Hotshot: Where to learn how to pull a trailer, how to get the first job.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ryansacct2322, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. ryansacct2322

    ryansacct2322 Bobtail Member

    Dec 7, 2019
    Hello all. I am a semi-retired guy with a 1-ton dually daily driver. I am considering getting my class A, then using my truck for hotshot. I have watched many videos and read many threads. Alas, here are a few 101 questions I could not find answers to:

    1) I have never towed a large trailer in my life. Is there a way to learn how to tow a trailer/safely strap loads without paying thousands of dollars for driving school? Is it reasonable to ask a truck driver- perhaps on this forum- to spend a few hours with me for a few hundred bucks?

    2) Most hot shot jobs that I see/hear of require 1 year experience towing...something. How does one go about getting that experience if my only ambition is to tow with my dually (as opposed to an 18 wheeler, etc)?

    3) My long-term goal is to bring in ~1500/mth working part time (semi-retired). Is this achievable running hotshot? I ask bc I doubt insurance rates are different for part-time drivers... so maybe this plan is a no-go from the start?

    Thank you and have a great weekend.
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Bennett Motor Express
    If you have no experience driving a commercial vehicle, we can still work with you.
    1 (one) ton heavy-duty pickup truck (or larger) Model year 2000 or newer; ... Owner Operator. Truck Type: Owner Operator. Job Type: Driveaway Pickup.
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  4. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    U can make any amount of money u want but its much more to the game then just driving and manuvering the trailer. U are gonna have to find all ur freight for that hotshot and that is gonna be a full time job within itself. Not to mention all the paperwork and hoops u have to jump thru just to put that truck on the road , and it cost alot of money. Its the reason why u see all the hotshot youtubers that put their trucks on the road think they make alot of money and its much harder than it looks. Definatly not a part time gig unless u have been at it for a long time and know what ur doing. But as they say anything is possible.
  5. Mike2633

    Mike2633 Road Train Member

    Jun 14, 2013
    At Home on The West Side
    I never really got hot shotting. It's as much of a pain as Class A CDL work actually worse in some cases for what appears to me to be really not that great of a pay off.

    I think in some cases hot shot work seems like an easy work around to driving the big truck, but it seems like your a constant DOT target, the DOT seems to love pulling over hot shots and you have all the same big insurance and payments and risk that the big trucks have, for half/less of the reward. Yeah I get the entry level barrier is a little less a dualy pick up isn't as expensive as a big truck, but the business side of it seems like a pretty good sized hassle, but to each their own. Different strokes for different folks.
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  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Put a bunk in your pickup to be DOT legal for commercial hauling.
    Sleeper Berth - Woodhouse
    Woodhouse Sleeper Berth
    , Inc. (WSB) has developed a Sleeper Berth conversion for one-ton and larger pickups. The Federal Department of Transportation has inspected the conversion
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  7. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    San Antone
    You dont need a sleeper to be DOT legal. You just don't log any SB.

    OP your best bet is to go to a good school, learn all about HOS and all the other requirements. You'll have to go through learning how to drive a semi, but learning new skills is never bad. Then lease onto a company.

    Btw, your pickup will have to have an ELD installed, so if its your daily driver, you're gonna have to run it on Personal Conveyance any time you're not using it to haul a load. You cant just unplug it.

    Trucking isn't really a part time gig. If you're leased on, they want that truck moving, hauling freight and making $.
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