Obtaining CDL And Moving Out Of NYC

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Marcin M.'s Comment
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Hello fellow truckers,

After passing road test I am considering to leave NYC and move to warmer state. Florida, Texas, Nevada, other...which place to live would you recommend? Cost of living, access to trucking companies hiring out of school, pay/benefits, taxes, nice area for active lifestyle etc. I am tired of living with roommates, cold weather, high prices. I am single without kids.

Banks's Comment
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If you're single with no kids, why don't you just move your license to a relatives house and live in your truck. You can take home time at airbnb's around the country and rent a car when necessary.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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If you're single with no kids, why don't you just move your license to a relatives house and live in your truck. You can take home time at airbnb's around the country and rent a car when necessary.

I love that advice. I lived in my truck for most of my 15 year career. Didn't have a home or vehicle of any sort. Most of the time I could carry everything I owned in two duffel bags. I had my license at the time in Florida because they have no state income tax. My mom lived there and I used to visit her down there so I just made that my "residence." I enjoyed no state income tax and lived on the road.

Jammer a's Comment
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Phoenix az pretty big city with access to the great out doors plenty of trucking opp! And cost of living way down

Hello fellow truckers,

After passing road test I am considering to leave NYC and move to warmer state. Florida, Texas, Nevada, other...which place to live would you recommend? Cost of living, access to trucking companies hiring out of school, pay/benefits, taxes, nice area for active lifestyle etc. I am tired of living with roommates, cold weather, high prices. I am single without kids.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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If you're single with no kids, why don't you just move your license to a relatives house and live in your truck. You can take home time at airbnb's around the country and rent a car when necessary.

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I love that advice. I lived in my truck for most of my 15 year career. Didn't have a home or vehicle of any sort. Most of the time I could carry everything I owned in two duffel bags. I had my license at the time in Florida because they have no state income tax. My mom lived there and I used to visit her down there so I just made that my "residence." I enjoyed no state income tax and lived on the road.

I have to agree. I've lived in my truck for almost 2 years now. The last year with a dog. I use my parents address for my residency and mail. I keep liability insurance on a car to use when I take time off and stay in a nice hotel/motel when visiting family or vacation at an AirBnB property. You'd be amazed at how much money you can put away or invest! Speaking of which, AirBnB recently had an IPO...lol.

Marcin M.'s Comment
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I am considering that as well but first would like to taste this lifestyle thru OTR driving. I got used to active living, swimming, biking, running, hiking etc. Truck has limited space for all equipment :) I will have to put everything together in my life, but first to pass road test, gain some experience with driving and do some reality check ;) I love to travel and always imagined myself going places but never went nomadic. I have a mother to take care of, she lives abroad but visits me once/twice a year so I have some responsibilities.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Marcin M.'s Comment
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Florida with no state tax sounds good. The problem is I have no family outside NYC, only some acquaintances in FL. Are there any issues involved with taking someone “under the roof” just for residency address? I might ask them for such a favor :) That would give me some time and money to decide which place I would call future home.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Florida with no state tax sounds good. The problem is I have no family outside NYC, only some acquaintances in FL. Are there any issues involved with taking someone “under the roof” just for residency address? I might ask them for such a favor :) That would give me some time and money to decide which place I would call future home.

That is fine just make sure they are stable because if they move a lot you have to renew your CDL with a new, current address. Also you have to trust them as some of your mail will be sent there as a default. As far as your sporting equipment...you can carry a bike and a few free weights on the truck but the rest would need to be stored at someone's house that you trust or a storage unit. Theres not a ton of space on the truck. If you do end up driving OTR , your activity level will not be the same, at least not for a while. However, when you stop for a 34 hour reset you can uber to many fun places and do/see a lot. You can also request hometime at any place you want to go as long as your company runs in the area you want to go. You can see tons of cool places and do tons of cool things that way. Want to ride your bike in Cali? Scuba dive in Florida? Hike in Utah? Etc, ask for a few days off by where you want park the truck in a safe place, rent a car and motel room and go. Many places will rent you any gear you need also like scuba gear, kayaks and the such.

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.

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.

GrayBeardinPA's Comment
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Here’s a state by state guide for retirees, but still a good guide for tax friendly area to consider. Kiplinger’s Tax living State Guide.

Navypoppop's Comment
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Look into Good Sams Mail Service. They will provide you with a legal address from Crestview, Fl. that is accepted as a legal address good for your DL, voting and mail. The cost is about $194 per year. You can view your mail, delete what you don't want or forward to any address you specify. You just keep a balance in your account for mail costs. I have used them for 3 years now since I went full time Rving and I love it.

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