That being said, we are amazed at how much bad information is flying around about hotshot auto hauling. Not because anyone has bad intentions, it's just that the regulations are so complex and there are a lot of cowboys out there that think they know what you're doing, but are fairly clueless.
Here's a collection of some of our favorite myths and lies.
IT'S NOT LEGAL TO SLEEP IN MY TRUCK– MYTH
On July 1, 2013 several new Federal DOT regulations went effect. One of the changes involved the rules around the required 10 hours of off-duty time. The 10 hours of rest time may now be taken in any non-moving vehicle. A DOT compliant sleeper on a truck is no longer a requirement.
A FIFTH WHEEL HITCH IS ALWAYS MUCH BETTER THAN A GOOSENECK HITCH– LIE
There are advantages and disadvantages to both the fifth wheel hitch and goose neck set ups. While a fifth wheel hitch will ride with slightly more stability and distributes weight better, the disadvantage is that it limits the utilization of your truck for any other purpose because there's a permanently mounted mechanism in the bed of your truck. A fifth wheel is also easier to hook and unhook from the trailer than a goose neck. A Gooseneck hitch is much cheaper to install than a fifth wheel, and normally retracts down flush into the truck bed when not in use. Leaving the truck bed functional for other uses when not attached to the trailer. Both the fifth wheel and a Gooseneck hitch set up function very well and the choice comes down to personal use of the vehicle outside of auto hauling.
I BOUGHT A FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE 1 TON DUALLY JUST TO BE SAFER WHEN IT SNOWS– MYTH
Do not buy a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle for the hotshot auto hauling business. If you are hauling cars in the snow you are crazy. Matchpoint owner operators are off the road when the weather is bad. A 4 Wheel Drive is 500 pounds heavier and gets less fuel economy than a 2 Wheel Drive 1 ton dually. If your personal use of your truck includes recreational activities such as hunting for skiing trips then a four-wheel-drive vehicle might be the right truck. But keep in mind the lower fuel economy will cost you $8-$900 a year.
AS LONG AS I KEEP THE TOTAL WEIGHT OF MY TRUCK TRAILER AND LOAD BELOW 26,000 POUNDS WHEN I GO ACROSS A SCALE, I DON'T NEED A CLASS A CDL –. LIE
There are three measurements to determine if the driver of a combination vehicle is required to have a class A CDL. The manufacturers gross weight rating, the truck and trailers registered weights when added together, and the physical weight of the combination must all be under 26,000 pounds. If anyone of those three measurements exceeds 26,000 pounds the driver will be required to have a class a CDL.
These are only a few of the myths and lies common in the hotshot auto hauling business. One big advantage of hauling with Matchpoint is you have access to our accumulated knowledge. We make sure our team members know their stuff!