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Yep, pulled the yellow button for the last time tonight.

The industry has been real slow around here for the last couple of years, but it got really bad the last few months. We were getting over 2,500 miles a week, now it a good week if we get 1,000. We couldn't just sit around slowly going broke waiting for it to get busy.

We bought a hard surface cleaning system for cleaning tile/grout and cement floors, driveways, wood decks etc., we can do carpets too.

Its a big step, wish us luck!!

Bill
 

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Good luck Bill... Ya gots ta pay the bills somehow...;)




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Man I know exactly were your coming from. I stepped out of the trucking industry back in Oct of 08 and haven't looked back.Times were getting bad then,I can imagine what they are now.Keep your head up and good luck with the new business!
 

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Thanks for the good word guys!:)

We had owned our own truck for 5 years but sold it last sept, then we drove a company truck. Less chance of paying for breakdowns, but less money too. Oh well, no lookin back now!!

Bill
 

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Its a hard and long step,but ya have to do what ya gotta do:rolleyes: Good Luck man.:)
 

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good luck and keep your head up. At least you are willing to work, unlike millions of others.
 

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Thank all y'all very much:), it helps a bunch!!

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I sold my 4 trucks in 2000 when fuel prices started to rise above 1.50.I do miss it but dont regrett it.Hope everything goes well for you.
 

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Did you anly drive in Canada I ahve a friend that drives and he is staying busy, he is back and forth from coast to coast and from the Gulf to the Northern border, and I think he is gettin around 2500-3000 miles a week he is pulling for someone, but I think he is making $.44 a mile
 

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Did you anly drive in Canada I ahve a friend that drives and he is staying busy, he is back and forth from coast to coast and from the Gulf to the Northern border, and I think he is gettin around 2500-3000 miles a week he is pulling for someone, but I think he is making $.44 a mile
We drove in Canada and the States. We could only deliver from Canada to the US and then reload in the US going back to Canada. We have been hit pretty hard in southern Ontario as far as plant closings go. Also the Canadian $ is stronger now so there is less freight going stateside. Then you add in the fuel prices and.....you get the picture. There are way to many trucks right now for the available freight in Canada. This leades to major pricing wars with some carriers hauling stuff for just enough to cover the fuel. Can't make money like that!!

I'm keeping my license current just in case!! If this don't work, we might just pick up and move to the US, we have wanted to for many years. Maybe around Owensboro KY???

Hoping for the best!!:)

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Also the Canadian $ is stronger now so there is less freight going stateside. Then you add in the fuel prices and.....you get the picture.
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It blows me away how many Canadians don't understand this fact. Everyone just wants the dollar to be par or higher than the US $ but is kills the Canadian economy. Canada is too expensive to do business in and when the exchange rate is favorable to foreign investors that is when they come running.

As far as the truck goes, good luck. My dad has been driving most of his life so I feel your pain. Trucking seems to be very unappreciated in my opinion and the only ones that make money are the business owners definitely not owner operators. Good luck with your new adventures.
 

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It blows me away how many Canadians don't understand this fact. Everyone just wants the dollar to be par or higher than the US $ but is kills the Canadian economy. Canada is too expensive to do business in and when the exchange rate is favorable to foreign investors that is when they come running.

As far as the truck goes, good luck. My dad has been driving most of his life so I feel your pain. Trucking seems to be very unappreciated in my opinion and the only ones that make money are the business owners definitely not owner operators. Good luck with your new adventures.
they think about travelling. :D
80 cents is where our dollar needs to be to be the most beneficial to us. maximizes buisiness and keeps it close enough to travel or to afford to buy us goods.
Good luck Bill I have a tile cleanin job for you, but i'm not paying mileage :D
 

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It blows me away how many Canadians don't understand this fact. Everyone just wants the dollar to be par or higher than the US $ but is kills the Canadian economy. Canada is too expensive to do business in and when the exchange rate is favorable to foreign investors that is when they come running.
Thats very true, most here are all happy when the $ get stronger, but they don't have a clue on the effect of jobs here. It might help if you travel to the US but with no job, your not going to be travelling are ya??

Thanks for the props.

Bill
 
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