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Running out of Ohio by Summer 2015
Hello all, John here. I am a retired Army vet that has decided to start working for me, for a change. I am currently finishing up contract work overseas and will be returning to Ohio in about 30 days. From there I start trucking school, just so I have a base of knowledge, and plan from there to get my own authority and be on the road by mid-summer.

I am still up in the air about a Dodge 3500 or a 4500, and will pull a 34-36' gooseneck dovetail trailer. I've been doing a lot of research about ...
Trying to get into the business, a few questions
What is your average cost to operate per mile?

What does your

Insurance run you truck, trailer, and cargo

Average fuel mileage, please state your brand of truck or motor if converted, and type of cargo you haul.

I have guesstimated average fuel mileage 7 loaded and 10 unloaded.

And insurance at 10k per year for truck trailer and cargo @250k.

Thank you for any and all input.
Ok 2 questions Ram vs Powerstroke and GCWR
So I am currently a tow truck operator, and am looking to get into the business. I am curious about what truck is a better choice. Personally I like both brands, but what truck is the best choice for a business.

A new 6.7 Powerstroke rated for 40,000 GCWR Rated to tow 32,230 lb trailer

Or a new 6.7 Cummins Rated for 37,500 GCWR Rated to tow a 29,000 lb trailer

Second question is if you're legal on all axles and all of your tires. But you're over the manufacturers suggested GCWR, are y ...
Equine Transportation
I know this website is for hotshots, but maybe since I plan to use a 3/4 ton to begin with my 4 horse head-to-head you could help me. Of course I plan to upgrade eventually to a 1-ton, but right now my 3/4 is in great condition. The trailer empty weighs roughly 7,000 pounds load with 4 horses anywhere from 11,800 pounds to 13,000. horses ranging from 1200 to 1500 pounds. I would weigh 21,800 pounds truck and trailer full of fuel my dog, and equipment. This also includes a Living Quarters on the ...
Question on affordable truck selection
I found a 1993 c3500hd in the $1500 range. Big block 4l80e truck. I have a 12v cummins in a different truck and a rto6610 just laying around. I figure cummins swap pull the flatbed. sleeper and fender it. Run the rto10 and find some 3.55s for the diff. Wheelbase is around 160 and its a standard cab.

Any thought/suggestions appreciated. I know some people hate old equipment because of maint. cost, appearance etc. With well over 2 million on the family k100 cabover I have not had that experien ...
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CMS
Some more loads. That last LTL load went to Colorado. These first two pics was another nice LTL load we started booking before he was empty.





MAACK5
MAACK5 is now running two trucks with us. Matt and his brother Manuel. Will be posting all MAACK5 pics in here.

Here's a few loads Manuel has hauled.








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Brickner
Here's a load the Shipper, and Broker both were requesting a Double Drop trailer for. Fit nicely on our lowboy.    






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