Moving Closer To Terminal Worth It?

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Cody S.'s Comment
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So leaving for training on the 23 for training with roehl transport (will be starting the training blog closer to that time) but my lease on my place is up decemeber first and was wondering kf it would be worth my while to try to move closer to a terminal ( marshfeild wi) on a bonus from mgetting bored and checking rental price is lower... But i dont have anything holding me where i currently live ... Am i overthinking this?

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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So leaving for training on the 23 for training with roehl transport (will be starting the training blog closer to that time) but my lease on my place is up decemeber first and was wondering kf it would be worth my while to try to move closer to a terminal ( marshfeild wi) on a bonus from mgetting bored and checking rental price is lower... But i dont have anything holding me where i currently live ... Am i overthinking this?

If you are single, and plan on driving OTR , why rent anywhere? Live in the truck and bank the money.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Chris M's Comment
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For OTR , no. Moving closer to a terminal will not affect anything. Move anywhere you want to as long as you're in their hiring area still

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Deb R.'s Comment
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I live about 2.5 hours from our terminal. When my truck needs service, it drives me crazy to sit around there all day. If I lived closer, I would keep my car there, leave the truck with them, and drive home. Then I could mow the lawn or something like that while they worked on my truck. That is the only time it really is an issue for me, and it does not happen often.

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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Like the others said if OTR it doesn't matter where you live as long as it's in their hiring area. I wouldn't recommend giving up your place. What if you hate trucking? Assuming you make it through training and love the OTR lifestyle then you could give up your place. See if you could leases month to month while training and your first few months out here. It would suck if you hated this and had no place to live. On the other hand, if you love it out here, you can give up that rental, live in your truck and when a break is needed, there are nice hotels all over the country with truck parking. For a single person with no ties you will make more money by not going home. Good luck. Do this one step at a time.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Cody S.'s Comment
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Going to be on a regional fleet ... Should have included that my bad

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.

Old School's Comment
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Cody, they are hiring you because you are in their hiring area. It's that simple. It doesn't matter if you are close to a terminal or not. Regional or dedicated can still be considered as an OTR (over the road) job. You will still be crossing state lines. Apparently your home is within the region of the country that you will be working in, and that is why they can hire you for that regional position.

You can move closer to the terminal if you like, but it's generally not considered advantageous. Personally, I avoid terminals when possible. I tend to Have Bad Experiences At Terminals.

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.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I live 30 minutes from the Swift Memphis terminal. I'd say there are minimal benefits of living close, like you always have a place to park, and if you need to get into the office it's right there.

But on the long run, being close by isn't worth moving. For home time you'll always get a route that gets you going by your house with time to enjoy the stop. If you need to see someone in the office, most times any terminal can do that for you. (I.e. I can stop at any Swift terminal to take a required class or to deal with any issue from my trips/ loads.)

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I would only move if you got a job like me where you have to start your day at a terminal. It's a 5 minute ride to my terminal which is really nice, some of our drivers come from more than a hour away.

But when you are OTR you won't spend much time in a terminal. I spent 2 months OTR with West Side and only saw a terminal a few times. My trainer said he could go more than a month without getting to one.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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