Ok, first, about me: CDL since 96, worked standard irregular route/common carrier OTR; regional; dedicated (on semi-dedicated regional now); expedite in straight trucks, cargo vans and big trucks. Tired of big trucks and hours of detention, so looking at hotshot. Additionally, I'd like to move out of my house and live in an RV permanently, like at a state park in between road trips.
I'm looking at either RV hauling, or hotshot with a 48' flatbed, CDL length & weight, or a combination of the two, but I'm having trouble figuring out what rig to assemble. I don't want to be longer than a tractor-trailer, but looking for something that will give my own bed/toilet/shower/kitchen, and stay out for an extended time. Every option has trade offs, and my head is swimming over all of them.
Option 1: standard dually with a 48' gooseneck, the first 10-11 feet taken up by a camper shell. Drawback: losing the 11 feet, and the camper would have to be mounted in a way that would make it difficult to remove and use on my days off.
Option 2: 5500 cab & chassis with the camper mounted on the truck, pulling a 48' gooseneck. Could then just drop the trailer and pull away for my days off. Drawback: might be pretty long.
Option 3: a Freightliner M2 106 pulling a 48' gooseneck. Drawback: not sure where the camper would go, and that's a medium duty similar to a big truck, which I'm looking to get out of.
Option 4: a toterhome pulling a 48' gooseneck. I just became aware of their existence yesterday. Drawback: expense, plus that might be too long.
So I'm hoping everyone might have some input on this. I'd appreciate any.