Hey everyone, I’m looking at buying my first truck to pull dry van and reefer. Some 30k lb loads sometimes 45k. Just a variety. I’m considering leasing on with landstar. I’m wondering if any experienced owner ops could give me some advice on what truck specs should I be looking at to run primarily east coast. I live in ga and plan on running around the upper Midwest up through Chicago area, Ohio Pa, the Carolinas southeast etc.. I’m looking at a 579 Pete or t680 kw with a Cummins. Not looking for crazy horsepower or the highest fuel efficiency. Just want a happy balance between power and efficiency. Something that’ll get me decent mpg numbers and also get me through the mountains without feeling like a dog up every hill. What hp/torque ratings should I be looking at? and what number of gears (10,13,18?) should I be looking at? I prefer manual over automatic.
Appreciate any advice thanks.