I've been at it for 3 years already and plan on another 3-4 before I go local permanently. Met a bunch of people already so usually twice a month I'll get to "hang out" outside of the truck/truck stop. It does get boring at times, but I have a routine which makes it like any other job w/out constant human interaction.
Definitely still OTR by choice cause hell, most days are good days and I honestly have nothing to complain about. As far as home time I usually go for 3-4 days max, with a number of different people to choose from. This upcoming home time is gonna be a bit different from the norm, as I'll be on vacation in Bangkok, Thailand and a couple other different spots for 8 days pretty soon.
At 28 I have plenty of time to do the local, home every night with the family gig. I'm still out here having fun.
Do any of you live 100% out of your truck?
Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Newbie1981, Aug 17, 2013.
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sherlock510 Road Train Member
- Jul 26, 2011
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Mikeli Soth Bobtail Member
I'm about to finish my training time and begin solo. My wife is going to join me for 1-2 years, then we are going to buy a house. Or build one. Gonna be a lotta fun!John E. Thanks this.
Kwopperman Bobtail MemberLast edited: Dec 17, 2015
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I would do it if I didn't have family. I wouldn't stay in the truck in my off time though.
Even if you spent $100 a night on motels if you spent three weeks a month in the truck working and one week off in motels it would be cheaper than paying for a house and all that goes along with it. Plus you would get to stay wherever you want or go to cool places. Almost like a vacation to anywhere every month.
I am on the road a lot and when I am home it seems all I do is take care of things related to the house that fell behind when I was gone like the yard, fixing things, etc. It would be nice not to have that hassle and just say F it I am going to stay on the beach this week and have the maid at the motel clean the room.
thejackal Road Train Member
- Mar 1, 2014
Kinda like living on a boat.
TRUCK3R M1KE Light Load Member
Been living out of my rig since roughly 2011. But I've been a 330-days out per year since '04.
-I have an older Yukon XL at my company yard, a shiny new 2015 Ram 3500 Cummins dually in storage in WA (2 blocks from truck stop) for when I take my time off at my buddies house, and a motorcycle in my mother's garage. That covers the 3 states I'm in most during downtime.
-I use a buddies house in SD for residency/DL/vehicle plates (no state income tax + cheap tags).
-Insurance for all vehicles is based on the storage lot in Idaho where the Ram is parked, so it's cheap as ####e .
-Keep enough clothes on the truck for 3+ weeks and do laundry as needed.
-Have microwave, mid-size fridge/freezer and Ninja 3-in-1 for food/cooking.
-Smartphone with Netflix/Hulu for entertainment + a 22" flat panel with digital antenna. Laptop. Social media. Good shoes for walking around. Friends all over the country so I always have stuff to do and people to visit.
-Passenger seat removed so my little dog has more space for his bowl-chair.
I'm also single and I run 160,000+ miles a year. Burn my 70, reset, burn it, reset, etc. Get "home" when I get there. Usually reset on the road and just relax, because I run hard enough to have earned it.
Overall? I'd have a hard time NOT doing it this way. I like being alone (because people generally suck) and I have everything I need to keep myself preoccupied.DeadArmadillo, KenworthGuyNH, Redtwin and 1 other person Thank this.
2_B_A_TRUCKER_OR_NOT? Bobtail Member
So can you do this as a company driver? Like say for CR England? I'm a single 26 year old male and considering trucking. I dont have the money for school upfront, so I feel like my only option is a company like CR England. But it's really only appealing to me if I don't have to be paying rent anywhere. And can save at least for a year or 2 and maybe get a place after that or buy a small piece of land and trailer. Most people I talk to (not truckers) seem to think I won't be able to. I dont personally know any truckers.
kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member
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- Jan 13, 2013
Chinatown Road Train Member
- Aug 28, 2011
Yes, you can live in the truck and bank lots of money. Several drivers on this forum are doing that. Plenty of choices of company paid cdl programs.
Can you pass a drug test; hair follicle or urine test?
Is you driving record ok? Some tickets will be ok and some are disqualifying.
JohnBoy Road Train Member
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- Apr 24, 2009
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