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Living out of a Semi
Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing
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Charlotte's Web (11-20-2017)
RV living = Recreational Vehicle living. Trucking may be recreation to some, but, from what I've read here, it's a job not an adventure. I do concede that there are jobs that can be recreation, but I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea that trucking is one of them.
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If you do decided to drive a semi for a living please remember these two words and use them when necessary.   SAFE and LEGAL.  Your dispatcher can not fire you.  Only the dispatch manager or terminal manager or company owner can.  As a matter of fact your dispatcher actually works for YOU.  If they ask or tell you to do something your first thought should always be is this SAFE and LEGAL.  If you can satisfy both of those words then go ahead and do it.  If not then make sure your dispatcher knows what they want you to do is NOT SAFE or NOT LEGAL or BOTH and make sure what they ask you to do is sent over the qualcomm or what ever communication device you use so you have a record of it.  I've gotten dispatchers fired before because of this.  Trucking has a bad name already and bad dispatchers only make it worse.  YOU have the keys to the truck and if YOU decided to drive it then YOU are responsible for anything that happens, not the dispatcher.  If it comes down to either do this or get fired then tell them they will have to fire you.  Remember, they spent a lot of money on you in orientation (advertisements, instructors, medical, etc) and you responded to an ad from them wanting truck drivers so they want you to be there and make money for them.  Go to craigslist and check out the transport section of help wanted.  There is a huge driver shortage in this country and everyone in the industry knows it.  If you have all your ducks in a row regarding why an outfit fired you because of something that was not SAFE or LEGAL then you won't have any problems getting a new job, the next day.  To make it in trucking you need to have two things...  relatively good health and thick skin.  Your health will be challenged and in a big way so if you don't have good health to start off with then..  well I've seen ambulances cart drivers off out of a truck stop parking lot before.  And if you don't have thick skin and can shrug off the things yelled at you then stress is going to invade your life.  I've been cussed out by grandma going to church just because my truck was the same color as a truck that made her mad two weeks ago.  You WILL see things that will haunt you for the rest of your life if you have a soul.

When God made truck drivers

When the Lord was creating Truck Drivers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order?"

" A truck driver has to be able to drive 10-12 hours per day, through any type of weather, on any type of road, know the highway traffic laws of 50 states and 10 provinces, he has to be ready and able to unload 40,000 lbs of cargo after driving thru the night, sleep in areas of cities and towns that the police refuse to patrol."

" He has to be able to live in his truck 24 hours a day 7 days a week for weeks on end, offer first aid and motorist assistance to his fellow travelers, meet just in time schedules, and still maintain an even and controlled composure when all around him appear to have gone mad."

" He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals; he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."

It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes a driver has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded.

" One pair that sees the herd of deer in the thickets 3 miles away" "Another pair here in the side of his head for the blind spots that motorists love to hide in; and another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at the bleeding victim of a drunk driver that crashed into his ICC bumper at 70MPH and say,

" ' You'll be all right ma'am,' when he knows it isn't so."

" Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

" I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can drive 650 miles a day, without incident and can raise a family of five without ever seeing them, on 30 cents a mile."

The angel circled the model of the truck driver very slowly, "Can it think?" ,she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of every HAZMAT load invented; recite Federal Motor Carrier Regulations rules and regs in its sleep; deliver, pickup, be a father, offer timely advice to strangers, search for missing children, defend a woman's or children's rights, get 8 hours of good rest on the street and raise a family of Law respecting citizens, without ever going home ... and still it keeps its sense of humor. "

"This driver also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with delivery and pickup areas created from scenes painted in hell, coax a lumper to actually work for his money, comfort an accident victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how truck drivers are nothing more than killers on wheels and have no respect for the rights of others while using the nations highways."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the driver. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the flag, for justice, for the family without its father."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there,"

Something to listen to that might shed a little light...        Fred Eaglesmith - Trucker's Speed

I have diesel for blood now and even with all of this...  I miss it.
If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet. My little place on the interweb - Cyberian Radio 

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For those who want to OWN their RV, and still want to be PAID MONEY to live on the road, look at becoming an Owner Operator (O/O). You won't save tens of thousands of dollars a year (unless you drive loads all the time), but becoming an O/O minimizes many of the disadvantages of Living Out of a Semi as a company driver. You'll still be considered an Uber frugal RVer.

You'll save money as you'll live in the Semi on your off months, eliminating the expense of a Not For Hire privately owned vehicle. A Semi is the best stealth vehicle in America, so you don't have to spend fuel to boondock. And you'll save even more if you DIY as much of the truck repairs as possible.

Don't fall into the "keep up with the trucking joneses" trap of spending thousands of dollars decking out your Semi, and pay retail for that perfect 120" sleeper box versus one that's used and good enough.

You'll be able to one up your frugal friends and family with the creative synergy of living and working in the same rig, getting PAID MONEY as you drive places with smilin faces! You will have the coolest rig at the RTR with your own Semi tractor!
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RV trucking company could be a good trucking company to start your Uber frugal RV life,     

In front, an RVer PAYS MONEY to live on the road (nothing wrong with that) while the trucker behind the RVer is PAID MONEY to live on the road. If you want cheap RV living there is nothing cheaper than Living Out of a Semi as a company driver! 

Seriously, for those looking for the cheapest RV living in America, if not the world become a company truck driver or Owner Operator before the greater frugal RV community catches on and eliminates the truck driver shortage.
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Does anyone know anybody living out of a semi-tractor as a company driver or O/O??
Working to earn my CDL so I can get ahead & LIVE LIFE!

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I used to have a customer who drove otr , and on his weeks off,  pulled his van out of storage and lived in it. He seemed to stay local on his time off.
A good deal of consideration is in order to take on any version of a nomadic life. This is a great place to learn from those who have traveled the path we wish to take. Their wisdom doesnt come from innocence, idealism or a balance sheet , but hard won experience.
Where would this nation be without truckers?
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> Where would this nation be without truckers?

We're going to be finding out in coming decades.

And since a huge percentage of jobs in many states, sometimes #1 category, figuring out how to deal with the fact that a healthy modern economy no longer needs a large percentage of the population.
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debit.servus said: >Does anyone know anybody living out of a semi-tractor as a company driver or O/O??

I personally got a company paid motel room wherever I went.

The term "living" out of a semi is not particularly a free tone to it. debit.servus, get yourself in the seat to understand it's not a glorified trade to anyone that has spent time rolling down the lane. Everyone I told what I did for a living, "ooohh I would love to do that and see the country." Well *seeing* sure, however not in the context of being free to roam with an idealistic flavor. When I was in my 20's, it was fun...then got old along with me. Being at the mercy at whatever food is provided, that is what most drivers eat. There isn't much time for shopping, sight-seeing, and showering, let alone doing what you want to do working 70 hours in 8 days.

A shortage of drivers for a reason.

There is a recruiter tone to your posts. How can you proport a job without experience? - just curious.
Exclamation And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. — Abraham Lincoln
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(10-30-2017, 12:25 PM)John61CT Wrote: Rigged. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing

Just don't be tempted to say "it couldn't get worse"---sadly, it's bound to.  Much worse.
(Maybe time to sharpen the pitchforks?)

  Confused Charlotte
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