How do you find companies that hire owner operators with trucks older than 2000?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Wolf Woman, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. Wolf Woman

    Wolf Woman Bobtail Member

    Feb 26, 2020
    We have a 1998 Freightliner. Husband has worked at same company for years, but they are closing. We are not sure how to find a company that hires o/o with older trucks. I searched the internet, but they don't usually say if they hire older trucks or not. How do I help him get back to doing what he loves - long haul OTR as an o/o?
  2. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Some don't / won't say; usually a case'by'case basis. Find the ones you are interested in, or that are interested in him, and start calling like now (okay well in the daylight hours; I'm a night driver...) and you'll probably be surprised at how many nibbles you get.

    @Chinatown ??

    What does he haul, or prefer to?!? Vans, reefs, open decks, tanks, H/H, et al?

    Off to work; wish you both the best. All isn't lost, for sure. (For instance, QC employs one of my pals, with a '98 Petercar hood. Tanker operation; Quality Carriers!)
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    This division requires a 1 ton pickup truck and hauls travel trailers. Might have to pull 2 or 3 travel trailers at one time.
    Pickup truck no older than year 2000.
    Bennett Motor Express
    Earn big without the rig with high-paying truck driving opportunities in Bennett’s DriveAway Pickup division! If you have a pickup truck that’s one ton or greater that can handle one unit at a time OR up to three-unit combinations with our haul-and-tow vehicles, you can be your own boss while getting paid to see this great country.
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    These websites are for heavy duty pickup trucks after market sleeper berth kits.
    Sleeper Berth - Woodhouse
    Woodhouse Sleeper Berth
    is part of the Woodhouse Auto Family, a family of dealerships located in the Omaha, Nebraska metro area which includes 16 franchise locations that sell over 25,000 vehicles a year across the United States. Woodhouse is known as a “truck” store and has been a leader in heavy duty truck sales in all of the domestic brands.
    Cowtown Sleepers
    Added Pickup truck Seating for your children and pets, truck Storage, and Pickup truck Camping inside the safety of your truck and Sleeper Berth that bolts to your truck for Hotshot Truck Drivers. Get your BEST night's sleep in your pickup truck with our Cowtown Sleepers.
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  5. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    It will probably take a little extra work to find one. Because the trucking company is on the hook if anything like an accident happens. Probably the first thing they will want to check is paper log books. They know why some people enjoy running paper vs ELD
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  6. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Light Load Member

    Oct 24, 2017
    I don’t think Landstar cares how old it is, but have to run paper logs.
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  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    That will be the sticking point with many companies. Whether or not your pre 2000 truck can run ELDs. Your '98 should be able to run them. Whether you husband wants a company where he has to run them is another thing.
  8. Moon_beam

    Moon_beam Medium Load Member

    Aug 29, 2012
    What state do you live in?
  9. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Northeast PA
    Yea what state. In NE PA or upstate NY I can give you a lead
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