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Meeting the vehicle transportation needs of private individuals and commercial businesses with integrity and professionalism.

The Life of a Transporter

So you want to be a transporter?

No, not the film version of The Transporter with Jason Statham!

This kind.  Todd aka Graeman.

Graeman.com (transporter)

Let me tell you, it is not as easy as it seems.  Driving.  Lots and lots of driving.  Boredom.  Fatigue.  Loneliness.  Traffic delays (especially in Los Angeles).

I would not advise this lifestyle for a family.  You will miss out on your children’s milestones and your spouse will be left alone a lot to manage almost everything on their own.  Because you need to be on the road in order to earn income.

I used to see my father-and brother-in-law (who were owner/operators) constantly working on their big rigs.  Maintenance work, repairs, tweaking this or that, and getting up at 3 or 5 a.m. to hit the road.  They didn’t seem to have any down time.  I would think to myself that they were crazy for doing that Every. Single. Day.  That’s me now.  I completely understand and I work harder now than I ever did.  Even on my days “off”, I find myself working on my truck and/or trailer and fretting that I haven’t placed any bids in the past hour.

The first couple of years, you will want to scrimp as much as possible.  The area I found to do this is by sleeping in my truck.  I sure wish I had thought of this before I bought my truck.  I might have gone with a van or at least a truck with a full-size back seat.  This is probably the only time I am glad I am small stature!  Truck stops will become your best friend.  They are open 24/7, have food, and hot showers.

Not that I am complaining.  I enjoy being self-employed.  I am my own boss and I love it.  I look forward to interacting with our clientele.  They make it all worthwhile.  As does this beautiful country of ours.  I don’t have time to stop and sight-see but the scenery that appears before me is absolutely stunning.  The food is another plus.  Anytime I am in Texas, I take advantage of eating at my favorite seafood and Mexican restaurants.  I am also blessed to have relatives, in-laws, and friends scattered throughout the states who are willing to open their home to me.  Especially in California.  My cousin and her husband always open their home with laughter and hugs at the oddest hours of the night for me at a moment’s notice.  It is a treat to be able to drop by unannounced and always welcomed with open arms, good food, a hot shower, and comfy bed.  And last but definitely not least, you and your spouse appreciate each other much, much more.  This last one alone is enough to counteract all the cons.

One last thing, for those of you who are reality show junkies, how many of you still think the life of a transporter is as dramatic as Shipping Wars makes it seem?

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