Living On The Road

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JoAnne EC's Comment
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How many (if any) of you have given up your home / car and strictly live on the road (or have done it in the past)? I believe Brett said he did it for quite a while in the beginning of his career. Would love to hear varying experiences w/ this and everyone's thoughts are welcome! It seems like a good way to stash some cash for a while if you can swing it.

Thanks in advance guys!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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How many (if any) of you have given up your home / car and strictly live on the road (or have done it in the past)? I believe Brett said he did it for quite a while in the beginning of his career. Would love to hear varying experiences w/ this and everyone's thoughts are welcome! It seems like a good way to stash some cash for a while if you can swing it.

Thanks in advance guys!

Rainy for one does, and if I were single, I definitely would.

Keith A.'s Comment
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I'm still using my parents as a base of operations, and I've kept my car because it's about a hundred miles from my home terminal to their house.

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.

Michael B.'s Comment
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Hello, I am currently in my mentor stage and fully plan to live in my truck when I upgrade to my own truck in a couple weeks. I have already gotten rid of my home and cancelled the insurance on my cars. I park the cars at a family members house but dont want to get rid of them. I am single and my children are grown. I am going to live on the cheap and put money away like crazy but I will splurge when there is something I want to do. If you spend some money on the occasional hotel room and rental car you are still FAR better off than monthly rent, utility, car insurance etc. that you arent even there to use. I dont think its much different than the tiny house movement going on right now exept my tiny house moves and makes me money...loldancing-banana.gifdancing.gif

JoAnne EC's Comment
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Thanks Grumpy, Keith and Michael!

Sort of what I was thinking. My kids will be grown when I start so I can just park the car at a friend / relative's house and hit the road!! I don't want to live in a truck forever but it make all the sense in the world to do it for a while. Get that student debt paid off then be able to enjoy my pay checks =D

Safe driving all!

Turtle's Comment
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Well I sorta did what you're saying, but my situation is a little different. Same end result though.

I own some land with a house on it. Since my wife rides full time on the truck with me, I opted to rent my house out to my son. On hometime my wife and I stay in our travel camper in the backyard. So I have no mortgage, and my son's rent covers the property taxes and goes towards his eventual purchase of the property. This frees me up to save a bunch of money that will go towards building ourselves a new cabin deeper into the property.

It's truly a win win situation for us all. My son gets the big house, with all the upkeep that goes along with it. He can raise his family in the same home he grew up in.

My wife and I get our cozy dream cabin in the woods, far easier to maintain as we get older.

Best of all, I get to have my grandchildren right there on the homestead with me.

Without trucking, this would not have happened.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks Grumpy, Keith and Michael!

Sort of what I was thinking. My kids will be grown when I start so I can just park the car at a friend / relative's house and hit the road!! I don't want to live in a truck forever but it make all the sense in the world to do it for a while. Get that student debt paid off then be able to enjoy my pay checks =D

Safe driving all!

I'm sure Rainy will chime in soon, but she lives in the truck, and treats herself to hotel rooms every so often, spa days, etc

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Yep! and i wrote an article about how i eliminated all my debt while doing it.

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Pete B.'s Comment
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I too live out of my truck; no car, house, apartment, and none of the expenses associated with any of those. My reoccurring expenses are groceries and cell phone. I’ve saved a ton of money this way. I don’t recommend this for everyone; it just fits for what I’m trying to accomplish. If you have specific questions feel free to ask; it can definitely be done, and it’s not nearly as bad as it might sound.

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