Aug 242014

It started raining a little after midnight and continued for most of Saturday, like we needed more of it. The ground is saturated and water is standing in puddles everywhere. And we have more forecast for today.

The rain didn’t really impact us because we’ve been busy labeling and stuffing envelopes pretty much nonstop. Except for dumping our black tank and taking some trash down to the dumpster, carrying bundles of papers in from the Explorer and bins with envelopes back out, I didn’t go outside all day.

While Terry was stuffing envelopes, I uploaded the new digital issue and sent the link out to our subscribers, along with renewal notices for those whose digital issues are about to expire. And quickly we started getting notices from PayPal that many of our loyal subscribers were already sending in their renewals. We really appreciate all of your continued support.

I also spent some time answering e-mails from our readers, and as sometimes happens, I found myself engaged in an exchange with a fellow that was quickly going nowhere. He wrote to ask me if I knew anything about how to earn money delivering RVs because he had heard that many transporters were making upwards of $50K a year working for delivery companies in Indiana.

Over the years we have known quite a few people who tried RV delivery and without exception, every one of them quickly realized that while you may gross $50K, your net is about minimum wage, if you’re really lucky. You can’t sleep in the RVs, you are responsible for any damage incurred during transport, and you are not paid to return back to the starting point. Plus, you will need a commercial drivers license and commercial insurance on your truck if you are delivering towables. It’s a quick way to wear out a truck and have nothing to show for your efforts.

But this fellow, who had never delivered RVs, did not want to hear all of that and had a comeback for everything I told him. He just knew he was going to make big money getting paid to see America and was looking for somebody to tell him to go for it. What can you do when you find yourself in a situation like that? I wished him well and told him to have fun.

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that I am trying a new promo, having enrolled all of my e-books, both my novels and my RV books, in Amazon’s Select and Kindle Unlimited programs. It’s a great deal for readers who are Amazon Prime members or a members of Kindle Unlimited; you can read all of my books for free! If you don’t belong to Kindle Unlimited, check it out. Your first 30 days are free and you can cancel if it doesn’t meet your needs. It’s also a good deal for authors. Whenever somebody downloads one of my books and reads at least ten percent of it I get paid a commission. It’s not as much as for an outright sale, but hopefully it adds up. I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word.

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  6 Responses to “More Rain (Like We Needed It)”

  1. Some people ask for advice but don’t really want it. They’ve already made up their mind.

  2. Been in Northern Indiana for several months. Seems a lot of transporters suffered loss of business during the ’08 crash and sold their trucks and moved on. Now thousands of units are stuck on transport lots with no transport and no one to haul. Apparently those willing to work are not near the numbers needed to get them out. This from a business owner here in Elkhart. My thoughts are that they pay peanuts and it’s hard to make any money on what they pay.

    As for sleeping. . . we talked with a transporter and they said they were allowed to throw a sleeping bag on the bed (usually mattress is covered in plastic), but couldn’t eat, etc. in the coach. So they stayed in the campground a night using the CG’s facilities then moved on.

    Wonder where all these units are going? Every empty lot is stuffed full of trailers, etc.


  3. Nick, your absolutely correct about RV delivery. I tried it back in 1998. I had a 1995 3/4 T Dodge Diesel with 23,000 mi on it when I started in March. By June I had 55,000 mi on my truck, saw a lot of the US but didn’t make a penny. I was barely able to break even. My advice is like yours. FIND ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE A LIVING ON THE ROAD !!!

  4. There are lots of trailers sitting on lots waiting to be moved because the transport companies blow smoke up your lower orifice about how much money you can make and then stick it to you in said orifice. I tried it with two different companies and got screwed both times. Not just the low pay but once they claimed I did over $600 damage to a trailer that I didn’t even haul because when I did the pre-trip walkaround it had a big scratch on the paint. So they had me take another one instead. Later when they deducted the money from what I had coming they said the $600 was a paperwork error and would correct it but they never did. Second time the dealer checked off on the trailer as no damage upon delivery but by the time I got back to Elkhart claimed $1000 in damage to it. As far as the transport companies care your guilty with no trail and they don’t pay you. I lost money with both companies. Listen to Nick he’s been around and knows that which he speaketh.

  5. My brother-in-law could sure set this guy straight. He wore out a new diesel dually hauling trailers out of Elkhart and never did more than break even after adding in the costs involved. He’s stubborn and it took him two or maybe three years to finally admit it was a losing proposition. We live not far away in Niles, Michigan and there is a reason you see all of those signs advertising jobs for delivery drivers. It’s because the only ones making money are the companies that hire them.

  6. And on top of all the other stuff the driver has to clean them before taking them to the dealer..

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