Building my own hotshot truck bed

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by crocky, Dec 1, 2021.

  1. crocky

    crocky Road Train Member

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    Yeah, I was more than happy with the price. The problem was when I took the trailer to their shop the day I bought it, they kinda flaked out on me.
    I know they can handle the job, they do good work and custom build trailers. The problem was they realized the trailer was bigger than their shop so they couldn't lock the doors...

    (They built mostly dump trailers and equipment trailers)

    Orginally, I was going to get them to do it to my old trailer that was 36ft car trailer. But I was also going to need to upgrade it to 10k super single axles so it made more sense to just buy the heavier duty trailer and have it upgraded. The old trailer would just barely fit in their shop.. so the extra 4ft..lol


    Anyway, now that I have the semi 5th wheel on the truck I'll start looking a lot more seriously for another shop to do it. Sad part is the new trailer already has about 70k miles on it now....

    But I just road tested my new 5th wheel from FL to Cali with 2 1ton trucks on it. Worked great and seems to feel a bit smoother. Although 2 1ton crewcabs did squat the backend of the truck a bit so my fenders rubbed a little. I had to adjust them a little.
     
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  3. rccarlson22

    rccarlson22 Medium Load Member

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    Sounds like a money maker. Would you mig or stick weld it if you did it yourself?
     
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    The price of anything and everything is really becoming crazy. It’s kind of disheartening
     
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    I lost a chance to get a good deal on a truck today. Guy bought it before I could get out there. I was not in position to roll on it. But gives me hope there is still good things out there. I just got to keep pressing on.
     
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    I lost a chance to get a good deal on a truck today. Guy bought it before I could get out there. I was not in position to roll on it. But gives me hope there is still good things out there. I just got to keep pressing on.
     
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    rccarlson22 Medium Load Member

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    :biggrin_25525:
    you finally thinking of retiring your old Ford?

    Lots of good memories huh?
     
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    832,000 miles . My freight situation has changed. I have always hauled lite . Thus the name Lite Bug. I feel because I carried light less strain on the truck it would last longer. I feel the need to go longer and heavier to stay local. Ohio and the surrounding states gives me the option to be home every day. Watching everyone in this part of Truckers Report gives me insight. Watching how each goes about their operation.
     
  10. crocky

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    Well, I don't think I've experienced enough welding to make the call on the main frame rails (ie the replacement of the gooseneck with the i beams) I mean I think I could do it, but I just wouldn't feel right about it. Now on the other hand if I had someone just to rebuild the goosneck to the lowered 5th wheel set up I'd happily build the deck on it. (that I'd mig weld because I'm the most comfortable with those)

    Now the one thing, I do know a guy down the street from me who is a structural welder with a mobile unit. He has his own company and he does contract welding for construction on steel buildings. If it came down to it I'm sure if I did all the fab work, I could then get him to do all the structural welding.

    I was really trying to get a trailer shop to do it though so they could recertify the trailer.. DOT is funny about that.. I could legally build and use a trailer I built from the ground up, but I can't legally alter the frame on a trailer that was bought from another manufacturer. However, I can have a trailer shop do it who is a manufacturer and they can recertify it. That's kinda why I shy away from the DIY even if using a certified welder guy.
     
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