First Run

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by GearWarrant, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. RVTransporter

    RVTransporter Light Load Member

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    There are worse things you could spend your money on. Don't know about your particular truck but the suspension on some of the earlier Rams don't hold up real well under cdl loads. It cost me about $1200 to replace the rear suspension on my '05 after 300k miles. I'll be putting air ride on mine soon.
     
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  3. LGarrison

    LGarrison Road Train Member

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    The Momentum Fifth Wheel is the biggest one at 44 feet and 15,580 lbs ship weight, I was pulling that Solitude in the picture GearWarrant chase me all the way to Nipomo and did FINE job of it.
     
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  4. Nedrudt

    Nedrudt Light Load Member

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    After you dropped how'd it go? They have a back haul for you?
     
  5. GearWarrant

    GearWarrant Medium Load Member

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    No back haul was available. Ran back empty.
     
  6. LGarrison

    LGarrison Road Train Member

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    It will get better when Twin gets more trailers to move.
     
  7. Nedrudt

    Nedrudt Light Load Member

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    California back to Indy empty must of been rough. What'd you do about a bed? Or is that a megacab?
     
  8. Midwest1

    Midwest1 Medium Load Member

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    Regardless of mileage when empty I just don't see how that can be profitable.


     
  9. LGarrison

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    Fuel is figured in the run back.
     
  10. GearWarrant

    GearWarrant Medium Load Member

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    Running empty is not near as costly as loaded. I got 8-10 MPG better empty. I fueled once just west of flagstaff and still had a full main tank left when I got home to Indiana. I ran the complete trip on just under half the pay (barely), but I also had a lot of expenses that I will not have on future trips. Being the first trip, I bought several things to make it better. Don't need to buy them next time.

    Oh, and that included food too. I did use some of my own money for some food, just because I wanted to. The second half of the pay was pure profit for me. I will take out for maintenace and such and still have a decent amount left over. I am pretty happy with it, but I won't sit on here trying to convince anyone else to do it. Too many naysayers for me. So far my experience has been awesome.
     
  11. GearWarrant

    GearWarrant Medium Load Member

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    I have a quad cab. In 2012 FMCSA changed the reg to state that you can legally "rest" in your truck even though it doesn't have a full fledged DOT approved sleeper. You must log "Off Duty" and cannot log Sleeper Berth.

    I made a makeshift bed in the back seat for now until I figure out what I really want to do. It worked out pretty good though.
     
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