Plan To Live In Truck

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Michael B.'s Comment
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Hello all. So I start training for Swift on the 18th in Springfield. After I pass all of the training and get assigned my own truck (I am assuming I get a dedicated truck, not sharing) I intend on being out as much as possible. Being single with my kids all grown I basically intend on living in the truck as to not have to pay for a place I wont be at very often. I have plenty of places I can stay if needed but thought I could/would live in the truck and get motel room if desired for any down time. I intend on banking and investing most of my pay while driving. If anyone has done this or has any info on it please share.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Many do. Rainy D does. She pampers herself.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Many do. Rainy D does. She pampers herself.

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y'all know.me.way too well

Pete B.'s Comment
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I live out of my truck, I eat out of my truck… I’ve saved a ton doing it this way. My recommendation to you: don’t spend big bucks on truck improvements during your first year of driving. Complete one full year, and if you’re still with us, and plan to be for at least the next several years +, upgrade your mattress, and get a P.O. box at the nearest post office to where you spend the majority of your down time.

My first year I slept on the mattress that came with my truck; at the beginning of my second year, I spent money on a nice mattress, and it’s made a world of difference in my sleep. I also just recently acquired a PO box near an operations center I visit at least once a month, so now I can have important mail sent somewhere where I can access it, and they’ll even receive packages for me and hold them, if I decide to order anything on-line.

Good luck, drive safe, and look forward to sharing the road with you!

Michael B.'s Comment
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Pete, when I start solo with my own truck within the first month I will upgrade my mattress if I dont like whats in the truck. When you consider we spend a third of our lives sleeping, a good mattress is a wise investment. Other than that I will probably get a dashcam and a Rand McNally road atlas. Maybe down the line a fridge. Not one for customizing a work vehicle, especially if I dont own said vehicle...lol but as my home I would like a few comforts. Now all I have to do is make it through school and get the CDL. Thanks for the advice and well wishes.

P.S. I meant to put 17th not 18th on training date above if anyone noticed..lol

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.
Dave Reid's Comment
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I do what you plan to do and like it this way.

For mail, I use an anytimemailbox location in a state that doesn't have income tax. They email the front of the envelope and then I tell them what to do with it....forward somewhere, scan and email, or trash.

To store my clothing, I use DUFL. They will ship a suitcase of whatever you select wherever you want....take care of the cleaning and store.

For mailing letters, I use mailaletter if necessary.

For banking/saving, I use eTrade. They reimburse all ATM fees anywhere in the US and everything is free.

If I want a day off on the road, I occasionally get a motel so long as it has a hot tub :-). Usually, though, I take a day off now and then at a relative or friend's house.

I do most of my shopping on Amazon and have it shipped to a relative's house that I can get by now and then.

This system works great for me.

Hello all. So I start training for Swift on the 18th in Springfield. After I pass all of the training and get assigned my own truck (I am assuming I get a dedicated truck, not sharing) I intend on being out as much as possible. Being single with my kids all grown I basically intend on living in the truck as to not have to pay for a place I wont be at very often. I have plenty of places I can stay if needed but thought I could/would live in the truck and get motel room if desired for any down time. I intend on banking and investing most of my pay while driving. If anyone has done this or has any info on it please share.

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