Moving into my truck full time!

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by TorontoTacos, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. TorontoTacos

    TorontoTacos Light Load Member

    Oct 14, 2018
    Moving out of my apartment in a few days and moving into my truck. Mostly everything is going into storage and i'm going to save about $1200 a month on rent.

    i'll be living in my truck, resets in the yard (no amenities after 5pm) and with 2 dogs :) Terminal is in concord near HWY 7 and 400. The only good thing around here is the Walmart which I believe will be very useful. Can anyone else give me some advice to living in a truck full time? I do 2-3 trips eastern seaboard so I have maybe 1-2 days reset back at the terminal.
  2. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    You will have some expenses. For example the mail. Here in America it's either the post office or a shipping office type business that has a address to you for a fee. Then when you pass through you get a pile of whatever mail there is. Most of it will be junk mail.

    If you are ahead at the end of month on the road in trucking put it aside against a very bad month that could run you out of work. Trucking is not a career you can depend on for 30 years. Not very many people make it that long. Im one of them for medical issues. (Once repaired if pass a DOT exam I will be able to get back into it but very limited to one of three specific kinds of trucking.)

    Eventually you will have a year or three or 5 years from now adding to that savings a good amount of money and be able to pick a place and buy it outright so that you will always have a home to return to. Things are pretty slow and lucky are those who can load and deliver at a profit. The rest close their doors.
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  3. imnuts

    imnuts Light Load Member

    May 4, 2012
    Sask, Canada
    Seek psychiatric help.....
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  4. tinytim

    tinytim Road Train Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    Northern Ontario

    Other than somewhere to receive mail I have no suggestions, just questions. :)

    If you didn't have two dogs I'd say get a hotel room once in a while just to get out of the truck but that's not so easy with 2 dogs. Even harder in that area I would imagine.

    Does the truck have an APU or is the company OK with you idling a lot?

    Does the company have a shop where they service the truck while you're resetting?

    Do you have a vehicle?

    Not sure what to say but I hope you can make it work. You should be able to bank a lot of cash.
  5. Dino soar

    Dino soar Road Train Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    Get set up with a fridge and whatever else you need to cook and have food with you.

    You'll be able to save a lot of money but food is expensive. If you can have your own food to eat that will really help you save.
  6. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Well us otr drivers practically live in the truck. But its still good to have a placeto call home or its easy to get lost out here. Ask me how i know. I basically live in my truck but i learnedi have to go home every once in awhile. Spend enough time out here and u become comfortable in solitude. I enjoy it but its not for everybody
  7. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    Use to hang out there, was at Concord Transport 1997-2002. The Walmart was built during that time.
    For a motel, we had two dogs. We use to go to the Howard Johnson straight east on seven just the other side of the Don Valley. Only charged us $50 a night back then.
    For a few years I used Pak-Mail as an address in Edmonton. They had a key to get into the mail box room after hours. They would also forward my mail using a courier if was going to be somewhere for a few days. As an added bonus, no junk mail.
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  8. BigHossCummins

    BigHossCummins Heavy Load Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta
    Super smart move man, for real. If I didn't have a townhouse that was underwater, form my first career. This is what I would have done 100%.

    My biggest suggestion, try and reset on the road vs terminal Or get out of the truck as much as possible. When I was a slave at Bison, and could never get home, I used to always try to find truckstops in smaller city's/towns, that had 2-3 meal options, and maybe a theater or arcade like Dave and Busters. When I used to reset that the terminals, I would get depressed and never have good sleep. When I had to reset in Calgary in my truck (to avoid it being slip seated), I would park at the flying J on 114th and go to the Barlow Casino for buffet and beers, then Uber home for a bit and back to the truck lol.

    Anyway, try and reset in different places if possible. My Favorite were Vegas NV, Barstow CA, Weed CA, Bennett CO, Fort Meyers FL, etc etc.

    Whatever you do, don't sit in the seat and stare out the window for 36. TV, Laptop, Xbox/PS4, 36 goes quick lol. Also never hurts to clean/service the truck a bit.

    Best of luck.
  9. bonder45

    bonder45 Medium Load Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    Williston, ND
    I usually do 30 days on, 10 off when I come to work.

    I always come prepared with a iPad full of downloaded Netflix and my running stuff to keep somewhat fit when the weather is good.

    Eating - usually at the start I always eat good. I have a hot plate where I make eggs, toast and avocados in the morning. It’s also good for making chicken and steak, unless I’m at the yard where a BBQ is. Near the end of my 30 days is where I get lazy and start eating out.

    I like having fruit in the truck if I remember it’s there, I was just going through my truck today and found 3 bad mangos.... that ir the bumpy roads killed them.

    Good luck with the move! You can really make bank if you keep at it.
  10. Canucklehead

    Canucklehead Medium Load Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    Vancouver BC
    I'm more concerned about the dogs. Please find someone willing to take care of them that has a house and yard. Preferably on your route somewhere.
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