Would you take it

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by scooby0048, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. scooby0048

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    I'm not starting one of those need advice threads, just curious what others would do. Satellite route up for bid. I thought about it but it's just not worth it to me but another guy really wants it. We talked about it but the pros just don't outweigh the cons.

    Average stops between 25-40 stops. Lots of mileage between 300-400 everyday. Satellite center is 45 minutes away so you will have to drive there yourself.

    Pros:
    Way less stops (more seat less feet)
    Only 4 businesses with no bulk
    Managers will not go there except for safety ride
    You are the only driver so seniority and vacations are never an issue

    Cons:
    Drive your own car 40-50 miles each way everyday
    Later start time, later finish time plus drive back home
    Lot of miles driving to stops
    A 14hr day means you could be out until 0100hrs
    90% driving on dirt and unmaintained roads
    Sparse cell coverage
    Very extended emergency response time (medical, police, tow trucks)
     
  2. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Guest

    Most of the satellite routs around here were bid on by people who lived close to the area so made sense for them to take them. To me it is too easy to get screwed over on one of those routs and while it is nice to not have management breathing down your neck, you won't be able to complain about what and how much work they give you
     
  3. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    Is that one of those deals where another driver drops a TP50 off somewhere and you pull up and offload it? If so then whoever takes it should be prepared to be screwed often by other drivers. There will often be "surprises" left on the trailer in the form of packages that the drop off driver didn't want to run.
     
  4. scooby0048

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    No the satellite has a car parked at a rented out garage and another driver shuttles the load to the satellite driver's car. Well, after reading what I wrote, almost like that but the shuttle driver starts their route by heading backwards to our center and he picks up all the day before outbound and previous day's DIAD from the satellite driver.
     
  5. upschuck

    upschuck Avatar bet gone wrong

    I'd take it only if I lived close by the drop location
     
  6. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    What is start time?
     
  7. 9.5er

    9.5er Well-Known Member

    Our satellite routes were gobbled up quickly by some of the older drivers. They seem to have pretty good dispatches when I used to pull the trailer to them. Haven't been that way in a couple years so I can't say how good or bad they are now. If given the chance I'd jump on one just to get away from management.
     
  8. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    0100? How would you be finished at 1AM?

    What is the start time?
     
  9. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Later start time later off time is about the only viable con I see.

    The rest is pretty petty stuff. Most SAT routes I know of barely get 8 hours though.
     
  10. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Yeah no way I would
    Be out that late. At 10pm at the latest I would sheet it missed and that would be that.
     
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  11. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    What are the areas that satellite routes makes sense? I know in the middle of nowhere but how prevalent are they? When I think satellite...I think outside Vegas in the desert. Pahrump. Areas like that.
     
  12. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Can't see putting a hundred miles a day on my personal vehicle.
     
  13. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    I'd say most centers have a few of them. I could even think of a few more routes that's they could turn into satellite here.
     
  14. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    I do it just to get to work. :(

    Buy a beater. Run it til
    The wheels fall off. Rinse and repeat.
     
  15. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    How do they handle Pick up pieces on a satellite route. Feeder sweeps at night? Air driver?
     
  16. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    There are satellites all over Mn and Wi.
     
  17. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    I drive 5 miles round trip. 10 to 15 minutes one way. I would ride a bicycle except for the industrial area and all the heavy truck traffic.
     
  18. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Different in different places. Here they pull a tp60? Out to the drivers with all of their packages. The satellite drivers have to have all pick up pieces and their diads back to the trailer by the time the guy pulling the trailer back gets there.
     
  19. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    For my first 8 years I did the same.
     
  20. scooby0048

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    10am Mondays, 11am the rest of the week
     
  21. scooby0048

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    1100 and if you had to do 14hrs...0100