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I know a few of you guys are using your trucks to tow things for people as a business. Would any of you mind to talk about the business and things a guy needs to do to make a living doing it. Do you need special insurances, licenses, or any other advice on the business would be greatly appreciated. I live near the coast and i had a freind several years ago that used to make a killing in the spring and fall moving fifth wheel trailers for folks for their part time homes on the beach. Is moving cars on a car hauler better money then say moving a 5th wheel, or is there better money moving high end cars in an enclosed setup?

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I know a few of you guys are using your trucks to tow things for people as a business. Would any of you mind to talk about the business and things a guy needs to do to make a living doing it. Do you need special insurances, licenses, or any other advice on the business would be greatly appreciated. I live near the coast and i had a freind several years ago that used to make a killing in the spring and fall moving fifth wheel trailers for folks for their part time homes on the beach. Is moving cars on a car hauler better money then say moving a 5th wheel, or is there better money moving high end cars in an enclosed setup?

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Campers don't pay very well compared to having a flat bed goose neck. With my trailer I can put campers on it if they are paying good enough or cars because I have ramps. Cars don't pay well either. What pays well is people in a hurry to get their stuff. Right Now I'm making 1500 to take 900 pounds of steel 950 miles because they needed it fast. Hauling for the military also pays very well. I haul hummers generators and sometimes jet engines. It's a cool job if you don't mind being gone so much.
 

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950 miles one way? After expenses that doesn't seem that good. Am I missing something? How long will it take you?
 

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Sub'ing, I look at this also. There is a site I can't remember it, that has tons of loads that have to go. Everything from 50 miles to 3,000 miles. You bid on the load. I thought about it but honestly am very worried about California.

I have the same questions, if I don't know you from Adam and pick up your boat/trailer/etc and take it from California to Missouri. What do I have to be legal? I think if you are staying within the state lines you should be fine, chances of getting caught doing something is not likely.
 

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others will chime in, but short list is...

CDL
Trailer
No overhead (including no/low truck payment)
good source for loads (uship is a joke half the time & only good for backhauls)
 

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Sub'ing, I look at this also. There is a site I can't remember it, that has tons of loads that have to go. Everything from 50 miles to 3,000 miles. You bid on the load. I thought about it but honestly am very worried about California.

I have the same questions, if I don't know you from Adam and pick up your boat/trailer/etc and take it from California to Missouri. What do I have to be legal? I think if you are staying within the state lines you should be fine, chances of getting caught doing something is not likely.
You have to get your dot authority to go out of state for hire. The company I work for takes care of all that including insurance
 

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One day and it's very light so I only spent 280 on fuel and I'm sitting at a power plant unloading now
950 Miles into a 12 Hour day equals 79.16 Miles an Hour....and DOT Regs that won't let you log but so many hours a day.........Am I missing something ?
 

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Well first off, if he is only hauling 900lb and its in the back of a pick up or bumper pull trailer. He doesn't have to have dot#'s. I took a load from Houston to Ponka city Oklahoma last yr round trip was aboput 1100 miles IIRC. I pulled my dot# off and headed up the highway, made it in a day. Maybe Texas has different laws,if your truck and trailer are grossed @ under 26,000lb you don't need DOT #'s, and mosey on by the (chicken coops) weigh stations, and inspections.
 

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OK, that makes sense....Thanks for the info...are most states under the 26K rule ?
 

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first off you can only legally log 11 hours of driving, most of the time you will only log 660 miles in that 11 hours because when you figure start stops because they can write you a ticket off of the hours and miles on your log if it shows you are speeding, and as for texas, i know i have to stop at scales in that state if you weigh over 4 tons empty and you are a commercial driver, and 1500 for 950 miles isnt bad but if he comes back emtpy that is 1900 miles for that 1500 and that is not good my truck will not leave the drive for less than 2 a mile plus i dont leave until i have a back haul i average just over 2.25 a mile both ways, and that is honestly where you need to be to pay for mait, fuel, insurance, tires, trailer, replacing your truck, and you would need your own dot aurtority, dot numbers, dot inspection on your truck and trailer, you would have to run dot log books, also cant legally sleep in your truck there is alot of rules
 

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I think 1.75-2.00 is a great load when I don't have to have my own dot athority or pay for my own insurance. Anybody that's doing this and trying to make a living doesn't run 11hrs a day. I have been going 2 days no sleep and made almost 5,000 dollars. The dot doesnt need to know everything. If you need some advice I'll tell you how to cheat the system. It has worked for me for Years. I don't care about my truck it makes me money. It's a month and half old and has 30,000 miles on it and almost paid off. I buy 2-3 trucks a year and haven't paid a penny in taxes since I started doing this. I trade them in before 100,000 miles and get about 38,000 for them and only got to pay 20 for the next one and it will make me 100 grand in less than 6 months. Anyone thinks thats bill shit I'll show you my pay checks. I haven't made less than 5,000 a week since winter
 

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Yea if you have that money both ways if not its not that good and that's stupid trading that often I have money to do that to but its a waste
 

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The only reason I trade so often is since dodge stopped making the 5.9 I haven't had a truck last me more than 150,000 before a major problem. I had blown up 3 dodge 6.7's in 2 years. I always have had dodge for pulling because nothing pulls these loads like the cummins but it's not reliable anymore. When I trade them before 100,000 miles I don't loose much about 18 grand deach new truck I buy saves me about 10,000 on taxes so it's not bad always being in something that still has that new car smell and warranty. That's worth the 8,000 I loose. My last real truck was a 05 ram 3500 that made it 612,000 miles before I traded it in and never had any big problems. This is my first duramax for pulling i may keep it longer to see how they hold up. I know the dodge pulls better in the hills but this truck is getting 3mpg better than my 11 ram 3500 and thats saving me about 400 a week so I'm happy for now. I had the new ford and the turbo went out in the first week of pulling and ford took it back so I got the Chevy.
 
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