What is Good Truck for owner operator!

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by NewbieTruck, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. Code-Head

    Code-Head Bobtail Member

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    A truck you understand inside and out, with the proper specs for what you plan to do with it.

    If you want to stab yourself in the back running cheap freight, then I would go with a Freightliner that has a Detroit engine and a mega fleet type gear ratio in the 2s. You're going to be living from advance to advance and a hour lost will bankrupt you so might as well buy a truck that truck stop shops see the most of.
     
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  3. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    Cripes, feel better? Your response is full of holes, and I'm not wasting any more time on this, except, how many "large cars" do you see in big wrecks? East is east, and west is west, and never the two shall meet.
     
  4. singlescrewshaker

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    LoL, So many holes, yet you won't actually point to one?
    If I just got:violent3: as hard as you, I'd turn tail & run too..
     
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  5. kwswan

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    He couldn't make it as a o/o,so neither can you. It's ok,not everybody can do it. Some are better off as co. drivers.
     
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  6. Code-Head

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    Besides properly speccing a truck for your intended use, going with a truck or engine model that a mechanic you trust is a major factor in my opinion.
     
  7. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    LOOK,,,we're in jeopardy of losing this thread because we're in different universes and you're heck bent on making your case, which is typical. I didn't say I couldn't make it, after doing the math,, and where just fuel itself went in 1993 ( most I ever paid for fuel was $1.49) it, for me, was smarter to have a company job. Btw, I sold my '72 Pete in the avatar in '93 for $3 grand more than I paid for it 8 months later. I've driven every truck made, ( and several that aren't made) and a Pete or KW to me, was the nicest. I drove plenty of Freightliners, and all adequate trucks, but nothing I'd go out and buy myself. I mean, why buy ground chuck when you can have ground sirloin? If you like your Freightliner, by all means Freightliner on, I just think, from experience, there's nicer trucks. And I didn't turn and run, I did have things to do today, possibly, unlike you. I just didn't want to bother everyone with our dribble.
     
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  8. Scooter Jones

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    Is there anyway some of you can weave in an argument over the authenticity of the Dead Sea Scrolls? LOL
     
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  9. singlescrewshaker

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    You seem to have got it that I somehow think a freightliner is a superior truck than a Pete or KW, which is purely not the case. Simply the right spec'd truck will do the job best is where I stand. Hell, I even agreed 2 post back about the resale.. None of this nonsense is what even started this in the first place..

    Do I really need to go back to post 48 & quote all that crap again.?

    It was your bs comments of how owner op's won't exist, & one can't make it unless their family owns the Co. they pull for..


    You deemed yourself unprofitable in 1 post, yet say you was making it just fine 5 years the next. Which one is it..?

    You going back to Co job is a non issue. Go where the money is. But you obviously weren't making it if a company job paid you more..

    We're only out on our own because we can't follow orders, & haul at a loss.. Another bs comment.

    This is the garbage you spewed that set me off. All you want to do now is quibble that Paccar makes a better product because it's the only peg of a leg ya got left to stand on. Yet its putting words in my mouth cause I never claimed one was better than the other..

    The funny thing about all this is, you still don't even understand stand what I've been arguing about. Maybe 3rd times the charm..?
     
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  10. Happily Retired

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    Peace, brother,,,
     
  11. Happily Retired

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    Hey, I've been thinking about this, and I appreciate the mods keeping this open, I do want to apologize, I was having a bad day, current events will do that. You are correct on many counts, but in my defense, there were a lot of other NON-trucking factors that kept me from being successful, like a witch of an ex that wanted nothing to do with the business. Quite frankly, I was a company driver from the get go, and this O/O thing was just a fling, because, like I say over and over, and many other company drivers think, "yeah, someday I'll have my own, up yers, boss",,,well, I had no business buying a truck, and found out there's a lot more to it. The company I pulled for, I did okay, but the boss didn't want us to make too much, but didn't want us to fail either. My 1st truck , a 82 Western Star conv. was a good truck, made money with it, but , the old Pete was a whim, I had no business running that truck in the rail yards of Chicago, so, I needed a new company AND a better suited truck. The 80's and early 90's were kind of like today, it was a bad time. Fuel almost doubled, interest rates were through the roof, crooks were coming out of the woodwork, trucking regs were changing weekly, like I say, when fuel hit $1.50/gallon, that was it, it wasn't that much fun and I sold the truck, and got a job at a local asphalt co. driving a tri-axle Mack, and I loved it, for a while. It was like a huge burden was lifted, no more O/O BS, almost overnight. You CAN make it today, but it takes an even bigger commitment, and I just couldn't do that anymore. Really, be safe out there, no matter who or what you drive. That video of the guy hanging on to the ABF truck, really shook me up.Far as trucks, you should know, some like Chevy's, some like Fords. That's as old as trucks themselves. At the end of the day, it's what goes in your pocket that counts. I like all trucks, or I wouldn't have spent 35 years in this business if I didn't drive what the boss told me to, and very few jobs were Petes, most were Freightliners or IH's ( Volvo hadn't hit the scene yet, but I did drive a Volvo daycab for a year). Fact is, after 20 years of all kinds of trucks, I had to buy my own to drive a Pete, because most jobs that had Petes or KW's were OTR jobs, and I couldn't do that. Be safe, hey?
     
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