Blog Series - 10 Tips Every Independent Trucker Should Know - Tip 3

TIP 3:

Pick the right equipment.
Trucking is a tight profit margin business, and you need every competitive advantage you can find. Buying the right equipment can create an advantage for your company. Making the right choice in your equipment could prove to be one of the best decisions you can make.

Important questions to ask yourself when picking the right equipment:
1. Will I be running through the Rocky Mountains or mostly in the plains states?
2. Will I run local or long distance?
3. How much horsepower will I need to get through these routes?
4. Do I really need a sleeper the size of Nebraska?
5. Do I want to be shifting gears or just put it in automatic and go?
6. What about tire size, aluminum or steel wheels for weight?
7. What are the long term EPA regulations that might make this truck obsolete in the future?  


At CFF, we have seen too many clients buy the wrong equipment for the products they are hauling. Their choice gets the job done, but it increases the costs, aggravation, maintenance, etc.

Here is an example:
You have a contract to haul sand and dirt for a highway construction project. Do you really 550 horsepower and 72 in. raised roof sleeper? Maybe you can use a truck with 400 horsepower and no sleeper. This can cut down on weight of the truck, fuel consumption and ease of getting in and out of the job site.

Here is another example:
Let us consider the impact of fuel economy on your business. If your truck gets 4.5 miles to the gallon and you have 300 gallon capacity that means you can run 1,350 miles on a full tank at a cost of $1,200. If you could get 6.5 miles per gallon, you could run that same 1,350 miles on 92 gallons less. At $4 per gallon for diesel, you would save $360 per fill up. If you filled up only once per week, you just saved $1,440 per month and $17,280 per year, and
$86,400 over 5 years!

Make sure to take a look at the fuel mileage guide at the end of this blog series. The impact on your business may really surprise you. Put your ego aside and challenge your usual thinking. Learn about new technology, ask lots of questions, and work with a dealer that has your best interest in mind.    

Bottom line:
Take the time to spec out your equipment and give yourself every advantage you can.

Join me next week for tip number four that every independent trucker needs to know NOW.
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