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Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by shawnb215, Jun 28, 2023.

  1. shawnb215

    shawnb215 Bobtail Member

    Jun 28, 2023
    This is what I’ve come up with over the last few days of researching and reading, trying to be positive here but this is what i want to do, yes i know get a CDL but it doesnt happen over night biggest problem im having is truck weight and trailer weight, also deleted questions still gathering info on those ANY ADVICE IS APPERICATED AND RETAINED, im not trying to argue with you i promise but i tend to ask a bunch of questions

    -10k minimum in account for start up operating costs.

    -20k max budget for trying e(yeing a 3500 SRW 06 Chevy (pre emissions truck) ask for this reason

    the reason im looking at older pre emissions is also cost like lets say i get stuck in somewhere and maybe i have to put a transmission in the truck i feel like the older stuff is more available "on the shelf"

    ^ to avoid the “deleted problems” I’ll have the truck fully checked out by my master tech buddy before I even hand the dude 18k he wants for it

    -Fix your break downs can do my own brakes oil changes, alternators etc, basic maintenance im definitely mechanically inclined

    -Most likely Get an aux tank.


    -14ply trailer tire minimum

    -always do your pre trips

    -and as always. Don’t take cheap freight.

    -plan on staying in the east will go as far as texas maybe in the future once I’m comfortable

    ^^ I planned on leasing on with hotshot107, using there trailer(rental don’t know details won’t talk to me unless i get a truck) mc dot etc, don’t think they would set me up for failure, plan on operating for them for about 6 months and then try it and see if it’s “for me” and then while I’m under them for 6 months let my llc/mc/dot run for 6 months (for credit and stuff to buy my own trailer etc) and then acquire CDL and upgrade to dually and my own trailer

    Also MIGHT have a local guy who has a powersports hook up and probably keep me busy still trying to get his contact info

    Getting the CDL really isnt the problem, it’s just time, I’m currently separated from my employer and have money to put out if this works out, then I’ll invest my credit on GOOD quality stuff, worst case scenario I’ll go back to a regular job if I fail

    This is what I have come up with in the last few days I have nothing to lose, I’m not attached for house/wife/kids, all I have is a couple paid performance cars and the clothes on my back lol what do y’all think
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  3. evanstransport975

    evanstransport975 Bobtail Member

    Mar 1, 2020
    I would recommend a newer truck that can haul more weight. Even if you get a cdl that truck WILL struggle with the weight. I started out with a 2005 lly and wouldn't stop with only 15k on the deck.
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