Now that we have ticked off all the 4 car trailer owners… here’s why.
The key threshold in the auto hauling business is an operational or physical weight of 26,000 pounds. Under 26,000 is simple, and doesn’t require a class A CDL, over 26,000 is complex, requires a CDL and tax filings for every state you roll into.
When assessing the profit potential of any trucking operation, the key metric is payload.
Notice, we are not saying never operate over 26,000 pounds, there are numerous reasons to cross the 26,000 pound threshold, but why do it with the limited payload of a 4 car trailer? A common phrase in our culture is “go big or go home” which certainly applies to trucking over 26,000. Why navigate the regulatory aggravation of operating over 26,000 with a set up that can only carry 4 cars? Better to go big, with a 5-6 car trailer or larger.
When operating under 26,000 a 4 car trailer is useless, because you will rarely ever be able to load 4 cars and stay legally under 26,000 pounds, which means on all your other 3-car loads you are dragging around a heavier trailer…therefore reducing the effective 3-car payload.
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