Living In The Truck

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Tractor Man's Comment
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I live in my truck. No house or apartment and the expenses that go with it. I have a storage locker ( I don't live in mine like Rainy does). My car is parked in a friend's garage in Tucson. I try to get back to Tucson every 3 months or so to visit my Sister and Brother-in-law, and Son and Daughter-in-law. My car is parked about 5 miles from the Terminal in Tucson, so I park my Tractor and Uber over to my car. I am in full blown retirement savings mode. I'll be 59 next month and time is running out. I enjoy the lifestyle and don't feel like I am missing out on anything. Plenty of stuff to do out here on the road. I enjoy the adventure.

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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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Living in the truck is pretty cool, I could do it and may in fact do it when my dog passes away and I don't have to maintain a place for my grandson to visit any longer.

When I get back to driving, assuming I'm still alive, I plan to carry my bicycle with me affixed behind the cab. That would open up many options for parking the truck and being able to get around short distances to do things. Has anybody tried that? And if I did that, would I officially be driving a 20 wheeler?

Tractor Man's Comment
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Living in the truck is pretty cool, I could do it and may in fact do it when my dog passes away and I don't have to maintain a place for my grandson to visit any longer.

When I get back to driving, assuming I'm still alive, I plan to carry my bicycle with me affixed behind the cab. That would open up many options for parking the truck and being able to get around short distances to do things. Has anybody tried that? And if I did that, would I officially be driving a 20 wheeler?

I know Daniel strapped a BMX bike to the back of his cab several years ago. The only problem I see with that is how filthy your bicycle would become in a hurry. Rain, road grime, road spray, salt, etc. You would need to suit up in Tyvek coveralls just to ride it. I think a better bet would be to get one of those folding bicycles and put it on the floor in front of the passenger seat.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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TM, good point, I hadn't thought about that. Hummmm… I think I can build a cabinet to keep the bike in and protected. I have a wire feed pulse welder that is great for aluminum and could build a durable, lightweight bike cabinet/enclosure for behind the cab. Thanks for the suggestion.

Cerberus 's Comment
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Wife and I drive for CFI and this is exactly what we did, after our lease was up we stored our boxes of important stuff at my moms and sold the rest. And now we live out of the truck, we take home time in different cities and we will UBER or rent car depending on how many days off we have. Occasionally we will come back "home" to Amarillo and visit our family. But mostly its travelling the US. We love every second of it and wouldnt trade it for the world!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I admit though... with my 4 year mark approaching quickly I am starting to want a little more normalcy. i have been considering getting an apartment near the terminal and forcing my 80 yr old mom to move across country. Springfield cost of living is half that of NJ so it would help her financially.

i figured it would be easy to get a pad instructor job there or even a few days out a week. we will see.

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.

Dm:

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Rainy, what's the longest you were out on the road without home time?

And that comment about "forcing" your mom to move? I guess this is one of the few times I think it best to keep my mouth shut lest I become a victim! LOL!rofl-1.gifrofl-2.gifrofl-3.gif

If your mom is anything like you, lot's of duct tape will be necessary.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Bruce 4 mos.

I still took lots of 34 breaks OTR.

Yes, force is the word. I told her that as soon as I can claim she is crazy and forgetful, I will pack her stuff up and move it. She said "You might drive a big truck but you cant drive any truck, like a rental". Yes Mom, Class A stands for ANY truck.

I told her I will just move her and then convince her she is still in Jersey. The tornadoes and God fearing Christian Republicans are the only real differences. The stores and climates are similar.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Rob T.'s Comment
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as soon as I can claim she is crazy

obviously shes crazy. Shes a woman and related to you rofl-2.gif

Rob D.'s Comment
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Rainy I have a sister in Springfield who might consider a border.

But she is a hoarder

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