Youre a straight shooter TWT so I will give you the drum from Downunder re. Trucking.
A rig like that costs a quarter of a million dollars down here. Drivers are forced to drive long hours and take lil pills to do the hours just to pay it off.
They DO NOT see their kids grow up and the marriage suffers and a lot break down.
Fuel, Insurance, repairs, long hours, idiots on the roads, people that dont pay, bosses that run you into the ground, schedules, log books, and on it goes.
Some people are born to drive trucks, they love it, they drive for 40 years, it gets into their blood.
You wanna go drive trucks? try it for a couple of momths on someone elses money.
Dont spend your life savings on a rig before you know what its like.
Mate, the most important things in your life are your kids and the wonderful women you had the them with, I dont believe "she who must be obeyed" is as bad as all that!
Relax mate, chill out. Uncle Sam knows how much tax there is in Trucking but he doesnt know jack about bees!
Wait till your kids leave school before you make this decision.