I am a 31y/o laid off autoworker living in Detroit and considering a career change. Spent 7years in the plant and 5 years prior to that was spent as a truck driver working various local jobs, including a brief stint as company driver for a local mom and pop expediting company called REI which I think either ended up selling out to the man, or they folded, not sure which, all that I know is that I no longer see their trucks anymore. Needless to say that working for an expediting company driving a straight truck for $8.00 an hour didn't last very long. It's not that I didn't find the work to be enjoyable it's just that I soon got a better offer in a different line of work. I still have my class B with an X endorsement and a spotless MVR and due to the industry shakeup here in Detroit I am being forced to consider a career change and going back into expediting seems to be my only option as there are no jobs to speak of here in Michigan. I have no desire to work in a team for some fleet owner who will reap all of the rewards of my frustrations, so I refuse to work for anyone but myself. I have the means to purchase a straight-truck but am faced with the obstacle of trying to lease on to a company as a newbie and most won't consider leasing on a straight truck driver without at least 6 months experience. So I am looking to start out in a Sprinter with a sleeper-berth from Midway Specialty Vehicles, a regular cargo-van with an air-mattress behind the seat is not an option for me as I am 6'4" tall with a back problem so comfort is of the utmost importance to me. I am looking into signing on with either Tri-State or Express-1, Panther is not an option as I have heard enough about them to know that unbless you are a fleet-owner you will get screwed by them, or so it seems. Here's the dilemma, I need to net at least $4000.00 a month after expenses are paid and from what I read in the forums, doing this in a Sprinter doesn't seem to be possible. Am I being realistic here??? I live right off of the I-75 corridor in Detroit so I am in a good area for expedited freight. Any input from the veterans in the industry, especailly cargo-van operators who either work or have worked for either Tri-State or Express-1 in the past would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.