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  1. westmicher

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      Hey, if it works for you, it works for you! As for me, I agree with Squid above; four skids and a team sized sleeper is what I’d prefer.


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      A team adds weight and reduces space for freight. For under 10,000 lbs. expediters, every pound and inch is critical.
       
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      You’d think that could be offset by a team ‘s increased productivity.
      Oh Yeah, a crazy solo can equal a team unregulated.

      If logs ever come to vans Steve wouldn’t be able to build the 4 pallet, team sleeper fast enough.

      Curious, how productive will Load 1 allow a solo van driver to be ?
       
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      Reading through this thread is something else. While it's too wide & long for me, I still see potential. Just from the longer wheel base chassis use if nothing else.
      I'm not gonna debate the bits & pieces (regs, ethics, etc.) as I suspect the builder is not a fool (due diligence an all). Damn shame the 3.5 isn't offered (so I learned) in chassis. As was previously mentioned of others I also have my own view (minimalistic).
      I am surprised at the "Croids"(sp) mentality though "it's new, it could kill us". Alas like most days this morning I awoke exclaiming "still alive"!!
       
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      That's a nice looking unit!!
       
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      Bump
      Curious as to year end results.

      Revenue and productivity are probably confidential.

      The MPG and % of 4-6 pallet loads hauled would be of general interest.
      And has the fleet been increased ?
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      And it wouldn’t be right to criticize the mpg if you don’t know the revenue. They probably offset each other.
       
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      They must be so busy hauling small Straight Truck Loads of 4 -6 pallets .

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      Well if Westmicher notices the thread again he might post. He isn’t a big poster. But I can say he has built and added two more in the last quarter. So it must be doing better than his regular vans....


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      That would concern me greatly if I were a straight truck O/O there.
      The concerned ones would be silent on this site, which is understandable.
      The Pom Pom wavers will probably tell us “No Problem “ even if they’re secretly concerned.
      From the fleet that wants to “level the playing field.”
      I don’t blame John, but I see this as disrespectful to his logging straights.
       
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      Well I certainly can’t stop a fleet owner from building the truck he wants. You could argue that a lot of ways. Is a tandem axle or tag axle taking freight a tractor should haul? Did the 3 pallet sprinter take freight from the Straight? While another option for our customers it is limited on weight capacity compared to a Straight for sure. I honestly see it as more of a threat to over loaded cube trucks running illegal than the straights for sure.

      Level the playing field.... not sure I agree there. We are working hard as hell to give our fleet every competitive advantage possible. We my have shaken the industry for years now but I am against making our fleet a low end commodity based on low price for market share. I think it is very well known we have never been known as a low price carrier. We won’t even use multi carriers as partner carriers. We exceed the insurance and compliance standards and bear the expense that comes with it. We want to represent a better value to our customers. From our fleet to our safety to our people to our technology.

      Plus let’s be honest. These units aren’t for public sale. Even if we had 20 of them...would it change the market even .001 percent? Nope.


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      Somewhat reassuring answer.
      As always wanting to be a top performer wherever I was, I’m very sensitive to anything that would affect my earning power, even slightly.
      I may over react. I would feel at a disadvantage as a logging straight.
      This keen awareness probably caused me unnecessary grief at times, but it may have helped me stay a top performer wherever I was.
       
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      Does not concern me at all. The loads that go on these 3 vans would not go on my truck anyways cause I don't run cheap. While they run at better rates than a regular van it is still cheaper than what I need. You can argue that they would pay my rate if those vans wouldn't be there, but there are plenty 5k lbs loads that I can run at my rate.

      You guys overcomplicate the simple. Why worry about something you cant control? All I worry about is how to run my business more efficiently because that id what I have control over. I run my loads and make money now. If in the future my loads dry up for any reason I will move on. It is that simple.

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      Exactly what I expected.
      If freight is plentiful, why worry ?
      Once it slows slightly, I’d fixate on if those vans were affecting me.
       
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      I think these vans are cool but again a tiny effect on Load One vs the industry. Things like our driver information app will have a huge effect on our operations and will disrupt the industry a bit to our fleets benefit. It surely isn’t about running cheaper it’s about running smarter. Being percentage based cheap freight doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest.


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      What good would it do me if I fixated on these vans? How about if I fixate on NAFTA or if the economy would tank this year or.....
      You can worry yourself to death over things that are not under your control. I choose not to. I bag the money while the going is good.

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      Are these trucks classified as small straight or sprinter vans? Inquiring minds would like to know.
       
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      Fixed it for you.
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      Small straights.


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