semi vs hotshot for car hauling

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  1. boywonder007

    boywonder007 Bobtail Member

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    I'm just getting into the car hauling business and i need some professional opinions. i've been doing research on the industry for about a year now. I will be purchasing a kaufman mini 5 with either a Ram 3500 or semi. I just would like some info as far as pros and cons for both. why go semi or hot. thank you in advanced.
     
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  3. Doealex

    Doealex Medium Load Member

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    Just search this forum, and you will get all your answers.
     
  4. 05vnl670

    05vnl670 Light Load Member

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    Brakes=semi
    No brakes= Pick up
    Back pain = Pick up
    Drive and rest like normal person= semi truck
     
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  5. Bold Group

    Bold Group Bobtail Member

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    Mini 5 is too heavy for Ram 3500, semi is best.
     
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  6. roadtech

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    A solid tractor will be much safer , handle the weight better, stop safer , and last way longer than a pick up truck .
    You will also have way less DOT enforcement hassles. DOT , especially in NY where I live will
    Pull in Hot shot trucks and straight jobs and inspect them far more than a semi truck. I was actually told by a DOT officer that they target them more because they usually can write more tickets on them. Those were his actual words.
     
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  7. Bill O’lading

    Bill O’lading Light Load Member

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  8. USMC '74-'78 Semper Fi

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    Evening, I started 7 years ago with a Silverado 3500 and a three car. I put close to 280,000 on the 3500 and the maintenance cost over the last 2 years has indicated that the truck has reached its end for the weigh it hauls. Still has life, just not with hauling 28,000 on a regular bases.

    IMHO, and having 7 years experience, a 3500, any make, is not enough truck for a 4/5 car trailer. I believe a 3 car is pushing the limits of a 3500 each time it goes with a full load of 3.

    I've been considering a Class 8 for a couple of years based on the above limits of a pickup. I recently located (about 15 mile from my home) a '05 9200i single axle w/sleeper and 900,000. Had it check over by a certified mechanic and oil analysis to determine it condition. All reports were good. Its now mine. Looking forward to getting on the road and being able to move 4/5 cars with ease. Oh yea, probably saved close to $40,000 on the purchase of the 9200i over that of a 1/2 year old 3500. The saving should help to buy a fairly nice 4/5 car trailer.

    If you haven't picked up on it by now, get yourself a class 8/semi. Leave the 3500 on the lot. Tks
     
  9. KANSAS TRANSIT

    KANSAS TRANSIT Road Train Member

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    For me its one to 3 "cars" pickup tk, now if you are hauling big SUV and tks, I would go just 2 on the pu, anything else up to 6 cars, single axle semi, anything north of there, tandem axle semi, just what I see,know,learned?
     
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  10. JoeTruck

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    I just don't think a pickup is built for 120 thousand miles a year pulling weight.
     
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    You can find deals right now on equipment.
    I seen this on truck paper a few minutes ago, I’m always looking for deals...
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