See the Country
My wife and I wanted to see the country but could not afford to just take off.
This might not be for everyone but a way to see the country and get paid to do it is by running expedited freight, we ran for 6 months and got to visit 23 states and Canada plus showed a profit.
Driving a cargo van or a sprinter does not require a commercial driver license. Therefore, no log books, hours of service, or scale houses to contend with. The only thing you may need is a fast card or passport if you are willing to cross the border.
How it works; a dispatcher calls you and offers a run they tell you when and where it picks up and when and where it delivers and how much it pays. You decide if you want to run it. Once you have made the delivery you can either stay in service to wait for another dispatch or go out of service if you want to do some sight seeing.
For example: You pick up a load in Detroit and take it to Milwaukee you just made $280 minus $13 for fuel for less than 7 hrs. of driving. If you want go to some cheese factories, put yourself out of service. When your ready to go call dispatch and put yourself back in service.
If you become reliable and make friends with your dispatcher you can even request runs to certain states. If you wanted to try some real New York pizza or see the Statue of Liberty very few drivers want east coast runs because of traffic but you will always be able to get a load out of NY/NJ.
The ideal plan is to drive as a team this way you get the long runs. Depending on the company you lease with and how much you like to run you could make more than 60k per year.
There are many expediting companies that you can lease on with to so you will need to do some research. Asking expected miles per week, pay per mile, dedicated dispatchers, insurance requirements.
One of the cheapest way we found is to find one that has an umbrella insurance policy, many companies require 1 million in liability which can range from $5000 to $13000 per year. The company we went with hadwas $95 per month. If you get your own insurance some companies will let you run for several companies you just have to keep track of your out of service while running for another company.
An extended van such as a Sprinter or Transit with high top will give you more room to live in and for cargo thus getting more runs offered to you.
We bought a Dodge Sprinter with 178000 miles on it, being a diesel that’s not even broke in yet.
We put in a 3’ plywood wall behind the driver seat and built a bulkhead with 2 doors 8’ from rear doors.
This way when your not underload you can use the cargo area to open your cots.
The remaining 6’ was our living area we built a single bunk and a large cabinet with a hinged door that went from the between the wall behind the driver seat and the bulkhead. we put in a single bunk, refrigerator, microwave oven, tv, and a porta pottie.
Installed an extra battery tied to the main battery when engine was running. Also installed an 3kw inverter, refrigerator, microwave oven, tv. We also bought 2 coleman folding cots, 2 sleeping bags, porta pottie, Velcro and material to cover windows.
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