The dry van freight market consists primarily of hauling general goods to large stores and distribution centers. These larger facilities usually operate 24/7 and have strict load and unload appointments, which some drivers prefer for efficiency.
Dry vans differ from flatbed and step deck load times due to the commodities and industries in which they operate. Typically, the facilities are larger and run on a 24-hour schedule and appointments are standard practice.
When we book for dry vans, we set your appointment time based on when you tell us you will be able to arrive. These appointments are usually one-hour windows of time and are denoted on the rate confirmation we send you. From our experience, dry vans who get loaded or unloaded earlier in the day tend to have access to a wider variety of freight which can in-turn increase your weekly total.
Dry van trailers normally come with everything needed to start out. The only additional equipment we recommend having is a minimum of 3 load locks. These will ensure that the load stays secure during transit and some brokers may require them.
We find that dry vans can operate successfully in most major markets across the US. Because of this, our dry van dispatch team can tailor your route according to personal preference rather than simply focusing on the most money. Do you prefer the Midwest over the East Coast? Maybe you just like driving in the South? These are things we will learn and consider when booking loads for your dry van.
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