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David H.'s Comment
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Family looking into moving to Fla. By Jan. I have not found answer to these questions my wife asked concerning diving . 1- do I get assigned tractor and trailer? I see every company assigns tractor but read on here others talking about they had to clean out trailer or pull nails from floor 2- do I park it home when on home time? This one so can get info of what places allow truck into neighborhood when buying house and need to know for driveway 3- if don't bring home truck where do I park it? I promise no more questions til at least Tues don't want to be pain in ass bothering everyone

Again thank you for comments and knowledge


Rob T.'s Comment
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I am waiting to begin school but will share what ive learned during my research. You will be assigned a truck however you likely will not keep the same trailer. You eventually will likely be told to drop your empty trailer at the customer and pickup a preloaded trailer (drop and hook). With refer loads in particular you will be required to clean trailer out, whether its just sweeping, or taking it to be washed out. If you live too far from terminal (50 miles usually) they will let you take it home. If you have no where to park it or city ordinances prohibit it, you can park at a truck stop near home or a business such as walmart. Doing this though you'll need to ok it with management of place its being parked at, and send your dispatch information regarding location, person at business that ok'd it, and their phone number. As i said im waiting to begin school, and im sure the experienced people here will call me a dumbass if im wrong (oops! Forgot this isnt truckers report rofl-3.gif ) and clarify anything and add to what i missed.


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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

David H.'s Comment
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Thanks makes sense

Rob T.'s Comment
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Also, if you wanna get the most information you can on a variety of topics you can always use the search bar on the top of this page. You can get the information a little quicker than posting a new topic and waiting for experienced drivers to have some down time to post. Thats what i tend to do, since i know alot of the members here run very hard and are exhausted by the end of the day. Good luck to you!

David H.'s Comment
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Thanks Rob I will to that

Steve L.'s Comment
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Please be careful with Walmart. Although we deliver the goods to their distribution centers, many of their stores ARE NOT trucker friendly. Some are downright butts about it and will have the cops there before you get back to the truck from the bathroom. They'll gladly take your money for supplies, but don't want your truck. Personally I think it would be cool to have a bunch of truckers walk into a Walmart that won't let 'em park, buy a bunch of supplies, then clog up the customer service counter with returns and say; "since you don't want us, we're going to give another retailer OUR money."

My suggestion; talk to the truck companies you're considering. They can help. I live in Florida and no way can I park that thing in my driveway overnight. However, there's a Consignee within two miles where I can park. Otherwise I'd have to drive over an hour to the secure lot.

Good luck!


The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

David H.'s Comment
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Thanks Steve, up here in north east PS. Our Walmart don't mimf so oi get some small talk from drivers

David H.'s Comment
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Northeast Pa. Sorry

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