How Does Home Time Work?

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Jordan's Comment
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I know most companies give you 1 day home time for 6 days out on the road but lets say that if i want to be on the road for 6 months or so would they force me to take my home time?

Keiler M.'s Comment
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I know most companies give you 1 day home time for 6 days out on the road but lets say that if i want to be on the road for 6 months or so would they force me to take my home time?

I think they would love that, not sure they would force you to take home time. One question you might want to ask them though is if you can accumulate a certain amount of days of by staying out that long, that way you can maybe take a vacation somewhere for like 3 weeks or more, which I don't know if they would allow their truck to sit that much or you may find someone else using your truck. I know that if I stayed out that long I would want to go on a vacation somewhere for couple of weeks haha.

You can also take your hometime in any city you want, it doesn't have to be your home location (or so I've heard). Buy a bicycle and put in the truck with you so you can go explore around on other cities while you take couple of days off. You got a free place to sleep, all you gotta do is pay for the shower at the truck stop and food. It doesn't sound like a bad deal, I know if I was single that's the kind of lifestyle I would live, so it can be a little bit more rewarding. I wouldn't pay rent, I'd put everything in a storage, and my car is paid off, just gotta pay insurance on it.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Some companies only allow you to take a certain number of days in a row no matter how much you've earned. I think Prime only allows 3-4 days at a time. That will be a question to keep in mind as you do your research.

Sami's Comment
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I was wondering if I could fit a bike in the sleeper. So, it's doable? Or would it attach to the back of the truck somehow?

I plan to only get "home" to see family a couple/few times a year, which is about how often I see most of my family now. The rest of my home time I plan to take whenever and wherever I happen to be when I reach certain financial goals, or feel like I just need a break.

Following this thread, since I have similar curiosities. . . For instance, how much notice would I need to give? Say I've been out for 6 weeks (or 6 months, like the OP) and I'm assigned a load to say, Des Moines. I see the Iowa Cubs have a games that weekend, would it be out of line to ask to take home time right after that delivery, or will my dispatch need more notice than that? I understand every dispatcher/company may be different, just wondering if that sort of thing is done, or if it's frowned upon. I guess what I'm asking is, how far out does dispatch have me (at least tentatively) planned, so therefore, how much notice for home time should I give?

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.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Sami's Comment
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Thanks Realist and Daniel. That's exciting!

Keiler M.'s Comment
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I was wondering if I could fit a bike in the sleeper. So, it's doable? Or would it attach to the back of the truck somehow?

I plan to only get "home" to see family a couple/few times a year, which is about how often I see most of my family now. The rest of my home time I plan to take whenever and wherever I happen to be when I reach certain financial goals, or feel like I just need a break.

Following this thread, since I have similar curiosities. . . For instance, how much notice would I need to give? Say I've been out for 6 weeks (or 6 months, like the OP) and I'm assigned a load to say, Des Moines. I see the Iowa Cubs have a games that weekend, would it be out of line to ask to take home time right after that delivery, or will my dispatch need more notice than that? I understand every dispatcher/company may be different, just wondering if that sort of thing is done, or if it's frowned upon. I guess what I'm asking is, how far out does dispatch have me (at least tentatively) planned, so therefore, how much notice for home time should I give?

I couldn't say for sure, I am starting soon to work for Knight Transportation, just waiting for a trainer. Here we do not have forced dispatch so you can actually decline a load, so in that way, if you can plan on to get to a certain city and you delivered there you could probably take your reset there or find a way to do it since you can decline any load they might throw at you, or simply talk to the DM and explain, maybe it won't be a problem. The other companies however, they expect you to run and have forced dispatch, they don't want you out there vacationing, that's something you sometimes get to do out of luck.

It could be do able, I'll let some of the more experienced guys tell you more about it, I know, "OldSchool" he gets some fun when he gets a chance, if you find some of his posts he says how you can manage your time very well, check him out.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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Home time is driving past the house to make sure the women has the lawn cut,without actually stopping. Seriously,Ive been home 2 days,since feb.and that was to get my cdl transfered,and I had to refuse a load to do it.

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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.
Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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I was wondering if I could fit a bike in the sleeper. So, it's doable? Or would it attach to the back of the truck somehow?

I saw a Prime truck today with a bike strapped to their grill guard today.

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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How'd I do that?

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