Finding Somehwere To Park On Home Time Is Impossible

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I have been searching for a couple of weeks now for a place to park on home time. without any luck finding a free spot, and only one very crowded spot that I would have to pay for.

Walmart and Home Depot both say they won't allow overnight parking unless you are with the truck. Danielsahn pointed out an abandoned truck stop where he has parked, and where Wolding waits to deliver to their customer, but I noticed a sign that looks brand new on the side where everyone is parked that says no parking, enforced by police, and the other side has been blocked off with huge blocks of concrete. The casino had truck parking, but that is now blocked by concrete blocks as well.

This is frustrating.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I'm not sure what company you are with, but most will help you figure out home time parking. You may have to pay for it, however that is generally tax deductible.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I'm not sure what company you are with, but most will help you figure out home time parking. You may have to pay for it, however that is generally tax deductible.

Not with anyone yet. I have a pre-hire , but since my town is so anti-truck, I wanted to try to get something lined up in advance. I am even having trouble finding a paid spot. I'm not sure if Jim's Truck Stop in Cheektowaga, NY allows unattended parking, since Brett posted a sign that says take your truck with you when you leave, and they had him towed. Their web site is useless. Next nearest truck stop is 45 minutes away.

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LDRSHIP's Comment
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The abandoned truck stop in a new occurrence. I think last month they put the signs up. It will come down to being creative. As far as Walmart, who did you talk to? If you didn't talk to the store manager, talk to that individual directly. I park at the Walmart near my house, but then again, my wife and I both worked there for a time. It makes a difference.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The abandoned truck stop in a new occurrence. I think last month they put the signs up. It will come down to being creative. As far as Walmart, who did you talk to? If you didn't talk to the store manager, talk to that individual directly. I park at the Walmart near my house, but then again, my wife and I both worked there for a time. It makes a difference.

Store manager. Said you could leave to go eat, etc., but have to be with truck overnight

LDRSHIP's Comment
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As another thought talk to maybe trucking companies with drop lots / terminals in the area. A Duie Pyle has a terminal just south of Grand Island. They will at least understand your plight. Try talking to business that have truck traffic like Milestone textile on Grand Island. You just have to get creative sometimes.

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.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

G-Town's Comment
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Grumpy,...first off congratulations on a start date with HO Wolding. The fact Patrick is having great success with them should serve as a realistic bench mark for you to achieve. I’m sure he’ll help you when you need an ear.

Anyway, yes some Walmart’s do not allow overnight parking, even for their own trucks. Sometimes it’s an ordinance, other times Walmart may not own the property and as is always the case management may have an arbitrary attitude towards truck parking. There seems to be no set standard.

My suggestion is too look for others near your locale. You may get a yes. Below is a link you can use to start making calls and/or visit:

Walmart Stores Near Grand Island NY

Good luck!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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What about a self storage place? Life Storage has parking spots and my local manager would work with me if i asked. however i do.have a locker there.

but it might be cheaper to pay for a spave there by the month and not worry thsn pay at a truck stop.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks for the ideas.

I am waiting for a call back from a self storage place. They have a paved area outside that I would be willing to rent if the price is right. There is another parking area that other trucks use that I can rent, but it is extremely tight, as a local trucking company (read: 3 or 4 leased trucks) rents space. There MIGHT be room for me, and the owner will boot me if he ever finds out my last name. My wife wrote him up for sexually harassing a female employee after numerous warnings, and he finally left to work in the family business. So I am looking for a better alternative.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Grumpy,...first off congratulations on a start date with HO Wolding. The fact Patrick is having great success with them should serve as a realistic bench mark for you to achieve. I’m sure he’ll help you when you need an ear.

Good luck!

Thanks. Wolding has been my top choice from day one, almost. They have a route that will get me home weekends, and possibly one or two nights a week, which will pacify my wife. It is hourly, and maybe a little less than I would like, but I am willing to sacrifice a little for the peace at home. rofl-1.gif

I may also be able to pick up more runs, since I really only need one day a week off most weeks, as my wife works 6 days a week, and sometimes 7. If she is working, I might as well be driving.

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