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235/80R 17
Car Hauler fm Texas
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A forum for Hotshot Owner Operators using 3500, 4500, and 5500 series trucks to transport LTL freight and for those who want to learn about the business.
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Steves Truck and First Loads
We are now 3-4 years later with Steve's set up, I am wondering how this is working out for him,  has the trailer held up over time ?  has he had any issues with the neck ??  

235/80R 17
I just replaced the General Ameritracs on my 2013 Ram 3500. I got 78950 miles on them! Not bad for a tire with a 50000 mile tread wear warranty! I bought the Michelin LTX M/S2s (70000 mile tread wear warranty). Mounted, balanced, and out the door was $1600. They cost $480 more than the Generals. It was a tough choice, cost vs tread life.
California (carb)
CA carriers, or anyone that wishes to run in CA, go to
Dot medical card
in texas the dept of tran says you can't get a CDL if you have DIABETIES!
That sucks I have a friend who wants to drive with me and cant get a Cdl because of type 2 diabeties
Car Hauler fm Texas
Greetings Ya'll from Texas, I have been in the car hauling business for years, been out for a few years now.  Reading the forum here and learning a lot about HotShot ltl, looking to getting into the business of hauling again. Gary you got room for a carhauler  or do you work with carhaulers at all?
I have a 07 dodge 3500HD 6.7 6spd stand and crew cab w/ 8' bed w/gooseneck ball gvwr 11500 lb and a 5180 lb take3 ultra lite 48 three full size vehicles two 7K  14000 lb rated. Full lo ...
JBK Express
My 2014 Ram 5500 Tradesman.

I'm waiting on A&B Hitch in Hesperia, CA to get my 5th wheel right now. I'm guessing the 5th wheel is coming from somewhere out east since it's been 2 weeks since I ordered it. I'll be having them do the 5th wheel and Mini 1900s I bought down in Anaheim recently.

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Experienced flatbedder, relatively new to hotshots
I'm Brian from Milton WV. Ive got over 16 years longhaul flatbed/specialized/heavy haul with a smatterin of dry van and bulk fuel tanker experience thrown in. H&W Trucking, formerly of Ona WV is where I started driving an S Series Int'l rollback in the late 80's. Drove for TMC Trans, Keen Transport, BTI special Commodities, and Heartland Express. Tanker experience came from military contracting in the LOGCAP contract in Kuwait and mostly Iraq pushing bulk fuel convoys for the ARMY.

For a ...
Putting a Sleeper on a Ram 3500
If I buy a 3500 long bed Quad cab I was thinking of installing a small sleeper like a 30'' and removing the truck bed to compensate for the weight change. also to pull out the back seat to add move around room. has anyone done this to there trucks. ( BTW not just remove the window but the whole back wall for a walk thru.) the sleeper is a must as im 6'5" and 270lbs
Load was heavier and longer than what was on the description
Unfortunately this happens all the time. Broker will tell you whatever you want to hear to haul their loads, many are honest but more times than not the information they get is incorrect so you get bad info as itís just passed on. Case in point;  I pick up this LTL, four weldments, Rate Con. has 7,800lbs. Total weight.  So as you know thatís around what a dually truck weighs. I have them put all four of these on the front of the trailer. .um ok my rear tires are flat and she's sitting ...
2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Hot Shot Truck/Trailer package, Turn Key
Is this truck still 50 state legal. and is the sleeper dot compliant to log sleeper time in.
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