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Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by HaulingHorseman, Nov 16, 2022.

  1. HaulingHorseman

    HaulingHorseman Bobtail Member

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    Hey all, I found this forum while searching Google for owner operator (I guess the experienced say O/O) fyi's or faq's. I've been in the manufacturing & production world for 15 years now. Firstly for a global company called Sauer Danfoss (now Danfoss Power Solutions) and currently for Hormel. I saw the show Shipping Wars years ago and fell in love with the entire idea. Im sure there is Plenty the camera doesn't show. Anyways, its always been a dream to get on the road and haul loads as my own O/O but with a pickup truck, not a big rig. Fast forward to today and I finally bought my truck, its a 2020 f250 with the 7.3 in it. Now I'm doing trailer research! My first set of questions are 1) should I rent a trailer for the job first or go ahead and buy 1? 2) for a beginner, will and open or enclosed trailer be more beneficial in the beginning? I realize that some questions I have probably have no 'right' answer. Does anyone recommend any insurance companies who offer an affordable BOC-3? I'm very very eager to get on the road, non-cdl to start, and be my own boss. I also promise I'm not AS niave as this post may sound. I've been doing research for months, given plenty and current thought to pro and cons of the job as a whole. Im a 38yr old guy with no wife or kids so I've got that working for me. Id prefer not to he gone All week but rather be home 2 or 3 nights during the week. Ok all, let me have it! My ears are open, my eyes are ready to read! Help me get my ##* on the road! Thanks for reading!
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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  4. Metalicious

    Metalicious Medium Load Member

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    Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you are wanting to do what we would call hotshot work. I have never seen anyone do that type of work with an enclosed trailer. My uncle does hotshot with his dually and a 32' flatbed trailer. I would recommend doing flatbed if you're going to do hotshot. Insurance, I think Great Western is what most people recommend. It will be pricey for you though if you are getting your own numbers and such. I don't know if it truly is all the same, but I believe you will pay the same or very close to it for general liability and cargo coverage as drivers of 18 wheelers do. You will probably still be subject to HOS regulations, and may even have to get an apportioned plate. Some how my uncle doesn't have IFTA, but runs an apportioned plate. The company he is leased to the owner of it has his own truck with apportioned plate and IFTA stickers. That's the extent of my knowledge to what you are asking.
     
  5. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    You don’t really have enough truck
    It might work until it doesn’t but a 3/4 is just too light
     
  6. HaulingHorseman

    HaulingHorseman Bobtail Member

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    Even if it can do 22,000lbs? This is just me getting IN. I have plans to upgrade assuming I make it past all the metaphorical potholes and speed bumps.
     
  7. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Road Train Member

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    Personally I wouldn’t have anything less that a 1 ton dually
    You will burn through that truck before it’s paid for but I’m sure there are guys here who have done it??

    I started with this 15 years ago and kept going bigger and now have a big bunk and wouldn’t change that for anything
    Not a very good pic. Found it on Zillow

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  8. HaulingHorseman

    HaulingHorseman Bobtail Member

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    A dually and diesel are definitely in my future plans, I had to go with what was affordable with my current job. Hopefully it'll last long enough to let me upgrade! I got my own truck delivered from TN via a hotshot from KY. He was driving an older f250, he was asking why I didn't go diesel after I told him my career thoughts. Already have my DOT, just needing insurance quotes and the best site to find loads. I've been told to check out CenterDispatch
     
  9. Metalicious

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    My uncle uses truckstop load board. That's the name of it. He has had some luck but he often ends up with more than 1 load on his trailer going the same way.
     
  10. Tekna

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    It's super tough to make it with dually and 17k Payload capacity right now. Listen to all those warning you that 250 just isn't enough. Yeah you might get a profitable load going out. But once you get there the only option is going to be something that will break your truck.

    Best of luck to you but I think its a horrible time to jump into this even with the right equipment much less anything sub par.
     
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