Originally Posted by Capt Wraun
Further to the subject of weight, which of course is at the heart of the matter.
While weight is certainly a significant issue I am not sure it is at the heart of the matter.
Certainly at SA and to some extent here post on both sides of the issue have indicated this trucker seems to take on some jobs knowing the delivery
date is based on minimizing deadheading by storing cargo and picking it up when combining loads at destinations close to each other allows lowering expenses.
Think of how USP works. They put a bunch of stuff on a truck and then start delivering so some peeps get their package at 8:00AM and some guys get their package at 8:00PM, or in the worst case the next day.
To me this is the heart of the matter. Lots of customers think a trucker puts a load on his truck and drives straight to the destination
. For a trucker it makes sense to drive a little bit out of the way and pick up more cargo which will produce additional revenue.
So the real heart of the matter is when does "a little bit out of the way" become too long a delay in delivering the customers goods.
Realistically truckers will always try to reduce deadheading and large companies have a huge advantage here because they transport so many more loads to and from so many more places. Smaller truckers are limited in how many loads they have to choose from. Not to mention breakdowns, drivers leaving, or other problems play havoc with scheduling for both small and large companies.
Lets also keep in mind the trucker in question is suppose to have seven trucks according to some posts. He also has multiple trailers and multiple locations to store both trailers with and without loads.
I suspect in this case lots of things went wrong. First there never was any intention on the trucker's part to pick up the boat and drive it directly to the destination
. When other issues surfaced things just started to pile up and it was easier to leave the boat on a trailer parked somewhere and make money
on other jobs. All of the sudden the delivery
date had really slipped, there was an irate customer or two (maybe more) and the problem of delivering the boat simply got out of hand.
Now both the trucker and the OP are faced with only very bad options and I would bet no one winds up happy with the result.