How Safe Is It To Stop In Laredo, TX?

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Ozymandias's Comment
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I’ve been to Laredo several times. No issue. I’ve done a 34 at the Love’s on the west side and parked on a side street on the industrial side of town. No issues!!! The biggest issue in Laredo is nearly everything is cross docked. So if the Mexican trailer isn’t there, you are stuck sitting. Also, if you are with a company that sends it trailers across the border, you WILL be missing the glad hand seals on any trailer coming back from Mexico. Mexican drivers hoard them for some unknown reason.

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Only problem I had in Laredo was I didn't bring cash.

Slept at a shipper or on the road next to it. Some nice lady was selling breakfast burritos out of her van. I waved my card hoping she had a cellphone swipe. No such luck... She gave me one anyways.

Keep the fridge stocked... I was still learning.

Also woke up in Compton on the side of the road. Was teaming, the truck should not have been stopped. Codriver shut down cause he couldn't find the place. Didn't wake me up. So I sat in the drivers seat and cleared the cobwebs of sleep out. As I sat there a street beggar aaked me for money. He was nice enough to tell me I should lock my door "cause it's a rough area" he said. I looked down and sure enough... Codriver hadn't locked the door.

Pack Rat pointed out the areas your more likely to have problems. And in those cases I try not to spend the evening. Stay out of town if you can, behind a gate is a possibility also if in town. But you won't know till you've been to those places once or twice or are able to see it on Google maps or if it's in your load messages.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TCB's Comment
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I’ve been to Laredo several times. No issue. I’ve done a 34 at the Love’s on the west side and parked on a side street on the industrial side of town. No issues!!! The biggest issue in Laredo is nearly everything is cross docked. So if the Mexican trailer isn’t there, you are stuck sitting. Also, if you are with a company that sends it trailers across the border, you WILL be missing the glad hand seals on any trailer coming back from Mexico. Mexican drivers hoard them for some unknown reason.

I was going to mention the glad hand seal thing, lol. I always make sure I have extras if going to Laredo. Another thing that some companies require if you are dropping off a trailer to go across the border, is a trailer inspection report form. Basically, the companies want to make sure that the trailers comming back from Mexico are returned in the same condition, especially that the tires are in the same condition, and that newer tires are not changed out for older tires while down there. Ask you company if that is a requirement for you.

Ozymandias's Comment
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I’ve been to Laredo several times. No issue. I’ve done a 34 at the Love’s on the west side and parked on a side street on the industrial side of town. No issues!!! The biggest issue in Laredo is nearly everything is cross docked. So if the Mexican trailer isn’t there, you are stuck sitting. Also, if you are with a company that sends it trailers across the border, you WILL be missing the glad hand seals on any trailer coming back from Mexico. Mexican drivers hoard them for some unknown reason.

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I was going to mention the glad hand seal thing, lol. I always make sure I have extras if going to Laredo. Another thing that some companies require if you are dropping off a trailer to go across the border, is a trailer inspection report form. Basically, the companies want to make sure that the trailers comming back from Mexico are returned in the same condition, especially that the tires are in the same condition, and that newer tires are not changed out for older tires while down there. Ask you company if that is a requirement for you.

We do not send our trailers into Mexico. Only Canada. But we have a drop lot in southern Cali, that is literally right next to the border. We get told to always bring extra glad hand seals as they all get stolen off of any trailer in the drop lot.

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