Wishy-washy Decision Vs. Concrete Decision.

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T.W.'s Comment
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I am at a point in my life where I want to keep my CDL...but I am stumped as to which state I want to live in for the rest of my life? No place is home for me. I guess that what travelling does to a man.

I've travelled all over. I have lived in Arizona 3 times, Florida 3 times, Illinois 2 times, Iowa, Washington, and Oklahoma. My family is in Arizona and Florida and I love the social life - but I don't like either state because its too friggin hot. 100 degree temps, extreme dry air or extreme humid heat, and pollen year round causes my allergies to flare up.

And Illinois(which is home) I cant transfer CDL into and many of my friends/family left.

I've constructed pros/cons lists. What I discovered is that all states have major pros and major cons. I thought of Oklahoma since its cheap living there--but I no one there. NYC would be cool to visit, but not to live.

Since many of you have been all 49 states which state appeals to you most and why?


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  • 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.
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Jenny's Comment
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I really don't think it matters where you land weather wise. You will acclimate after some time. We all stay fairly comfortable in our trucks with A/C and heaters. (Most of us anyway). In that fashion we're all pretty spoiled, but a home will allow better control of our inside environment.

I have my preference, but it's culture and finance related, with nothing to do with the weather, bugs, snakes or critters.

I lived in California the bulk of my life. You can find ANY climate there. The countryside is beautiful almost everywhere, but it is too full of Californians for me. I never fit, and the way north where this country kid fit best, was inundated with SoCal folk who just didn't get the lifestyle-and forcibly changed it for us.

I think you're political, financial, and cultural preferences should be the basis of settling down. You will make friends and find your niche in nearly any place if you consider those things first.


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Jenny's Comment
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Oh, and I love NM. Mostly because no one else but the natives love it. I've lived there and regret leaving every day.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Why do you have to pick a state to live in the rest of your life? Travel around if that's what you want to do. Move a bunch more times if you like.

I've always felt that people follow the crowd way too often. Everyone seems to do things because that's what everyone else is doing and that's what you're supposed to do. Build a life that suits you best. Don't worry about what anyone else is doing.

What about getting a camper and travelling around? Live somewhere until you're ready to move on and then move on.

For most of the 15 years I drove I just lived in the truck. Didn't have a residence or a vehicle or anything. I could carry everything I owned in two duffle bags and I loved it.

If you don't know where you want to live then don't commit to anyplace.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Put ur license in FL or a state with no income taxes. take home time all over.

Jenny's Comment
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Put ur license in FL or a state with no income taxes. take home time all over.

I do that out of Nevada, though I legitimately lived there when I started this gig, now I just "rent a room" from my kiddo who lives there-kids always need an extra hand so it's win win 😁

PJ's Comment
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Such a touchy subject. Home is where your heart is.... I was born in IL. I have property there and a handful of relatives. I went in the service and landed in central CA. It used to be nice. I still own property there. Back in the early 80’s my brother talked me into buying property in western NC. I just bought 12.5 acres in NE GA and love it. All depends what you want in life

T.W.'s Comment
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I have my preference, but it's culture and finance related.
Build a life that suits you best. Don't worry about what anyone else is doing.

Two great quotes right there. Thanks fellas.

Diver Driver's Comment
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There is just something about Utah that draws me there. I guess because there is so much to do there.

Central Ohio as well. (Lots of childhood memories of summers spent in Ohio with family)

I currently reside in Louisiana and HATE IT ! I've lived in Chicago, (born and raised) San Diego, Washington, and Houston.

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