What Class of Truck for Hot Shot

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by Cummins757, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. turboguy

    turboguy Light Load Member

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    well said SHO-TYME those are some great points

    in the end a semi truck whether single or tandem screw is safer then a pickup truck

    how much is your and the public's safety worth?
     
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  3. truckon

    truckon Swamp Thing

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    So you think a #3500 trailer isn't safe for a pickup to pull? At what weight do you draw the line?
     
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  4. turboguy

    turboguy Light Load Member

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    for a mini truck yes I would say so lol...

    I wouldn't feel comfortable towing more then 20k lbs with a 1 ton
     
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  5. flatbedcarrier

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    We don't push our equipment to its limits. We pull lite weight trailers, and we limit the freight weight we will load on. There are those out there who do go way overboard though, we see them out there . And yeah pulling a five car behind a 3500, 4500, or 5500 is nuts in my opinion also.

    I've had this tire discussion more times than I can count. Yeah most semi truck tires will last longer than the tires on a 3500, but semi tires cost a heck of a lot more. I can buy three sets of tires for my 3500 and still have a few hundred dollars in my pocket for what I personally would spend to put one set of tires on that two axle Peterbilt. And no I wouldn't be running recaps, or cheap tires on it. All I ran on my semi trucks was Michelins.

    On these 4500 and 5500's, though, tire and brake life both isn't that much different than semi tire and brake life when there's a experienced driver on the truck. Over and over again we're seeing brake pads on a 4500/5500 with as much as 3/4 brake pad left at 180,000 miles. And with 19.5 tire size that these 4500's , and 5500's have, they're working out great. These smaller trucks are working great for what "WE" are doing with them. Our trailers weigh 7,500 lb, and our loads weigh between 8,000 and 15,000. Could we legal more load weight, yeah but we limit ourself for safety and longevity concerns.

    Again, I'm not knocking your big trucks. If that's what you feel you need, or want, That's exactly what you should buy. And with all sincerity I hope they work out well for you.
     
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  6. Chinatown

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  7. stammingerr

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    To each their own. There are pros and cons to both styles of trucking. You personally need to figure out what style you have more of a passion for. I personally enjoy the hotshot side. Biggest con is the amount of space you have to live in ha
     
  8. truckon

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    Single rear wheel OBS 7.3? End up costing almost 30k? Minimum.

    Not for me.
     
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  9. FarmerTransportation

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    OMG!!!!! I want one. I want one SO bad. I would try to time my travels to hit EVERY chicken house open.
     
  10. corderol181

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    I'm trying to get in the game too. What did you register your 4500 at. I bought a take 3 weighing at 7,500
     
  11. flatbedcarrier

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    I think you'll find you may have to register it at 40,000 on IRP? What I'm seeing is that IRP has changed in many states this year. Many if not all states have gone to an online IRP registration process and in the process have changed the selectable weight options. You may find that the weight option below 40,000 is less than you'd want to be registered at?

    Another thing that has changed is, many states, if not all are requiring you to register for all 48 states and all Canadian providence's now. No more selecting just the states you want yo run.
     
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