Is this normal? Living in truck, no parking, no truck stops.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by bobthurman, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. Justrucking2

    Justrucking2 Road Train Member

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    Bob, time to move on, unless they are paying you handsomely for your wasted time. Just saying. Find another carrier. ;-)
     
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  3. Farmerbob1

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    There are places to park in and around LA. Some roadsides. A couple truck stops. A few small yards. A couple restaurants.

    If you can manage it, organize your day to end before 3PM and finding parking should be quite doable most days.

    Ask Schneider if they have spots in any drop yards in the LA area that you can use.

    If you have a very regular schedule, it might even be worth it to pay for monthly parking in a yard somewhere.
     
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  4. TravR1

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    If you cant find parking at a truck stop anywhere close by just park it in the back of a strip mall. You will have access to bathroom and food, usually, most strip malls have fast food/restaurants.
     
  5. Justrucking2

    Justrucking2 Road Train Member

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    Have any of you guys been to LA? Or am I missing something?
     
  6. Poptko

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    I'm from LA. Planet Fitness $20 a month 24/7 access to showers AND you can lift weights. :). And best part is the membership is nationwide.

    I used to park by the Walmart DC out there around Colton? There are so many big streets with legal parking all over the county. Use Google maps satellite view and look for parked rigs. Pretty much any produce area is full of them. Alameda in LA by the blue beacon trucks everywhere. Uber to planet fitness. Shower. There's one a mile away from blue beacon on Washington.

    I liked the now closed flying j in lebec, CA. I heard the parking lot is still open. No shower of course. I always worked parking into my clock pre-plan. Good luck.
     
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  7. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

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    Yes! Google Satellite is a powerful tool. It doesn't help you with potential cops on power trips that might tell you to move. But it can show you hidey holes for days if you get stuck in a pinch.
     
  8. bobthurman

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    There's a lot nearby with an abandoned KMart or some other big box retailer, the lot's usually quite empty throughout the day. I've tried parking there at least during the day, after about a week a cop car parked right next to my truck, looked at my truck, took some notes, and then drove off. The lot has since posted up some new signs about towing vehicles and what not.

    Most of the cities in the LA area do not allow overnight street parking in general and no parking at all for trucks. Maybe I just need to look harder, but man...

    I can see LA as a recurring drop destination being doable, but living in a truck here is a different story.
     
  9. Omega7777

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    usually there are also street parking spots for overnight near the shippers but of course nothing else beside to sleep
     
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    It seems the best solution to this is to actually live in LA...which IMHO is a solution Schneider should have baked into the equation. Living here, parking a bobtail on a street somewhere and commuting home in a POV sounds like a fair job, long hours still of course dealing with LA traffic and parking, but a fair job.
     
  11. Omega7777

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    yup. be sure to check out each spot. sometimes it doesnt have to be planet fitness. LA fitness or even ymca
     
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