OTR Full Time Even On Your Days Off? Please Share.

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ColeTrucker's Comment
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Hello,

Please share your stories if you have ever lived in your truck full time even on your days off? I read that Bret did it and I wonder if there is anyone else? Please share your story (or direct me to the link ref this question. I did a search but didn't find what I was looking for).

Trucking OTR is on my bucket list. God willing, I will mark that off after traveling in all 48.

I know that I won't mind running hard and I have an excellent work ethic. I also have friends spread out around the U.S. that I can visit (Ex Air Force). Lets say its my days off and I happen to be somewhere in New Hampshire (depending on the weather) I don't mind camping out because I love cooking my own meals. If I can catch a fish or two all the more better. I have a Brompton, I don't mind renting a car and I also don't mind staying in a hotel/motel if I need to. I don't have kids and don't mind being away from home for long (really long) periods of time. I know that it depends on the company I work for, so I will look into that when I start searching for work.

BTW, I start classes next week for 9 weeks at Sheridan Tech in Ft Lauderdale. The High Road Online CDL Training Program ROCKS!

Thanks in advance for sharing!

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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What is a day off? I seriously work seven days a week - that's how we roll!

I think I know what you are asking about. Yes you can live in your truck and not have to have a home to go to. When ever you want some home-time just let your dispatcher know where you would like to take your home-time. Just keep in mind that you will need to be familiar with your company's hiring area, because those are the areas where they can send you for home-time. There are plenty of truck drivers who do this, although I'm not sure if we have any members here who are doing this.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Days off?What are these strange words you speak? I run teams with my brother and we stay out 6 to 8 weeks at a time to maximize our income and get about 7 days off at home. You do not want to stay in a truck full time. You will need breaks. It's can be done and has been for a long time and you will save a ton of money

6 mouths is the longest time I went and it can be brutal after a while.

PorkChop's Comment
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This is EXACTLY what I am planning to do as well, with the exception of home time. The plan is to spend home time wherever I happen to be at the time I take it, and absorb some of the local color. I don't want, nor do I need a "permanent" home location.

ColeTrucker's Comment
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Note to self, Trucker lingo "home time" not days off. I'm working on it smile.gif .

Old School, thanks for the info about the hiring areas!

guyjax, I dreamt about running teams with my husband.... then I woke up. Whew! Glad it was a dream. embarrassed.gif. He is a strict routine kinda guy.

Littlejoe, you hit the nail on the head! What school will you be going to?

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I'm a bit envious of you for being able to roll and not being concerned about getting back home. I would have definitely done that when I was younger and single, had I thought about it at the time. I have a wonderful wife and little girl now, plus I expended that wanderlust in my youth. I'll be perfectly happy taking my hometime and being with my family.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Once I go solo, my wife will be traveling with me. Perhaps we will try this occasionally; just take home time in a place away from home to see the area or visit friends and relatives. It will at least be an option.

Scott B.'s Comment
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Just keep in mind you cannot be truly "homeless." All companies will require that you have a valid permanent address. They have to have somewhere to send the dang company newsletter.rofl-2.gif Uncle Phil's house in Footer Missouri will work but I can't vouch for what Uncle Phil does with the newsletter.

Scott B.'s Comment
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Just keep in mind you cannot be truly "homeless." All companies will require that you have a valid permanent address. They have to have somewhere to send the dang company newsletter.rofl-2.gif Uncle Phil's house in Footer Missouri will work but I can't vouch for what Uncle Phil does with the newsletter.

Cooter, Missouri. Stupid auto-correct.

ColeTrucker's Comment
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Bill W - As many things as I've been through in life -ahh the choices we make- its my time for wanderlust. Now, I can say what one of my good friends always say, "Por qué puedo". Because I can. lol.

Steven N - Sounds great. My husband said he would meet me at some of the places he has always wanted to see.

Scott B - You are funny. My husband can read them to me. NOT!

Ciao

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