What is Difference in Hotshot (cars) and Car Hauler ??

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  1. Tuckster

    Tuckster Light Load Member

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    Is it the power unit ??? Semi vs truck or the # of cars ??
     
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  3. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Besides the fact the carhaulers don't end up flopped over in the road?
     
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  4. Tuckster

    Tuckster Light Load Member

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    What I mean what is the difference maker ??? There is a forum for hotshots and a forum for car haulers. What is the difference ??? Are the folks using semi's car haulers ?? and the ones using trucks hotshots ??
     
  5. dptrucker

    dptrucker Road Train Member

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    saw one laying on it's side on eb i40 last week west of flagstaff.
     
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  6. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    First, "Hotshot" is a generic name for a small truck or truck/trailer.

    Technically, a "Hotshot" is a transporter (usually a small truck or TT) that transports hot loads... hurry up loads.... gotta be there right now loads. Most "Hotshots" work in the oil fields, but not always. They move ANY product that needs to be there NOW!

    Again, "Hotshot" is a generic name & is usually considered a one ton truck & a goose neck trailer that moves small or partial loads.

    "Hotshot" generally speaking has nothing specific to do with car hauling.
     
  7. Tuckster

    Tuckster Light Load Member

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    My power unit will be a semi but I'm trying to decide on trailer. My 1st thought was a 3 or 4 car trailer (or maybe even a mini 5) was the way to go but a few folks have suggested a flatbed where I wouldn't be limited to just cars ???
     
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    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If your going to haul specifically cars then a car hauler maybe the best but if you're not going to be contracted to car hauling only & you're going to be depending on other general freight for income, I'd go with a flat.

    Your "semi"... is it a class 8 or is it single rear axle, or what are we talking about? What is the GVWR on your "semi"?
     
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  9. Tuckster

    Tuckster Light Load Member

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    It's a class 8 Volvo (50,000)
     
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    Sun Country 5 car. I've hauled high roof vans, ambulancea, few guys at my company have pulled small farm equipment.
     
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