Hot Shot Newbie

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by ROEN, May 4, 2021.

  1. ROEN

    ROEN Bobtail Member

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    Awesome forum! Valuable info. My question is with my F-150, pulling from the bumper, should I purchase a car trailer I'm looking at, 34ft long x 7' 3-7,000 lb axles, 21,000 lb GVWR, 3,420 lb Empty Weight, 17,580 lb Payload and use that for all purpose hauling or am I'm better off looking at a 83" wide 14,000 lb Equipment Hauler with a beaver tail and use that for cars as well? I'm initially wanting to haul cars and thought the longer car hauler will allow for two vehicles at a time, more income, and also be able to move equipment if needed. Will that particular car hauler be okay for carrying equipment? Will regular car ramps be strong enough to allow a tractor for example to drive up onto the bed? Having said that maybe there is more of a demand for Equipment hauling and I should consider moving cars as a secondary? I'm retired early and looking for a long term second career and want to get into Hot Shot Hauling. Is there even a market for 2 up car hauling or should I be looking at a single car trailer? Any insight as to which way I should decide to go so I'm getting steady work would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  4. ROEN

    ROEN Bobtail Member

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    Sooo that's funny? Maybe I suppose but I was looking for some serious feedback. :/
     
  5. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    F150 cannot haul 2 cars.
    2 cars is 9-10k lbs not including the trailer. Your truck will struggle moving and stopping a 14k loaded trailer. 10k max and even that is pushing it with a bumper pull. You can probably get away with a single car aluminum trailer but your truck wont last very long doing this regularly.
    Car ramps are mostly rated for 5k per axle weight. Meaning if both axles are on the ramps at the same time and the unit weighs over 5k lbs it will bend them.
    You would want a minimum of a f250 equivalent truck with a diesel. Gooseneck/kingpin preferable for a 2 car trailer or a 14k rated trailer.
    Once you find out the insurance price and get everything in order you will quickly do the math and see that hauling one car at a time won't pay the bills and 2 cars barely will get you minimum wage.

    Actual profit starts with a 3 car and be ready to run hard and where ever the money takes you.
     
  6. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    150 or 250 is a no go. That's a toy truck
     
  7. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    Go pull camper trailers
     
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  8. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Medium Load Member

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    A 150?

    Maybe the boat to the lake but I wouldn’t run it for a business

    I have a beefed up F150 with around 500hp. Heavy trailer PKG that I think is 14k???
    All I pull is a tandem motorcycle trailer with my Roadglide and wife’s Indian
    It pulls like a dream but I do know it’s there
     
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  9. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I agree 100% with ALL of the above advice.
    F150 is too small. Its not made to pull that kind of weight... and a bumper pull is much worse. Save yourself a lot of headache, money & aggravation. Get a 1 ton with a 3 or 4 car gooseneck trailer.
    If you try to go with a one car trailer, you'll be broke before you get the first 45 day payment from your client. Don't even consider 2 car trailer much less a one car trailer.

    And, I am not meaning to come across as sarcastic or rude, but if you don't have any more knowledge about the hauling industry than what you're giving us here, you dont need to be trying to get into the business. Please.... take this as solid advice. Not sarcasm or rude comments. You're going to find yourself in a lot of trouble & early retirement again.

    This forum is full of people who have "been there & done that". People who have tried it and failed & those who have succeeded. Listen to the advice you are being given on this forum.

    Best of luck.......
     
  10. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Medium Load Member

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    No matter what trailer you get for hauling cars, you will ALWAYS wish you had one more spot

    I used to run cars and my 3 car wedges had their niche, sprinters. Conversion vans etc
    But a 5 car or better yet a quick load 7 worked best
     
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  11. ROEN

    ROEN Bobtail Member

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    Thank you my friend. Obviously I'm green at this business and needed some real insight as too what I need to make this work. I'm ready to live on the road running cars or small loads but clearly I have to rethink my equipment. Back to the beginning for me but I'll get there.
     
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