Is It Really Worth It to Have a House and Car if I'm OTR for the Foreseeable Future?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by DARKNIGHTRUCKER, May 17, 2021.

  1. DARKNIGHTRUCKER

    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

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    I've just completed my first year of experience and I'm going to a new company. I was considering regional and local jobs but I found OTR that pays decent bit more than any local work I could find .

    So now I'm considering getting my own place (I've crashed at relatives on my home time which they seem to be fine with considering I'm only there for 4 or 5 days a month ). It's looking like I'll be able to afford having the typical house and a car but I'm still having a hard time justifying the cost.

    Is it really worth it to pay over 1000 dollars a month for a place and a car I only use for 5 days a month ?? Would make more since if I had a family that needed those things but I'm single and dont plan on having kids or a wife.

    Maybe it's possible I just need some sort of storage unit? Or are you of the opinion it's still valuable enough to have your own home?
     
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  3. fishonron

    fishonron Medium Load Member

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    A car at the terminal and a nice hotel room for 5 days a month with no utility bills and no house to clean would cost a whole lot less.

    Live cheap and save money to buy a house, forget the rent.
     
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  4. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Renting, not really, home its probably still worth it, but only because you are slowly building equity, credit and real estate tends to not decrease in value.

    You will find if you own a house thay sits except 5 days a month, everything in it will actually go to crap sooner than you may expect, houses kinda need to be lived in, toilets unflushed for a month tend to create plumbing problems, unused heat and ac may end up with critters living in them. Critters generally will take over am unoccupied house thats got any food in it simply because its not lived in, so they arent scared away.

    Plenty of pros and cons, id say personally i wouldnt like not having my own place, but i dont like fully living in the truck, doing a 34 in the truck gets me antsy and roadweary the second week
     
  5. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    Yeah, live in your truck and save money. Take your Hometime in different locations around the country (Motels)
     
  6. 062

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    Right now the price of everything is going to climb. I’d stack as much cash as possible, then when prices drop buy.
     
  7. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    Storage and motel. Don't even need a car. It's amazing how many errands can be run with a bobtail. Pretty much all of them. Maybe you have to go a little out of your way once in a while, but it's way cheaper than buying, plating and insuring a car. And most TAs and Petros will let a trailer sit in their lot for at least 24 hours before they even start thinking about asking questions.
     
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  8. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    Just have a bed in the storage bin..save money on motels :)
     
  9. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    I lived in my truck for several years.
    I built a shower in it and a chemical toilet.

    if I had a couple days layover I’d get permission to leave the trailer at a truck stop and bobtail to the closest state park or private campground.

    much more relaxing to to spend a couple days in a campground by a lake than at a truck stop parking lot.

    If I was within 90 miles of family or friends and had a couple of days , I’d just go visit with them .

    What kind of rig do you own?
    I can explain how I did the shower if you want to build one in your truck

    I bought a 600 SF shack on seven acres in the mountains , because I just wanted a place to call my own but didn’t stay there. Very often, Had to have a 4wd pickup to get in to it.
     
  10. DARKNIGHTRUCKER

    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

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    I'm not against staying in my truck most of the time , possibly getting a motel for a couple nights , or stay at relatives for couple nights . Not opposed to any of those .

    I just wish it was possible to have my own place to chill out at but not pay so much money to do so
     
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  11. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    Can be had for 5 figures in some parts of the country. And you can usually sell for at least what you paid.

    Another option is to buy a duplex, rent out half and call the other half home. That way the renter pays the mortgage.
     
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