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Living out of a Semi
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For those who don't want to live out of a bicycle and want a RV like space, here is the better way! 

With this option, why able-bodied people PAY MONEY to live on the road? You can live out of a semi-tractor with negative costs! If you need a day off ask the trucking company, and boondock where you sit! This is the cheapest RV living on planet Earth, and you get PAID MONEY to drive to new locations! It's even cheaper than a bicycle or shoes! When it's uncomfortable outside idle the engine courtesy of your employer. Sure you have to drive the truck at least 5 days a week but other than that you're just as free as living in your own van/RV! 

Sleep on a real mattress, use the truck stops for showers, and travel with as much weight as you want with someone else's truck on the company's dime! 

Lose the van or RV ASAP, and save TENS of thousands of dollars a year in the form of a salary living in and driving a semi-tractor! For those qualified this is the BEST way to live on the road, The pros outweigh the cons so much that it's illegal to haul!
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#2
I considered this a couple years ago when I first hitched across the country, a trucker had recommended it. Never have had enough motivation quite yet, but I’m only 30 and have met truckers that didn’t start driving till after 50, so maybe one day.
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#3
Sounds like advertising on a trucking recruitment website...

I did it for 37 years....the reality is way different than the fantasy.

Yes you CAN make good money, but you will be trading your life away for a paycheck.

Back in the day it was a decent way to make a living and actually enjoyable for the most part...but with all the new rules and regulations and medical standards and e-logging and in-cab cameras and lawyers just waiting to sue someone's ass off, the FUN IS ALL GONE.

If you have any plans to do this, you should do your homework AND talk to actual drivers.
Never trust a camp cook with lots of shiny new pans...
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#4
I did it for about 20 years. I loved the trucks, loved driving all over the country, but you don't even really belong to yourself. You go where you're told, except in certain setups, but even if you're able to pick loads off a board, the realities of the business are still a harsh dictator.

I wouldn't trade my experience, though. I did get to know my way around the country pretty well. Now I'd like to go back, on my own time, and visit all those places I had to pass up.
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Just from being on this planet for 70 years have learned there is no such thing as a free ride, but not to discourage you give it a shot get your trucker life started, all the best.
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#6
I'm interested to hear how this works out for you.

Guy
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I 100% agree with TX2STURGIS. I spent over 30 years driving a truck. It was fun at first, then the laws and regs got to where it was getting harder and harder to make a living. Sure, the recruiters will tell you exactly what you want to hear, then the reality strikes when the paychecks start coming in. If you try to figure the hours and the pay, all you will find is you make far below minimum wage and piss yourself off. I wont even get into the whole lease/purchase side that many people lost their butt on. Its not a vacation. You dont get to visit Disneyland, The Grand Canyon, or anything else other than a loading dock or a truck stop. And sometimes you might get to visit the scales, and spend a couple days with no pay waiting to get a fix it ticket signed off! You can ask for a day off, but its not your decision. If you have hours, you're running. If you run out of hours, you boondock where ever you happen to be. And 90% of the time, its not a place you would choose to be. Ive seen lots of people think it all wine and roses, getting paid to travel, when in fact, they have no clue. If its something you want to try, then by all means, go for it. But heed advice from the guys that spent their life doing it. You may last at it for a long time, but odds are, not. I wish you all the luck.
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tx2sturgis (10-27-2017)
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(10-27-2017, 09:37 AM)Kmmech Wrote: I wont even get into the whole lease/purchase side that many people lost their butt on.

That sentence should be in BOLD type! I will rephrase it this way:

Do NOT ever, for any reason, get into a lease/purchase deal from a carrier.

Never never never.

If you (or anyone visiting this thread) eventually decide to become an O/O, you need to secure the financing and purchase independently of a carrier.

Period.

THEN you can lease on with a carrier and do contract hauling (their trailer or yours) or get your own authority and run independent. This can work well, I know many who do this and they make excellent money.

But prepare to possibly lose your butt for the first few years. There is a joke told in the trucking industry among company drivers AND owner operators:

You know how to end up with one million dollars as an owner operator? Start with TWO million!

Only for some, its NO joke.

Be careful and again, DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
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#9
Outfits like C.R. England will woo you with unicorns and rainbows... Then they'll lock you down in a truck that's worth a lot less than you end up paying, and you'll
have to work your tail off to keep up with payments, not to mention fuel and maintenance.

I almost fell into that trap, and am very glad I didn't.

When you're starting out and learning the ropes, just be a company driver for a while. That way, if your turbo should ever take a dirt nap on Eisenhower Pass, you may miss a little work, but that's about it.
You can save a good bit of money on the road, especially if you minimize your "at home" expenses (YMMV... if you have a family to take care of, for instance) ... by the time you figure out whether you want to invest more heavily in the lifestyle/industry, you could have a nice stake in a decent truck, as well as some experience to show the more reputable O/O outfits.
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(10-27-2017, 11:17 AM)tx2sturgis Wrote: That sentence should be in BOLD type! I will rephrase it this way:

Do NOT ever, for any reason, get into a lease/purchase deal from a carrier.

Never never never.

If you (or anyone visiting this thread) eventually decide to become an O/O, you need to secure the financing and purchase independently of a carrier.

Period.

THEN you can lease on with a carrier and do contract hauling (their trailer or yours) or get your own authority and run independent. This can work well, I know many who do this and they make excellent money.

But prepare to possibly lose your butt for the first few years. There is a joke told in the trucking industry among company drivers AND owner operators:

You know how to end up with one million dollars as an owner operator? Start with TWO million!

Only for some, its NO joke.

Be careful and again, DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
I was an O/O for a long time. My own authority, so I could haul for any company I chose to, not just one as a leaser. I ended up with 5 trucks with drivers. Probably the worst decision I ever made. Any owner will tell you, the best money I ever made was when I had one truck and drove it myself. Made alot of money with 5, but operating cost took it all back. Took me years to decide, sell them all, buy one new one, and just do it myself again and sleep alot better at night.
Kelly & Teresa
99 Ford F350 Diesel
2003 Cougar 32' 5th Wheel

And a spoiled rotten pug named Leeloo!!! 
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