Contributing author Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. A Ringgold, VA based carrier. Joey started his company in 2010 after serving time as an unhappy employee with a local trucking company. The time spent there was not fun but, in hindsight, was a turning point that propelled Joey into the wonderful world of being an entrepreneur. Please visit JoeySlaughter.net for more insightful blogging.
I sold my car hauler in November right before I started helping out Walmart for the Christmas season. I really didn’t expect to sell it as fast as I did, but as I got tired of the extra maintenance and time it took to operate such a trailer, there were up and comers looking for that type of equipment to give it a shot for themselves. During November and December as I looked for a step deck trailer, I stayed busy hauling Walmart toys.
Finally my trailer was ready to be picked up in Villa Ridge, MO on Dec. 23rd so I told them that I’d wait until after the new year and took a few weeks off with my family. As it was time to leave to go get trailer, I got sick… I decided to plow through it and keep going which was not a wise choice. I was able to drive to Missouri and return with trailer, a trip of 1600 miles, but it wasn’t easy. I battled the Polar Vortex, -15 degrees in MO and over a foot of snow, all while having a fever and terrible cough!
My wife thinks I’m crazy or more accurately stupid when I attempt something like that and she may be right. I’m a very determined (hard-headed) person and will do whatever it takes to complete a task. Anyway, I have the trailer finally and look forward to my new operation with it. I’ll write about that next time..