My Truck Career, Chapter IV

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Dave P.'s Comment
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Errol, well this is very interesting to me. I’m going to be following this chapter of your journey. I’m particularly interested in the Lease side of this. Generally I’m skittish about leasing trucks. Is there a website explaining the business opportunity? Wishing you all the best!


Operating While Intoxicated

Navypoppop's Comment
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Many years ago I had a friend that decided that he did not want to drive an 18 wheeler and decided to enter the world of custom critical type driving. He bought his truck and it was awesome.

He purchased a Freightliner FLD tandem axle with large walk-in sleeper that was like an rv inside. It had bunks that converted to dinette, twin air seats, chemical toilet, etc. He went beyond with a 26' box w/lift gate, reefer and I think he had a 400 Cummins and 10 speed. Overkill for sure but he said that no freight was to escape him. I'll have to call him just to see how he is doing.


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".


A refrigerated trailer.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Good luck!

I considered doing this before getting my "A". The only thing that scared me away, was most of the trucks are owned by small fleets. I prefer the backing of a company with some dollars behind them.

They definitely have some nice looking rigs tho.

Errol V.'s Comment
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It's very similar to Amazon's DSP last mile delivery system, only the drivers lease the vehicle. Most of the time the fleet owner takes 60%, and we get the 40% as independent contractors.

Out of their cut, the fleet owner handles all fuel, tolls, maintenance and such, all we do is drive. (Being independent contractors, there is no forced dispatch.).

Watch this space...

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