A good truck is integral to how a hotshot business operates. Every hotshot trucker needs a dependable truck. Below, we’ve listed our eight of our favorite heavy-duty, commercial grade trucks we believe provide the best value for those in the hotshot hauling business. 

1. Ford SuperDuty Commercial F-250 XL

The key features of the F-250 include the STX appearance package, the quad-dual beam halogen headlamps, and the AdvanceTrac with roll stability control. With the STX appearance package, the F-250 has a bright chrome grille, chrome bumpers (both front and back bumpers), and 18-inch cast aluminum wheels. This gives it a sleek look. The quad-beam headlamps provide upper and lower beam outputs. This allows for so much more light, and this is great for nighttime driving.

The AdvanceTrac has Roll Stability Control and TrailerSway Control on both single and dual-rear-wheel models. This system uses gyroscopic sensors and applies a combination of engine power and selective wheel braking to help maintain the stability of the vehicle and the trailer it is hauling.

Hotshot truckers can have peace of mind when driving and hauling with this type of technology. In addition, the truck has both gas and diesel engine models. This truck has a trailer hitch, but the gooseneck hitch kits and the 5th wheel hitch kit systems are both optional. The maximum GVWR is 14,000 lbs. 

Price: Starting at $32,890
Max GVWR: 14,000 lbs.
MAX Payload: 7,630 lbs.

Max Gooseneck Towing: 34,000 lbs.

2. Ford SuperDuty Commercial F-350 XLT

The F-350 XLT is similar to the F-250, but it definitely stands on its own. The F-350 offers Transmission TorqShift. The strong gears that easily handle the heavy torque demands of the turbo diesel and gas engines. Fewer RPMs are required because of the torque converter. This minimizes upshifting and reducing brake pressure.

The F-350 XLT also has SYNC Basic. This allows you to connect your mobile devices. You can use certain apps as well. This is great for any hotshot trucker because you can make phone calls and ask your phone to navigate you without having to take your hands off the wheel.

The F-350 XLT also has a 6.2L SOHC 2-value FlexFuel V8 engine. No other heavy-duty, full-size pickup truck matches the 430 lb-ft torque of the F-350 XLT. This allows gears to shift smoothly and seamlessly. The gooseneck hitch kit and a 5th wheel hitch kit are both optional, however, these trucks come standard with a standard bumper pull hitch. The maximum GVWR is 14,000 lbs. The maximum gooseneck towing is 34,000 lbs. The conventional towing can tow up to 21,000 lbs.

Price: Starting at $38,145
Max GVWR: 14,000 lbs.
MAX Payload: 7,630 lbs.

Max Gooseneck Towing: 32,500 lbs. lbs.

3. Ford SuperDuty Commercial F-450 Lariat 

The F-450 Lariat has 19.5″ forged polished aluminum wheels. These tires come standard on all F-450 models.

It also has SYNC3. SYNC3 is easy-to-use, responsive, and voice-activated. It is touchscreen. This is great for navigation. You can easily navigate your load’s delivery site.

The F-450 Lariat also has premium leather seating. The F-450 Lariat has a lockable, under-seat storage box. A trailer hitch comes standard with the truck, but a gooseneck hitch kit and a 5th wheel hitch kit are both optional. 

Price: Starting at $66,080
Max GVWR: 14,000 lbs.
MAX Payload: 7,630 lbs.

Max Gooseneck Towing: 34,000 lbs.

4. Chevy Silverado 2500 HD

The Silverado has on the J.D. Power Award for most dependable, large, heavy-duty pickup for three years in a row. It has class-leading 445 horsepower. It is a truck that will work just as hard as you do.

Its key features include Duramax Diesel. The Silverado has an HD Duramax Diesel Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty. The warranty lasts up to 5 Years or when the truck drives 100,000 miles.

The suspension package comes standard in all Silverado 2500s, and it features 51 mm twin tube shock absorbers and 33 mm front stabilizer bars. It is designed to maintain handling and ride quality while towing a trailer or a carrying a load.

Price: Starting at $33,610
Max GVWR: 9,500 lbs.
MAX Payload: 3,233 lbs.
Max Gooseneck Towing: 28,000 lbs.

5. Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

The 3500HD offers two hardworking, heavy-duty engines designed to give you the power you need to haul loads of all sizes. It comes standard with a Vortec 6.01 V8, but a Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 can also be available. 


The Silverado has engine exhaust braking. This reduces the amount of braking needed while towing a heavy trailer or driving downhill. It works with the transmission’s tow/haul mode and auto-grade braking to help the driver maintain the desired speed on steep downgrades. 


The Silverado 3500 also has external transmission oil cooler. This helps prevent transmission overheating and provides optimal transmission performance even when hauling a heavy load or towing a trailer. 

Price: Starting at $35,260
Max GVWR: 13,025 lbs.
MAX Payload: 5,761 lbs.
Max Gooseneck Towing: 28,000 lbs.



6. RAM 2500 Big Horn

The RAM 2500 has UConnect for navigation. It can even sync to your phone. This can help with calling another member of your business. It also has a backup camera and park assist.

The Big Horn has a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with dual variable valve timing. This offers a powerful and responsive driving experience.

In addition, the Big Horn also has a 3.7 axle ratio. A numerically lower axle ration results in lower engine RPMs. This results in better fuel economy. This is perfect for the hotshot trucker who drives long distances.

Price: Starting at $42,725
Max GVWR: 10,000 lbs.
MAX Payload: 2,570 lbs.
Max Gooseneck Towing: 20,000 lbs.



7. RAM 3500 Big Horn

The Big Horn has a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine with dual variable valve timing. That delivers 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. This makes the maximum towing capacity up to 13,910.  

It also has UConnect. UConnect features a 5-inch touchscreen, an AM/FM radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, voice command, hands-free calling, and voice text reply. This allows you to keep both hands on the wheel, but it also allows for you to keep in touch on the road. 

The Big Horn has a 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission operates in six gears. This allows for excellent performance in all conditions. 

Price: Starting at $43,825
Max GVWR: 13,910 lbs.
MAX Payload: 4,080 lbs.
Max Gooseneck Towing: 24,000 lbs.



8. GMC Sierra 2500 Denali HD

The Sierra 2500 comes standard with GMC’s Driver Alert Package. It includes lane departure warning – it alerts a driver when the truck is moving out of its lane without using a turn signal. It also has forward collision alert – it alerts the driver when the truck is approaching another vehicle too fast. It also has front and rear park assist.

The Sierra 2500 has a safe brake system. It has power-assisted heavy-duty brake system. This allows confident stopping power even under heavy loads or towing a trailer. The disc breaks at all 4 wheels reduce the heat buildup, and this maintains braking performance. The antilock brakes are designed to help reduce wheel lockup and help maintain steering during hard braking in inclement weather conditions.

It also offers LED lighting on the truck’s cargo box. The LED lighting is mounted just above the cargo box. This is a handy alternative when a flashlight is not available. You can easily see your cargo and make sure it is safe.

Price: Starting at $57,985
Max GVWR: 9,500 lbs.
MAX Payload: 2,943 lbs.
Max Gooseneck Towing: 14,000 lbs.



A truck is essential for your hotshot business. It is important to pick a brand you trust. These are some of our favorites. Let us know what your favorite truck is, or any we may have missed by commenting down below.

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