Parking In My Driveway

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Joe 's Comment
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I have been looking this up for a while, and have not found a clear answer. I’ll be starting with a trucking company next month. After training they said I’ll need to pick up my truck, and take it home, ( so I opted for a rental car, since I don’t want to leave my car in another state).

I have enough room in my driveway for a Bobtail , and if I had a trailer, I could possible park it across the street in the grass.

There are no, “no parking signs” in my neighborhood. I live in Jacksonville NC, outside of city lines with no HOA.

I have seen other places saying people will report you if they don’t like your truck in your driveway, and other areas not allowing it.

Have you guys heard or know anything for my area?

Thank you for your time!

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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You need to check with your county for local ordinances pertaining to commercial vehicles and where these can be parked.

Turtle's Comment
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And also ask permission from the owner of the grass lot across the road.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Any truck stops nearby? Big box stores? All those are options but make sure they're ok with it. Your company may even have customers in the area that would be ok with you parking there for hometime. Regardless, always make sure you have permission from the manager/owner.

Be cautious parking on grass. Even empty these vehicles weigh alot. Needing to get a wrecker to pull you out would not be fun or cheap if the ground is wet and you sink.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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When I go home, I park my bobtail in my driveway. I live in Charlotte, no HOA and several other drivers park their trucks in the driveway or in the street. Some park truck and trailer on the street. My neighborhood is all cul de sacs and dead ends, one way in and out. Everyone is respectful.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Deb R.'s Comment
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Be aware that parking BT at home may destroy your driveway. Mine is blacktop, was kinda crummy to begin with, but parking the truck here totally finished it off, especially in spring when the frost was leaving the ground.

Cwc's Comment
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Mine is in the driveway now. And I previously lived in NC also and the only time I had a problem was when I came home and parked in my normal spot, but I had to leave it running. The police came by because my neighbor didn't see me and coupd hear it running. She thought I had died 😂 Yes... She was a bit paranoid but we loved her and still miss her...

That said.. You probably should check out the county ordnances as I think some parts of NC has weird no truck parking rules. But that could also be followed up by... You'll never know till you try.

Joe 's Comment
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Thank you for the reply’s! I usually see trucks parked in other driveways on the main road outside my neighborhood.

The lot across the street is private property and they are building new homes over there.

Across the street from my house is a shoulder of grass, people park there all the time with cars, so if I’m just parking there for a day or 2 it should be fine.

We shall see.

PackRat's Comment
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Like I wrote, you better check first. Just because others park somewhere, doesn't make it legal or correct. This goes for anywhere: vacant lots, wide spots beside the road, parking lots, etc.

Tow bills or removal of other devices are never cheap, and the trucking company will not reimburse these kind of expenses.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Joe, PackRat is giving good advice, check with the local agency, and get a name of whom you speak with. Cars parking don't attract the same amount of attention, and disdain, that a 53' van trailer will. Worse yet would be a reefer unit that is running because it has to maintain temp while you're on your 34. Many of the uninitiated just despise the sight of trucks, and will do everything they can to make life miserable for anyone that dares bring a truck into their neighborhood. Good Luck!

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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