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Hello from Florida
1 ton drive axle
Newb from Tx looking up info
45' Friesen Lowboy.
GCWR and the real world
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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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Hello from Florida
Hello everyone, I am currently living in Florida and am just starting my hot shot business (Just got the LLC paperwork back) and I am working on the other necessary steps. The next step that I am going to accomplish is to buy a truck and trailer, then start getting my CDL, MC, DOT and so on. Right now I am leaning towards a Dodge 3500 dually and a lowboy trailer from the trailer guys. Does anyone have any dealership recommendations that they can share? I am looking at going to Texas to buy a tru ...
45' Friesen Lowboy.
Chase emailed me today and said the trailers they are receiving now have the fenders lowered a little over 3".
Newb from Tx looking up info
Well after a short break due to work (now a  I'm back to my researching.  Got a majorish question so I know where to be looking right now.   What would the advantage be to getting a 4500/5500 as opposed to a 3500?  Would it give me a higher GVW?  Basically the only things that I need to get the pieces figured out would be the truck/trailer and then getting the whole show on the road once I got the start up capitol.  Again good to be back and almost o ...
GCWR and the real world
I have several trucks in the yard and its come time to 'thin the herd' so I'm trying to figure out each vehicles capabilities. Most of the trucks are medium duty single axle FL70's with 21-27' flat decks but I have a '99 F550 and a Parker 40' tandem dually 24000lb gooseneck that I don't know what to do with.
First of all let me say that this is for non-commercial carrier duty. I'm dot'd as a personal carrier because I just transport my own stuff for the farm.
The truck is 6500lbs ...
Joe's Truck
Joe called us yesterday and told us he's ready to get rolling again. Says he had a sleeper built in his down time. Should start to see him out there after the 4th of July. Welcome back Joe.
A few loads that Jeramy hauled recently.

Torque Tube ??
New guy trying to get going before end of summer and have settled on Ram 4500 and step-deck from Load Trail/MAX folks in TX. Talking with Jesse he recommended a torque tube, but I read in a couple older posts that most folks don't use them. Anyone here use them and do you recommend? The negative is added weight and money (which is pretty tight with my current budget).  I'm probably getting a deck over style, 40' lower/32.5 deck height. still working on details of upper - right now they are ...
In Texas, Looking to get my Class A cdl.
I wanted to start off by saying hi to everyone and expressing my appreciation for such an informative forum. You have a great group of people here.
Now Iíll introduce myself. Nameís Danny, Iím 39 years old, live just south of Houston. I have a class B cdl and a clean driving record. As far as commercial driving, I hope you guys donít laugh too much but I drove a school bus for 1 year. I couldnít stand the precious cargo! For a long time now Iíve wanted to get in to the hot shot business and I ...
1 ton drive axle
To all of you running a 1 ton with 17" E load range tires.  Are you guys following the OE spec's for the drive axle & only running 65psi?  Or are you following the sidewall & running 80psi?  Or are you constantly adjusting pressure depending on drive axle weight?

For the last 67k miles I've just kept my drives at 65psi, & am just about at 2/32 so they will be replaced this month.  Just wondering if I should have done it differently, I was hoping for closer ...

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