Box/Straight Trucks, 26' vs shorter?

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  1. cargobeep

    cargobeep Bobtail Member

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    Planning to get into driving a box truck. Before I fully commit to the 26', meaning renting one to drive, I wonder if this is truly the best option.

    I have no interest in a van, as the hours are crazy and rates are low. I'd rather get more $ for driving the same distance.

    1. But if I go shorter than a 26' ST, does this significantly decrease the amount of loads that I can find (on a board), or will be given (in case of a carrier)?

    2. And are the rates lower for other truck sizes?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. TA1199

    TA1199 Light Load Member

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    Are you going with a sleeper or a day cab? A 26 footer will have a very small sleeper. TBH the extra 2 feet on a 26 footer will only make a difference when it comes to storing equipment like a pallet jack. You can still only fit 12 48x48 pallets. Most expeditors with a Class 8 are running 22 footers. There are those who prefer comfort over cargo capacity that will run class 8 trucks with monster sleepers and will use a box anywhere from 12 to 18 feet. Those are the road warriors who spend 48 weeks on the road and run team. Usually husband and wife.

    No, rates are rates. Floor space isn't as important as weight capacity. You want to be able to scale over 5,500 pounds to be considered a D unit.
     
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