IMO the class 8 trucks are so much nicer to drive than the 5-6 trucks. More comfortable to drive down the highway, more substantial drive train. With load and terrain being equal the class 8 trucks get as good or better fuel mileage in my experience.I don't know about a full blown class 8 road tractor... Considering my tare combination weight is 35k pounds, which is almost more than his heaviest listed loaded weight. These trucks can handle 19k pounds if the driver knows what he's doing, would a class 5-6 be advisable, Yes.
Makes sense to me :thumbNow what I don't understand is why hot shot guys do this in pick ups when they full time. Figure at 79k pounds I'm getting a hair over 8 miles to the gallon, the trucks drive line is built to last roughly a million miles, and at the end of the day I have a full sleeper to relax in and type this.
Since you bring this up..... I'm curious, what do most hot shots do when its time for off duty? Motel every night? Seems like that would burn up a good chunk of the profit. Because if I'm not mistaken the back seat doesn't satisfy the DOT. I see some people with sleepers mounted to the front of trailer, but most don't.