I concur, great post! I will remember this!
BTW, how much do they pay you to transfer trucks around, and how hard is it to get that gig?
I loved that job SO MUCH that if they called me today, I would go right back to it.
Sadly, RYDER truck rental is out of business now, but Hertz, U-Haul, Penske and all of the others USE "Transfer Drivers."
I also rode a motorcycle as a transfer driver for U-Haul for a brief period of time before switching to RYDER for the increased pay.
I was paid per truck to transfer a vehicle, and a bit more for tow dollies and car carriers. $10 per truck from one local dealer to another (or $20 for longer distance transfers) and $5.00 per car carrier or tow dolly brought along.
I was also paid fifty cents per mile for my motorcycle
to ride between dealerships. A delivery of a truck from Oceanside, CA. to Lemon Grove, CA. for instance would pay $20.00 for the truck transfer, and if I had to ride back to Oceanside to get another truck, I earned $21.50 for the bike (43 miles - 1/2 hour of riding). With a car carrier behind the truck ($5.00) , I would earn $46.50 for what amounted to 90 minutes of work, and this was in 1994 - 1998 dollars (Gasoline was $1.02/gallon). Often I would not ride back, but rather, to another dealer for another truck headed to a different dealership. I kept in touch with the base in Arizona via cell phones and dealer phones, and a text pager.
The long distance runs were great! Delivering a truck from Oceanside, CA. to Phoenix, AZ. for instance, would pay $173.00 for the bike (346 miles back to "home"), plus a long distance delivery of the truck which was $0.25/mile ($86.50), a meal allowance ($5.00) and a hotel allowance ($75.00, depending on the departure time), which I seldom used but was always paid, normally riding directly home after delivering the truck. One truck to Phoenix paid $339.00, for about 11 hours of work. I also delivered to Reno, Vegas, Yuma, Tuscon, Fresno, etc.
I was also paid to do "VCR" (Vehicle Condition Report) on each truck. When I would climb into a truck, I'd check the tag to see when the last oil change was, the last brake inspection, tire inflation, etc. I only got fifty cents for this check but it added up over a week delivering some 40 to 60 truck per week, fully FIVE TIMES what the transfer drivers around the rest of the country using CARS would move.
I carried a list of all of the stolen truck numbers and would receive $50.00 for each recovered truck I would spot. They were usually abandoned on some side road. It is hard to imagine that at any given time, Ryder Truck Rentals had some 40 to 80 stolen trucks running around southern Commiefornia! U-Haul's number is FAR greater!
The guys using cars would have to:
1. Be assigned a truck to move.
2. Locate a tow dolly or a car carrier to tow their car behind the truck.
3. Go to another dealer with their car to GET the dolly or car carrier if the transfer dealer did not have one to spare, and tow it to the transferring dealership.
4. Hook the dolly or carrier to the truck and load the car onto the dolly or car carrier and tie it down.
5. Hook up the lights, do a safety check, etc.
6. Deliver the truck to its destination.
7. Return the dolly or car carrier with their car if it could not be dropped with the truck.
Those car guys were LUCKY to move two trucks a day, while I (one of only three
'motorcycle' transfer drivers in the whole country, and ALL three operating in southern CommieFornia) could move 10 or 12 trucks a day, due to the speed of loading the bike into the truck, not having to deal with dollies and carriers, and LANE SPLITTING and using the Diamond Lane to get around southern Commiefornia while the "car guys" were stuck in traffic. We became a bit of a legend
among Ryder transfer drivers, and I am told that we were the talk of the dealer convention in Vegas, but I could not attend.
I was the most aggressive transfer RIDER, earning between $800 and $1,000 per week for my work, and getting paid to ride my motorcycle 70% of the time. It was the world's greatest job.
We would call the dealer and say, "I'm coming for truck # nnnnnnn"
We would arrive and many times the rear door was rolled up, the ramp was down and we'd just ride right up into the truck! I got to where I could arrive at a dealership, hook up my bike and be GONE in less than 5 minutes. They LIKED that! The car guys would clog up their lot for an hour or more.
I REALLY loved that job! :71baldboy: