Please Help Me Brainstorm Ideas To Get Boyfriend OTR With Me

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Turtle's Comment
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No, the best way to ruin a relationship ever is to become a otr truck driver and leave your wife or husband for months at a time.

Jeez, what's wrong with you people?

Thousands upon thousands of couples survive these very same relationships you say are doomed.

Truck drivers, active duty military, journeyman tradesmen and women, migrant workers, etc all come with couples that not only survive, they thrive.

If you have or had a problem with your relationship, that's on YOU, not the job. Please.

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.

Old School's Comment
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No, the best way to ruin a relationship ever is to become a otr truck driver and leave your wife or husband for months at a time.

Not true either. My wife and I have been married for 37 years, and we're still crazy about each other. Even before I started driving trucks we spent a good deal of time away from each other. My work before driving required me being gone a lot.

Everytime I come home it's just like being on our honeymoon. You can always make it work if you want it to.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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And by the way, I say that as someone who has spent months at a time away from my bride in my previous career, as well as lived side-by-side in a truck 24/7 with them for over 2 years. Guess what, we're still together 29 years later.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Team driving. Best way to ruin a relationship ever.

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Not true at all. Why would you make such a blanket statement? There are countless team couples who maintain a successful.... and lucrative relationship while team driving.

Of, I retract my statement, Works for some, not for others. Is that better? Lol

Susan D. 's Comment
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When I teamed lol.. he turned a lot more miles than I did. He thought nothing of it, and was grateful because he didn't have so much frustration. but you know my company.. some of the dispatchers would bring it up. He quickly told them they were barking up the wrong tree. He very much dislikes driving days, so I did all the daytime driving. I was doing all the pickups and deliveries as well as driving in much heavier traffic. He drove strictly nights when there was much less traffic and as a very experienced driver, he drove faster than I did... me I strictly obey the speed limit at all times, and still do lol. He has a bit of a lead foot (what little our trucks settings will allow anyway).

Differences in driving styles even can cause friction, if you let it. The thing that gets me.. when he talks about wanting to team again.. he's like.. itll be great since you like driving days so much. Hahaha.. I drive whenever I need to and certainly don't mind running nights. I only went along with that stuff then trying to please him.

If you both run solo but take off for the same hometime, you'll BOTH be able to develop as a reliable safe driver. There's much to be said for that. You'll also tend to earn more for your household, believe it or not.

The other thing is.. you actually asked for help in convincing him to ride with you. Why would you want to hinder him like that, if you say he's wanting to drive?

I seriously recommend just sucking it up, let him get his cdl and you get your year of experience, then team later, with the understanding that if you discover you two aren't the teaming kind of couple you can go back solo if necessary, with no hard feelings. I miss my other half terribly, but its cool when we run into each other out on the road for our breaks, and of course we spend most every weekend together too. We get more quality time both running solo for the same company than we ever did teaming.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dispatcher:

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.
Marcia M.'s Comment
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The other thing is.. you actually asked for help in convincing him to ride with you. Why would you want to hinder him like that, if you say he's wanting to drive?

Oh, i didn't mean to make it sound that way! We've been planning and looking forward to that for a long time. He's got a ton of vacation saved up for it.

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