How Do Trucking Companies Get You Home?

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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SO glad I came across this thread! I have been wondering the same thing and these are awesome, insightful answers!

Related question - how do you find out the rules and regs of parking a tractor in your hometown? I did (minimal) research on my town's website and didn't see anything specifically related to parking your tractor on the public streets. I have seen the occasional rig parked on the side street I'd be looking at but that, of course, doesn't mean anything!

Thanks guys! =)

Search for the town code, then read the section on parking. Or you could call and ask.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Many people park at nearby truck stops, casinos, big box stores, and company parking lots. Often times you would need permission from a manager or property owner. Not every company let's you bobtail home. For example because I live so close to our Charlotte drop yard, they let me bobtail home from there. I park my bobtail in my driveway (pics in my profile). There are 3 or 4 other people who park bobtail in my neighborhood.

Bobtail:

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

Kim T.'s Comment
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I just started with Prime and last night they had me drop my loaded trailer at the receiver in Ohio, grab an empty from there, drop it at a customer’s lot in Kentucky, then bobtail 80 miles home in West Virginia. It’s parked in my driveway right outside my front door and very close to my son’s bedroom window. Everyone around here knows him and knows not to mess with anything on our property so I felt comfortable bringing it home. With it being here it makes it easier to unload/load.

Bobtail:

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

JoAnne EC's Comment
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SO glad I came across this thread! I have been wondering the same thing and these are awesome, insightful answers!

Search for the town code, then read the section on parking. Or you could call and ask.

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Thanks. I emailed the code guy in my town and got what I needed. (didn't care for the answer but what can ya do?) =)

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Ask a cop. call and ask store managers, they will often let you park behind the store. one guy said i could pay him. theres also a storgae place near me i could rent a spot monthly.

truck stops are easiest tho.

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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I live near Wichita KS and they'll get me a load near (once in Oletha KS and the other was Emporia KS) then deadhead home. After hometime I got an Excel/Cargil load out of Dodge City KS both times. That's just an example. There are many other places I could deliver to in the area plus other pickup locations.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Probably got what you need above but one company I talked to used dealers as drop and service locations. They chose the truck(s) they would consider putting a driver in based upon proximity of local dealers. That meant International, Freightliner or Pete for me, International being the closest. Volvo probably furthest, not great hood and not much parking available that I could see, anyway.

Lots of options, I guess.

If I go with Amazon / Hunt I commute to the truck in my personal vehicle and the rig stays there when I am off.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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I was about to ask some questions but now most have been answered. One thing I would like to know is about parking on someone's property. Schneider says I will be able to take my truck home with me when I take home time. I can't legally park on my street, but there are several places within walking distance of my house. I assume there is usually rent for parking. How much per night is fair?

Also, Schneider has told me they have to approve the parking location and arrangements. This I don't mind, they have a big investment. Do any of you pay rent for a secure place to park?

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I was about to ask some questions but now most have been answered. One thing I would like to know is about parking on someone's property. Schneider says I will be able to take my truck home with me when I take home time. I can't legally park on my street, but there are several places within walking distance of my house. I assume there is usually rent for parking. How much per night is fair?

Also, Schneider has told me they have to approve the parking location and arrangements. This I don't mind, they have a big investment. Do any of you pay rent for a secure place to park?

I was going to have to, but lucked out when a former customer said I could park in their lot. As long as you have permission and their truck is safe, they should be satisfied.

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