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Old 11-18-2013, 02:42 PM
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Im looking for some info on hauling equipment and things of that nature. I have a 2005 f550 and a couple trailers to use to haul things. I have been doing some hit and miss work around my town just looking to get in to a more consistent work load. If anyone has any insight on how to do this or any other tips that would help (other than Uship) that would be great. Thanks for the help.
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suggestion i have is, thought about RV transport?
you will need to install 5th wheel hitch but thats a pretty steady business. most are hauled out of indiana but apparently, if you get the long hauls, it pays pretty well. i do it on the side, not for a company, just private owners. it pays well and easy since you dont have to worry about securing loads and so forth.
most RV manufacturers wont hire a sole operator, you would have to drive for a company, horizon, good sam, classic, etc.. just a thought.
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That idea sounds pretty good. How did you get set up doing that? Im looking to do it just small scale now since this isnt my main job.
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I work for an RV company so it kind of just came along with it. Amazing how many people buy rV trailers but don't own a truck.
But if you wanted to do it large scale. It's worth looking up horizon transport. Or campingworld transport. They are couple larger RV transport compAnies who have contracts with the manufacturers. I believe horizon do boats and other things too.
You use your truck. Your equipment. But they provide the insurance etc I believe. I looked into it a while ago. It just wasn't something I could commit to enough to make it worth while. Having a larger truck gives you an edge over a lot of drivers since they can't haul the big ones. Even though they believe they can.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:25 PM
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On a side note. Having been on both sides of the fence. If your doing hauling on the side. Be very careful. If your not driving for a registered company.
If your doing it for friends. People you know. It's ok. But if your charging someone you don't know to haul their camper, boat, lawn mower etc. Your insurance will be void. If you wreck, people you know will cover for you and say you just helping out. A stranger who paid you will throw you under the bus. So your insurance will not pay out since it's technically "business use"
DOT can nail you too. Your truck needs to be DOT inspected. You don't need a CDL but do need inspection stickers etc. If they pull you over, can get some serious fines and made to drop the load, again not going over well with person who paid you.
So if you want to do it more seriously I'd suggest going under a larger companies name. Or spending some money on insurance and DOT. I'm not sure of laws in PA but have to be careful now. Especially if you take on large loads that will attract attention. Just little word of caution.
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I know some other guys on here do this kind of stuff so hopefully I can get some insite on this whole thing.
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