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Opinions on Ram 3500 & 4500
Gary's truck , OD signs
Measurement on Dodge 5500 Hood
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Leaving truck running Ram 6.7
Hello from good ole NC
What winch do you guys recommend for Hotshot Trailer?
What if anything, would you do different on your trailer?
First day of vacation
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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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Gary's truck , OD signs
She has 25,000 miles on it now. Last week I ran up to Red Bluff, CA to rescue a load. Bobtailing I averaged 18.4 mpg.

This was the load I rescued last week.

Then over the weekend I went over to the auction yard and picked up these little solar powered traffic control trailers that I bought online.

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Opinions on Ram 3500 & 4500
I could see the 4.10's being the way to go. Last week I was out by Rapid City, SD and my truck which has the 3.73 gears was shifting quite often going through the hills. I would imagine the 4.10 would be a little more consistent. My biggest worry would be loosing my good mpg I'm getting currently with 3.73 gearing
Leaving truck running Ram 6.7
Does anyone know if its bad for the engine to leave it running for long periods? Trying to figure out what to do to stay cool when logging off hours.
Hello from good ole NC
Just wanted to introduce myself before I start asking 9 million questions lol.
I grew up in the towing business and have had a passion for anything related. I have hauled equipment, barns, generators, really old farm equipment in the past and all types of cars such as classics, high end, and even the big stuff box, bucket, day cabs etc. 3 yrs back I decided I wanted to learn about the car hauling business and got in with a local dealership running a Ram 5500 crew with a Hodges 3 car set up ( o ...
What if anything, would you do different on your trailer?
I know it's not the perfect solution, & can be a bit noisy with the eoh brakes.  I have a pair of little spring loaded plastic clamps that I use to squeeze my trailer brake controller to keep it from rocking when I need to load any kind of rolling stock.  Works pretty darn good..

I agree also, & wish my trailer was equipped with some sort of parking brake..
First day of vacation

600 miles the first day, and noticed our wheel seal is leaking.    Sitting in a motel near Kansas City, MO for 3 days, waiting on an axle surgeon to get to us.   As you can see from the next picture the spindle is damaged.   In the groove where the wheel seal sits my (former) mechanic tried to repair the area with J B Weld.  Now I know why he d ...
Factoring Companies
I'm considering using a Factoring company for my invoicing and collections. Are there other HS companies using this type services? If so how do I determine which company to use and  the pros and cons associated with a Factoring co. Thanks in advance.
Insurance Coverage Limits
Hello to all. I am thankful for all the advice and information that is shared in this forum. I am located in GA and my insurance at present covers only a 400 air-mile radius from my address. Obviously, this is limiting my opportunities to have more loads. My question is what is the rule of thumb one uses in determining how much insurance is a feasible amount to carry. 400, 500, 600 or unlimited? Does anyone have advise in this issue. Thanks in advance
Is everybody slow?
Definitely not as busy as I was last year at this time. Even my direct customers are not calling as much. Seems like any loads off the boards aren't even worth starting the truck for.

Hope things start to turn around in the near future
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