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Old 11-01-2012, 06:51 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the advice guys. I've been researching heavily for hte past 2 weeks. Meet with potential "employer" a week and a half ago. Basically I start my own company (done), get my tax number (done), and get myself a 1 ton (waiting on sale of current truck). Insurance is going to run me approx $4500/year for 2 million liability and 75K cargo insurance. Pay is not spectacular by I can make more than I am now. I undertand I will be on the road a lot and maintanence and running costs will be high. Ultimately using this as a stepping stone in to the light commercial trucking industry which is more or less non existant in my area. Not many legit companies running 1 ton and 40 ft gooseneck trailer set ups. Many loads moved via transport do not necessitate such heavy equipment. I've been in transportation and logistics for 15 years now and have a decent handle on operating expenses for equipment and I am confident I can carry these skills into my own business.
IF all goes to plan I will post some more info here once up and running. Everyone likes pics so when the time comes I'll post some up.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:16 AM   #12
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You can always do bids like on shipping wars and maybe get backloads to the general area. I think the site is uship.com
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #13
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You can always do bids like on shipping wars and maybe get backloads to the general area. I think the site is uship.com
Yes that's it. Uship.com. Ever since that show Shipping wars came out, the price for smaller loads and auto transfer in my area have plummeted.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:43 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the advice guys. I've been researching heavily for hte past 2 weeks. Meet with potential "employer" a week and a half ago. Basically I start my own company (done), get my tax number (done), and get myself a 1 ton (waiting on sale of current truck). Insurance is going to run me approx $4500/year for 2 million liability and 75K cargo insurance. Pay is not spectacular by I can make more than I am now. I undertand I will be on the road a lot and maintanence and running costs will be high. Ultimately using this as a stepping stone in to the light commercial trucking industry which is more or less non existant in my area. Not many legit companies running 1 ton and 40 ft gooseneck trailer set ups. Many loads moved via transport do not necessitate such heavy equipment. I've been in transportation and logistics for 15 years now and have a decent handle on operating expenses for equipment and I am confident I can carry these skills into my own business.
IF all goes to plan I will post some more info here once up and running. Everyone likes pics so when the time comes I'll post some up.
Good luck. You might also want to look into a commercial licence and weights where being a commercial hauler could pose a potential problem. Just a thought and may not be a requirement.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:17 PM   #15
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Greenenvey1,

I'm glad that your sharing this experience with us. That's really cool. Yes pictures would be nice and yours thoughts on how it's working out for you. Hopefully you'll get a good deal on a truck. I have a friend who is selling a 2011 one ton dodge which has 22 thousand miles on it. He has cancer and is selling his 5er as well. I was trulely amazed on how many RV are transported to dealers each year. There should be lots of work out there with boomers retiring and buying RVs. Good luck my friend.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:01 AM   #16
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Picked up my new to me truck on Tuesday. 2003 Ram 3500 DRW. 5.9 cummins. auto. 77 gal aux tank, Reese 20k 5th wheel, firestone airbags, bulludog gt tuner. 6 brand new sneakers, 174,000kms on it. should be starting my first run in the next week or so. It won't be Jayco specific but I will start a thread re towing different trailers and such.

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Old 11-09-2012, 01:14 PM   #17
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Congratulations! That 5.9 Cummins is a truly fantastic engine, and I believe they had finally addressed the "killer dowel pin" issue by the 2003 model. Safe towing!
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:01 PM   #18
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I don't have any experience in hauling but I know some blogs that may help you to be a good hauler.
Just visit this site. http://heavyhaulservices.tumblr.com/

Keep posting your progress!
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:17 PM   #19
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Leaving in the am headed to Shipshewana, In. Looking forward to this new chapter. I'll start a new thread and give me thoughts on the various TTs and 5th wheels I get to pull.
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Best of luck in your new career. I was one of the naysayers but wish you well. A vision and a will to succeed will carry you a long way.
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