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New Car Hauling Business
Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum, and to the industry. We are all set up and fully insured. We've been on Central Dispatch, and are looking at loads that way. Is there a better approach that we should be taking considering we are brand new to the industry? Thanks everyone.
Need help with a DOT regulation.
Greetings,

Need help with a DOT regulation.

I currently am operating a tri axle trailer. I lost a wheel bearing yesterday that destroyed the spindle.
I am being told that I am legal to remove the tires and chain up the damaged axle and still operate until I can get back home to repair it? I know not to exceed the remaining two axles weight limits.

Sure would appreciate the actual DOT regulation stating that I can do this because one DOT officer will tell me I can and the next will te ...
Camper
I am interested in a camper from Rockabye Campers and have look over their Web page and like the Drop Box by Victory Campers  or the Kiss Tall Boy. Can anyone give me a review on Rockabye and tell me how the campers I mentioned above compare to the Capri Camper Cowboy Camper in quality  and durability?
Roadside Emmisions Checking
Still think a delete kit is the way to go? Not if you run in California.

These pictures were taken today on Bear Valley Rd in Hesperia, California. CARB and the DOT working hand and hand.







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Illinois Hot shot start up
I have a 03 F350 Dually pickup, i have been getting the run around from  business license to dot# mc#, someone told me there is a universal # now. It is just frustrating. My truck is dot safety inspected, i am pre approved for a 30 ft trailer 10,000# . I have my Class A permit right now, no air brakes or standard transmissions. I am ready to make the next step, but to be honest I am getting overwhelmed. An example is I can't do point A until I do point C, but I need point A to do point C if ...
Beware of Drawtite gooseneck hitches
Here is what I found when I noticed that my bed was sinking in a little in the passenger side around the gooseneck ball.



It's la little over two years old and is supposed to be rated to 30k.Never been ov ...
goose balls


I know most here run a 5th wheel, but any thoughts would be great..

Every week I put a nice size gob of red high temp grease on the top of the ball.  The last 2 times I uncoupled my trailer this is what I saw.  Any idea why the grease all of a sudden is working its way off the top of the ball & down the sides where it's pr ...
Oil Catch Can Mod.


You probably already know that these crankcase filters are expensive. And even tho dodge says change it out every 67,500 I find mine saturated and spilling over into my turbo at 20,000.
I was originally gonna run a hose down the side of the engine old school style but was concerned about oil all up under my truck and the emissions police coming after me. ...
Largest Buy Back in history. Fiat Chrysler
At 10k miles my passenger steer started getting ate up after recall so I called Dodge and chewed them out. Total miles 135k
Well now I'm eating crow cause I went to a Truck tire alignment center (GCR) and found my upper ball joints to be wore out.
At 15 hundred less weight in my wallet I now have 2 new steers-upper ball joints and an alignment.



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New to hotshot, need vehicle advice
I'm new to hotshot trucking. I've done a few local light loads just to get a taste and now I want to try going full time. First off I really appreciate all the good info on here it's been a huge help. My main question right now is about the vehicle. I want to stay under 26k to start at least and go larger if needed.  So my thought is that rather than trying to build  a truck and trailer combo under 26k, I could use a larger truck. I have a lead on an 02 5500 GMC tilt bed. I have to reb ...
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