Hometime Woes

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Moe's Comment
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Just an update. It worked out and I will be home as requested. Tommorrow will be a lotta hustle as I have to take a split load back to western WA for a Costco delivery, I don’t mind for 2 reasons - I’m closer to home and Costco runs are cake!

Speaking of which it is a load of batter cream icing….I don’t know dispatch, I went to fuel and came back and the seal was broken 😞

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No, I wouldn’t do that lol 😂…… Basically my FM was already on it and messaged me ahead of time this AM before I left, I told her what had gotten me upset was the fact that it was open ended before she left and nothing had been documented on my Qualcomm to reflect a split, as they say if it’s not documented it did not occur.

As some have pointed out the five weeks out bit, I am definitely more aware after this of my limit. I am trying to save money for a move back east next year so need the move costs plus down for a place to live (be it a studio, room to rent or apartment). Plus living expense money Once that goal is reached I will be scaling back. Just a crazy time of transition and life stuff right now…..

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yeah, I found thru doing it, 3 weeks, is enough, and need a break from the truck etc. Teaming, we did a 7 week stretch OTR , for the $$$, BUT It wasn't worth th extra stress etc. Even though, me and my last co-driver, got along good, and became friends, 7 weeks together was tooo much !!

We did 6 weeks out as well, that was enough, to decide, after 3 weeks, we needed a break! I found we started to get testy with each other, and lose patience sometimes, but we got thru it. Then it was 3 weeks out, and get home for 3 days off and apart hahahaha.....After we split, he went to Legends, where I went after 5 months, he went to be home daily doing local. His elderly mother was 82, nice lady, deaf as hell, and in a wheelchair, sadly, she did pass away, before I could go visit his family again.....

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.

Moe's Comment
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I think I will return to three weeks sooner than later. I visit my own mother in PA end of next month and then have time off for the holidays which does mean unfortunately I’ll have to run a bit longer for the foreseeable future, after that….yea back to three weeks for me.

My heart felt condolences to your friends mom, my own mother is in poor health right now too, so we have been having “the talk” , you know what I mean? Her final wishes, assets stuff like that trying to get it all lined up, medical power of attorney etc.

Life moves fast……

Yeah, I found thru doing it, 3 weeks, is enough, and need a break from the truck etc. Teaming, we did a 7 week stretch OTR , for the $$$, BUT It wasn't worth th extra stress etc. Even though, me and my last co-driver, got along good, and became friends, 7 weeks together was tooo much !!

We did 6 weeks out as well, that was enough, to decide, after 3 weeks, we needed a break! I found we started to get testy with each other, and lose patience sometimes, but we got thru it. Then it was 3 weeks out, and get home for 3 days off and apart hahahaha.....After we split, he went to Legends, where I went after 5 months, he went to be home daily doing local. His elderly mother was 82, nice lady, deaf as hell, and in a wheelchair, sadly, she did pass away, before I could go visit his family again.....

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.

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