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post #31 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 07:47 PM
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Get your CDL and there won't be any Q
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It's not about trying to knock out 150,000 miles a year at a mediocre rate. It's about running less miles for more money. @JimmyD I'm not implying it isn't hard, but a guy, another member and I know started 8 months ago with a regular cab 95 7.3 and a single place trailer. While still able to provide for his family. Now these days he is making good money running a 3 car wedge. The market in the midwest has treated him fairly well every time he came out this way, so stop scaring this guy people.

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First thing you need to buy before hitting the road, a good bluetooth headset. Planatronic Voyager 5200 gets my vote. Or if you've been looking for agn excuse to buy the apple air pods, those also work surprisingly well. You could go all super trucker and get a blue parrot as well. Don't skimp and buy one of those $40 cheap ones at Walmart. No good.

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post #34 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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So what does everyone on here use for a logbook? I know a little off subject. But how many are going digital versus paper? I downloaded Keep Truckin but are there better ones out there that work really well?
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Peruse the posts over here before you jump...
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You also need to investigate ELDs...
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Pencil and paper.
It's called a log BOOK, not a log tablet.

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It's not about trying to knock out 150,000 miles a year at a mediocre rate. It's about running less miles for more money. @JimmyD I'm not implying it isn't hard, but a guy, another member and I know started 8 months ago with a regular cab 95 7.3 and a single place trailer. While still able to provide for his family. Now these days he is making good money running a 3 car wedge. The market in the midwest has treated him fairly well every time he came out this way, so stop scaring this guy people.
TD, was not attempting to scare him away, obviously anyone can make their own decisions on how to proceed. The main point that I was attempting to make in my posts was that he needed a good, solid business plan while being aware of all facets of the business side before making the jump and possibly jeopardizing his personal finances.

There is no one more than me that wishes him or anyone else that wants to make the jump the most success possible.

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Thanks again for all the advice but I have to agree that I was definitely getting discouraged. I really thought if I was good about picking about my loads that I could make a go of it with the 2500HD and single place trailer. I do realize I won't retire after my first year and it will be slow going until I can work up to a dually and 3 place wedge. But I did think it was possible. Only getting 10-12 mpg is very discouraging. Maybe if I do the DPF and EGR delete I can do better. That will be my first priority. I'm definitely going to do this it's just a matter of how I go about it. That's why I was asking for advice. Maybe I just do it local at first or part time as I already own a business being a drywall contractor for 21 years. Just tired and want a life change. Always wanted to drive truck so I figured here is my chance to see our beautiful country and get paid to do it.
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