Finding Somehwere To Park On Home Time Is Impossible

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Parrothead66's Comment
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Is there a Lowe’s near by? They sometimes allow overnight parking if it just a day or two.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Is there a Lowe’s near by? They sometimes allow overnight parking if it just a day or two.

There is, but not as close as Home Depot and Walmart.

Sad part is Walmart said I have to stay with the truck, but there was a camper sitting there with no tow vehicle for at least 3 days.

Dave in Tulsa's Comment
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I don't think you'll find a WalMart, Home Depot, or any business that would let you park there for regular home time. It is a big headache. I posted an ad on craigslist and had someone call me offering a spot that I could rent. I eventually found a gated storage lot that I pay 100 bucks a month that I can leave my personal truck for the week when I'm out and park my rig when I come home on the weekends. I've talked with several company drivers who also rent spots to park.


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Rob T.'s Comment
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Maybe check out Ryder, Penske or any other rental/repair shops nearby. My company rents parking spaces at our local Ryder yard to store our trucks. Im not sure what the cost is but its worth looking into. Theres also several other companies that rent here. Brightside is you'd be able to park your personal vehicle there as well.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I have found a great spot about 30 minutes away, but if I could find something closer it would be great. Still looking, in case something pops up

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Good luck in your quest for parking.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I faced a similar problem in the Chicago suburbs, I tried calling big box stores and any where I could think of, couldn't find anyone that would let me park with a trailer. I ended up parking at a truck stop about 30 mins from my house and having my dad come get me and taking a Uber back, I was paying $15 per day to park and about $30 for the Uber ride. It was one of the many reasons I switched to linehaul now I have a 5 minute drive to my terminal and do not have to worry about parking.


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.


Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Good luck in your quest for parking.

I may have found something local, going to take a look tomorrow.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I thought I would update this.

I did find a local spot, but it was costly.

Then last week, I stopped by one of my customers (an aluminum extrusion wholesaler) and told them I was closing my business. They asked what I would be doing, and I told them, and just happened to mention that finding a place to drop my trailer was the hardest part so far. The fact that I noticed their huge empty parking lot in an industrial park had nothing to do ith it, I was just making conversation. rofl-1.gif

She said, Oh, you could park here if you wanted. So, I took her up on it. To seal the deal, I told her I would build her a PC to have in emergencies, which we had discussed, at no charge in exchange. She insisted on paying me for the PC, but I won't take her money.

So that is one load off my mind.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Talked to one possible employer after graduation. They use several makes of tractors and assign based on proximity of dealers. He knew of a Freightliner dealer not too far from me and I mentioned the International dealer even closer. They apparently arrange for drivers to leave their personal vehicle there and the rig when they return. Service is done as needed and possible.

Might be worth looking into such a scenario.

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