lease-on deal I was looking at

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by Brandonpdx, Aug 24, 2022.

  1. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    No it's a 350 DRW but it's a cab and chassis not a pickup so has the heavier springs on the back. 7.3 era 450's were probably 14.5-16.5k depending on the configuration. Too heavy for non-CDL although I wish I had one anyway. Nice 7.3 era 450/550 trucks are very rare.
     

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    I am glad you posted this as I did not know these cab and chassis gvw was 12,500. I just came across a low mileage 7.3 2001 with a flat bed . It has been babied. Guy has it listed for $ 10,500 . I can’t use my current trailer with it.
     
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    If you know for sure it's a cab and chassis that might be the case. I think those flatbeds could be installed on the wider pickup frames as well.
     
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    What trailer companies will RE-RATE a trailer after being in service? What type of trailers does this guy have, can you buy one of his? I think Tow Piglet works with Big Tex in de-rating his trailers.
     
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    I know it's been discussed in a thread around here before but cant remember off the top of my head. I think most wont re-rate them after it's in service but a few were known to if asked. At some point I speculate the FMCSA will squash non-CDL trucking and it won't matter because they'll require a CDL for anything 10,001+ lbs such as with the HOS and medical card laws. That is the main reason I don't want to toss the CDL and downgrade to a normal license. They've made it harder to get one now too.

    The thought had occurred to me that maybe I could just buy his trailer I end up using if it's a good one and I am happy with how it works after trying it for awhile. But I have no idea at this point what it looks like or what brand it is or it's condition. He did say he bought a kingpin adapter though so that gets me off the hook on that one. That one for $9k in Valparaiso looked nice but I'm not signing up for that quite yet. I will have to see how it goes using his for awhile first.

    Tow Piglet I think went out of business because the insurance got too high, but I have watched some of his videos and it seemed like he did pretty well just as a 1-truck operation. He always struck me as more of an opportunistic business guy who figured out he could make a better than average income driving a truck rather than a die hard who drives because he doesn't prefer to do anything else. But he seemed like he knew the game pretty well and I have learned some stuff watching him.
     
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    Thanks to you posting about companies de-rating a trailer. I just call the dealer I purchased my Load Trail from and they said the factory would do this so I am going to see what it entails. Tow Piglet sharing his experience gives perspective from a different angle. He has been able to do some interesting things in out of the box approach. Giving a Monday Morning Quarterback view on the things he does. He has gained quite a education in a short amount of time. He has always worked at making as much money as possible So I think he has and will in the future he will succeed at whatever he does. Myself a one truck operation will remain my focus.
     
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    Regarding 2" ratchet straps...local farm and home joint has 27ft ones for $12.99. Not bad but the 30 foot ones jump all the way up to $29.99 each...quite a bit more. He said the 27 footers were fine in an email reply but his list of stuff suggested the 30 footers. Is that extra 3 feet really a big deal? Any certain brands that are better or USA made vs China or is there not much difference in how they hold up with use? He also suggested the flat hooks were better than the double J hooks and that 10 should be enough for a 30 ft trailer. Figured I'd seek a second opinion before actually buying anything to hopefully get it right the first time. There might be questions about the other rigging supplies too but the straps are a good place to start.
     
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    Don't go cheap on your straps. 27' should be good for 2". At times I wish I had some in 12' or so. Important thing is to get a decent brand. For my 2" I have kinedyne 27s.

    If the trailer has winch rail 4" winch straps are nice to have but if get those in the 30' length.
     
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    10 flat hooks would be a good start and will work for most loads but sometimes you get pallets that need extra straps so it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.
     
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    Flat hooks are better. The j hooks are harder to work with. J hooks will work with a D ring however not knowing what your with of your pieces you will be loading. The 30ft straps are needed when loading tall and 8 ft wide piece. I will use the best price point straps. Because I load light weight stuff I can only use a few straps but if you need it you need it. I started not knowing anything about trucking. Didn’t know how to secure freight. I tended to over strap. I would look at different flat deck loads and how they did it. Now you can go on YouTube and see how these guys are doing it. Watch how the Tarps are tied down. Tarps in the winter is a pain, you have to be careful in Winter and Tall loads on windy days can be dangerous.
     
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