What kind of truck to buy for intermodal hauling

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by TDevine729, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. MrIncredible

    MrIncredible Bobtail Member

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    So would going down to freight liner getting a lightweight cascadia Dd13
    wirh 2 year warranty

    monthly payment of $1400

    with an intermodal job paying
    1500-1800 after fuel be a good idea
     
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  3. TDevine729

    TDevine729 Bobtail Member

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    I don't really want something new that I need to make a payment on. How many years would you have to pay 1400 a month for?
     
  4. MrIncredible

    MrIncredible Bobtail Member

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    1400 a month for 4 years
    but knowing me I can pay extra and realisticly thinking 3 years

    this truck payment would be my biggest bill
    no car payment
    no mortgage


    So what's ya honest opinion
     
  5. MrIncredible

    MrIncredible Bobtail Member

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    Trust me I DONOT want. High payment but I don't want an old truck where I gotta worry about breakdown/maintenance


    my big concern is having a warranty that cover major components
     
  6. striker

    striker Road Train Member

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    depending on the part of the country you're running intermodal, it can be a fickle beast. Parts of the Midwest, come March, April, May, June, it can get very slow, you might only make $2,000/week to the truck, you might sit two days a week if the company has a lot of drivers.
     
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  7. MrIncredible

    MrIncredible Bobtail Member

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    Thinking of Houston Tx
    the plan was to get a used truck from freight liner & sign on with Schneider for now
     
  8. Arielit0oo

    Arielit0oo Light Load Member

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    I have a 2002 Freightliner Columbia hauling from the Ports/Rails.
     
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  9. Dickeyroberts

    Dickeyroberts Light Load Member

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    I have a 395 hp Volvo day cab! its perfect for the rail to me. awesome turning radius and easy to drive. had a international 9400 sleeper before and it was a pain in the #####!
     
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  10. MrIncredible

    MrIncredible Bobtail Member

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    Hey hey man I just recently decided y buy a sleeper when I'm home every night
    saw a 2007 Columbia day cab 30k
    thinking of getting that
     
  11. shortstack250

    shortstack250 Bobtail Member

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    I have been hauling containers for 7 plus years. I own a 2000 classic xl. 12.7 Detroit turned up to 550hp. 270 wheel base. And I have not had any trouble with getting in and out of the rail or ports. I am home every night but just a word of advice if you're going to buy a truck buy one you can do more than just containers.
     
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