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Hot Shot Hauling - How To?

I am looking for info on how to start hot shot hauling. I have done a little research and have somewhat of an idea, but don't want to miss anything or make unnecessary mistakes. I've rode with a hot shot car hauler for about a month last year and loved it, but unfortunately I lost his number and have no way to get into contact with him.

I do not want to get a class A, so I will have to stay under 26,000 lbs. for the next couple of years. I have been looking at hauling boats, RV's, and misc. trailers, I do not own a trailer yet, but as long as things go well I plan on purchasing one.

I know I have to be insured and be DOT certified. What I want to know is what else do I need to get inline before I start this adventure? What are the best places or websites to get loaded? What obstacles will I run into out of state vs. in state hauling? I don't use credit (Dave Ramsey fan), so how much overhead cash will I need to have before I start this?

I am 24, and have no family. I don't mind hard work, long hours, and sleeping in the back seat if necessary until I can get on my feet. Any and all info would be great! Any other tips or tricks would be great!


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You'll be hard pressed to get started in this without credit.

There's a number of threads on this subject here, and it costs a fortune in the insurance alone. Not something that can be done part time, and be completely by the book. For example, you won't be sleeping in your back seat. The DOT frowns on that unless you have a semi with a sleeper cab.

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There's a lot of the legalities that vary state to state. I looked into this line of work extensively as an alternative to the service, and decided I just couldn't make the numbers work and earn a living. When you get paid $2 a mile for a load, then have to drive several hundred empty to pick up another one, it makes it a little rough.
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You'll be hard pressed to get started in this without credit.

There's a number of threads on this subject here, and it costs a fortune in the insurance alone. Not something that can be done part time, and be completely by the book. For example, you won't be sleeping in your back seat. The DOT frowns on that unless you have a semi with a sleeper cab.

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Hot Shot Trucking ???

There's a lot of the legalities that vary state to state. I looked into this line of work extensively as an alternative to the service, and decided I just couldn't make the numbers work and earn a living. When you get paid $2 a mile for a load, then have to drive several hundred empty to pick up another one, it makes it a little rough.
^^^^What he said, plus figure your insurance will between $5000-$10,000. As far a pulling boats, check into that insurance wise. i did it for a while and then my insurance company wouldn't cover boats anymore, too much risk.

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figure your insurance will between $5000-$10,000.
5-10k is this down, a month, a year? What else would I need to use a credit card for?


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$5k-$10k a year for a commercial policy with the proper amount of Cargo, and Liability Insureance.

Are you planning to do this with the '96 in your sig?
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I plan on starting with it, but dont plan on using it long, I will upgrade as soon as possible!


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You are going about this wrong then. At a minimum you'll be looking at an F350 Dually to even get something like this started in the right direction. Your '96 doesn't have the transmission, or towing capacity to pull the kind of loads you'll be looking at to turn a profit while doing this. Even the older pre-05 SD's don't have the ratings to pull more than 13K behind them, and that's hardly enough weight for a 2 car wedge loaded down.

To be honest, I would look at upgrading your truck before walking into this thing. I did a considerable amount of research into this whole thing before I reenlisted in the service, as a possible option to get out and start. Even with my '07, I would probably need to upgrade to an F450/550 to be sure I could handle the loads. The '96 just won't have the brakes if the trailer fails to stop the load. And in all reality, you can get a Class A CDL and a semi-tactor, and do this cheaper than you can with a pickup in the long run.
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You are going about this wrong then. At a minimum you'll be looking at an F350 Dually to even get something like this started in the right direction. Your '96 doesn't have the transmission, or towing capacity to pull the kind of loads you'll be looking at to turn a profit while doing this. Even the older pre-05 SD's don't have the ratings to pull more than 13K behind them, and that's hardly enough weight for a 2 car wedge loaded down.

To be honest, I would look at upgrading your truck before walking into this thing. I did a considerable amount of research into this whole thing before I reenlisted in the service, as a possible option to get out and start. Even with my '07, I would probably need to upgrade to an F450/550 to be sure I could handle the loads. The '96 just won't have the brakes if the trailer fails to stop the load. And in all reality, you can get a Class A CDL and a semi-tactor, and do this cheaper than you can with a pickup in the long run.

^^^^^ What he said!! If you look you can find a decent single axle for $10,000 to $20,000 and it will last alot longer, and be more user friendly than a dually and have better brakes, get close on fuel milage.(What you lose for $ in fuel milage, you'll save back in no hotel bills.)

Insurance is going to be so much down and then the rest per month.

Just FYI, I could of bought 2 Peterbilts like mine for what a new dually would cost.

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Out of the 2 rigs in your Sig, is that the same trailer?

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Out of the 2 rigs in your Sig, is that the same trailer?
Yeah I've always wondered and kinda thought it was funny lookin. A big pete that can haul 80k hitched up to a gooseneck that can't haul near that...
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