RV Transport questions...

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by Rick_C, Mar 12, 2012.

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  1. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

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    You could run as hot shot. I run 2000 F350, have my own numbers don't have trouble getting loaded. This is easer said than done. Do some research, you are not in the best area for freight. Find some fabrication shops in your local area, find out how they move their product. Contact local utilities (electric, gas, oil ) ask some questions. I started thinking about moving r/v's however they are only loaded one way. (Kinda limiting you ) most of the guys run under somebody else's numbers. (Kinda limiting you ) find someone doing this in your area.
     
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  3. Fabiodriven

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    Thanks for the words! You are not the first person to have implied that my talents may be wasted on something as simple as truck driving, but truck driving is what I had my heart set on as a kid. As such, I didn't graduate high school or get a GED. Instead I joined the army and drove trucks for Uncle Sam in Iraq in '03. This was a life altering experience, obviously, but has left me fighting my way through life instead of thriving and succeeding as so many of my peers do. Sure they toss me some coin every month and for this I am thankful, but I can't help but wonder what could have been had I not immersed myself in a combat zone for that year. I had a gravy job as a federal truck inspector for 5 years, so I know my trucks. In 2012 I had a bit of a hiccup mentally brought on by a very damaged woman. Couple that with a veteran who has PTSD and you have a recipe for disaster. I left my gravy job against my employer's wishes and began to rot and let my life fall apart around me. I sat around for months feeling sorry for myself but one day I decided to rescue myself. I was two months behind on the mortgage and selling my belongings when I decided enough was enough. I went out over the road for a local guy hauling freight just to get out of town, the pay was a joke. I did regional hauling between Pennsylvania and Maine but only for a month. After that I got back into a dump trailer, to which I am more accustomed, and worked in Boston hauling heavy in the serious traffic. After that I moved on to a tri-axle, again in Boston, for a different company. Finally I ended up at a tree company, which was the most work for the least amount of pay I've had in 15 years. I quit that job last week and I'm sick of jumping from jamoke to jamoke. What attracts me to using my truck for business is the freedom to take a job or pass up if I want, see the country, and hopefully stability.

    I wanted to further my education as well. I have a strong appetite for knowledge, particularly quantum physics, however I'm a 35 year old man with no job. I am entitled to a GI bill, but it only pays 60% of my tuition. I wouldn't have any idea what to go to school for or how to apply it anyways. If anyone out there reading this has a better job to offer me, I'm all in!

    After spending a month driving OTR last year, I would completely agree with you about the difficulties of hauling in this part of the country. When I head south from where I live, I have to pass through Providence, RI, then Waterbury, Danbury, and Bridgeport CT, and sometimes Hartford. Then NYC, then Jersey... I'm not sure you midwest guys even know what traffic really is, haha. On my last night going OTR, I had a 6-7 hour drive to NJ that night. I left on a Sunday night rather than Monday morning as to assure my timely arrival home the following Friday. I left my house at about 6 Sunday evening and not an hour into my journey I hit serious traffic in Providence. I #### you not, I was in traffic from that point on for the entire journey to NJ. My 6 hour drive went into 12 which not only screwed me for that load, but it messed up my entire week thereafter because of the amount of hours we're allowed to drive, I'm sure I don't need to explain this. I dropped that load and drove back north that day and quit. You have to drive pretty far from where I live to get away from this type of traffic, this much is true.

    I had a friend suggest hauling boats. Anyone know anything about this? I'm all for talking to someone locally, that's exactly what I'd like to do, however I know of no one currently I can speak to.

    Thanks again for the replies fellers and please keep 'em coming!
     
  4. LGarrison

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    Hauling RVs is the same as any other trucking enterprise. You have to work at it, you can't sit on your butt and wait for someone to hand it to you. I do make good money from hauling RVs, and forty years of experience helps too. One good tip is to talk to a people that works in the field that you are looking at and do your research from all angles.
     
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  5. LGarrison

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    There are several hundreds of drivers that run all year round
     
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  6. zx150

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    I've been looking into getting into this line of work as well but I see that most if not everyone wants you to have an 8ft box.

    Anybody know of any RV transporters that are friendly to folks with a 6FT box?
     
  7. matski

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    CWRV Transport will allow a 6' bed but if you want to haul 5th wheels you will need a slider hitch.
     
  8. zx150

    zx150 Medium Load Member

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    Thanks!

    I take it the slider hitch distributes the weight similar to a sliding 5th wheel on a class 8 rig?
     
  9. matski

    matski Bobtail Member

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    The slider hitch slides rearward to provide more clearance between the rear of the cab and the front of the trailer. It is only used for tight turning situations at slow speeds.
     
  10. Victorbeard

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    Drivers Beware!!! RV transport dream is a sham!! It IS a dead end job. The company I worked for highers 500 new drivers a year to try to replace the ones who finally figured out they were not making anything close to profit by years end. 125 a mile and NO back hauls you come back EMPTY! ALWAYS! The dealers treat you like crap most of the time. You have to cook the books and drive fast or lose your #####. You cannot afford to stay in a motel and or eat out. You have to live out of your truck like a rat. If your truck breaks you cannot afford to have it fixed or buy new tires so you keep going into CC debt month after month hoping you make a profit. Then they nickel and dime you to death and then stick you with damage you didn't cause more$$$ out the window. KEEP YOUR WALMART JOB, IT PAYS MUCH MORE AND YOU GET BENEFITS!! ... the big dream is a big lie!!
     
  11. Shep Shiloh

    Shep Shiloh Medium Load Member

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    Funny how there are people who can make a living at it.
     
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