Wanting To Take My Truck Home....

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Giggles's Comment
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Does Millis allow you to bring your truck home on your home time? Or do they have approved parking places and you have to find a ride the rest of the way home?

Tractor Man's Comment
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I drive for Swift. I am allowed to take my Tractor home. I drop the Trailer at an approved location. There is a Drop Yard about 15 miles from my house. Most Companies will allow you to park your Tractor at home during Home Time. Ask your Recruiter about their policy.

Giggles's Comment
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Sweet, thank you Tractor Man. I have been trying to find a good fit to get back into this crazy career and Millis is sounding better and better! Any and all feedback/comments/references etc are greatly appreciated!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I have seen Millis drivers on YouTube who have taken their trucks home.

Farmerbob1's Comment
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The answer may depend on if you are a company driver, or lease operator.

Stevens Transport, for example, requires company drivers to store trucks in preapproved locations. If you have a place where a truck or truck and trailer can be stored on your property, and it's fenced, with security cameras, you can petition to store your truck on your property for home time.

If there is a storage building or RV storage location close to your house, they may have sufficient security for a company vehicle. Again, you petition to Stevens for permission to store the vehicle there.

Stevens lease operators can take their trucks home if they want, without requiring special permission. But if it gets towed because you park it illegally, it's on you.

I park at a place about 15 miles from my house, and use Uber to get home, and for getting back to the truck when it's time to go back to work. Shuttling stuff to and from the truck, I use my personal vehicle.

Anchorman's Comment
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If you have a place where a truck or truck and trailer can be stored on your property, and it's fenced, with security cameras, you can petition to store your truck on your property for home time.

Does this rule apply if your are empty and not under a load? Seems unusual to have to have maximum security for an empty trailer. Just curious.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I drop my empty trailer at my CDL school in their gravel lot then take the bobtail home. I had to get the location approved ahead of time and I still put my kingpin lock on it. Even though no one knows it's there (you wouldn't know the school is there if you weren't looking for it) it's still the appropriate thing to do. Consider how much those trailers cost. Companies want to protect their assets and having a trailer stolen would be a large monetary loss.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pianoman's Comment
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I'm a company driver for Swift and I usually park behind the Home Depot next to my apartment complex. There are a bunch of car parking spots back there that no one uses, so there's room for me with or without a trailer--just have to do a weird "S" curve parallel park whenever I go home. I like parking it there because I can keep an eye on it while I'm home.

There is a truck stop nearby too, but the manager doesn't like people parking there for more than a day or two.

Giggles's Comment
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Thanks guy. I guess I'll wait until it gets closer to when I'm ready to ask a recruiter. I'm waiting till after the first of the year as I'm taking a cruise in November and I don't think that it would be a good idea to start a new job and then ask to take three weeks off! Lol!

Anchorman's Comment
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I'm taking a cruise in November

I'm taking a cruise in September!!!



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