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Old 01-06-2013, 02:44 AM   #31
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Wow! Yeah, I wouldn't hitch a 1/2 ton to something like that. Beautiful trailer though!
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:20 AM   #32
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Commercial Hauling... Congrats on your new endeavor! Sounds like you are enjoying it so far!

We wondered about looking into this post-retirement career for ourselves... a few curiosity questions:
-Are you paid more for hauling through inclement weather (snow etc)?
-Are you paid by the length of the rv or charged a standard rate of how far to the delivery point?
-When time to get some sleep, are you allowed to throw a sleeping bag somewhere in the rv, or do you have to check into a hotel, etc?
-Knowing you are towing with a one ton, do you find you have a preference of a tt vs 5'er for long distance towing?
-What is the furthest you have towed an rv to delivery?


Thanks for starting this thread! Keep the updates and pics coming. It's fun reading about your experiences
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:40 AM   #33
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Commercial Hauling... Congrats on your new endeavor! Sounds like you are enjoying it so far!

We wondered about looking into this post-retirement career for ourselves... a few curiosity questions:
I should point out I'm not retired lol. I am 37 with 4 children and a VERY loving wife at home. From what I have seen there is a large number of retirees in this profession though.
-Are you paid more for hauling through inclement weather (snow etc)?
Unfortunately no "danger pay" for crappy weather.
-Are you paid by the length of the rv or charged a standard rate of how far to the delivery point?
Paid by the "loaded mile", I have read of other companies that pay a higher rate for larger trailers and a lesser rate for short ones. I am paid the same regardless. Do some checking around on line and you will see some of the different companies and what they offer in regards to compensation.
-When time to get some sleep, are you allowed to throw a sleeping bag somewhere in the rv, or do you have to check into a hotel, etc?
my preference is to sleep in my truck, it's not for everyone though. Some hotel it, I have 2 nights so far due to the extreme cold weather (minus 20 Celsius)
-Knowing you are towing with a one ton, do you find you have a preference of a tt vs 5'er for long distance towing?
prior to this last trip my experience towing 5ers was VERY limited. After towing this one for 1500 miles I can honestly say my personal preference is the 5er over the TT.
-What is the furthest you have towed an rv to delivery?
Approx 1600 miles.

I've logged nearly 19,000 miles since Nov 22 (had 2 full weeks off in there) with half of those being towing miles and here is what I can offer.....my advice to anyone considering this as a career / job is to your homework. It is not high paying nor is it glamorous. If you enjoy driving and seeing the country it can be quite enjoyable. Research and find the best company you can to run for. I spent approx. 2 months reading as much as I could on line and talking to whoever I could about the industry and I still chose to make the plunge. Get into it with as little cash investment as possible, a truck payment will kill your profits. Stay on top of your maintenance and don't skimp out on cheap parts. Learn to drove slow empty and loaded. Find the "sweet spot" rpm wise for your truck and stick to it. For my truck I run at 66-67mph empty which avgs to 21-22 mpg and loaded it seems best at 63-64mph which gives 9-11 mpg. I've tried faster and slower and these speeds return the best results for me and still get me to where I'm going in a reasonable time frame. Also remember that you are now a commercial driver and as such are subjected to the DOT hours of service regulations, meaning you can only drive 11 hours per day in the USA and 13 in Canada. Any more questions don't hesitate to ask and I'll do my best to respond.

Thanks for starting this thread! Keep the updates and pics coming. It's fun reading about your experiences
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:49 PM   #34
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I have a question - how is the insurance handled if you have an accident caused by something like a blown out tire on the trailer ? Do you have to rely on your tow vehicle insurance as we do for our private trailers, or does the manufacturer pick up the tab ? And how about damage to your TV in a situation like that ? Never been a commercial driver - just curious as to how those things work ?
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:25 PM   #35
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I carry cargo insurance to cover the trailer and 2 million liability on my truck. There is an insurance company in my area ( and I'm sure most areas) that handle commercial insurance. It's not cheap and my deductible is $2500.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:53 PM   #36
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Towed like it was not even there. THis must be a popular floorplan as 5 of the7 trailers have all been pretty much this layout.

Dry Weight 6670lbs
GVWR 10960lbs
Cargo Capacity 4252lbs
Hitch Weight 800lbs
Axle Weight 5870lbs
Exterior Height 11.08'
Exterior Length 32.75'
Exterior Width 8.00'
Interior Height 6.67'


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Old 01-16-2013, 08:18 PM   #37
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Finally a change of scenery. Just ran from INdiana to Fargo, ND on way to Winnipeg, Manitoba in the am with this Coachman 32BHDS. Can't get over the witch weight for such a relatively light trailer. Tows very well and the smooth nose delivers better mpg than the aluminum siding clad models I've towed in the past. My consistent complaint with the electric tonque jacks is that I cannot lower my tailgate without hitting the jack.
Hitch Weight 1,065 lbs. (483 kg)
Base Weight 7,643 lbs. (3,467 kg)
GVWR 9,900 lbs. (4,491 kg)
Cargo Carrying Capacity 2,257 lbs. (1,024 kg)
Exterior Length 35' 10" (10.9 m)
Exterior Height 11' 1" (3.4 m)
Exterior Width 96" (2.4 m)

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:21 PM   #38
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Well maybe soon they will give you a warm weather destination instead of all those Great White North runs!
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Well maybe soon they will give you a warm weather destination instead of all those Great White North runs!

I am based in Canada and only haul back to Canada. 0 deg F feels like minus 15 F or minus 18 celcius feels like minus 26 C here in fargo tonight. brrr
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You posted back on the 6th that you had driven 19,000 miles with 2 weeks off. That is roughly 5,000 miles a week. Lets say you take an additional 4 weeks off this year between vacas and holidays, etc. That is 46 weeks * 5,000 that comes out to be about 230,000 miles added to your truck. Don't know how many you started with, but you are saying keep your truck payments, etc low, how long do you expect your truck to last? Now, I'm not slamming your or anything, I think this is pretty neat certainly a neat perspective. Haven't ever known anyone that actually did this so it is very informative. Just curious about the life expectancy of the truck. I watch the show Shipping Wars and Roy on there was talking about how he had put 90,000 miles on his truck in 9 months and how it tooks its toll and was costing him. Though he didn't say how many miles were on the truck, it was around a 2001 Chevy.
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