Truck Parking During Home Time

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Mike H.'s Comment
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I don't have my CDL yet.Starting school Saturday,August 4th My question is about parking the truck and trailer during home time if the company you drive for doesn't have a terminal near your house? I have enough space in my driveway for the tractor,but not the trailer. Do companies allow you to park on the street in front of your house? I live in a residential sub-division in a small town and I'll contact my local PD to ask if there are any parking restrictions in my neighbohood.

Looking for your thoughts,advise

CDL:

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

G-Town's Comment
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Calling your local-yocol PD is a good first step. Second if the are okay, make sure you have a clear path into and out of your neighborhood; tight corners and low tree branches.

Cwc's Comment
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It also depends on the company. I worked for a company that wanted addresses and contact info for any place I would park it for hometime.

The company I'm with now pays me to drop my trailer then drive my tractor home. Where as with the other I came home with the trailer.

Different companies different policies.

Steve L.'s Comment
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When I drove for Schneider, they always had me drop the trailer at a nearby customer or yard we used. Then I’d bobtail home. They’d dispatch me out of the house, to a location to get an empty.

Now I Drive Southeast regional and I can park at Lowe’s stores we deliver to. There are three in my city.

I too live in a neighborhood. I can’t take even my truck home. I’ve always made sure my employer knows this and we have a plan for the truck and trailer.

Good luck in your new venture and I hope this helps.

Bobtail:

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

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Mike H.'s Comment
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I just looked it up and you can't park any commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods. If I end up getting hired by Schneider,it won't be an issue since they have a facility about 20 mile from my house.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Most companies will assist you in finding an appropriate legal place to park if you're unsure about where to park during home time. I know mine does, also. You may have to rent a space from a secure lot or get permission from a nearby customer.

Diver Driver's Comment
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I live in Louisiana, and drive for Prime. I'll drop my trailer at either the exxon/Mobil plant in Port Allen, or at a distribution center in Opelousas. Then, bobtail to a truck stop that allows us to park there for home time. The truck stop is about 5 miles from the house. Works out perfectly. And to **** off my HOA, I make sure to stop right in front of my subdivision to let out my passenger, so she can get my personal vehicle and drive to the truck stop for us to go home

Bobtail:

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

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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You can also look for local truck stops. Some people get permission to park behind malls, big box stores, and other creative spaces. Start scouting places now and check with the companies your interested in.

Mike H.'s Comment
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Thank you all for the advice and suggestions. I'll start asking around

Diver Driver's Comment
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Also, there are rv / boat storage lots that you might be able to use for a fee

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