Any Car Haulers With Advice? Would Like Your Words Of Wisdom!

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C T.'s Comment
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Lady in my class says her husband hauls cars and they've cleared 15k a month at times. She also says its very hard work and not for everyone. Weight distribution seems to be one of the bigger concerns as well as being able to climb in and out of car windows.

Vinny V.'s Comment
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Any updates on your car hauling?

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I've read that maintaining weight distribution between tandems and drive tires is tricky and a constant battle as you load and unload different vehicles, not to mention the high center of gravity .

That's about all I can offer !

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I was reading about weights on line. Had not considered the high center of gravity, good point. They seem to be willing to put up two two months training into new drivers though. Thanks for your input. If anyone wants to know how things go I'll post from time to time, but don't want to ramble if other drivers are not interested. Going to jump into it with 110% and see how it pans out.

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Well, I start Monday hauling cars. The money "sounds" good, starting at 23%, we will see. They felt I should only need a week or so of training based on my experience, but I made it clear that I would not go solo if I did not feel safe/capable. They seemed to be fine with that and said they would rather take 3-8 weeks if that was what was needed. ($2500/month training pay) If any one cares I'll keep positing about hauling cars, the pay difference, hours worked, etc. These people have three more new trucks coming, are in line with Oregon DOT , and look to be a solid company.

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Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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Hello Vinny - welcome to our forum!

We haven't heard from Bill in a long time. We do have at least one current member that I know of who is hauling cars. Hopefully "JuiceBox" will see this and respond to you. Do you have questions about hauling cars? Maybe you are already hauling cars? What's your interest in this topic?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Vinny , a company to possibly keep in mind is Carvana, depending on where you’re located. One of my best friends has been with them for a little over 4 years now and really enjoys it, plus he’s home every night. He told me they’re entertaining the idea of starting up a small otr fleet with sleeper trucks but doesn’t know when that will happen.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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