Live Truly On The Road

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WILBERT B.'s Comment
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Hi,

My question out there to all of you is how can I become completely on the road?

I mean in the extent where I have no home...where I am living out of two bags. So I can really save up some cash for a few years. I have no ties to anything and I want to take this opportunity to really maximize my funds.

With that said what are you thoughts about how I can go paperless for my bills? Change residency?

What should my items in my 2 duffle bags look like?

What other things are needed?

Much Appreciated,

~Will

Starcar's Comment
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Welcome to TT, Will....I"m sure we can help you out with these issues... TSB and I lived in our truck for 2 years...it wasn't bad, and we sure rolled the rubber off those wheels !! There are some requirements,even if you plan on living in the truck 24/7..365. You will need to have a RESIDENTIAL address...It can be a family members, friends, etc...but you need it on your CDL. You will have to have your CDL in the state of your residence..thats just a trip to the DMV.. You can arrange to do direct deposit for your pay, and do online bill pay. I suggest you have a laptop for this...a phone screen wouldn't cut it for me. Besides, they are nice to play games and watch tv/movies on !! As far as living in your truck..sure !! Take your clothes, toiletries, stuff to cook with, fridge, etc. There are alot of folks living in their trucks these days. When you are single and a trucker, a rented apartment is over rated, and a drain on your paycheck. You can take your home time where ever your truck is...rent a car, go be a tourist !!! If oyu have any other questions, feel free to ask...we'll always help..

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.

Dm:

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.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
WILBERT B.'s Comment
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I am looking to make a list of things I need. I am planning on leaving for training in a month. What are some things I can't do without. Also forgive me for not knowing but when I sign on with a company if I don't own a truck they give me one to take on the road? I keep reading my first year not to own a truck? I am wondering what to do when I have this down time I do not own a truck. Also I will look to start making things paperless now.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Erik M.'s Comment
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good-luck.gifnullgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gifgood-luck.gif Hey Wilbert, sounds like you have the same idea as I do. I just got my CDL this week and am now looking for a company to work for. One thing I did learn was that living in your truck is easier if you're with a company that lets you keep it. Some companies always want you to return to a certain location or terminal. Also I found that if you are away from the truck for more than seven days (in most cases) you have to turn the truck into the company and when you come back you will get a new truck. That means you'll have to take all your personal effects out of the truck while you're away. So if you want to keep the truck you have don't take long vacations. Other than that it is a great way to save money and get lots of good experience OTR. Good luck to you.

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.

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.

WILBERT B.'s Comment
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Thanks for your information. What are some things you must have? How much stuff do you have?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Wilbert.

We have a series of articles that talk about Items To Pack For The Road and we also have a forum tag for items to bring on the road so have a look through those and you'll find a ton of great information.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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