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Transporting RV's for a living, Anyone??

The sale of my business will be final in a few months. Possibly looking to deliver RV's as a part time job... Not ready to retire.
If I go this route, I will lease on to a company as opposed to using my own Operating Authority. I have done Hot Shot work in the past and have MC/DOT #'s.
Insurance is just too high to make it worth it unless you haul allot. Yes, I do have a Class A CDL.

That's the situation, now who is or has done this and can you make decent money at it? Anything I should look out for?


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I have never done it but here in FL there is plenty of opportunity. Tons and tons of rvs and snowbirds.
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I think your going to have a hard time leasing on with a company using their insurance and everything just to haul "when you want to".Most lease companies lease to people that are willing to work and work hard make them money as they have contracts to fill.

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The sale of my business will be final in a few months. Possibly looking to deliver RV's as a part time job... Not ready to retire.
If I go this route, I will lease on to a company as opposed to using my own Operating Authority. I have done Hot Shot work in the past and have MC/DOT #'s.
Insurance is just too high to make it worth it unless you haul allot. Yes, I do have a Class A CDL.

That's the situation, now who is or has done this and can you make decent money at it? Anything I should look out for?
@Ltngdrvr will chime in soon I'm sure.....
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@Ltngdrvr will chime in soon I'm sure.....
I was just going to say that. He's the resident expert on RV hauling!

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I'd be interested in this as well not full time but part time when work is a little slow at times..

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The sale of my business will be final in a few months. Possibly looking to deliver RV's as a part time job... Not ready to retire.
If I go this route, I will lease on to a company as opposed to using my own Operating Authority. I have done Hot Shot work in the past and have MC/DOT #'s.
Insurance is just too high to make it worth it unless you haul allot. Yes, I do have a Class A CDL.

That's the situation, now who is or has done this and can you make decent money at it? Anything I should look out for?
Well, you put the qualifier on it as "decent money", for part timers, the answer would be no, depending on what you consider "decent".

Of course, I don't know what you may consider "part time" either.

I work part time, sort of, for my full time job. For most of my pulls, I work a total of three days, one days very hard run bobtail from Texas to Indiana to get the trailer, and two solid days back to Texas to make delivery. Then I take a few days off, or more this time of year, depending on the weather.

But, I have been very selective in my operation so that I can do it that way. The company I'm leased to has a few Texas dealers they contract with and I live right along the route I have to take to deliver the trailers to the dealers, so I can go home each trip. It lets me be semi-lazy, not having to run for a week or more at a time without going home.

I also use a 3/4 ton truck, this gets me out of having to log my bobtail miles since I'm under 10,001 pounds GVWR when I don't have a trailer on.

I also don't have a CDL, so I can't legally tow more than a 16K GVWR trailer, so I can stay under the CDL requirement of 26,001 pounds.

Now, we have a few guys who farm, and haul trailers whenever they aren't tied up with farm duties, I guess they are part timers, but usually their farming activities are more of what I would consider part time. They haul trailers more than they do farm work. So, they probably are doing okay with the trailers, but they also live not too far off of the routes for delivering the trailers.

So, my advice is to see if there is a company you can lease on with that has trailer deliveries close to where you live, or that you live along or close to the routes you would take to make most of the deliveries.

And, most of the companies have guys that consider themselves as part timers, but they usually don't last long before they go find something else to do. It's a high turnover for drivers in this business.

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Well, you put the qualifier on it as "decent money", for part timers, the answer would be no, depending on what you consider "decent".

Of course, I don't know what you may consider "part time" either.

I work part time, sort of, for my full time job. For most of my pulls, I work a total of three days, one days very hard run bobtail from Texas to Indiana to get the trailer, and two solid days back to Texas to make delivery. Then I take a few days off, or more this time of year, depending on the weather.

But, I have been very selective in my operation so that I can do it that way. The company I'm leased to has a few Texas dealers they contract with and I live right along the route I have to take to deliver the trailers to the dealers, so I can go home each trip. It lets me be semi-lazy, not having to run for a week or more at a time without going home.

I also use a 3/4 ton truck, this gets me out of having to log my bobtail miles since I'm under 10,001 pounds GVWR when I don't have a trailer on.

I also don't have a CDL, so I can't legally tow more than a 16K GVWR trailer, so I can stay under the CDL requirement of 26,001 pounds.

Now, we have a few guys who farm, and haul trailers whenever they aren't tied up with farm duties, I guess they are part timers, but usually their farming activities are more of what I would consider part time. They haul trailers more than they do farm work. So, they probably are doing okay with the trailers, but they also live not too far off of the routes for delivering the trailers.

So, my advice is to see if there is a company you can lease on with that has trailer deliveries close to where you live, or that you live along or close to the routes you would take to make most of the deliveries.

And, most of the companies have guys that consider themselves as part timers, but they usually don't last long before they go find something else to do. It's a high turnover for drivers in this business.

Do you have to have your own insurance if you lease on with a company and are under 26k? Does anyone get a load going both ways or is it usually just one way..?

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Yes, you have to have insurance on your truck, same as anyone, company insures the trailer while it is being moved.

And, I rarely get a backhaul.

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Yes, you have to have insurance on your truck, same as anyone, company insures the trailer while it is being moved.

And, I rarely get a backhaul.
Sorry, should have been more specific... I meant do you need commercial insurance or just your standard insurance for the truck.

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Last I looked into it $1.35 per mile was the max you could expect. Divide that by 2 since you won't get many back hauls if any at all. If you think .67 cents a mile is good go for it, your truck will cost almost .30 cents a mile for fuel when pulling a trailer, and you will need oil changes often.

I got a kaufman wedge and haul cars instead. I make more per mile and I have a load both ways. I do have a cdl, commercial insurance, and my own authority though and you are correct it is expensive. I also have a woodhouse sleeper in my crew cab so I don't have to get motels or sleep uncomfortably in the seat.

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Sorry, should have been more specific... I meant do you need commercial insurance or just your standard insurance for the truck.

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You need insurance that protects you when using your truck for work, don't know about commercial insurance, mine isn't set up that way.

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