Power Only Freightliner Sport Chassis

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by SLPR, Jul 31, 2022.

  1. SLPR

    SLPR Bobtail Member

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    Hi guys, I have a Sport Chassis truck that I own free and clear, low mileage, with a Cat C7 and Allison 6 spd transmission. It can tow 30k lbs and has a 5th wheel, gooseneck, and bumper pull hitch. It gets 8-9 mpg. The backseat converts into a bed, so perfect for traveling.

    My question- is there anything I can do with it as a power-only truck? I was thinking I could pull the over-sized 5th wheel RV's out of Indiana (tow away) that are too big to be towed on a trailer, but Horizon and the other contractors for that type of work won't return my calls or emails, not sure why.

    I looked at uShip but the rates there suck, and almost zero chance of finding a return load. I could buy a trailer to mate to my truck, but from everything I'm reading now is not a great time to get into Hotshot. Any other ideas? I do have a Class A CDL. If I don't figure out how to put it to work, I'm going to sell it... thanks for any advice!
     

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  3. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    Call around and ask who is leasing Shipshe trailers and for how much. From what I hear the smaller 22-24ft RV's than move 2 or 3 at a time on a 53' trailer are still in high demand and the RV haulers need guys with CDL's and a medium duty truck (at least) to move them.

    Check out Vandy RV Transport's channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmfOIUP7ENhS4s4LvIhKNZw) he runs a sport chassis and is pretty transparent about what he earns. I wouldn't waste my time hauling single pull with a truck like that, unless you wanted to. Outbound rates are way better and backhauls are actually possible with a trailer.
     
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  4. DRTDEVL

    DRTDEVL Road Train Member

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    From what I have seen at RV dealers in my region, sales have plummeted in the past 3-6 months. Lots that were empty for the past couple years are now full.

    The RV places might not be calling you back because they don't have enough work for those already leased on to them.
     
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    KB3MMX Road Train Member

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    With the state of the economy dropping like a rock, this doesn't seem like a good time to be making an entry into the business .. idk
     
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  6. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    With that pickup bed you'd have to use a gooseneck style trailer but I know Horizon Transport is leasing Shipshe trailers for $600/mo for brand new ones or $300/mo for an older one.

    Flatbed Trailers - Horizon Transport

    Don't waste your time with power only.
     
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  7. SLPR

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    Hey thanks for the responses... I would have responded earlier, but the site just now told me that there were responses to this thread, when it's been over a month since the first response.

    I have been following Vandy for about a year, excellent channel and good dude! The only thing he's missing is a video detailing the entire pick up and drop off process- what happens, step by step, from the time he pulls into the yard to the time he leaves. That would be cool to see, as long as the site doesn't forbid filming. He shows bits and pieces but would be nice to get a play-by-play with no detail omitted.

    I decided to go ahead and sell the Sport Chassis after all, just don't need it anymore. Had some questions but no serious offers yet. I leased a 2023 Volvo VNL860 from Penske and signed up to drive for a small local company that pays salary, we'll see how it goes. 4.jpg 2022-09-03 13.03.06.jpg
     
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