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Old 10-22-2015, 01:33 AM   #21
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I have or had two brothers in the trucking business, I love towing my camper, but towing r v for dough is a hard way to make a living, now buy yourself a car trailer or a flat bed 40' and you can actually tow light freight - drive 7 days a week 52 weeks a year and after cost , make a few bucks - but you can't go camping, got to go trucking.
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:34 AM   #22
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A good friend and his brother pulled new TTs and FWs for a while. Friend liked it and made good money. Brother hated it so I bought his truck.
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:45 AM   #23
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beds in the back seat of crew cabs are not counted as rest/off duty as per dot regs
This sounds like a Perfect job for a Homeless Person with a CDL! Youroo!!
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:50 PM   #24
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beds in the back seat of crew cabs are not counted as rest/off duty as per dot regs
Maybe not, but like I said- all 4 had removed their back seats and had it setup as a bed.

It's my understanding that for the RV transporters, if they're under a certain combined weight rating (likely 26,001 lbs.) that they don't need a CDL. I know that the one or two of the drivers actually mentioned that they liked pulling mine because it required a CDL and that was an extra 10-25 cents/mile (I don't recall which).

Maybe the lack of CDL requirement is why the beds work for them?

(And clearly- I don't know any of this first hand. What I've said is what I gleaned from the 10-30 minutes with each driver as they'd pickup or drop off my rig on the 3 factory round-trips.)
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:44 PM   #25
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If the trailer is over 10,000 and I think 10,000 gvwr on TV it needs a cdl. Obviously over 26,001 as well. I would have to look at the numbers to confirm but I am certain on the trailer weight.. Truck I cannot remember.

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Old 10-22-2015, 02:58 PM   #26
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So I Looked... Was wrong it is any commercial vehicle with a gcwr over 26001 and a trailer over 10,000. I got confused with the dot number requirements... for in state (PA only) it is any commercial vehicle over 17500. If you travel out of state at all the US 10,000 needs a dot number

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Old 10-22-2015, 06:01 PM   #27
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I checked it out once and they had sooo many requirements on the tow veh. Rock catchers, fire extinguishers, GPS, aux fuel tank, 5th wheel hitch and tt hitch, 3/4 ton or larger. Etc. Many of you already have these things but I'd have had to spend about $50,000 just to go to work. Lol.
Even checked on delivering mh. Paid while driving but on your own to get back to manuf for next run.
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:59 PM   #28
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The rear seats are removed for a bed so you can have 2 drivers. While one is resting the other is driving. The truck doesn't make money unless the wheels are turning.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:20 AM   #29
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The pay is "per loaded mile". That is WHY it takes so long to get a delivered unit to dealers during build season. Not many takers for numerous load runs!
These NEW units can break down enroute and tires blow even on new units!
Basically you do this because you have a desire to be on the road!
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:42 PM   #30
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I did it back in 2003 for about a year after having knee surgery (I could not drive my semi). I put about 70,000 miles on a new truck so at the end of the year I had a new truck that still had 4 years worth payments on it and only another year of life let in it. You can NOT take the back seat out and make it a legal sleeper it is not long enough. A legitimate transport company should make you show hotel receipts that will match up to your log book. Bottom line is you are transporting for compensation so you are subject to Dot rules and regulations. Back when I did it you were also required to deliver a "clean" trailer so this meant you either washed it for them when you got there or they would charge you to wash it for you. It was not fun and in the big picture I lost money. It cash flowed me while I was rehabbing my knee then I had to pay off the debt I accumulated during the year (credit cards went big).


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