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Vans, flats in good demand — and improving — on the spot market

Conditions continue to improve for many truckers in the spot market in many areas around the country. In this week's update, the flatbed Hot States map is about as hot as we've ever seen it. Rates and volumes did retreat, however, in some areas,

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Cross your fingers and say, three times, ‘Spring freight season’ …

As on a teeter-totter, as on the spot freight market -- what goes down must come up. Well, sort of. Spot market volumes on DAT Load Boards continued their climb last week, enough to finally put pressure on rates to rise.

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Spot freight volume: 100 percent higher than this time last year

The stat in the headline doesn't tell the whole story, however, as rates are basically flat from where they've been the past few weeks. Some bright spots, however, in flatbed.

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Things I’ve learned about open-deck hauling

And dry van!: "I also learned that Golden, Colo., has the heaviest and cheapest paying loads out there, because they're all beer and liquor and the beer companies should be ashamed of some of the prices they're offering to haul it."

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Top 10 cities for van, reefer, flatbed freight in 2016

For the second year in a row, Atlanta was the top city for van and reefer spot truckload freight in 2016, according to DAT Solutions. Little Rock, Ark., held also held its spot as the top city for flatbed spot freight.

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E-log sticker merits easy time at weigh station

Gastonia, N.C.-based hotshot/tow owner-operator Buster Lewis took up the Continental VDO RoadLog to eliminate the hassle of pushing paper logs, he says -- big bonus: No weigh-station hassles for him and his 2006 Freightliner Business Class straight flatbed.

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Some high notes for flatbeds amid seasonal spot market fall-off

Flatbed rates had a small rebound last week, amid seasonal declines across all segments. On the top 78 open-deck lanes, rates rose on 42 of them, while 31 declined. The other five were neutral.

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Do it right, even if it’s ugly

Bit of tribute to the open-deckers running high, wide, heavy, ugly: "Sometimes you get to be Elvis, and sometimes you're Jed Clampett, but both of them pay the bills. Do it right, even if it's ugly."

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‘Freight recession over,’ analyst says — flat, van, reefer demand updates

Following an "18-month malaise" in freight sparked by the collapse in oil prices at the end of 2014, says DAT analyst Mark Montague, the freight recession is now officially over.

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Though the weather turns colder, spot market temps turn up for vans, flatbeds

Winter weather in the Midwest and Northeast could push rates even higher the week of Christmas, since parcel freight will be moving until Saturday the 24th, and those lanes will be slower and more difficult.

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