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  1. Rory Bentley

    Rory Bentley Rookie Expediter

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    What can a Newbie realistically expect to make there first year. Gross. As an O/O.?
     
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    It really depends on what you drive ie: van, straight truck, semi.
     
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      Heard that those Out & Back straight truck guys out of Detroit area make. $ 150,000. a year.. :p

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      Maybe I should get one of those jobs.
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      You should expect something between loosing everything, house and family included, to $200,000. It just depends on how quickly you catch on, how good the year turns out to be in freight and who you sign on with/what you drive.
       
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      I have not decided if I want to drive a straight truck or buy a van. I have a class B CDL. But a van would be cheaper to punches and operate then a straight truck. Then again, it would be better starting out driving for some one then to invest and maybe not like it. I'm still researching. That's for all the advise.
       
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      I'm in a cargo van, anybody knows if it's hard getting a load out of New Jersey

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      It's not hard at all. Unless you don't like driving over bridges. Then your options become more limited. A wacka wacka.

      Seriously, whenever I go to New jersey, if I want any sleep I have to go OOS, otherwise they'll load me right back out.
       
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      It's good that you're doing research, and continue to do so, because that's an interesting question.

      "What can a Newbie realistically expect to make there first year. Gross. As an O/O.?"

      Realistically? In a van or Sprinter, most newbies are realistically out of the business within 6 months, because they didn't do enough research.

      But realistically, in a van, if you hang tough and last the year, between $60,000 and $80,000 gross. Rule of Thirds say you'll pocket one-third of that gross, maybe a little more.
       
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      Thanks for the help. There is a lot more to this then I thought there was. This just intrigue's me even more. I will have to keep up the research and try and decide what I think would be the best path for me. Thanks again for the advice.
       
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      One thing that sinks the battleship of newbies in vans/Sprinters is coming in underfunded. You don't realize that driving 80,000 to 100,000 miles a year exacts a heavy toll on your equipment and you can, sooner or later, expect stuff to break. Given "Murphy's Law", it'll be the most expensive thing possible and about as far from home as you can be, too-- at a time when the business is slack anyway so re-building a crippled bank account is difficult at best. I hasten to point out that Murphy was an optimist.

      Turtle's right though--if you get past the first year you've probably figured out how to survive at least, and the business itself isn't a bad one. If you get something going on the side-- I occasionally help a guy re-build offices-- the money from your side interests helps keep you going.
       
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