Random misc questions thread

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  1. macavoy

    macavoy Road Train Member

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    I often have minor questions that aren't really worthy of their own thread, so I never end up asking them. So I'm going to use this thread for miscellaneous questions. Others can use it as well.

    Truck parking

    My companies yard is in Houston, I live in Baytown and I'm practically on a dedicated account in Baytown. My company obviously won't allow me to leave it unattended overnight at a truck stop.

    But I'm commuting an extra 2 hours a day. How can I find truck parking in Baytown so I can present this as an option to my company?
     
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  3. Hurst

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    I have enough property to park my rig at home. But I live in Fla and my property is soft and wouldnt take much to rut it up and eventually get stuck.

    Till I get the back area paved over I park at a lot. I pay $50 for the week when ever I get home,.. usually between 4 - 6 weeks out.

    I found it by driving around and when I saw a place that would accommodate my truck and trailer I would ask if I could park there and have 24 hr access to my truck. Took me a few days to finally find a place. Paved lot with a gate. Gate isnt locked. He has 6 or 7 other truckers who park there as well. The main business is a paving company, but they have a large lot and we all park off in the back.

    So if you dont mind paying for parking,.. its just a matter of knocking on some doors.

    Free parking,.. I guess you'll have to ask around.

    Hurst
     
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  4. street beater

    street beater Road Train Member

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    Thats a good idea, i used to park at a appliance outlet store with a big lot, paid 100 bucks a month but it was every night as i was local. Ask around at small one off business's with big lots, never know
     
  5. SHC

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    Find a RV storage place. They are usually fenced and have some type of security. Pay your monthly rent and there ya go
     
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  6. macavoy

    macavoy Road Train Member

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    This sounds like the easiest lead. Thanks.


    I thought about asking one of the local hotels that caters to trucks where I illegally parked one night but they are pretty packed most nights, so they likely wouldn't have the space.

    I will start keeping an eye out for local businesses but the problem is my company can be finicky so I think the RV storage idea is my best bet.
     
  7. 281ric

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    your dedicated acct loads out of Baytown? Why not asking them if you can park there?
     
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  8. macavoy

    macavoy Road Train Member

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    No room. I show up late everyday because the yard is full and I can't leave until some of their trucks leave.
     
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  9. macavoy

    macavoy Road Train Member

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    Trailer Plates

    Ballpark, what do they cost? For a new trailer, do I only need a DOT inspection? Is this something I could get the dealer to cover?
     
  10. Oscar the KW

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    Trailer plates have probably as many costs as there are states.

    Most trailer dealers will sell the trailer with a DOT inspection done, and yes, new trucks and trailers must have a DOT inspection.
     
  11. Chewy352

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    Are there any good videos that teach how to properly use blocking, bracing, dunnage for load securement?
     
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