The dump truck and trailer are proving useful! The first trip for the Topkick under the auspices of It Vends Incorporated has been completed: a trek to Bremerton, hauling away an old pickup truck to be scrapped. It has been a long metaphorical journey to get this rig rolling, and there are more steps to take on this path (of course).
The first tasks was to actually get the truck! It took several months from the first inspection until license plates were issued, much longer than a typical passenger car transfer. This is largely due to the added complexity of properly operating a commercial motor vehicle. The major steps were:
- Evaluation of the vehicle and major components
- Purchase using money in exchange for Titles, Bill of Sale, and necessary Affidavits
- USDOT registration for the company
- Permit to travel temporarily
- Insurance for Liability was obtained through State Farm
- Inspection by the Washington State Patrol
- Registration fees, transfer taxes, and GVW charges
- Title arrived in the mail a few weeks later
The trailer ended up being easy to register, but needed refurbishment to be road-worthy. It was missing fenders, rusty all over, suspension out of alignment, non-functional brakes, and only a partial electrical system. Never worry!
The total weight of the truck and accumulated scrap-metal was 4240lb, which sold for $80 per ton, or just under $170 in spare change. I’m going to stay on Vashon Island as much as possible, the return fare with a trailer was a hefty $121! With the $50 of diesel, the journey was a financial wash but a symbolic win. Some observations and future projects:
- Engine tachometer and auto transmission temperature gauges not indicating
- Cab doors need hardware, mirrors, and signage
- Grease points need to be cataloged, cleaned, and refilled
- New cab seats, 3-point seatbelt assemblies for safety
- Upgrade camera system with recording and additional views
- Electric crane hoist and/or vehicle winch
- Dump-bed tarp, side replacement, rust-remediation
- Trailer paint, rewire, toolbox, tilt ram, tongue jack
Thanks for reading! We’ll have more adventures soon.