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I reckon US trucks are missing a lot of features we have as pretty much standard

 

Paul 

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The rates paid in the US will not pay for features you have as standard.

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4 hours ago, mrsmackpaul said:

I just don't think most Americans realize how cheap things in the US really are

Paul

You're right Paul, most don't.

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1 hour ago, kscarbel2 said:

You're right Paul, most don't.

That may be the case, but they also need to quit working for nothing driving the rates into the ground. Like I said, we have new trucks, over $200,000 each and we have to compete with guys that have old junk and have to hide from the MTO/DOT and work for $53/hour.

But now with the emissions and SPIF laws it is finally forcing some of them to have to upgrade. And it looks good on them when they are going broke.

That's why I quit hauling salt. Picture this scenario.....You have a $220,000 truck and a $160,000 three axle pony dump trailer. Hauling 42 tonnes of salt, 63,500 KG gross up and down 8 to 12% hills for 5 hours each way of the trip. In blinding snow storms. And for that you get to make just over $200 for the day after you pay the fuel. And we quit and yet guys keep flocking to them to do it.

And you say $15,000 for a bull bar. Last time I priced a Mik Mak moose bumper (same thing basically) that are heavy duty and can withstand moose hits, it was $3500 to $5000 here depending on options. May have went up now with all the tariff's but still wouldn't be that high.

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47 minutes ago, Bullheaded said:

And you say $15,000 for a bull bar. Last time I priced a Mik Mak moose bumper (same thing basically) that are heavy duty and can withstand moose hits, it was $3500 to $5000 here depending on options. May have went up now with all the tariff's but still wouldn't be that high.

Thats what I have been told, that would be a road train bull bar, strong enough to hook onto and pull a 100 plus ton out of a bog 

You can buy cheaper but they aren't manufacturer authorized so your warranty is void

No matter what happens people always seem to be keen to come in and under cut, seems to have always been the way in the free enterprise world we live in

It is a shame that old trucks are all getting forced off the road as that's how a lot of owner drivers start

Paul 

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Unprofitably low rates have been the bane of American trucking since deregulation in the late 70s- Used to be that everybody made good money in trucking, now it's a dogfight for every last bit of "backhaul" freight!

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Bullhead: What did you replace the Star with.

 

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15 hours ago, mrsmackpaul said:

Just to get this back on topic

For those of you with facebook 

Inside the RHD jigger 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2709716395765806&id=134753723262099

Paul 

So has anyone confirmed what engine it has? Was the MP10 thing a typo or not?

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