Moving to New state to truck out of. Which is best?

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  1. Westcoastghost

    Westcoastghost Bobtail Member

    Jan 13, 2022
    Hey everyone. Brand new to the forum. I'm looking to move out of California and buy a truck to start my dream job, but i want to choose the state that best suits my wants and needs. I'm 28, and I've been driving a super-10 dump truck for 7 years. I have owned my own truck, but I'm currently driving for someone else.

    Before I catch judgement for being from California I just want to reassure anyone from potential states that I'm not looking to "pollute" your state with "my" cali ways. I'm sick of everything California stands for, and with my choice of states being Arizona, Nevada, or Texas I think you will understand where I sit on the line from right to left if you know what I'm saying. Haha!

    Some of my backstory...
    I've dreamt of driving a truck ever since I understood what they were. I would be riding in my car seat when I was 3-4 years old telling my mom what kind of trucks we were passing and what kind of trailer they were pulling. "Thats a kenworth with a spread axle" was apparently one that stood out to a friend of my fathers who didn't even know what kind of trailer that was. I've ridden in trucks probably before I legally should have with my dad, I think the first time I got behind the wheel I was around 10 years old. (Off road, in a field, low gear lol) starting working on them around 16 with my father who owned bottom dumps and super 10s but also had a mobile diesel repair business. I bought my own truck when I was 21 and we swapped a 2009 series 60 with dpf into my 91 FLD 120 to be C.A.R.B. compliant. But that's where things went downhill. Dpf's, Def, is a load of cow pies and I want a state that isn't afraid of the "terrible, evil" black goodness from the 8 inch, 13' 6" flat top straight stacks every now and again. Carb compliant trucks are out of my budget, and also not what I want. Yes. If you can put 2 and 2 together, I want to run low, tall, and long with a real truck. A real engine. A real transmission. I'm not about these big aero cabs that are comfortable to drink your kambucha while some girl named "Alison" manages what gear your truck is in.

    So. To get to the point. Which out of the 3 states I listed above will-
    1. Let me have a straight exhaust (no dpf or def)
    2. Let me build my truck to look how I want, low air ride front axle 290-320 wheelbase, Drop visor etc.
    3. Not be D.o.t. nightmare like CA
    4. Has good loads
    5. Will let me park my truck on my own property

    I'm looking to build a 379 long hood, preferably a 14l series 60, 18 speed, flat top sleeper, 8 inch stacks from the ground to the sky, pulling a flat bed, spread axle, curtain side or landall trailers. (Picture at bottom for reference of my buddies truck who recently escaped cali->texas.)

    Thank you for your time reading and your expertise if you're from a state on my list.

    Let's keep old-school trucking alive


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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Have you priced trucks lately? Used trucks for $150,000.00
    Those 3 states you listed are probably all good.
    Texas and Nevada have no personal state income taxes.
    @Dave_in_AZ can give the best advice for Arizona.
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  4. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    Parking will be determined by city or county ordnance’s

    I’m not aware of any other state besides Cali that has age limits on registering or using commercial Trucks .

    Id get your CDL and claim
    Residence in a state that doesn’t have a state income tax

    although those states just make up the revenue from some other source like property taxes.

    the property taxes in states with no income tax is usually a lot lot higher

    you forgot to mention the super tall
    Shifter that Nearly rubs the ceiling …..
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2022
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  5. Westcoastghost

    Westcoastghost Bobtail Member

    Jan 13, 2022
    I'm looking mostly at older trucks, 1 I found in the arizona that is perfect for me was $35k for just the tractor, found a flatbed in great shape for $17k. I'm trying to start the business spending under $70k but can go as high as $90k if needed.
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  6. Westcoastghost

    Westcoastghost Bobtail Member

    Jan 13, 2022
    Thanks so much for all the thoughts!

    The only one to worry about it property taxes but compared to California it's way better!

    Trust me, ill have a tall shifter. I just know there's mixed emotions about those and I'm already being judged for what I like so I may have left that out on purpose... haha
  7. Val_Caldera

    Val_Caldera Heavy Load Member

    Apr 2, 2021
    Triad, NC
    I was Born and Raised in Suthun Kookafornia and split that scene in '85.
    Been a Tarheel since.
    You'll Do Well!!
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  8. Capacity

    Capacity Road Train Member

    Jul 28, 2019
    Neenah Wi
    Wisconsin , home of the big taste grill , Go Pack!
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  9. Crude Truckin'

    Crude Truckin' Alien Spacecraft

    Oct 22, 2016
    North Dakota, Eh?
    Give SD a thought? Good place to live and a HOT governor!
  10. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Road Train Member

    Sep 16, 2016
    Ayup i love SD. Very peaceful for the most part and the fleeing blues arent flooding in and voteing in all the crap they fled from.
  11. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    If you base out of Az. there will be tons of freight into Ca. (FYI) I vote Tx. Center of the U.S. with good choices for freight. :toothy8:
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