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Remy E.'s Comment
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Here's an interesting question for you current and past over the OTR guys. Do you think having a family at home makes your time out there better or worse? Are they a motivation for your work or do they make you homesick? I know it's an odd question but I currently have no real tie downs but it's a consideration I'd like to make if I settle down in the future.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

IR0ND0G's Comment
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I'm about to be OTR and I can tell you, from my point of view, they are very much my motivation. Being away will be rough, but not as rough as losing a house.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Remy E.'s Comment
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I'm about to be OTR and I can tell you, from my point of view, they are very much my motivation. Being away will be rough, but not as rough as losing a house.

Yeah, I can understand that. Best of luck.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Bolt's Comment
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I traveled in construction for many years. I was usually gone for months a a time. I always missed my kids and motorcycles. Now that I have a wife that I like making the decision to give up my local construction job and start traveling again is very hard. Part of why, even though driving a truck has always been a dream of mine, I haven't taken that step. My wife will support me in any decision I make. We were discussing it last night and I can make more money pulling freight than what I do now. I would be home more often driving than i was when traveling in construction.

Remy E.'s Comment
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I traveled in construction for many years. I was usually gone for months a a time. I always missed my kids and motorcycles. Now that I have a wife that I like making the decision to give up my local construction job and start traveling again is very hard. Part of why, even though driving a truck has always been a dream of mine, I haven't taken that step. My wife will support me in any decision I make. We were discussing it last night and I can make more money pulling freight than what I do now. I would be home more often driving than i was when traveling in construction.

Well having a wife you actually like is always a bonus LOL. I also know the feeling about the bikes. I miss my fatboy and it's only 10 feet away. I really should move to someplace with ridable winters. I wish you luck in whatever you decide though. Who knows, you and your wife might be able to travel together.

Bolt's Comment
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I traveled in construction for many years. I was usually gone for months a a time. I always missed my kids and motorcycles. Now that I have a wife that I like making the decision to give up my local construction job and start traveling again is very hard. Part of why, even though driving a truck has always been a dream of mine, I haven't taken that step. My wife will support me in any decision I make. We were discussing it last night and I can make more money pulling freight than what I do now. I would be home more often driving than i was when traveling in construction.

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Well having a wife you actually like is always a bonus LOL. I also know the feeling about the bikes. I miss my fatboy and it's only 10 feet away. I really should move to someplace with ridable winters. I wish you luck in whatever you decide though. Who knows, you and your wife might be able to travel together.

That's actually our goal. I will start driving then when the teenager gets in college the wife will join me and we will team together.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Awesome plan and best of luck in your adventures!

Rick S.'s Comment
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Now that I have a wife that I like...

I liked ALL THREE OF THEM, when we started out.

Not so much at the end though.

Rick

Tractor Man's Comment
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Now that I have a wife that I like

I don't care who you are, THAT'S FUNNY!

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Jason G.'s Comment
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I too have been discouraged from an otr situation because I have a wife and three kids under the ages of five. But current job situation has kept us under the poverty level. Trucking is something I can see myself doing well and gives the opportunity for a stable income. Even if I only make 35-40k my first year that's better than what I've been doing. And I worked construction where I'm home every night. But that's been long hours where I get home and my kids are going to bed an hour or two later after I get home. So I think being in the road they may not see me those two hours they'd see me each night, and weekends, but like it's been said, they are motivation. I got to keep a roof over their head. Also, I used to be in the Marines and that putme in Iraq and Afghanistan where for weeks at a time I was unable to email.or call my wife, so like she says, 'its not like you'll be in another country"

It's sad that some guys get to work a job and see their kids every night, but someone's gotta drive these trucks, and somebody has to serve their country in the military. Everyone has to make sacrifices to make a living and provide for their loved ones. So it all depends on if everyone involved supports and appreciates the sacrifice that takes.

My one concern is that we can say well be alright and make it work, but once we actually get into it I'm sure there will be days when my wife tells me on the phone how hard it is at home without me. Just hope I have the right encouragement and love to throw her way when those kinds of phone calls happen.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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