Renting An Apt While On The Road

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Matthew V.'s Comment
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This is a question that I've been plaguing myself with for the past week or 2, now that I've finished school, and I'll soon be leaving with my trainer. Is renting a apartment worth it when you're an OTR driver, and you won't be home except for maybe once a month, or sometimes 2? I don't have a spouse, or even a S/O that would live there, so it'd be basically empty except for family checking on it for me. I do, however, have 2 young children (5 and 2), and I would like to have my apartment available for sleeping over when I come home.

Are there any single parent OTR truckers that had this same predicament?

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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.

Dale Y.'s Comment
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Got the same problem is it worth I say no your only going to be there 2/3days add up your bills and subtract that from rent

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I think there are much, much cheaper alternatives. I've never been in your situation but I would never pay 800$ for a place I'll only be at a few times a year. I would explore other options.

David's Comment
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I would look into renting a room from a friend or family.

Kiwi303's Comment
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Or find a Roomies house, rent a single lockable room in a house/apartment instead of a whole apartment.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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I have OCD, which makes me very particular about where my belongings are, what happens with them, and who may be in contact with them at any given time. So for my purposes, it's worth the extra expense to maintain my own apartment, even though I'm single and only see the inside of it every few weeks or so. For the average person who wouldn't go into convulsions if someone moved a coaster 1/2 inch to the left, I'd say the best option would be renting a room from a friend or relative, or even a room at an extended stay hotel in your area (unless your area is near the oil fields in North Dakota... $600 a week for a hotel room is INSANE).

Freightdog (Shaun)'s Comment
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I'd say that putting your things into storage and springing for an extended stay hotel when you come home to see your kids is probably going to be your best bet. Put the money you would've spent into savings and investments or save for a house should you eventually want to find a local gig and put down some more solid roots eventually.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Some options... in the order of cheapness....

1. Stay with relatives when you are home. 2. Rent a hotel room when you are home. 3. Set up an RV on some relatives property or in a park. 4. Rent an apartment.

With staying with relatives, that saves you money but lacks on privacy. Hotel rooms get the privacy but you loose some conveniences, like cooking. The RV will cost more but with 2 small kids, that is just about perfect. You know about the apartment.

I don't like the idea of renting a room. You just never know what people will do and cause you to loose all your stuff. Same reason I will not live in an apartment. Too many people loose everything because some idiot neighbor rewired the christmas lights or fell asleep smoking.

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