My first year as an owner operator.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by murat, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. Gitana

    Gitana Light Load Member

    May 23, 2012
    Kissimmee, FL
    That's exactly what we did, rent a trailer for 6 months when starting, now we are in the position to pay cash for a used trailer after 6 months. And no, we didn't do that hauling $1.30/mile loads, that's the way to go broke, only slowly.

    Your idea of renting a trailer for the cement off-season sounds like a very good one to me.
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  3. Ckxtreme

    Ckxtreme Bobtail Member

    Jul 25, 2015
    So with your 99 freightliner. How many miles did you buy it with? We're there things done to it like, an inframe, etc? What sort of day to day issues did you have in terms of repair bills, (flat tires, etc)?

    I'm looking to get into my own truck at some point too (in Canada) and am quite interested in hearing real world issues about things you had to deal with to get a better understanding for myself. Right now, I break down on the side of the road, I make one call and the truck gets towed, and I get a ride home or a hotel.
  4. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

    Mar 31, 2013
    sarasota, fl
    I've had a half dozen or so used trucks. The first was over 25 years old, and the last was only a few years old. What I learned was it really boils down to who owned it, and how well they took care of it. if I was to ever buy another used truck i would search long and hard for a single owner truck that was well maintained by a successful owner operator. Either a guy retiring and selling off. or a guy getting a new truck. that's my two cents.
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  5. murat

    murat Light Load Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    The truck had around 800000 on it when I bought it,It has 325000 on a remanufactured Detroit S 60 engine,The paper work says a new clutch and king pins around 700000 miles.I had to put all new drive tires on it (ouch) a new 5th wheel plate,and information display brakes and drums on front and two sets of brakes on rear.The service about once a month is costing between $250.00 and $300.00.
    The thing I noticed is that a lot of the owner operators are also mechanics,I don't have a shop or all the tools to do some of the work these guys can do on their own.They really impress me sometimes,I see them rebuilding their transmissions and doing work on the trucks that I would have no idea how to do.I have a hard time finding good mechanics to do the work ,The big truck stop shops are really handy when you need something done in a hurry but they also want to sell you a lot of things you probably don't need.I was told I needed a new part,I sprayed it with WD 40 and it's worked fine ever since.
  6. gokiddogo

    gokiddogo Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2012
    Ontario Canada
    The big truck stop shops don't really have the most intelligent mechanics employed. That is my experience at least. Whenever I have had a problem I can usually fix it good enough to get it home to my trusted mechanic where I know it will be fixed right. I don't like having to pay twice to fix the same problem. Common sense goes a long way for the minor issues.
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