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I currently own a 02 Dually, and the reasons that I bought the dually have currently been put on hold... for a while. In the meantime I am trying to figure out how I can use my dually to make money, or I am going to have to get rid of it. I cant afford the fuel and to have a big truck like this just for daily driving. I have been considering picking up car hauling (or heck I'll haul anything) as a part time (maybe weekend) deal. I am new to the hauling business and am looking for pointers, ideas, anything that can be helpful. (I am used to pulling trailers, was on a race team that pulled a 53' enclosed trailer with a 05 Duramax, and I pull a 25 ft. gooseneck for recreational use..... I am just new to the business side of it). I have seen several trucks with hauling stickers on them, just not sure where I can find them to talk to them. I am located in central IN and love to travel if I have the time. Another fuzzy part is what limits me without a CDL? Like I said I am new to all of this so I appreciate your patience and Thank you very much in advance.

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How did you get away with not having a CDL for the 53' trailer? Was the weight under 26k?

Being in IN would've been a plus to haul campers, but they don't seem to be moving very many right now. I'm on I80 constantly, and used to see them ALL of the time. Not so much right now, or the past year or so.

I originally bought my dually for hotshotting, but got so busy with the big truck, I never even bought a trailer for it. For a weekend only gig, I don't know if the money would be good enough to offset the cost.

Do a search on here. LOTS of more hotshot info to read.

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this might be a bad question but just what exactly is hotshotting? and technically the race team was recreational is what I understood. It wasnt a huge operation, we had two dragsters and living quarters. Really nice race trailer though.
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to do it legally w/the proper permits, authority insurance etc you wont be able to make any money unless you do it full time an dthen it wont get you rich. If you could do it and make money off it someone would be doing it

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technically the race team was recreational is what I understood. It wasnt a huge operation, we had two dragsters and living quarters. Really nice race trailer though.
A race team wouldn't be considered "recreational", per the DOT. Anything that has prize money or even a ribbon is considered the same as "commercial/for hire". (Only because there is money or a prize changing hands would be my guess. The gov't wants their cut.) Even people hauling their own horses have been given crap by cops, because the cop assumes "rodeo" and "prize money", and not just someone out riding for pleasure.

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With the price of fuel these days, there's no way to make a profit with about any size of truck today . Just like with the housing market ,you'll see plenty of repossesions .
Hot shots are typically one ton trucks hauling light weight freight.....could be machinery, or insulation [high wind resistance] or various expedited freight .Many who burnt up their pickup engines went to mid range diesels.
You're better off paying to go to drivers school, get a CDL and work for a big co. like JB Hunt to learn the ropes .
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A race team wouldn't be considered "recreational", per the DOT. Anything that has prize money or even a ribbon is considered the same as "commercial/for hire". (Only because there is money or a prize changing hands would be my guess. The gov't wants their cut.) Even people hauling their own horses have been given crap by cops, because the cop assumes "rodeo" and "prize money", and not just someone out riding for pleasure.


I fully understand that, that was just the excuse they were giving, and traveling all year from as far as New Hampshire to South Carolina we never had a single problem... I guess they should be thankful. Thanks again to all that have posted.
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Yea my Dad bought a 08 King Ranch dually this last year after he retired to move trailers. He was hauling horse trailers from Oklahoma to Indiana and the travel trailers right back to Ft Worth. Was a gravy deal until they had bad weather in OK and the trailers all got torn up. Has not made enough money in the past 4 months to even cover the payments. Never mind any profit. JJ
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