I'm Really Trying to Figure Out Where to Park my Trailer on Hometime...

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by DARKNIGHTRUCKER, Jun 11, 2021.


    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

    May 3, 2020
    So I recently switched companies. I live in North Carolina but I'm still general OTR. My old company would always route me home by doing a drop load in SC, NC or VA and id bobtail home from there . But my new company rarely does drop and hook and they want me to keep my trailer when I go home tomorrow.

    Problem is there is absolutely not enough room for a whole truck and trailer in my neighborhood. Can barely fit a bobtail on the front side of the lawn and a whole truck and trailer would block off two seperate driveways (houses and yards are crammed right next to each other). I've contacted the few truck stops anywhere near my town and none of them allow you to drop your trialer there .

    My company tells me it'll be fine they'll reimburse me for parking at hometime. But I don't think they're understanding that the problem is there's simply no where to park the trailer unless I dropped it at some business (ex tire plant, Walmart DC is all I can think of anywhere near my house).

    I thought about just parking the whole vehicle at a local rest area but I don't want to get it towed and have a whole host of issues there

    What the heck am I supposed to do?

    What do you do when you go home ?
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Walmart will also have your truck towed.
  4. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    PBC, FL
    The truck stops probably won't care about a dropped trailer if you are paying for the spot. Your company already said they would reimburse parking so I would try asking the truck stops again and say that you will be paying for a reserved spot up front for the duration of your home time.

    My previous OTR job I had to pay to park my truck on hometime $20 per day adds up quick and I wasn't reimbursed.
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  5. Speed_Drums

    Speed_Drums Heavy Load Member

    Dec 26, 2014
    Look for a place where people park RVs.
  6. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    I wouldn’t want to leave my truck unattended at a truck stop. Look around, there’s got to be a business or land owner near by that will rent you a parking spot.

    I used to rent a spot from a small mom and pop trucking company (they also ran a small repair shop and rented the parking spots as a side hustle). Problem is, a lot of these places don’t really advertise. You just gotta ask around.

    You could also look for storage lots, tow yards, farms, quarries, etc. any place with a big lot.
  7. tallguy66

    tallguy66 Light Load Member

    Oct 18, 2018
    Take a minute and open satellite view on maps. Look for trailers, and go from there. I’m on the same boat though, luckily I’m on good terms with s/r at a local warehouse and they have a nice drop lot from which I Uber home.
  8. Suspect Zero

    Suspect Zero Road Train Member

    Oct 10, 2016
    Possibly reach out tot he local or county public works department, they might have room for you stick a trailer during your home time.

    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

    May 3, 2020
    I'm just going to have to look harder I guess
    Thanks I didn't think of this
  10. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

    May 3, 2016
    Hot Springs, AR
    You're going about this all wrong. I never asked. I told them it's going to happen or I'll drain the V8 Spicy right out of 'em! That only works if your pale, have elongated k9s and dress in a black suit, however.
  11. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Don't just look for truck stops. Look for construction companies, landscape companies, strip malls, basically any place where large equipment is stored. I've found (around here anyway) RV places don't have room for 53' trailers, but it's still worth the call. Be sure to call first and ask either permission or price.

    Heck, even call some local farmers (like if there is a company running, like greenhouses, orchards, etc.) and see if there is parking avail on any of their land for a fee.
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