Mornin fellow truckers, quick ? For ya

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Yeti 1, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Yeti 1

    Yeti 1 Bobtail Member

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    I'm looking at buying a used truck what are some of the most important things to watch out for so I get a good soild all-around truck.
     
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    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    Hi Yeti, welcome aboard. We need more info. What you plan to do because different trucking requires different spec'd trucks.
     
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    Yeti 1 Bobtail Member

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    Sure, Right now it's hauling oil or sand in the oilfields of Tex and Ok but later I might pull an enddump or belly dump.
     
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    Yeti 1 Bobtail Member

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    It will need a PTO and blower. There's a lot to think about. Im 51yrs and thinking this might be the way to go.
     
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    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    Ok, well nothing fancy, obviously, I think a good starter truck would be a Freightliner with no less than 500 hp. Dime a dozen. Volvo's are cheap, but I think a Freightliner is a better truck. Detroits are great motors, some go over a million miles and never pulled apart. I'm not familiar with the demands of what that job involves, but the toughest truck is no doubt a Mack, but those aren't cheap. And if you go with an older road truck, the gearing will no doubt be in the low 3's ( 3:25, 3:55) and you may want a lower gear set, like 4:11. It will save your clutches, and you probably won't do a lot of interstate travel. Good luck.
     
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    hammer1022 Bobtail Member

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    Oil fields will tear up some equipment, my advise would be find you a solid and sturdy truck over a shiny show truck!
     
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    Yeti 1 Bobtail Member

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    Doesn't have to be anything fancy just reliable. What are some of the things you guys look for when purchasing a used truck. And how much would you spend on one with a sleeper
     
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    belowspeedlimit Medium Load Member

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    I work in the oil fields in Alberta Canada. Western Star has always been the sturdiest truck. That has been my experience and of course personal opinion.
     
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    Yeti 1 Bobtail Member

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    Where is a good place to find used trucks
     
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    bowhunter67 Light Load Member

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    truck paper or check local craigslist.
     
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