Adamiscold wrote:Yeah I looked up U-Haul and for a 4 room truck it could carry four tons and it would cost $39.99 a day and .079 cents a mile so it would cost us with fuel a little less then $200 to rent that's with us unloading 200 40lb bags of coal
I'm in Southern NH & been looking into ways to get cheaper coal too. My local Agway has 50lb bags for $7.99 each or $282 per ton ($7.05 per bag). A pallet comes with 50 bags.
I did a simple mileage calculator to help me figure out what would be economical as I looked at this too a while ago.
I'm still trying to read through the many posts on here but I'm guessing where you & I are coming from we'd need to get to at least Scranton PA to buy bulk coal where its cheap. A round trip for you would be about 600miles +/-. Uhaul wants $0.79 per miles so that'll be $474 right there. Plus $39.99. That's $514.
Their website says the trucks get 6-8mpg of gasoline. At 6mpg that's 100 gallons. At $3.00 per gallon that's $300 in fuel. Now you're up to $814 before you've put any coal in her. The website also says the 26' trucks will carry 7,395lbs. Take off 500 of that for you, the wife, fuel, baggage & you're left with about 6,900lbs before you'll run afoul of the law. That's about 3.5 ton.
To do better than $987 locally you need to get the 3.5 ton for $173 ... or about $50 per ton.
I also looked at Ryder. I can get a flatbed that won't require a CDL. It'll be diesel & capable of taking about 14,500 Lbs, or 7.25 ton. Rates are $120 per day. $35 for insurance. The published rate is $0.34 per mile but the guy on the phone said he'd give me $0.10 given the estimated 700 miles I'd be putting on it.
For 6mpg at $4 per gallon diesel it would be $467 in fuel. 700 miles x $0.10 = $70. Plus $120 & $35 I'd be up to about $700.
If I bought 5 ton locally it would be 5 x $282 = $1,410. With this truck I'd have $1,140 minus $700 to spend to break even .. that's $710 for 5 ton or $142 per ton. I might be able to get that but it's not much of a savings.
What I think I will end up doing is plan C ..
Myself & the girlfriend both have diesel trucks. We're looking into buying a solid trailer (maybe 10,000 lb) to make the run ourselves. We'd have about 700 miles round trip. Figuring out my mpg (which I know exactly as I track it for my taxes) & allowing for empty on the way down & heavy on the return & quessing $4 per gallon on diesel (which will likely be more when I get to going). Then I'd be at about $240 for fuel. I'd need to get 3.75 ton of coal for $222 to break even. Anything cheaper would be savings, & everything over 3.75 ton would be great too. This seems more feasible. Plus we'd own the trailer & could use it for other stuff, like a possible tractor purchase, as well as more years of coal runs to PA !!