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Old 02-02-2006, 09:47 AM
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even if you get a few less runs with it back hauls will be alot easier to get.
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this is the type of trailer that you use to haul a large prevost, metro bus or any other motorhome
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Jeff, while I agree with your theory,,, your cost estimations are way out of line ,,, The 80K lb tractor requires IP plates then comes axle tax, then comes Fed tax on the tractor ,,, but the biggest pain will be running a log book and not running the over-dimension loads / permitted loads except during daylight hrs and in some cases not on the weekend .. all of those things will cost ya time ,,,, and thats money!!! Study it well before ya spend 40K on a slide back!

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this is the type of trailer that you use to haul a large prevost, metro bus or any other motorhome
it gives you a wider range of customer base as well (more than just boats).... i think that might be the biggest gain...
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I will still use the current truck I have to tow with. I already own the Kenworth and its paid for. The trailer is $60,000. Yes with it you will have to do log books and be legal but when you get to the other end of the country and there is no boat to come back this trailer can load anything on it. Hence a backhaul. I am just trying to do something better than the average boat hauler. Give the customer the option. Or he can still get towed behind a pickup truck on the ground.
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I will still use the current truck I have to tow with. I already own the Kenworth and its paid for. The trailer is $60,000. Yes with it you will have to do log books and be legal but when you get to the other end of the country and there is no boat to come back this trailer can load anything on it. Hence a backhaul. I am just trying to do something better than the average boat hauler. Give the customer the option. Or he can still get towed behind a pickup truck on the ground.
How does that work out ? if you have the big rig does that mean you could usually find a return load ?
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It all comes down to your personal network of contacts. I was in the Auto Hauling business for a long time so I have contacts all over the country. As for running it legal with log books and all of the other crap you need to do. I had 28 trucks to take care of with log books and drug tests and everything else, so this one truck will be a breeze.
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As for my cost estimates being out of line, If you can't run a truck down the freeway at $2.25 a mile and make a profit then something is wrong. My 2005 Ford one ton truck gets 9.6mpg towing so a big truck with a light load will get close. This KW has a very large motor that does not have to be reved up to make power. It already gets close to 7mpg with a normal dry box.As we all know the trick is not to run empty.
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You do bring up some good points, so do some other people. I guess you have the potential to haul alot more than boats with this trailer. Whatever you decide, good luck
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Thanks Gerard, I make a good living moving boats with a pickup truck where you still have costs involved besides the truck payment. It will just up the level of service for the boat owner that wants the best for his baby. When you already carry high cargo insurance and run the right authority adding a full size truck is pretty easy. Yes log books are a ***** but rolling in someones new offshore boat on the back of a large semi looks more profestional. About the only problem I see is that when you offload your boat and want to go and get some chinese food with your friends. The KW will be harder to park.
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