Living / Home Options For OTR Drivers

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Turtle's Comment
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I'm in a similar yet unique situation. With my wife riding full time with me I rent my house out to my son & daughter in-law. My mortgage is paid off so their rent covers the annual taxes. I have an RV that we stay in for hometime. Fortunately I own a bunch of land so we have the room to make it happen. My eventual plans are to build a cabin further in the property for my wife & I to retire in, and for my son to take over the big house. This will happen within the next year or two.

This situation works out great for us all. My wife and I get to enjoy the OTR lifestyle without the usual overhead attached to a homeowner. My son and his family get access to a turnkey home at a heavily reduced rate. Most important of all: I get my grandchildren growing up on the homestead a few hundred yards away from me.

Happy Papa right here.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Susan said:

Small, because I don't want to have room for my adult kids to consider moving back home.

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My sis keeps telling me motherhood is a 20 to life sentence for innocent people lol

King Pin's Comment
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Tiny houses are in demand in the east. Here in the west coast it’s prohibited. I too live in Oregon, Albany area. I’m in the works of making plans to build tiny houses in TN.

I would do lots of research and don’t give up on that idea. When I was OTR , I’d see them being transported in IN. KY. TN. and VA.

Hiring property management agency to rent your house (s) is best way to go. They take care of all the headaches for you. I too once was the landlord and decided to hire an agency, was pleased with there services.

I know home time and living arrangements has been talked about a lot here but I couldn't find a thread that quite addressed my thought:

Has anyone either bought or considered buying a piece of land and putting a couple of "tiny" houses or manufactured homes on it? My thought is: Wouldn't it be kind of perfect, if you're in the position to do so, to purchase an area of land, put 2 or 3 small dwellings on it and rent out the one(s) you're not using? I figured, that way there is someone on the property while you're out on the road AND you'll have somewhere to park your rig when you go home.

I suppose purchasing a duplex or something like that would have similar benefits. Of course, you'd have to have a renter that you really trusted. For those who may not have someone whose address they can use (if they live in their rig), what other options have you considered? I feel like I'm lucky I still have 3 years to come up w/ my grand plan while my kids finish HS.

Thanks guys! =)

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Well I want out of California so I'm going to keep my Apartment for now at for the first six months or so, then decide where I want to call home. But at first glance maybe either Indiana, Texas or Idaho. Who knows until I do some of this cross country driving. But the main idea is to move out of California. Too expensive and too politically correct. Call me a dinosaur, but that's ok. I can live with the title.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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JoAnne-

So did you tell your kids when they Graduate that they need to move out 'cause mama is going trucking?

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I started telling my kids when my oldest was about 16 that when he was 18 he would have to move out. So on his 18th birthday he got up and came to see what pops what was cooking for breakfast and I said Happy Birthday, now have you got your things packed and ready to move? He gave me the deer in the headlight look. Though I was only joking he thought I was serious. Pops likes to tease. That's what my son calls me. Anyway this is off subject. Didn't mean to high jack this thread.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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JoAnne-

So did you tell your kids when they Graduate that they need to move out 'cause mama is going trucking?

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I started telling my kids when my oldest was about 16 that when he was 18 he would have to move out. So on his 18th birthday he got up and came to see what pops what was cooking for breakfast and I said Happy Birthday, now have you got your things packed and ready to move? He gave me the deer in the headlight look. Though I was only joking he thought I was serious. Pops likes to tease. That's what my son calls me. Anyway this is off subject. Didn't mean to high jack this thread.

LMAO, Raptor!! Hijack away! My boys are 15 right now and they know full well what my plan is! I asked them both if they'd ever ride along w/ me and they're like "that sounds boring!" WHERE DID I GO WRONG RAISING THEM?! rofl-1.gif

Turtle your situation sounds perfect!! I could see working something like that out w/ my kids one day. I like hearing all of the different situations out there; thanks for sharing =)

I really like the Pacific NW but it is SO expensive to live here. I do have relatives in Boston whose address I'm sure I could use for a while...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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