Hot shot auto transport or hot shot general freight which pays better????

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by EhrinsTimelyTransport, May 30, 2012.

  1. EhrinsTimelyTransport

    EhrinsTimelyTransport Bobtail Member

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    I have a question for you guys and gals out there, I'm just bout to start my own hot shot business and I'm torn on which one I should do, hot shot auto transport or hot shot general freight, which pays better? I'm leaning towards a 5 car carrier or a step deck trailer being towed by a Chevy kodiak or gmc topkick, any comments would be appreciated, I'm going to have 2 trucks to start out with in my fleet, my friend would coming to work for me will be out on average 2 weeks at a time, me I plan on living on the road no plan in sight on going home,, any comments can be directed here on to my email anderson.vending@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance
     
  2. me only

    me only Medium Load Member

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    I run hotshot trucks ,i like general freight .sometimes cars as a back haul .just make sure you have some moneys stowed away for emergency use.ive seen hotshotters go bankrupt with in a year.cause of poor planning .
     
  3. Fullforce

    Fullforce Light Load Member

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    Anyone else got any input to this? I'm looking to do hotshot also but with either a 3 car wedge or a 40ft lowboy style gooseneck. Although I don't wanna be out for 2 weeks straight..
     
  4. olstinker

    olstinker Bobtail Member

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    Sorry, my level of experience is hotshotting oilfield equipment only. I can tell you which is best out of those 3 though. I get home almost every day.
     
  5. truckon

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    There's like zero dead heading with cars, and with a 4 car you will always average $2.00-3.00 pm, with 1pick, 1 drop or 2 pick, 2 drop most of the time.
     
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    SHO-TYME Road Train Member

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    If you put a 5 car behind a Kodiak, you might be a little under powered.
     
  7. Fullforce

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    truckon, witch loadboards do you use? not sure if a 4 car would be a good idea behind a 1ton, Although I can drive conservativley, and ive even seen some 1 tons hualing 5 cars.....YIKES!:biggrin_2556:
    My main thing though is being able to go home every weekend. And still make a decent profit of course.
     
  8. truckon

    truckon Swamp Thing

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    Central mainly, I don't pull a 4 car with my truck, my wedge 46ft long and I stay under 26k.

    I have no trouble averageing 1.80-2.00$ on ALL miles.
     
  9. truckon

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    Fullforce, be very, , very careful about listening to what Gary over on the ltlforum has to say, his idea of moving freight is a joke, and he is responsible for alot of hotshots failing. Their are some members on here that can give you much better and more real advice.
     
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  10. Fullforce

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    wow, thats the first I have heard of this, everyone seems to think he does good? But he likes to stay on the west cost and thats exactly where I dont wanna be anyways. He also says he likes his people to be out 3 or 4 weeks at a time..... NO WAY I will EVER do a 36 hour reset unless its in the bed with my wife!

    Im really just trying to figure this car hualing thing out, most of the duallys I see hualing are running 3 cars and ALWAYS LOADED! The flats I see are about 50/50 loaded/unloaded. So there has to be cars to move and $1.80 on all miles is not bad at all.

    Are you able to get 3 fullsize cars on the 46' wedge?
    The more I look into it cars seems like the way to go, and there is a ton of used trailers to chose from.
    Thanks alot for the info Truckon
     
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