Private Parking Rates In Indiana

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NewGuy's Comment
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I plan to start driving in about 4 weeks. as an OTR driver I expect to be home once a month or so for 2 days. I'm looking into parking options around my small town (Spencer, IN). When negotiating, a price in mind that is fair is a good place to start. Any advice appreciated. Basic parking in summer, Extension cord in winter, Can anyone tell me how much power a block heater uses? Thanks again!


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.

Rico's Comment
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Even at a kilowatt an hour, it shouldn't cost too much to keep a truck plugged in for a couple of days. I don't know how many watts a block heater will use though. BTW, are you in Spencer COUNTY or the town of Spencer?

NewGuy's Comment
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Spencer, In 47460

Rico's Comment
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Ahhhhhh ok. I live in Spencer County. For a minute I thought I had run into a local! hehe! I did some checking, and semi truck block heaters use around 750 watts per hour. Find out what your electric company charges per kilowatt, and you should be able to figure out what it will cost to run a block heater. I'm with Vectren, and their rate the last time I checked is 13 cents per kilowatt hour. So, if you have your block heater plugged in for 24 hours, it would use 18 kilowatts and run you $2.34 (if you are with Vectren). Keep in mind that you can use a timer to turn the block heater on and off at certain intervals, which would save you money over time. Hope this helps.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ya know....I've never actually heard of someone paying to park somewhere but I'm sure it's being done. I always left the trailer at a truck stop and bobtailed home. I would part the tractor either in my driveway (my current home) or at the end of the road in a couple of places I lived. I've also parked behind shopping plazas and behind a fire hall, both with permission. But I never tried negotiating prices with anyone so I don't know what the going rate might be.


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

Chris L.'s Comment
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If you drop your trailer at a truck stop, how long can you leave it there?

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Dropping trailers at truck stops it all depends on the truck stop.

Here in VA where I live, I have 2 truck stops close by. 1 allows for dropped trailers & $10/day to park (with or without truck). The other does not allow for dropped trailers, but allows parking with no fee. So when I need to bring the tractor home, I park at the one that has paid parking so I can drop the trailer. If I don't need to bring the tractor home, I park at the one that has no fee.

So I guess it all depends on the truck stop & the area of the country you are in.


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