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Author: That Mother Trucker

6 Keys to Hotshot Trucking Success

Would you like to know how to truly succeed in hotshot trucking? Most people measure success in terms of money and popularity. But to be a real success in hotshot trucking, you need to think beyond those things. Don’t get me wrong — money is important, but it’s not the most important metric of success. Here are six keys to achieve real, long-term success in hotshot trucking: 1. Execute With Speed and Efficiency. You need to have the ability to adapt or bounce back quickly. Regardless of whether it’s a win or a loss, the quicker you get through...

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Hotshot Trucking: The Pros and Cons

Chances are, you’re seriously considering the merits of hotshot trucking. You may be thinking, is it really worth it? With all the negativity around, you’re just not sure. As you know, a hotshot trucker is a freelance truck driver in the freight industry. They can own their own vehicle, but they’re not always required to have their own truck since some trucking carriers provide freelancers with a vehicle to deliver cargo. But a trucking company does not employ hotshot drivers. Without signing an obligation statement, hotshot truckers simply transport goods for various cargo carriers and companies whenever they want...

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Trailer Review: Gatormade 16Ft Low Boy Trailer

The 16Ft Low Boy Trailer is one of Gatormade’s best-selling trailers. The Gatormade Low Boy was professionally engineered to have a low center of gravity, allowing you to smoothly and easily load your equipment or vehicles on the back of the bed. This trailer is perfect for hauling cars, lawn-mowers, and ATVs. This Low Boy Trailer is equipped with an Extreme-Duty Frame. This frame does not have side rails, allowing you the ability to easily tie down your equipment using the stake pockets that are positioned along the side of the trailer. This allows both side and rear loading...

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The 6 Longest Interstates in the U.S.

As a hotshot owner-operator, you spend most of your time on the road hauling loads from one destination to another. The majority of the miles you’ll be traveling will be on the U.S. Interstate System. How well do you know the various interstate highways in the United States? Here’s a list of the six longest U.S. interstates and what makes them unique. East-west interstates are even-numbered with the lowest starting in the south, while north-south interstates are odd-numbered, with numbers increasing from west to east. 1.) I-90: 3,085 Miles (Seattle, Washington to Boston, Massachusetts) I-90 is the longest interstate...

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5 Reasons Why a Dually Might Be the Best Non-CDL Hotshot Truck For You

A single-rear-wheel truck used to be a really good choice for a non-CDL hotshot. Well… not anymore. We’re now in 2019. The previous year, 2018, was a really good year. Loads used to pay very well and there was hardly a need to get partials. But now, you do need partials. A great many loads these days are almost exclusively partials. There are very few dedicated and worthwhile (read: good-paying) loads out there. But first, let’s understand the proper way to load a trailer, and how that affects this decision. How to Properly Load a Trailer When you get...

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