Brand new to the game-- Box Truck or Van to start?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by matchtransport, Apr 23, 2024.

  1. matchtransport

    matchtransport Bobtail Member

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    Filing my LLC and kicking things off, totally new to the industry. I have a friend who does this in another state and he inspired me to give this a try.

    I'll be operating out of Texas and will at first plan to rent a cargo van for 2 weeks at a time, mainly focusing on gig apps, to get my feet wet and learn the industry while hopefully making contacts along the way that will pay off down the line.

    Thinking ahead, I am wondering if it's better to plan on buying a sprinter van or a box truck. I assume the box truck only makes sense if I have some promising leads and brokers to work with? I'd hate to invest in a more expensive truck without having the accounts lined up, but would also hate to limit myself with a van up front, if the truck is something I can grow into. I got insurance quotes for both and surprisingly the truck is only $300/month more.

    With vans do you still need DOT/MC? In the meantime would I be able to transport loads in a rental van without these (even the gig based stuff)?

    Any insight or advice would be very helpful.
     
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  3. Chinatown

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    I would advise straight truck because with cargo van you're limited to size of freight. Hard to load a pallet on a cargo van. But good thing is it's easier to park.
     
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    I talked to a Panther driver that uses a cargo van. He said a forklift slides the pallet into his van. He hasn't had any issues with it.
     
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    Yes I've seen it done but hopefully fork guy is good both the one loading it and un-loading it.
     
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  7. jeffman164

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    If you are talking about expedite loads - there is a web site that specializes in that. It is called expeditorsonline.com.
    I did expedite for a long time. More $ with box truck. A lot more freedom with Sprinter van. If I did it again , I would choose Sprinter a van.
     
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