13 Years

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Sportster2000, Aug 21, 2020.

  1. Sportster2000

    Sportster2000 Road Train Member

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    It took me 13 years to finally hit the point where I no longer want to do 3-4 week long trips. At the end of week 2 I was done. I wanted to start heading home but I couldn't. I don't mind the week long trips out and back. At this point I will be more than happy to do local stuff. It's almost like I hit a wall or a light switch turned but I was miserable. I guess I have too much stuff going on right now. I guess we all hit that point and need a reset before we do it again but I'm not sure I want that reset.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Go with a company that has weekends home or a line haul company such as R&L Carriers, Old Dominion Freight Line, Saia Inc., Estes Express
     
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  4. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    Plenty of regional jobs where your out 7 to 10 days then home for a reset.
     
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  5. Sportster2000

    Sportster2000 Road Train Member

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    I already told work that I'm not doing them for the foreseeable future. I told them I''ll stay local and have plenty of home time. They are alright with it. Basically said to them that if I need the money I'll take the long trips. Right now if I stay local I have friday, saturday, and sunday off each week. To tell you the truth I'm liking it.
     
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  6. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Still have the bike?

    Rock and roll, hand.
     
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  7. Sportster2000

    Sportster2000 Road Train Member

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    Not anymore. Traded it in for an Electra Glide and then I got stupid and added a sport bike to the stable. Problem is I have ridden them both less than ten time this year combined. Next year will be less going on and I will be much happier and less stressed when I hit January.
     
  8. buddyd157

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    dedicated carriers, LTL companies, food deliveries, beer deliveries, and many more, you are home daily (or nightly) most if not all weekends off, and many if not most holidays off.
     
  9. bad-luck

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    Its completely normal. Running otr takes its toll on you. You constantly miss family gatherings, birthdays ect... the list goes on.... OTR is a lifestyle, not just a job. Sometimes you need to change your lifestyle. Good luck with what ever you decide to do
     
  10. 88228822

    88228822 Heavy Load Member

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    I think OTR is "easier" if you run all the time versus trying to "stop and start" by taking hometime. The only reason I am writing this is because I am taking time off for the first time in like 5 months and my next load will get me back to the terminal in a few days (I delivered early this morning). The planners don't work weekends here so I'll probably sit until like 10 am tomorrow. Whereas if I was running everyday like usual they would have kept me running.
     
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  11. brank

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    I never quite understood the desire be an OTR driver. They say you get to see the country, but you are still stuck in the truck racking up around 70 hours a week. I just don't see how that can be a good life. I've never done it, but it seems like a horrible life. I like around 45 to 50 hours a week and sleeping at home every night.
     
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