Transport RVs with Wave
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RV Transport Requirements
As an independent contractor in the RV transport business, you’ll need to meet these requirements in order to drive with Wave Express. Most items are standard to the industry, while some are specific to Wave. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our recruiting team.
- Due to RV Transport insurance requirements, you must be at least 23 years of age
- Wave requires 6-months of recent verifiable over-the-road combination hauling experience. In lieu of professional or commercial towing experience, we will accept your personal trailer towing experience by submitting to Wave, a letter from your Insurance agent stating you’ve owned a trailer 30’ or longer, and that there have been no claims against that trailer in the last 2 years.
- Valid Driver’s license: A Class A CDL is preferred, but an operator’s license to drive commercially is acceptable. Please check with the state you possess your driver’s license.
- Driving Record: Within the last 7 years – No DUI, OWI, DWI, DWI-E, careless driving, excessive speeding 15MPH or more over the limit, reckless driving, improper lane change or erratic driving, violations in connection with a fatal accident, driving without proper licensing or habitual offender convictions.
- Work History: You must submit a complete 10-year work history on the Wave application. If you have been unemployed, retired, in school, or not working due to medical reasons at any time during the last 10 years, please list that information in the work history section to fill in gaps in dates between jobs.
- Pass a company road test during orientation
- Pass a DOT Physical: You must obtain a DOT physical prior to arriving in Goshen.
- Phone: You must have an activated Smartphone with voicemail set up. This is required for accessing the Wave mobile app which works with iPhones or Android devices.
- Electronic Logging: Wave requires driver daily logs to be completed electronically using the free KeepTruckin app on either a Smart Phone, iPad, or Tablet.
- Contractor Deposit: Wave will establish a CSA (Contractor Savings Account). 10% of the gross pay is deducted from each dispatched trip and held in a non-interest-bearing escrow account until it accrues to $1,500. The money is held in lieu of damage claims as a security deposit. It is yours to take it with you if you leave or retire as long as there are no damage claims.
- Orientation Info: Approved applicants will be invited to schedule an orientation. Orientation is approximately 1 ½ days. Approved applicants attending orientation will be reimbursed up to $75 for one night’s stay at a local hotel.
- Plate Rental: Transporter plates will be assigned to each contractor during orientation. The rental fee is only $10.00 per month.
- Wave requires $1,000,000 Unladen Liability coverage/Certificate of Insurance. (Non-Trucking Liability is not an acceptable alternative). Unladen Liability Insurance pays damages to 3rd party property or people anytime you are not hauling the property of others. For more information on Unladen Policies contact one of the insurance companies below.
- It is the contractor’s responsibility to provide standard Bodily Injury/Physical Damage as well as Comprehensive & Collision coverage for the truck. The Unladen Liability Coverage is in addition to this standard coverage.
Cottingham & Butler
- (563) 587-5600
- Enrollment Form
- Expense Examples
Unladen: $111.45 per month
Physical Damage: $3.78 per $1,000 value per month
Example: $30,000/$1,000 x $3.78 = $113.40 monthly cost
Truck Plus: Additional $18.00 per month
- Contact: Dwayne Goad
- Phone: 877-814-1236
- Email: Dwayne@ccrins.com
- Wave Express requires a 2005 or newer Pickup Truck (Vans and SUVs are not permitted)
- Truck must be ¾ Ton or 1 Ton, ½ ton trucks, vans, or SUVs are unacceptable.
- Truck can be owned or financed. Enterprise truck Leasing is available by contacting Enterprise at 574-206-8899
- Truck Registration: Wave recommends the equivalent to a 26,000 pounds GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) license plate. Your listed truck registration weight should be sufficient to legally scale the actual weight of the truck and trailer on a state scale. In other words, it is best to register it for the maximum weight rating your truck can safely accommodate, but no more than 26,000 pounds.
- Scale Ticket listing the actual weight of the truck
- Annual Commercial Vehicle Inspection (this is a one-page form)
- Inspections are available at the following Elkhart County locations when you come for orientation (please contact them directly for appointments):
NOTE: Before an Annual Commercial Vehicle Inspection is administered, you must have 3 bi-directional emergency triangles, and a fully charged fire extinguisher securely mounted with screws in the bed or cab of your truck.
REQUIRED TRUCK OUTFITTING
*Must be obtained and/or installed before orientation begins
Click on the blue highlighted words below for photos of the described items –
- Commercial rated 10-ply tires, Load Range E. (Passenger tires or 8-ply are not acceptable)
- Exterior towing mirrors (extendable or extensions)
- Window tint or darkening film on the windshield or front seat door windows below 70% transparency of the built-in factory glass tint must be removed. (Federal Regulation)
- Electric Trailer Brake Control built into the dashboard or aftermarket secured near the driver controls and within reach of the driver
- Driver Daily Logbook with Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Reports (in case electronic device malfunctions)
- No items (toolboxes, fuel tanks, etc.) protruding above bed height with 5th wheel equipped trucks
- Truck Bed height measured behind the rear tires must not exceed 59”, no suspension lift kits allowed, airbags are acceptable, if operational
- Loose items on a flatbed or in an open truck bed must be firmly secured if the bed is not covered
- Mud Flaps attached firmly to both rear tire wells
- Rubber Mud Flap the width of the rear bumper and not beyond to protect the front of the trailers, and mounted no less than 4” from touching the ground to allow for truck squatting
- 5 B:C UL rated Fire Extinguisher with gauge securely mounted with screws in the cab or bed
- 2 Ball Sizes: a 2-5/16” rated at 10,000 pounds minimum, the ball height must be between 20” and 22”, and a 2” rated at 6,000 pounds minimum, the ball height must be between 18” and 26”. Height is measured from the ground to the highest point of the ball or the top flat surface of the ball.
- Metal Carabiner or Threaded Chain Link to attach the travel trailer or 5th wheel trailer breakaway cable to a secure part that is directly connected to the truck (rear receiver, 5th wheel frame rails, etc.).
- ¼” Diameter Shackle Padlock to secure trailer coupler to the truck ball hitch.
- 20K minimum rated 5th wheel hitch optional, a sliding 5th wheel hitch is required for a truck bed shorter than 8’. A truck without an installed 5th wheel hitch will reduce the number of available dispatches
- Emergency Warning Devices consisting of 3 triangles that are bidirectional (reflective on both sides).
- Spare Fuses, an assortment of flat, multi-color, 5amp through 30 amp silver blade style (check the fuse box in the truck for the proper micro or mini size).
- Deep Cycle Marine Battery for trailer breakaway system, and Battery Case with removable cover
- Ratchet Strap to secure Deep Cycle Marine Battery Case to travel trailer frame. 1’ or 3” wide recommended
- ½” Drive Torque Wrench rated at 125-foot pounds to tighten trailer lug nuts to 100-foot pounds
- ½” Drive Standard Sockets (3/4”, 13/16”, and 7/8”), same size in Deep Wall for 5th wheel trailers lugs
- Load Distribution Bars rated at 1,000 pounds minimum for towing travel trailers (recommended brands, Eaz-Lift, Curt, or Reese)
- 7-Pin Electric Female Connector
How do I outfit my truck with all the required equipment?
Wave is conveniently located in the capital of the RV manufacturing world. As a result, there are many qualified vendors in the area to help with your truck outfitting needs. You may outfit your truck wherever you wish, but we offer the following vendor links for comparison shopping: