Aluminum end Dump Trailer (Sand, gravel)

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  1. Abraxas

    Abraxas Bobtail Member

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    Dear owners operators,
    I’m hauling a reefer at the moment, 25 days out, 7 days home. I would like to becoming an owner operator and start doing local run with aluminum dump trailer in Texas. What your experience? I was offered $1800 gross daily and 350 miles approximately a day. But there is no restrictions if you want to haul more (weekends, night shifts).
    How to choose aluminum dump trailer? How to start ? What are your recommendations?
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    In my experience highway trucks and gravel don't mix well. Usually too lightly spec'd.

    You'll need a wet kit installed on the truck too.
     
  4. Cat sdp

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    Depends on TX weight laws ?

    I’d firm up that money because that ain’t bad for today’s market.
     
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  5. W923

    W923 Medium Load Member

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    Probably need more information to make any useful recommendations on trailer types.
     
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  6. SL3406

    SL3406 Medium Load Member

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    I'd do a lot more checking into the accuracy of those numbers before I worried about a trailer. Sounds like a fairytale to me.
     
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  7. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Road Train Member

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    As someone who took a road truck and converted it to a gravel truck this is true. It took a LOT of work to get it to a point where im not breaking stuff on a regular basis and having to swap it out with much heavier duty equipment. I.e shocks, drive line, 5th wheel removing a lot of skirts, adding new guages and switches to use my equipment and all kinds of other nonsense. And a lot of down time and money as well.

    As towards pay i would absolutely say that you can make that much a day......HOWEVER that is before fuel costs and assumeing you haul your ### off all day every day. I can make that much in a day easily sure, but im usually burning almost my entire 14 and nothing has gone wrong....at all including traffic delays sweeping ect.

    A more realistic amount is closer to $1200-1400 a day and that is as an OTR truck.
     
  8. Abraxas

    Abraxas Bobtail Member

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    Hello sir, what details you need for the advice?
     
  9. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Road Train Member

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    Where your hauling, what your hauling, expected number of loads, what bridges around you, type of truck, size of material, how sticky is material are the big ones. As a GENERAL rule though a 38'-42' split axle end dump with a 3 way door (swing, tail gate and coal chute) will cover about 90% of jobs and can do almost everything at least okish though have some pretty strict limitation such as no crushed cars or heavy steel scrap.
     
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  10. Abraxas

    Abraxas Bobtail Member

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    Austin-Houston area, Texas. Mostly sand. I can work 14 hours a day 7 days a week . Which brand of the end dump trailer is good in terms of price/quality (aluminum)?
     
  11. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

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    Trailstar, full frameless, dont even waste time on a full frame and stay away from those POS east trailers.

    most road trucks are fine until ~100, 110k now a days if you don’t suck at driving, I wouldnt haul a Michigan set with them though or anything along those lines, or bring one into a landfill (#### landfills)

    is this paying hourly or ton?
     
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