Can A Drop Lot Be Completely Empty?

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David K.'s Comment
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When I agreed to start the Get My CDL at Roehl Transport, I explained to the recruiter that one of the most important considerations for me in choosing a company to train with is that they have a drop lot or terminal near me so that I would not have to drive for hours and hours to get home. Roehl does have a drop lot in Houston, Texas, which is where I live, and it shows up on Google maps. Today, I went there just to make sure that I could find it again later. It is a completely empty lot with a locked gate. Nothing there suggests that it has been used recently. I have no idea whether that is normal or not. Would someone here be kind enough to explain to me whether an empty lot is normal?

I am supposed to start training on June 1st.

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.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I'm just hazarding a guess, but I would say that Roehl no longer uses that lot. An empty lot doesn't concern me near as much as the locked gates do.

Call the office and ask them.

Laura

David K.'s Comment
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I'm just hazarding a guess, but I would say that Roehl no longer uses that lot. An empty lot doesn't concern me near as much as the locked gates do.

Call the office and ask them.

Laura

Thanks, Laura. That's what I was thinking. Roehl's next nearest terminal is in the Dallas-Ft. Forth area, which is a five hour drive from my home.

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.

Dan B.'s Comment
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Yeah I would call and ask. However why can't you just park at a walmart on hometime?

David K.'s Comment
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Yeah I would call and ask. However why can't you just park at a walmart on hometime?

Well, I don't know whether that would be allowed or not, either by WalMart or by Roehl. I'm completely new to this whole trucking gig, except for the six months that I drove a straight truck for my brother's company. I suppose if worse comes to worse, I could park the truck at my brother's place, but that's still three hours from home.

Pete B.'s Comment
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David, where in Houston do you live? You don’t need to share your address, but maybe the nearest intersecting streets; one of our o.c.’s is in Houston, and we have numerous shippers and consignees there as well. I may be able to help you with your parking situation.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Ask your recruiter what Roehl's policy is about the truck on home time. You can often simply park at a close-by truck stop, Walmart, Loews, etc. That's Step One.

Next talk with the manager/owner of your best choice for parking what their policy is. I doubt if you'll have to travel far between the truck and your place.

David K.'s Comment
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Thanks, Errol V. and Pete B. It's good to have such a quick response to my query, which alleviates my concerns. I live near NASA in the Clear Lake area, close to Saturn Ln.

Pete B.'s Comment
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The Flying J off I-10 exit 283 is about a half-hour away. Across the street is a secure lot for truckers, but there is a fee; I don’t know what that fee is. It’s a secure, gated lot. Perhaps Roehl could reimburse you for the expense? If you didn’t have to leave your car, and could get a ride, you could leave your truck parked at that Flying J. They’re not very diligent about policing trucks parked there long term.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Yeah I would call and ask. However why can't you just park at a walmart on hometime?

Am I seeing things ?!?!? (Was I supposed to be quiet ?!?!? OOPS.. bigmouth Italian.. sry.)

~ Anne ~

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