Looking to become an owner operator....Need detailed advice as far as truck goes...

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Ryck13, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. thelushlarry

    thelushlarry Road Train Member

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    Buy the biggest shiny fuel drinking truck you can find. Might was well look good while going broke!:biggrin_25520:
     
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  3. Catliner

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    As far as the poster saying he doesn't know this field of work, he says hes driven before. He might just have been one of those Assembly line Company drivers that's trying.
     
  4. Ryck13

    Ryck13 Light Load Member

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    I do love trucks and I do loving trucking. I take pride in knowing that I am a trucker. I was the little kid that put his hand out the window to get y'all to blow the air horn amd now I'm driving them. It was a dream to be a "king of the road". That's why I've been saving money, asking questions and getting advice from those drivers I looked up to see where I can begin to start my journey on the right foot. Freightliner is my favorite for the simple fact I grew up around them, learned to drive trucks in one and they are awesome trucks.

    I may have basic understanding of trucks and no where near as much experience and miles as some of these other drivers...., that's why I'm asking questions. If I wasn't asking questions and acting like I know it all then I would be showing how passionate and serious I am about making this decision.
     
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  5. Ryck13

    Ryck13 Light Load Member

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    Yes I am a company driver and it was nice to get my feet wet as they say but I want to be more independent. I want my own truck. Even as a company driver, I took the maintenance and overall care of my truck personal as if it was my own. Pre-trip, mid-trip and post-trip... I kept all the necessary fluids, tools and parts needed to keep my truck running at its best. Since I've been a company driver, I take pride in staying out of the shops for repair and out on the road running hard and getting paid. (Knock on wood) I've never had to be put in the shop unless for your typical PM or getting a tire change but I maintain what I work with. I've developed good habits in regards to maintenance, speed, trip planning, idling, and being overall aware of my work enviroment.
     
  6. Florida Playboy

    Florida Playboy Road Train Member

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    Different hood, grill, and cheaper dashboard gauges. Columbias are basically a stripped down Century.

    The FLD came out in 1988 if I remember right. That's what I meant by "dinosaur," old technology. Heck they have analog odometers that only have six digits so if you buy a used one you don't know if it has 200,000 miles or 1,200,000
     
  7. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

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    The ONLY difference between a Columbia and a century is the cut out for the headlights. The hood on one can be unbolted from one and bolted on the other. Also all interior differences, such as dash, seats, door panels, etc, are nothing but what trim level was ordered by the initial buyer. The can and sleeper itself is the same. Same doors. And as everyone knows, or should know, the engine and driveline has nothing to do with model or even make of a truck.
     
  8. Florida Playboy

    Florida Playboy Road Train Member

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    So how come I have never seen a Columbia with any other gauges than these?
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    And all Centurys I have ever seen had these:
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  9. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

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    Maybe you have only seen big fleet trade ins? I don't know why you haven't seen a different gauge package in a Columbia
    Have you ever specced a new truck? It's not like buying a car where you pick from what's on the dealer lot. They build it to your specs, with what earns, tranny, and engine you want. Along with whatever interior setup you want, including what style gauges.
    Look at those pictures again, you will see how the only difference is the dash panel above the steering wheel. Even the top of the dash with the air vents is the same. That center dash panel will unscrew from one and screw into the other.
     
  10. Catliner

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    The Columbia can come with either dash, the FL50,60,70, and 80s and school buses had the upper cheap cluster as well, if you ordered something other than bottom basic then you got the lower picture cluster.
     
  11. Starline

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    you want the best advice ?

    Buy a glider kit with a pre egr detroit in a T800 with a mid roof or a aerodynamic truck... forget the hood.
    If I have to explain why I suggest a aerodynamic truck, then your not about making money and not ready to become a 1st time O/O
     
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