How Many Of You Here Live Out Of Your Truck?

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Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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I read that Rainy lives out of her truck, how's that work with the company? They're totally ok with that?

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I read that Rainy lives out of her truck, how's that work with the company? They're totally ok with that?

If you become a solo driver, and you can take your truck home, you are basically living in your truck, you are just sleeping at your home during home time instead of in the truck. If you give up the truck, home time is anywhere, and you sleep in the truck, or park at a hotel if you want a nice bed.

Splitter's Comment
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Me too. I don’t have a physical home. I take hometime (haven’t since July) anywhere in the country I wish. Plus I do it out of a lightweight, which is smaller that a condo.

My priority is paying down my debt. Doing really well with that goal too. Not paying rent helps a ton.

What are your concerns?

Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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What are your concerns?

Just wasn't sure what the rules were with taking time but still having the truck. You can drive around right? You pay for the gas you burn? How's that work?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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No. as a company driver you arent supposed to. One guy used his on his entire home time and our FM wasnt happy. its one thing for me to stop at my storage locker 2 miles from the truck stop then park for a few days, it is something else to joy ride.

we arent allowed to bobtail out of our termianls for.this reason.

and no, you cannot fuel on home time because you need a load assignment number to put into the fuel pump.

basically when i go visit my mom i park at the truck stop and uber to her place. i use her car. i.sold.mine cause it was.just sitting.

when i.took.off across the country i parked at a hotel, and got a room and rental car. we get corporate discounts. the hotel points build up for free stays if you stay at the same chains.

i have a list of hotels with truck parking for the trailer too.

heres 52 hotels across.the country i have stayed at...all hampton inn, la quinta, best wester plus, holiday inn express....i want nice places lol

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Bobtail:

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

Fm:

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.
Pete B.'s Comment
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My company (Schneider) also will not let you use your truck for personal use; if you pull into a gated OC, they will not let you out unless you are under a load. There are work-arounds. I often pulled off the interstate and into a Walmart or other grocery store that was along-the-way... overnighting in a Walmart parking lot worked great, too. Schneider also has a company car at all of its OCs as well, which all drivers have access to (for one hour). And if you like to exercise, there’s one more option, and a healthy one, for you. I once walked 10 miles, 5 miles out & 5 miles back, just to buy my wife a new backpack.

As far as living out of my truck goes, my company, and most others, could care less about my living arrangements. That’s not a priority to them. What are priorities are on-time pick-ups and deliveries, fuel consumption, and above all, safe driving practices.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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i have a list of hotels with truck parking for the trailer too.

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Depending on what company you go with will depend on the rules. Some companies have you bobtail home, others make you take a trailer. Do not expect to use your company truck for personal business without written permission. Now let's say your company allows four days of home time per month. You live out of your truck and decide you want to see the Grand Canyon. Figure out how close you can park the truck, how to get from truck to destination and back. Put in for home time at the location you will park. Have fun. I have two friends who recently arranged a rafting trip in Tennessee. They picked the dates, truck stop, etc. They had a great time. Good luck.

Bobtail:

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

RealDiehl's Comment
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I'll give you an example of what my company's Personal Conveyance policy is.

-Can only be used for specific uses when you are off duty, relieved from work and all associated job responsibilities.

-You are allowed up to 50 miles of personal conveyance per day. Any exceptions must be approved.

-A truck can be loaded or unloaded (empty or not empty) when using personal conveyance. The truck does not need to be unhitched from trailer or pulling an empty trailer.

-You do not need to return to your last on duty location following a personal conveyance move.

What is permitted?

-Traveling to nearest safe haven (place to park for a reset) after running out of hours at a customer location

-Traveling to permanent residence or approved home time location from a work location (terminal, drop yard, distribution center, etc.) at the end of a work shift

-Traveling to a work location from your permanent residence or approved home time location prior to the start of work shift

-Moving a truck to another location as directed by law enforcement

-Moving truck for personal reasons after you are parked at a safe haven and off duty. Examples of this include going to a restaurant, shower facility, or laundromat

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS NOT PERMITTED (among others) IS TRAVELLING FOR PERSONAL REASONS WHILE ON HOME TIME. I wrote that in caps because I think that is something you were wondering about.

Other companies might have different rules. This is just one example.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Splitter's Comment
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As everyone has stated, you park the truck on hometime & it remains parked until you’re available for a load. I specifically asked my fleet manager & he said it’s against company policy. Like others said, make proper plans ahead of time. Use Uber or a local taxi service. Rent a car from a company near a secure location where you can park your truck. If you get any tickets or get booted it’s your responsibility to pay those fines.

On an unrelated note, make sure you get a copy of your truck’s key & stash somewhere outside the truck. I had to pay $160 for a locksmith to drive to the 01 & pick my lock to let me in. It took 5 mns. :/

Fleet Manager:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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