Box truck questions.

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by prisonerofthehwy, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. prisonerofthehwy

    prisonerofthehwy <strong>Ball and Chains</strong>

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    I currently hold a Class A licenses, and used to drive for Swift. I haven't been on the road in almost a year, but am thinking of trying to start back up only this time driving a box truck. A good sized box truck requires a Class B. Having a Class A, means I am qualified and then some right?
    I don't know much about box trucks, and that's why I am on here.
    I am currently trying to gather all the information I can regarding leasing a box truck. I know a guy that makes $1.29 a mile driving a box truck, but he got the lease straight from the bank, and now owns it outright.... he only knows about his company.
    I don't want anyone to respond, by saying that I can't making it as an O/O, driving a box truck.... because no one knows that but me, and that's part of my research.....:biggrin_25525:
    Anyway, do any of you all know of any box truck/expedite companies that offer lease to own opportunties, such as the regular trucking companies sometimes have to offer?
    How are the MPG on a box truck..... please go into detail if any of you can, on the different make and models, and their MPG.
    What is the typical monthly payment on one? Tires are going to be the same as a regular truck I am going to assume? Please tell me as much about the box truck end of the line, as you can.
    I really appreciate it guys.:biggrin_255:
     
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  3. Pete_379X

    Pete_379X Super Chrome

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    I'm interested to see the answers to this. I always wondered about the 10 wheelers. If they were making as much as I was or better. I bet they have no problem finding parking.
     
  4. MedicineMan

    MedicineMan Road Train Member

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    Box trucks you are basically looking at local deliveries o a box tuck with a sleeper and doing expedited stuff. That stuff a to go and it had to go yesterday so I hope you don't like to slack of in the truck stops. Most of them run teams but some are solo I think.
    what is that, Panther that runs them? I think landstar has an expedited division too
     
  5. Pete_379X

    Pete_379X Super Chrome

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    Panther II, Fed Ex, I've seen a few landstar. Mostly Panther II and random O/O's.
     
  6. Etosha

    Etosha World Citizen

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    I havent heard of them charging per mile. Usually they make their money on per item pricing, so the more stops, and the more items picked up at each stop the better for business. Most people that I encounter with them make good money (DHL, Greyhound, Fedex, local couriers).
    Good luck Prisoner.
     
  7. prisonerofthehwy

    prisonerofthehwy <strong>Ball and Chains</strong>

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    Greyhound?
     
  8. elharrison

    elharrison "Iam on my way"

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    greyhound does ship stuff also, the cheapest way to move smaller freight

    with a Class A you are qualified to drive anything , only difference is your pulling over 10,001 lbs behind you...

    most dump truck compaines around here love class a drivers, because they can drive lowboys and dump trailers, more options...
     
  9. Etosha

    Etosha World Citizen

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    Greyhound moves a lot of freight. So they offer a pickup and delivery service... and straight trucks or vans are what they use to do this. Then they get back to the bus depot and transfer the freight to the designated bus.
    When I was a shipper I used Greyhound a lot for more remote locations where DHL or Fedex dont go, or for weekend deliveries.
     
  10. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    There is another option, and that is the hotshot freight, using a dually pick-up to deliver trailers. They make good money and have even less trouble parking.

    Most of the box trucks are six wheelers, some with tags, many without. I see only a few full tandems and some of those have tags as well.
     
  11. Pete_379X

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    Only bad thing about hot shot is I see more and more DOT hammering them.
     
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