Some Specs on Various Hotshot Trucks.
If you are just getting into the hotshot business and wondering what kind of truck to buy, here are some specs on a few of the popular trucks. Bear in mind the numbers are approximations but they will provide some basis for comparison. The actual numbers will vary up or down a bit depending on your choice of options.
Generally speaking, the larger your truck and trailer and the more deck loading space you have, the more options you will have for finding loads and the better the chances are that you will be able to combine and haul more than one load at a time and increase your revenue per loaded mile. While it is great to have the higher load capacities, remember if your GVWR exceeds 26,000 pound you will need to register and pay the IFTA fuel taxes. Your equipment costs and your operating cost per mile will also be higher as your GVWR increases but so does your profit potential.
Shown below is information about various trucks and some attachments with interesting articles about them.
Visit these company websites for detailed information about their various models:
Here is an interesting article from the Popular Mechanics Site Comparing Various Trucks back in 2004:
- The Ford Site:
- The Chevrolet Site:
- The Dodge Site:
- The GMC Site:
Ford has a very informative towing capacity chart for conventional towing versus 5th-wheel towing for their various truck models that is quite helpful. This is in PDF form and can be downloaded
You've probably heard different models of pickup trucks referred to as half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-ton vehicles. All three terms refer to pickup truck load capacity. The "half-ton" description loosely refers to the truck's payload capacity. This means that the truck can carry up to 1000 pounds (453.5 kg) of cargo and passengers in the cab and bed. But wait a minute: If you take a look at the stats on modern half-ton pickups, you'll notice that their payload capacities exceed 1000 pounds (453.5 kg). Although early half-ton pickups could carry max loads of 1000 pounds (453.5 kg), since at least the 1960s, new and improved half-ton pickups have been able to safely carry more, surpassing their namesakes [source: Autotropolis].
But old habits die hard, and the name "half-ton" has stuck around to this day. It's still helpful as a general classification term, differentiating the group from the larger, heavy-duty three-quarter-ton pickups and one-ton pickups (also obsolete terms). Most manufacturers have stopped using weight-related terminology to describe their pickup trucks. They've switched to number or letter designations that don't usually help you determine a truck's load rating, but you'll always find it listed in the vehicle's specifications.