So you want to hot-shot? (Will be updated/edited frequently)

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by HOTSHOTTER432, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. garkeller

    garkeller Bobtail Member

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    This is what my wife & I have been told asking veteran hotshot drivers. Buck-fifty\mile is the goal and team-drive with a sleeper cab on the back & not deadhead a run whenever possible. We are also looking at older Ford duallies with the 7.3L and pricing used lowdeck 40' tri-axles. We'll try to run local as much as possible within FL and get our clearances for TWICs cards as the ports are crazy busy. It's a lot to learn (capitals: A LOT) and hopefully not lose out too much, but it's important to get your name out there and be professional and dependable even with a loss. Deeds, not words! ;-)
     
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  3. flatbedcarrier

    flatbedcarrier Medium Load Member

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    What load board is charging you $400.00 for a $2,000 load
     
  4. Blind Driver

    Blind Driver Road Train Member

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    I don't know of a single state that has a Bridge Law that affects an 80,000lb combination vehicle with a 48' or greater trailer. Bridge Law only affect heavy short wheelbase trucks.

    California has a King Pin law.
     
  5. Blind Driver

    Blind Driver Road Train Member

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    Keep in mind,these smaller trucks need the same revenue as a tractor trailer.

    They don't cost as much initially, but they require much more maintenance.
     
  6. Midwest1

    Midwest1 Medium Load Member

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    How do you figure they require more maintenance?

    Everything on a semi is more expensive compared to a one ton truck. There is no comparison on cost. Your comparing apples to oranges...
     
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  7. Blind Driver

    Blind Driver Road Train Member

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    A class 8 truck holds more oil, but only needs it changed every 20k miles or so.
    Tires cost 3 times as much, but last 6 times as long
    The engine,transmission, clutch and rear ends will typically last 1 million miles without any major maintenance.
    The brakes last much longer.
    Fuel economy isn't much better than a big rig

    What kind of condition do you think a pick up will be in without any major maintenance at 500k miles?
     
  8. flatbedcarrier

    flatbedcarrier Medium Load Member

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    Kin pin law, bridge law, whatever you want to call it, Try rolling into California with the center of your rear trailer axle more than 40' from the center of your king pin. If it's non adjustable, you'll be red tagged.

    Bridge law / king pin law has nothing to do with your trucks wheelbase. What I'm talking about is your trailer bridge.
     
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