I have tried to search this out and thought I would ask here. What is the best way to start towing RVs for hire? I am facing retirement and need to keep working and thought I would look into this. Thanks
there is a lot to consider when it comes to towing RV's for hire. the main thing is having a good tow vehicle. you will need a 1 ton diesel if nothing else. you will need to buy the towing hitch and you only get paid one way. return trip is on you. There are a few towing companies out there. I would google for their web sites. A friend of mine tried it and got out of it
From what I hear, it is a great way to put a ton of miles on your truck without basically making a lot of money.
It would be nicer if you could make round trips, but many times the trailers all come from one state and are delivered to another state, with no return load to help offset the fuel cost returning home.
It might help to hook up with a company like U-Haul, and find out if they pay to relocate some trailers to work as a back haul when you are driving from a delivery site back towards home, or the place you are heading to for the next pickup. Yet if you have to drive more than 150 miles out of your way, it might not be worth it to take on even a U-Haul job unless it pays well.
There was a report on this website about a GMC truck traded in at 750,000 miles on it, probably a trailer delivery or car hauler truck. So in about 4 years, they put on 750,000 miles!
It seems like a fast way to wear out a good truck that cost in the neighborhood of $40,000, to wear it out in 4 years is kinda silly in my book, unless they really made a ton of money delivering trailers.
I saw a article that indicated Jayco was hiring contract drivers. However they do require 2 years experience!
"Professional Company Driver - JET (Jayco Enterprises Transportation)
At JET, a subsidiary of Jayco, Inc., we have immediate opening for an experienced professional driver to operate its company-owned equipment. JET is a leader in the RV transportation industry. This is a company driver position that operates hauling equipment to deliver Jayco products to dealers in a safe and efficient manner. We require two or more years of verifiable experience with a good driving record. Experience with decker and lowboy trailer equipment would be a significant plus. Applicants must possess a CDL A license with air brake endorsement, must have a valid passport and must pass a D.O.T. physical and pre-employment screen.
Attn: JET Drive
903 S. Main Street
Middlebury, IN 46540
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Another thing you could do, which I do, is call school bus companies and drive a school bus. You will need your class B license with P/S and air break endorsements. Then all you need is earplugs and nerves of steel. You can collect unemployment with the schools are closed for the summer.
You might be better off looking into that You Ship Deal, at least there you might be able to pick up a return load. As mentioned above, as an indenpent you most likely will only get paid one way. JM2Cents Bill
Lots of companies in the Elkhart/Goshen IN area looking for Contract Haulers to deliver new trailers. Just do a computer search and you will find several. Go hang out at a dealer and find out when their next delivery is coming in and talk to a driver or two. Very little money to be made if any at all...truck costs, fuel costs and the fact that you will always have to deadhead back pretty much take care of an potential income..
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First, talk to your insurance agent about your coverage when driving for hire.
Then, talk to your licensing agency about what driver license you will require.
Then, talk to your Secretary of State to find out what business license(s) your state might require.
Then, talk to your city and county to find out what business license(s) may be required at those levels.
Then, contact USDOT to get a DOT number for your truck.
Then, find a good tax-qualified accountant to keep the books on your enterprise.
THEN, once you have all the licensing, insurance, bookkeeping and DOT number ready to go, you can begin the search for jobs.
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