Much of the math of hauling is pretty straightforward. The more you haul, the more you earn.
That’s why the most successful trucking and transportation companies — no matter their size — see backhauling as a key strategy to running profitably.
What is backhauling in trucking?
Backhauling is when you haul a load on the return trip of a delivery job. For example, if you’re contracted to haul grain from point A to point B, you are backhauling if you find a load to deliver along your route back to point A. Obviously, any time you are driving your tractor-trailer it’s costing you money, so you might as well make money driving both directions.
With the rising cost of fuel and labor, backhauling has become a critical component of keeping trucking affordable for a range of clients and profitable for drivers and transportation companies. That’s why backhauling is increasingly popular not just among dry van trailers and reefers, but also commodity and other specialized haulers.
What should you look for in a live-bottom trailer for backhauling?
If you’re hoping to increase your loads through backhauling, it’s important that you choose a trailer that can hold up to the rigors of a variety of conditions. Here’s what you should consider:
Adaptability: You never know what you may be asked to haul. Choosing a trailer (like a Trinity trailer) that’s built to haul any number of payloads gives you options. And options = opportunity.
Quick-clean: The more you’re driving, the more you’re earning. Look for trailers that can be cleaned quickly and safely. Most live-bottom trailers give you this advantage, but you must also consider the materials and design in the trailer to make sure you’re not spending hours cleaning between loads. Since there are no panels on a Trinity belt trailer, debris or other contaminants are quickly washed off.
Flex: Popped rivets and inferior design put cheaper trailers on the sidelines for weeks each year. If you plan on backhauling regularly, you need to choose a design that can handle the roughest fields and the smoothest highways. The Trinity bridge design does both.
Reliability: Your trailer needs to be built to last. Don’t skimp on price up front only to pay much more in repairs and maintenance later.
Warranty: Only work with companies — like Trinity — who stand behind their products and communicate the details of their warranty clearly and concisely. If not, you risk being stuck with hefty bills for things that you (wrongly) assumed would be covered.
The bottom line? Backhauling opportunities are big and varied. But to do it right, you need to invest in a trailer that’s versatile, tough, and ready to work.