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Old friend from forestry classes earned his degree (I just learned enough to manage my own) and now owns a number of tree farms, around the world. He practices the same type of sustainable forestry as I do, taking the mature trees using the most environmentally friendly methods (horses), and preserving the forest. It's a lot more complicated than that, and he's the brain I pick for forestry solutions. He also owns lumber mills that cut to order all manner of specialty woods, like western red cedar, redwood, sitka spruce, yellow popular, white oak red oak, bald cypress, Douglas fir, and many others. Since some woods only grow in certain places (redwoods in California, for instance) and people in Georgia want redwood decks, somebody has to make those cross country deliveries.

That's where I come in. Hauling specialty lumber Reno or Vegas to Charlotte or Atlanta between his distributors. Seems he can't find drivers willing to stay on the road and get the job done, but he does have good local drivers. I'll need This with a high roof sleeper, no cap (wood does not stack that high), lower fairings, 600hp 2050lbs/ft DD16 with DT12, 2.21 6x4 axles, 355/55-22.5 Michelin super singles (most fuel efficient rig in its class), disc brakes. I like the two-tone grey all leather interior. Carolina blue with gold and white reflective graphics. I'll also need five of these with super singles, using the same wheels as the truck so only need to carry one spare. All drop and hook, strap and tarp, and no deadhead.

Money isn't a worry. I can pay cash up front. No time critical loads so stopping for bad weather or servicing and repairs won't be a big deal. A dependable co-driver will see the truck well over 7000 miles per week. Crunched the numbers, net ROI should run around $2600/week after two nice salaries paid. Truck and trailers paid off in three years. After that returns go into savings for new truck. 18 months of savings = new truck shopping time, cash in hand. Trailers should last 40+ years. Tough choice: new truck every 18 months, or bank $2600/week. Hmmm? I like the idea of 33% ROI.
 

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It appears you have crunched all the numbers and have that part pretty well nailed. The part I question is where the hell will you find a dependable Co-driver that you could live with for 7,000 miles per week? I am pretty sure I am a lot different than you but such a co- driver would have to be one I could cuddle up with in the down times and trust with my life while I am getting some shut eye. There are a lot of husband/wife teams doing these types of runs. The No Deadheads is also interesting if you can make that really work.

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Go Querty! You deserve it. I'd concur with Gary though, choice of co-driver gonna be critical.
 

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Sounds like a sweet gig man, I hope it works out for you.
 

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I have several good drivers in mind, but being a cheapskate I'll probably get a Freightliner because the 5700 and Cascadia are the same thing underneath. Really. Owned by the same Germans.

Gary, no real relationship with a co-driver required. Sleep, drive. Sleep, drive. Sleep, drive.

No tarps, all lumber is wrapped in plain blue plastic to prevent theft. Just double check straps and go.

Four distribution centers. Five trailers. Drop a loaded trailer. Hook a loaded trailer. Drive. East west east west east west. No north south north south.
 

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Hey Maybe you could get two Mexican drivers and just stay at home with a laptop and cell for depositing checks and coordinatings.
Remember everytime you go West your also going LEFT!
 

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Hey Maybe you could get two Mexican drivers and just stay at home with a laptop and cell for depositing checks and coordinatings.
Remember everytime you go West your also going LEFT!
I already have four trucks with hired drivers. It was Angel's idea. Hauling clay and aggregate for brick companies. Business is slow in the brick industry. These guys are willing to rotate codriver duties so they make a little extra money and don't have to stay gone from home so much.

This truck is to keep me away from home. The ol' home town is just depressing. My son is taking care of the rentals, my daughter-in-law is doing the t-shirts and dump trucks, and sitting around with nothing to do just lets all the old feelings come back. Driving is my therapy.
 

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I already have four trucks with hired drivers. It was Angel's idea. Hauling clay and aggregate for brick companies. Business is slow in the brick industry. These guys are willing to rotate codriver duties so they make a little extra money and don't have to stay gone from home so much.

This truck is to keep me away from home. The ol' home town is just depressing. My son is taking care of the rentals, my daughter-in-law is doing the t-shirts and dump trucks, and sitting around with nothing to do just lets all the old feelings come back. Driving is my therapy.

500,000 miles a year!? Geez man, that's pretty damn hardcore. I might not have that many miles driven/ridden in half my lifetime, let alone a single year. How much do these trucks cost? $100,000/yr sounds pretty cool. I wouldn't mind that. Still, being on the road 12 hours a day, for YEARS... I don't know about that man, but I guess if it works for you!
 

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I love to drive and when on road trip vacations we have logged 3,500 miles in a week a few times. Don't think I would want to do much more than that with just me behind the wheel. I can understand the therapy component but my rear would be in revolt. Arriving home after a 12 hours straight run leaves me with a road buzz that takes hours to shake before I can sleep. I have never mastered the practice of sleeping in a moving car or truck. The best I can do is to rest my eyes in a half sleep mode and only that for an hour or so. I do enjoy the rare occasions when someone else does the driving and I get to see parts of the scenery that I never noticed as the driver. Right after graduation I helped a friend move from NY to San Diego. Around 3,000 miles and we did it non stop in I think 54 hours stopping only for fuel, fast food and bathroom breaks. The ride home by myself I took 8 days and enjoyed the ride a great deal more. I like the thought that it is not the destination but it is the ride and I prefer to take the scenic routes. I would probably drive qwerty to drink!

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Nobody does 500,000 per year. Legally, anyway. 365,000 is about it for a team truck.
 

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I could just by a trainer truck from a fleet with 350,000 miles for about $25,000, a good used trailer for about $10,000, and have at it.
 
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