilot car companies are concerned it certainly isn’t where our company get’s it’s bread and butter for sure. Count the pins in the map then just assume each customer has a premium account (which they do not). You will quickly see this is a labor of love and we do it for our carriers, not financial gains as the money just simply isn’t there folks.
If you are one of the companies that has had a hard time with the new pilot car system you can rest assure we are not harboring any feelings towards you and if anything are looking for your presence so we can service our carriers. Send us an email so you can get your account back on track and learn how the system can work for you. Even if you don’t prefer to live post at least get your permanent home base pin is in its proper location and your listing not only looking good but reading well also. Save your money, be smart with your spending and add a few years to your life by relaxing. This slow time too shall end.
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Preparing your equipment for shipping.
Preparing your equipment for shipping is very important. There are many things that will need your attention. The first thing to consider it public safety since it will be shipped over public roads and highways. You will need to make sure that nothing can come off of your equipment and cause an accident. This includes personal items within the operator cockpit or even things like seat cushions or panels that might fly off when subjected to the high winds during transport. Once your sure that nothing can come off of your equipment you will want to move on to the larger tasks. At this point we’re figuring that you have already completed the following steps:
Preparing your shipment for transport is vital.
Your equipment is almost ready to ship but you’re not done yet.
Now that you’re this far it’s time to close this deal by making sure you are prepared with a few final items. Many people jump the gun on this step and go with whatever shipping company that gave them a lowest shipping quote. But there’s usually much more to the process. We’ll go over a short list of considerations for you;
- Does your equipment need to be loaded onto the truck via crane or does it have wheels? If it has wheels don’t assume that the driver of the truck knows how to operate it. Make sure you have a equipment operator on site.
- Does your equipment have fuel in the tanks or other flammables that are required by law to be removed? Many states require that you completely empty to fuel tanks on tractors, dozers, etc.
- Some states require dozers exclusively be shipped with the blade detached. What’s your case?
- Can the height of your equipment be reduced to save you on shipping and transport costs?
You will also want to make sure that you have created a lading bill for the driver of the equipment shipping company. You can ship anything over the road without a bill of lading. You will at some point be required by the equipment transport company to sign a transportation agreement. Make sure you read this document in its entirety and have them initial and re-send or fax you can copy of the revisions. They absolutely revise it as it’s their contract so don’t take “no” for an answer if you think you may be affected by it. Your having those thoughts for a reason.
Make sure you are prepared to load your equipment that needs to be shipped.
Remember if you delay a equipment shipping company beyond the amount of time specified on the transportation agreement you will be liable for truck detention time fees that are billed additionally. Being prepared means that you have done everything possible to prevent this. So, at the loading site make sure you have extra stuff. Make sure that if you are loading a dozer or loader or equipment with tires or tracks that you have discussed the issue of ramps with your shipper. Does the trailer have ramps? If not do you have ramps or a pile of dirt they can back up to that will serve as ramps? Do you have extra lumber to block with? A saw to cut lumber with? Duct tape, baling wire and anything else you can think of to account for the unaccountable? Odds are you’re going to need it. There’s nothing like being truly prepared, especially with equipment shipping.
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