Does trucking really ruin your life at home?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by JJMac0108, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. FatDaddy

    FatDaddy Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Katy, TX or Swedesboro, NJ
    It actually is hillarious. Strange enough after my divorce I went back OTR and the ex and I get along better now than when we were married.
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  3. Dna Mach

    Dna Mach Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    It never ruined mine. However the longest I ever stayed out for was 10 or 11 days. Now I am in the truck Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights with four nights at home. That's just about right for me. But no, it never had an ill effect on my home life.
  4. JJMac0108

    JJMac0108 Light Load Member

    Sep 24, 2014
    St Catharines, Ontario
    I still havnt met a trucker I don't get along with... except the odd jerk who doesn't follow the basic unwritten rules.
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  5. missjhawk

    missjhawk Medium Load Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Im otr when I go home I see my friends on shifts. Everyone has their own month. As far as family. My daughter is grown living at home getting her degree. If I stay home too long ill be ready to choke her. I see about my dogs. Then im back out the door for another 3wks.
  6. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Road Train Member

    Oct 6, 2014
    I know! ...hell with the way I was raised and all the news you hear... ...I thought for ####-sure that all truckers were ignorant ######## that didn't know how to do anything aside hold a wheel and had no education whatsoever. (I mean no offense to anyone when I say this. My ignorance has long since been corrected.)

    ...####. First real trucker I met sure as hell proved that wrong. I had an ENJOYABLE discussion about politics and foreign policy! :biggrin_2556::biggrin_2554:
  7. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

    Mar 31, 2013
    sarasota, fl
    It won't be easy, but you can fix things with your wife. The longer you put it off the harder it will be. Remember why you married her? she is still that same beautiful girl. Give her a call and just talk to her.
  8. GenericUserName

    GenericUserName Road Train Member

    May 17, 2014
    Santa Monica, CA
    You need to humble up buddy. YOU DONT get to dictate how set this job does or doesnt have you. There are a million ways you can get pushed out of this industry. You should be worrying about making it one more day thats it.

    To answer your question yes it definitely changes home life. Good and bad changes mostly bad to be honest. If i didnt have kids like you id sell everything i own and live on the road for at least a few years. I really would.
  9. Floorguy1

    Floorguy1 Light Load Member

    Jul 6, 2014
    Duluth MN
    I've been otr for about 8 months. Life has changed greatly. I was always a bar fly hanging out with the good ole boys having a few after working hard everyday. I needed a change and always wanted to drive truck.
    The longest I've been out is 6 weeks. Love it and love it more and more everyday as backing into tight spots has become less stressful. Not easier just not stressed as much before.
    I have a awesome wife and two kids( they are my sisters kids but I've raised they for the last 11 years so they are mine now lol) and we talk everyday sometimes three times a day. I know we get along and respect each other more now than ever before. Some days are really hard and I wonder wth I'm doing our here away from them and some days you can't get me out of the drivers seat.
    As far as my friends go they still all go to the bar everyday and haves moved on with thier lives. I always pick one day when I'm home that I go there and put a "shift" in. I miss them and they miss me but life goes on.
    Im rambling now so I need to get off and get some sleep. I'm figuring out this job is what you to make of it
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  10. OOwannaBE

    OOwannaBE Medium Load Member

    Mar 12, 2015
    Nashville, TN
    Trucking didn't ruin my life at home but it did change it. I was used to going home every day and taking a shower, going to the gym, watching TV, hanging out with friends, and going to bed to repeat. It felt weird for a while with trucking, but now I am used to it and when I am home I want to leave again since I have friends in other cities that I can visit. Plus a lot of places have something unique to offer that you cannot find at home so I like when I am sent to cool places. The whole united states feels like my home now.
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  11. Floorguy1

    Floorguy1 Light Load Member

    Jul 6, 2014
    Duluth MN
    i remember when we used to drive 500-1000 miles to go on vacation. It seemed so far away and felt like it was going to take forever. Now if I dont 600 a day it feels like I'm slacking. 1000 miles away feels like my back 40. Lol
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