Originally Posted by healthi
Did you enjoy your Transporter job? We ran into a couple transporting a MH to Oregon a couple of years back. They really liked their job (even with some of the restrictions) and tried to squeeze in a few hours site-seeing when they could. Is being a Transportation Specialist something you would encourage others to look into if they have the time?
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I really enjoyed transporting but (and it's a big one) I almost went broke.
I am retired Army so my healthcare is paid for, and I have retired three separate times and that means with SSA I have four pension checks coming in.
I had a Ford F350 crew cab lomng bed with a 6.0L turbo diesel. That's more than enough power to pull anything made but not when it's broken. I broke down every where.
I am totally anal when it comes to preventative maintenance (I was in Army aviation) and the stupid truck still broke down. I spent $11,000.00 in juts 2008 on repairs and I had a 200,000 drive train factory warranty!
Transporting is fine if you can afford not to make any money at it. The only guys making money are the ones cheating on their log books (you are subject to all the DOT/Commercial trucking laws)and are willing toi frequently drive over 16 hours a day ( legak is 11 and less) eat out of a cooler and be concious of every single dime that you spend.
But I was once was stopped in Trans Canada 16 in Alberta by the Provincial Police so the park rangers could move a 7,000 buffalo herd across the highway. I had to time to grab my video camera and film a wolf pack in British Columbia and I went back and forth on Interstate 80 ninety-one time in 16 months.
Sleeping in the truck is not fun (and it is illegal unless you have a sleeper compartment) and trying to make just another 100 miles in a blizzard on I-80 in Wyoming gets old really fast.
Glad I am out of it and I sold my truck at a loss and I don't miss it either.