Today’s discussion is about breakdowns while hauling brokered freight. I’m not thinking flat tires, broken airlines, or another issue that could get you an hour behind. Instead, what happens when you blow a turbocharger or some major component failure that will take a week or two to have repaired?
I was able to connect with Nick Skeen from Paper Transport on this one. We’ve heard from Nick in previous episodes, and his expertise has proven quite valuable.
It’s Not The Broker’s Fault When Your Truck Breaks Down
Here’s the bottom line. If you run into problems like a flat tire, a broken line, or another minor issue, deal with it. If the load is going to be late, let the broker know. And be sure to keep them up to date.
Should you have a more catastrophic issue, the rules change. Be upfront with where you are. Clearly communicate that you will not be able to complete the load. Own the problem and be involved in the solution.
Rebranding The Camping Show
Primarily for reasons I’ll get into in the podcast, the camping website is undergoing a rebrand. By the time this publishes, BackpackingStrong.com will be online and looking decent. And I do anticipate a podcast in the future.
After over two decades of seeing the country through the windshield, I’m having a ball exploring the backcountry. As crazy as this summer has been, I’ve still made it out for a few trips. I hope to make one more trail adventure before the winter hits.
Buck’s New Trail Car
With the camper firmly planted in a permanent site, I decided to make some adjustments with my daily driver. I loved that F150, but it just doesn’t make sense to hang onto a 13 mpg driver. After all, it won’t be towing anything now. Also, a nice used 4×4 is worth more right now than it will ever be.
Meet Dwight, my new-to-me 2011 HHR. This car will perform several tasks well.
- Back and forth to work at 27 mpg instead of 13. And 30-plus on the highway.
- A better choice for leaving unattended for a few days at a trailhead.
- The HHR sits too low to steal the catalytic converter easily.
Oh, and it’s worth about half of the truck’s value. Money in the bank is always a beautiful thing.