Trucker-to-Trucker is pleased to welcome Miller Transportation into our exclusive online advertising network. This company has been serving drivers and other members of the trucking industry for over 100 years. They are family-owned and treat customers like one of the family. Miller has grown from a small dealership in 1912 to become a large company today, but they haven’t lost the personal touch as the company has grown. They have a huge number of trucks on the lot that customers can rent, purchase, or lease. They also offer fleet management and maintenance services to make running your trucking company as easy and stress-free as possible.
Included in Miller’s large inventory are a number of used trucks from some of the best-known manufacturers in the industry. This includes Hino, Kenworth, Ford, Isuzu, Freightliner, and Volvo. They have refrigerator trucks, tractors, and more. You can browse their inventory online any time of the day or night. The search function is also available to help you find exactly the trucks you need without having to sift through all of the trucks that don’t meet your needs. The staff will also answer your questions and offer advice if you’re not sure which direction to go in when looking at adding to your fleet.
Every truck they have is listed individually with pictures and information. This information includes things like transmission type, fuel capacity, tire size, model year, mileage, wheelbase, suspension type, number of axles, and more.
Every truck on the lot at Miller Transportation includes a number of features, but very few of them are alike. Features you may be looking for when you’re ready to add to your fleet include:
Check the individual truck listings to find these features and more on trucks in Miller’s inventory.
Rental and Leasing
As a business owner, your transportation needs may be constantly changing. Renting or leasing trucks is sometimes a simpler and more economical option than purchasing them. Miller Transportation offers several option to business owners who want to rent or lease trucks. If you’d like more information about renting or leasing trucks or vans from Miller Transportation, call 1-888-265-2900. They have everything from vans and small trucks to large semi-trucks available for rent or lease.
Here at Trucker-to-Trucker, we understand that running a trucking company can be stressful and overwhelming at times. Miller Transportation is a full-service company that offers everything from truck sales to brokerage and full-service leases. We are proud to have them as a member of our elite advertising team.
In the world of ITI and moving floor trailers, shiny and new may also mean less expensive.
Mike DePew, owner of CMD Trailers and Leasing, Inc., has been in the business for 36 years. He’s seen the advent of moving floor trailers, and their rise in popularity over time due to the speed and ease with which they empty different types of cargo.
In our conversation with DePew, we discussed ITI trailers and moving floor products — specifically, how owner-operators can save thousands in expenses and build better equity through trading in that old trailer model for a new one.
T2T: Hi Mike, thanks for talking today! Let’s talk first about the moving floor trailer, and what kind of driver primarily benefits from this product.
DePew: The moving floor trailer is used in the wood industry for hauling chips, which can be used for paper or fuel by burning chips to make steam. It’s also used in agriculture, mostly for animal feed, but for everything from potting soil to mulch and even bringing produce in and out of the field.
T2T: What are the main walking floor brands?
DePew: There are two main brands, Keith and Hallco. Hallco produces the Live Floors® systems and Keith produces the Walking Floor® systems.
T2T: So, let’s say you’re an owner-operator trying to decide between a new or used ITI moving floor trailer. What are the considerations?
DePew: There are some really significant differences. Newer trailers are so much lighter and stronger in contrast to those that are 10 years old, so while you may save a bit more upfront by buying a used model, you’ll lose money over time because you’ll miss out on the additional payload you’d be running with the new model. New trailers are more efficient, and because some rules of the road that have changed, you can haul additional payload by using these new models.
T2T: Can you quantify how much more you can haul with a new ITI trailer, versus an old one?
DePew: It’s not as much about hauling more, as it is about hauling faster. You can haul more per day with a new trailer, which may come out to $50 more per day, which doesn’t seem like much. But you add that up, and that’s $250 a week, $1,000 a month more you’re earning just by using a new ITI model.
T2T: It sounds like a new ITI trailer actually winds up costing less than a used one!
DePew: Here’s another scenario. I’ve had owner-operators come to me who are 60 years old, and they’re trying to save up to retire in five years. If you’re running an older model that’s worth about $25,000 right now, in five years when you go to sell it, you’ll have nothing — a $15,000 asset at best.
Now, assuming a new trailer is $60,000, we already know it’s going to haul more payload. You won’t be digging in your pockets every month to make your payment on it, because you’re already earning an extra $1,000 or so by having the newer technology.
But the even better part is that in five years, instead of only having a trailer worth $15,000, you’ll now have an asset that’s worth $40,000. That’s a nice nest egg, a great retirement check to look forward to! Not to mention you’ll be running all that additional payload over the next five years.
T2T: That sounds like a smart way to do business. So what are the next steps, if an owner-operator is interested in buying one of your ITI trailers, if they’re not local to CMD?
DePew: They can go to Trucker to Trucker’s CMD vendor page, and give us a call at 904-766-9703 to get a credit app filled out. We offer financing through several banks, with very competitive rates. Then we’ll spec a trailer and deliver it through Trucker to Trucker to anywhere in the US or Canada.
T2T: Thanks so much for sharing, Mike!
DePew: You’re welcome. Thank you.
CMD specializes in the sale of pre-owned straight trucks and Class 8 trucks, and both new and used trailers. The sales lot is located in Northeast Florida near the Port of Jacksonville. Shop tractors and trailers on the CMD Trailers website, and don’t forget to share our twitter page these tips on owning a new ITI trailer that pays for itself.
Marcella is the Fall 2016 scholarship winner of the $500 Trucking School Award from TruckerToTrucker.com.
Soon to attend the commercial driving program at Southwest Trucking School in Las Vegas. Southwest is a family owned and operated truck driving school with locations in Tucson and Phoenix Arizona, as well as their Las Vegas school.
Aside from training students for Class A and Class B licenses, they offer students lifetime job placement assistance to ensure their program offers true school-to-work truck driver training.
Marcella has already received her permit and put in several practice hours on the road. Her next step is to complete her formal training and obtain her Class A License with the goal of becoming an Owner Operator in the future.
TruckerToTrucker.com is proud to be supporting Marcella in her training and new career as a professional truck driver.
Don’t forget that we offer several scholarships throughout the year.
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