Did everyone go out of business? seems this forum died..

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by crocky, Jul 9, 2022.

  1. crocky

    crocky Road Train Member

    Jun 28, 2017
    I'm still going but it's getting ridiculous with these fuel prices.. The week, before July 4th I did my all-time record in fuel bill.. I ran from Sat to Sat and paid out $3k for fuel in a hotshot truck for 4k miles. How are the guys in Semis even surviving? I remember when $3k for fuel was an entire month....
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  3. Kenworth6969

    Kenworth6969 Road Train Member

    Jul 3, 2020
  4. Val_Caldera

    Val_Caldera Road Train Member

    Apr 2, 2021
    Where does the ELECTRICAL LEAD plug in?
    Is that a spring ride Trailer?
    Is that even LEGAL or just for a carnival or Truck event?
  5. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Detroit, MI
    My fuel bill for the last week on 3300 miles was like $2500 driving a semi . Hotshot business is stupid
  6. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Without seeing your exact rig I did a quick 1 minute look for national diesel average price and got $5.75 a gallon. With a little math that comes out to your fuel mileage at 7.6 mpg.
    Yesterday in my semi I was able to pull 45k in cargo getting 8.2 mpg. A car hauler will likely get close to that pulling 2x the vehicles of a hotshot. While a semi does burn fuel, and a lot of it, it is that much more efficient than a typical hotshot load.
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  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    Like any cost, it’s relevant to gross. Gross 7k, spend 3k on fuel. Easy math at 1.00 pm fuel cost. Semi Trucks move consistently. Hot shot is hit or miss. The load I just delivered runs 3 x a week steady. Yesterday they sent 2 pallets out late via Expedite Box Truck. Im sure they paid much more, than the Truckload rate. But those situations are few and far between. I’ve seen hotshot/ expediting go up and down so often. I don’t see how anyone can count on it. Too inconsistent. To top it off, I got empty this morning, the expedited Truck shows up while I’m being unloaded, blocks me in. Had to explain he was in my way. He needed to move, so I could let him have the dock. None of it made sense.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2022
  8. crocky

    crocky Road Train Member

    Jun 28, 2017
    I'm not sure why you think Hot Shots don't move consistently. I haul mostly cars & equipment. There are cars and equipment pretty much everywhere. I could also do freight as well, but I don't bother because I don't have a factoring company and I'm not chasing brokers for pay when I can get paid COD when I drop a car.
  9. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    SW FLA
    If you have all that work then the fuel price shouldn’t matter unless all that work is at a cheap rate

    I did hotshot for a short period when I first got in this
    The argument from those who did it was the mpg was higher. Repairs cheaper etc

    That wasn’t the case
    Tires. Brakes. Wear and tear etc was all higher on a PU truck since you were doing it more often
    And your bunk was the back seat

    Only way I’d ever consider that is running local for high paying on demand companies like oil etc
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  10. Banker

    Banker Road Train Member

    Aug 19, 2012
    This ding bat pulls in behind me yesterday running into my skids and sideswiped the trailer trying to back out of someplace he shouldn’t have pulled in. Then ran over the curb with his pickup and sideswiping the yellow poles with his trailer. Not to mention scraping the roof of the SUV with the tree limbs. FD3E0F0C-84DC-4D08-85A0-441BE79782D9.jpeg
  11. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
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