Best truck for LTLs

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by tedlish, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. BoostedTeg

    BoostedTeg Road Train Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Boise ID
    Um dont tell me that you went out and bought a 30k truck without having a place to put it to work.
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  3. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
    It appears he did just that and hasn't checked on MC authority either . I have no interest in anything to do with CA so I don't know how they regulate intrastate authority . I didn't see anything about getting a medical card either .
  4. allnite

    allnite Light Load Member

    Jan 2, 2009
    cedar bluff,al.
    WOW.Type about a leap of faith.Best of luck w/the new truck and freight.Keep us all posted.
  5. BlueHawk

    BlueHawk Bobtail Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Dearborn Hts, MI
    Tedlish mentioned looking into it.

    IMO, there isn't a truck out there worth 30k right now, for someone just getting into the biz. If you're determined to do this, keep in mind LTL freight is paying anywhere from .10-.50/mi. With a $30,000 bill, you'd be hard pressed to make that payment.

    I don't recommend anyone getting into trucking (especially expediting) right now. Newbs (and most truckers, in general) don't have the patience to sit and wait. That leads to lowballing rates to keep the truck moving; which is what we're going thru now. Then you have to run more miles to make up for the crap you just took; and the freight isn't out there. It's a vicious cycle exacerbated by the fact that few know what they're doing out here.
  6. tedlish

    tedlish Bobtail Member

    Mar 15, 2009
    Apple Valley, CA
    Well, I'm working on getting my ducks in a row. I got the insurance taken care of yesterday. My agent will file for the MC stuff. I started the process to get a fictitious business name, set up my company, etc. My new pallet jack arrived today. I have a Haz-Mat certification on my driver's license, but I'm not in a hurry. I'm retired and living on pensions. I just want to travel the country and have someone else pay for it. I live near a logistics airport. I'll start looking around over there and see if someone needs an LTL trucker now and then. Meanwhile my new truck is parked in the park's RV parking lot.
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