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The Trick to Getting Your Moving Floor ITI Trailer to Pay for Itself

A Q&A with Mike DePew

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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November 2016 Scholarship Winner – Marcella Williams

Trucker to Trucker Scholarship Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Marcella Williams!

Marcella Williams - 2016 Scholarship WinnerMarcella 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.


More Scholarship Opportunities

Don’t forget that we offer several scholarships throughout the year.

Also, we’ve found over $60,000 in new trucking industry scholarships that will soon be added to our Scholarship Resource page. We’ll let you know when it has been updated.

Welcome International Machinery

international-machineryTrucker-to-Trucker is pleased to announce that International Machinery has recently joined our elite group of online advertisers. They are known for offering high-quality trucks to their customers for reasonable prices. International Machinery is family-owned and they are committed to building strong working relationships with their customers. They have a fantastic selection of trucks in their inventory, including pre-owned trucks from Peterbilt, Western Star, and Kenworth.


The sales staff is ready to assist you in finding the trucks you’re looking for. They are in the office Monday through Friday from7:30 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon, ready to answer your questions about trucks on the lot or assist you in figuring out which trucks are best for your company. They are also happy to schedule a test drive or talk about all of the financing options they have available to you. Their phone number is 844-460-9950 You can also stop by the dealership during business hours. You can find it at 12845 261A Street, Maple Ridge, BC.

Used Truck Inventory

There are a large number of heavy-duty trucks on the lot at International Machine, including popular models like the Western Star 4900, the Kenworth T800, the Kenworth T800 Tri-Drive, and the Peterbilt 378. Every truck listing includes important information to make your decision easier, such as suspension type, model year, horsepower, sleeper size, and wheelbase. Most listings also include several color photos. You can browse all of the listings to get a feel for the trucks in their inventory or use the search options to narrow the choices you see. The search options include price, horsepower, truck type, and model year.


The staff at International Machinery wants you to find the trucks you want. If you don’t see what you need in the inventory listings, please click on the SMARTFinder link and complete the form. Providing as many details as possible will make it easier for International Machinery to find the right trucks for you and contact you when they have trucks that meet your specifications on the lot.

Service, Repair, and Paint

international-machinery-salesKeeping your trucks looking great is almost as important as keeping them running great. International Machinery has a state-of-the-art engine and machine shop that is staffed by trained technicians. They use the latest methods to make sure that your truck is fixed properly. The technicians also only use official factory parts when they’re repairing or upgrading your trucks.


If you’re looking to customize your truck’s exterior, paint and sandblasting facilities are available at International Machinery. They’ll help your truck and trailer look new again. Call or stop by International Machinery to get detailed information about customizing your trucks and trailers.
International Machinery is known for their commitment to exceeding the expectations of their customers. They are family-operated and their staff is knowledgeable about the trucks they sell, repair, and customize. Trucker-to-Trucker is proud that they have joined our online advertising network.

Welcome Trax Trux From Lake City Georgia

Trax Trux is known throughout the country for offering excellent values on an outstanding selection of trucks. They have recently joined our elite group of online advertisers at Trucker-to-Trucker, and we are proud to have them. Trax has trucks of all sizes, from small, light-duty trucks to large, heavy-duty big rigs. They specialize in wholesale as well as retail trucks, and they are good at what they do. Trax will help you get an excellent value for your money, whether you purchase one truck or 100 trucks.

They are conveniently located only 20 minutes from the airport in Atlanta, Georgia, making the dealership an easy place to travel to. The address is 1945 Forest Parkway Lake City, GA 30260.

Trax Trux Inventory

trax-truxThe inventory at Trax includes trucks from many of the most well-respected manufacturers in the trucking industry. This includes International, Volvo, Western Star, Kenworth, Freightliner, and other popular brands. You can look at all of their truck listings in the order they are posted. If you would like to change the order of the trucks you’re looking at, use the reorder function. The listings can be reordered according to location, model year, stock number, most recently updated, or price.

Each truck listing in their inventory includes a lot of helpful information so that you can decide which trucks will work for your needs. This information varies according to the listing, but it may include mileage, stock number, price, model year, fuel type, horsepower, gross vehicle weight rating, sleeper size, axle weights, suspension type, and more. Most of the listings in Trax’s inventory also include a large number of pictures. Some listings include over 20 photos. This gives you a very good idea of what the outside and inside of the truck actually look like.

There are several options in the upper right corner of the inventory page. These options allow you to email or print the listing you are viewing. It also has a financial calculator so that you can calculate about how much your payments will be if you purchase a truck at a certain price.

Trax Trux is known for the volume of trucks they buy and sell, so make sure that you move quickly if you’re interested in a particular truck or group of trucks. Their inventory changes incredibly quickly, so the trucks you want may be gone if you wait before calling or visiting the dealership. It’s also a good idea to let the sales staff know if you’re looking for a certain type of truck. They are great at finding you the trucks you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for a dealership that offers excellent service, great prices, and an unparalleled selection of trucks, look no further than Trax Trux. Trucker-to-Trucker is proud to welcome them to our online advertising team.

Welcome TruckMax Homestead

truckmax-homesteadTrucker-to-Trucker is proud to announce that TruckMax Homestead is a new member of our elite team of online advertisers. TruckMax Homestead has three dealership locations to serve members of the trucking industry in Florida and beyond. Their dealerships are an excellent source of used and new trucks. They specialize in medium-duty trucks, including wreckers, service body trucks, stakeside trucks, landscape trucks, tractors, cab and chassis, box trucks, and more. They also have a fantastic service and repair department, as well as an abundance of parts in stock.

New and Used Trucks at TruckMax

TruckMax has trucks on the lot from many well-known manufacturers, including International, Hino, GMC, Isuzu, Chevrolet, and Ford. They have a variety of new truck models from Isuzu, Hino, and Ford. You can browse through their inventory online or narrow your search to see only the trucks that you’re looking for to add to your fleet or upgrade your current vehicles.

Be sure to act fast if you see the right trucks for your company, as trucks sell quickly and you may miss out on the trucks you want. You can also call and let the sales staff know what trucks you’re looking for. They will let you know when they find something that meets your needs.

Searching the Listings

Searching the TruckMax Homestead truck listings is easy. You can refine the list of results you see by specifying which type of truck you’re looking for, as well as the location, model year, price range, and manufacturer you want. There are also boxes to check if you’d like to exclude trucks without prices or without photos from your search results.

Every truck listing includes relevant information to help you quickly determine if the truck meets your needs. This information varies according to the listing you look at, but generally includes information such as mileage, VIN number, number of axles, engine type, model year, suspension type, and more. It’s a good idea to jot down the stock number of every vehicle you are interested in so that the person who answers your questions knows exactly which vehicle you’re asking about. The friendly sales staff at TruckMax is available by phone, email, or in person.

Parts and Service

truckmaxTruckMax Homestead is an authorized parts dealer for both Hino truck parts and Isuzu commercial truck parts. They have an excellent selection of parts from other manufacturers as well. They will also order parts for you if they don’t have what you need in stock. TruckMax Homestead will even export parts to the Caribbean Islands and Latin America.

Their service department is state-of-the-art. The technicians at TruckMax Homestead are well-trained and ready to get your trucks maintained or repaired as efficiently as possible. In addition to their work at the shop, TruckMax Homestead technicians will also perform mobile maintenance on your vehicles or do roadside assistance to get your truck back on the road fast.

TruckMax Homestead is known for their excellent selection of trucks and parts. They are also known for their friendly staff that has been building long-term relationships with members of the trucking industry. Trucker-to-Trucker is pleased to have TruckMax Homestead as a member of our elite team.