Mini-vacations During Hometime

Topic 23046 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
Matthew J.'s Comment
member avatar

I've been reading up on the different particulars of trucking and a question I have is this - if you bank four home time days in a month, let's say, do you have to actually go back to your home?

I travel a lot for my job now, all over the country (flying, not driving) and one thing I enjoy is that I can go hiking or camping somewhere scenic on the weekend if it's 4 or 5 hours away from where my company sends me.

So let's say, if you want to spend 4 days of home time hiking in the Appalachians one month, then 4 days hiking in the Cascades the next month, is that doable if your company goes to all lower 48 states? You could rent a car and just pitch a tent wherever you go without it being too expensive.

Big Scott's Comment
member avatar

With most companies it's very easy, if they have freight going near that area. First, find a place to park your 70 foot long, 8'6" wide and 13' 6" monster. Then how to get from there to where you want to be and back to truck. Then put in for home time. Have fun and post some pics here.

Turtle's Comment
member avatar

Yup, like Scott said you can take time off anywhere you want as long as your company has freight there, which isn't a problem for most larger companies.

By working with your dispatcher , you can sometimes request a load that goes through a particular location you want to visit, with enough time on the load to allow you to stop and visit said location. You'll get a 34, a day-vaca, and it won't count against your banked hometime. This is where being a highly productive top-tier driver pays you back. You can earn special perks as such.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Old School's Comment
member avatar

Hey Matthew, I've had a lot of little "mini vacations" over the years. Here's a thread where my Dispatcher Took The Initiative to dispatch me to somewhere he knew I'd enjoy being.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Susan D. 's Comment
member avatar

I love my "home timee" mini vacations. I'm overdue for one now lol. Yep request home time near wherever you want to go that your company runs, get a hotel, rental car or crash with friends and enjoy!

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More