Taking The Plunge! / Living On A Truck (I Don't Yet Have From A Company I Don't Yet Work For!)

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Marc Lee's Comment
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SOooo...short version...

New housing situation getting WAY TO COMPLICATED and stressful. I have made several (numerous) attempts to resolve it, to no avail. I have decided to move most of my stuff into a storage facility with a plan to live on a CMV and in hotels, etc..

Pointers from those of you doing this are appreciated. I know I need to find a "mailbox" with a physical address, package receiving and forwarding, etc.. I kept my PayTrust (online bill paying service) from over a decade ago just in case, though I haven't used it for a few years. I have "grandfathered" pricing. It gets me a P.O. box address and they will scan physical bills, documents, etc., email them and forward physical docs. (like insurance cards, etc.).. For vendor online payments they will log in for me, pull the data and process the payments. Not sure exactly what will make the most sense, work best, etc., but I have options.

Happy to share more but this is the gist of it!

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I wish you luck!

Marc Lee's Comment
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I think I found my "mailbox" solution!

(They have a physical location and "address" in my current city of Kenosha, WI!)

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Marc Lee's Comment
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I wish you luck!

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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What company are you going to? What didn't work out with your current living conditions?

I pay all of my bills online with my phone. All my checks are direct deposited into my bank. I get very little mail I need to worry about out here. The USPS sends me an email every day with scanned images of the mail coming to my house.

Good luck to you.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Marc, sorry your plans didn't work out with your current situation. (I imagine it's tough living in the Old Folks Home, lol,) I guess you know more than a few TT members live in their truck and have very few outside possessions. They make it work and are very content with the lifestyle. Actually I believe that having minimal material possessions is a great way to live. Pretty soon, you don't own your possessions; they own you. I had enough driving experience to know I could happily live in my truck full time, and I may end up doing it in the future if I live long enough. (Do they have assisted living trucks? haha)

It seems to me that there is a great quality common to all the top tier drivers, and that quality is ADAPTABILITY. Whatever challenges and changes come along, they adapt to them successfully. (Yes, even the dreaded CPAP , lol.) I'm sure you will adapt as well, based on your well known perseverance.

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CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Marc, sorry your plans didn't work out with your current situation. (I imagine it's tough living in the Old Folks Home, lol,) I guess you know more than a few TT members live in their truck and have very few outside possessions. They make it work and are very content with the lifestyle. Actually I believe that having minimal material possessions is a great way to live. Pretty soon, you don't own your possessions; they own you. I had enough driving experience to know I could happily live in my truck full time, and I may end up doing it in the future if I live long enough. (Do they have assisted living trucks? haha)

It seems to me that there is a great quality common to all the top tier drivers, and that quality is ADAPTABILITY. Whatever challenges and changes come along, they adapt to them successfully. (Yes, even the dreaded CPAP , lol.) I'm sure you will adapt as well, based on your well known perseverance.

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Thanks Bruce. Yeah... guess I just wasn't ready for a retirement community! When asked if I am retired, I always say I am 1/2 way there... I'm tired! rofl-2.gif

I actuall have a FB community for Tiny Houses and have lived in an RV for 2 seasons (one about 2/3, the other from the day before opening until closing day). Second time I used a truck stop shower day one and then joined the "Y" as the water was not yet on. When I wound up in a 2BR / 2BA apartment after 8 months in my 38' Class A motorhome my initial reaction was "this place is too big!"

I have literally lost weeks (if not months) of my life moving stuff around. My first attempt at "downsizing" involved 2 weekends of rummage sales, featuring a 65" plasma TV. I got over $3,500 in cash, gave a bunch more away, left some stuff behind, and rarely miss any of it.

I appreciate the kind words. I think the more I accept changes as they occur, the easier it gets. It is encouraging to hear that these skills will serve me well OTR!

Happy 4th. Headed to MSN soon. You anywhere near home???

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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.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Marc, I'm home, about 30 minutes west of Madison. Barneveld

Marc Lee's Comment
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What company are you going to? What didn't work out with your current living conditions?

I pay all of my bills online with my phone. All my checks are direct deposited into my bank. I get very little mail I need to worry about out here. The USPS sends me an email every day with scanned images of the mail coming to my house.

Good luck to you.

Thanks Big! Plan is Schneider... mid August. I see my Dr. and diabetic Educator Aug. 2nd. Hoping to learn I am cancer-free. Then it is just logistics with housing. Training starts every Tuesday and they only schedule 3 weeks out...

Short version is I rented a cool lower flat 3.5 blocks from Lake MI, across from a block-sized park, 1/2 block from a bar (open from 8AM to legal closing time) with great free live music! My kind of place (though I am always happy to pay to support live music!). House was one of two built next door to each other... both have been in the same family for 125 years. My main contact is great, and we get along just fine.

My lower unit sat unoccupied for almost two years after their Father had a stroke. He is alert but can't speak and is in a wheelchair. Problem is I once again I find myself dealing with what I call "accidental landlords". They just don't get it! There are two more brothers and the sister who is the Power of Attorney. "Dugie" and I had everything worked out. When I showed up with a 24' truck with a power lift gate (day 2 of a 1-day rental!) 4 helpers and two additional p.u. trucks (hired last minute by my Lil' Sister as my birthday present, (birthday was loading day 1 of 2)), I was treated as an invading army! It's pretty much been downhill from there!

I will skip the rest for now but it has become clear to me that they just aren't ready for this. They can't serm to separate their emotions RE: their Father from the business of real estate. I get it! I once dated a woman a year or so after her husband died (tragically after a rapid and degenerative medical screw up). I love her and she loves me. We are still friends years later. But to her teenaged children I was the guy who killed their Father! Here I am the guy who caused their Father's stroke!

(I actually paid them rent during a period when they planned for it to be empty and work is still ongoing). I am pretty sure I will get most of my money back and/or moving costs back. I just don't need the uncertainty and aggravation!

When I moved into the campground July 4th weekend my 1st season in an RV I rented a 10' x 20' garage at an apartment building in town for $65/mo.. All my stuff fit. I am now in the unit, some stuff in the basement and most of a small 1-car garage. Was looking for a 20' x 20' so I can organize and spread out... they are about $160! Found a 15' x 20' for $100... pictures look nice... 24 x 7 access and security cameras. Rented it sight-unseen (except for pix) filled out and signed the lease on my phone! It is about 45 min. away in Lake Geneva, maybe 25 min. or so from "drop yard" used by Schneider and JB Hunt!

Getting the images of my mail last couple years now and love it... though here was told not available, then it was, but most images are of the other people who live upstairs, family who moved out, etc..

Anyway... that more-or-less gets me to the present. I will enjoy this place as much as possible, get out relatively unscathed with fewer stuff than when I moved in, and continue to lower my costs and footprint!

Be well. Happy Independence Day!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Marc, I'm home, about 30 minutes west of Madison. Barneveld

Cool! Family stuff today. When do you head out? Could try to meet tomorrow if you are around...

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