Parking On Home Time.

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The Breeze's Comment
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I'm looking for recommendations on parking while I'm home. With the account I'm on at JB Hunt it's best for me to take my trailer home and there in lies the problem. I'm currently parked in my neighborhood and I cleared it with my neighbors, but I was approached by an older couple doing their morning walk. The guy I spoke with was friendly but, passively alluded to me that he was hopeful that I would find a safe place to park my truck while I'm home.

He didn't insinuate anything else, but now I'm concerned that my truck is going to be towed away in the night, so I'm trying to come up with a solution in town (Raleigh) that doesn't involve me parking at the Petro in Mebane over 50 miles away. I'd be willing to pay someone to let me park in a safe location while I'm home but I don't know where to look or who to ask. So I'm presenting my question to you guys.

Thanks, Dan

G-Town's Comment
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If nearby I'd ask permission from any one of the following; Home Depot, Lowes and WalMart.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott's Comment
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Also, look for other places that have lots of JBH trucks. There may be a DC that you could leave it at. Also check with any other big box stores. You should have some industrial parks close by check in them. Another option is put a note in the drive's side window saying On home time until "date" any questions about this truck please call "###-###-####" Or something like that. If your neighbors are all on board, don't worry so much. Next time the old guy comes around ask him if he'd like a tour inside the truck.

ACO476's Comment
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I called my loacal police department, explained where I would like to park, included a map for clarification, and explained how long I might be parking there. I also asked for alternative locations if the one I had chosen was no good. It took about two weeks for the Lieutenant of the traffic division to get back to me with an OK to park where I first suggested. Might be worth a try in your case. Whenever I take my equipment home now, I tape the email from my PD in the window, just in case someone for some reason doesn’t like where I’m parked. FWIW, I found an out of the way hidden place about 1/2 block from my house that works perfectly.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Terri D.'s Comment
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I have no real answer. I grew up in Raleigh and live near by now. I am just beginning my adventure and start school Oct 23. So wanted to shout out a say I hi neighbor. What area do you live?There are a tremendous amount of industrial parks in the area, maybe reach out to them.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I concur with G-Town. Try asking Lowes, Home Depot, WalMart, Target, the closest Mall, strip malls, etc... maybe even try a church or 2. Basically any place with enough room for you to maneuver in. Also look for abandoned or empty lots. A Kmart that has gone out of business seems to be a favorite among truckers in my neck of the woods.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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I would try all the local company's and/or solo dirt truck operators. In my home town there are many lots that serve the day drivers in the city that can't park at home. Hit the phone book and start asking around. Good luck!

The Breeze's Comment
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I have no real answer. I grew up in Raleigh and live near by now. I am just beginning my adventure and start school Oct 23. So wanted to shout out a say I hi neighbor. What area do you live?There are a tremendous amount of industrial parks in the area, maybe reach out to them.

I live in North Raleigh right off of Capital blvd near the cook out and the harbor freight if that gives you an Idea. There are a couple WalMarts nearby but they are a for sure no go. In the past (almost 2 years ago) I got permission from a Lowes to park behind their building and they were okay with it. So I may do that again. For me though its security and access. These local places where I can park my truck aren't on the best side of town. What I'm going to do is call around and see if I can find an Industrial park or a Penske or Ryder that I can park at while I'm home. I don't mind sliding someone a few bucks just so I know my truck is in a safe place. For now my neighbor is keeping an eye on the truck while I'm out and about and my immediate neighbors are happy with it and think its kind of cool that there is a trucker around. Once I do find a more permanent place I will report back, hopefully I can help out some drivers in my area.

Dan

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