More information about household goods hauling
When referring to household goods hauling, the term is not necessarily another way of describing “dry van” hauling, although the two have much in common. But “household goods” are those carried in “moving vans” or “moving trailers,” equipment often rented or contracted for people relocating substantial distances from their previous homes. “Household goods hauling” refers to the use of tractor-trailer combinations in moving personal belongings from one location to another.
The most obvious employers for drivers transporting household goods are companies specializing in the fields. In terms of drivers, however, almost all movement of household goods is completed by owner operators pulling a rented trailer.
A household goods driver needs to have all the characteristics of a driver of any type of equipment; however, patience, flexibility, friendliness, a willingness to answer question, and respect of both people and the cargo being hauled are magnified. When people hire owner operators to move their earthly possessions cross-country, chances are it is the first time they have had direct interactions with the trucking industry.
In most cases drivers in the moving industry are like dry-goods haulers. They typically don’t need any endorsements other than those provided to all CDL holders. Occasionally, some hazardous materials may be on board, in which case the (H) Hazardous Materials endorsement will be needed.
Again, because owner operators corner the household moving market, in most cases they will be paid directly by the client. The owner operator will prepare a proposal or contract, the total cost based on all the factors the drivers must consider when planning for the project. Miles driven, any special or valuable cargo, trailer rental costs (if any), an upcharge for equipment maintenance and/or payments, and any cost the owner operator bears for loading and off-loading, and desired profit are just a few of the line items to be considered when preparing a proposal. Annual profits for household goods drivers vary greatly depending on the area of the country, experience, and expected profits.
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A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a driver's license required to operate large, heavy, or hazardous material vehicles in the US. The “class” of CDL a truck driver needs depends on the type of commercial motor vehicle operated. A truck driver may hold a CDL in one of three classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
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Driver Type refers to the employment arrangement a driver operates. The most common truck driver arrangements include:
- Company Driver: Drivers employed by a specific carrier with its own fleet of trucks. “Companies” can be carriers that contract to transport other individuals' or companies' freight, or companies that carry their own freight.
- Lease-Purchase: Drivers hired by carriers where the truck is leased to the individual driver.
- Owner Operator (OO): Drivers who own the truck and operate as an independent business (also referred to as an "independent contractor").
- Team Driver: Drivers operating with a partner who shares driving duties.
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Hauling Type (or trailer type, or equipment type) refers to the type of cargo being hauled. Different types of cargo materials require different types of trailers, and each type of trailer requires unique driver experience.
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Endorsements are required certifications for CDL holders hauling various types of equipment and freight. The most common endorsements for long haul truck drivers include:
- Doubles/Triples: required for drivers hauling double or triple trailers.
- HazMat: required for transporting hazardous materials.
- Tanker: required for operating a vehicles designed with a permanent or temporary tank attached.
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