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A month goes by really fast as I was learning how to make this happen. Sadly, I only managed a single night of local state park camping because of heavy rains leading to bad flood stage closings of many camping sites on area lakes. I did find a couple of area Wal-Marts that still allowed overnight parking without being hassled.

Many of us, including myself wanted the get away from the corporate rat race. I wasted two weeks while attending CDL truck driving school, being the first in my class to pass & obtain a CLP permit, only to drop out due to an ominous foot infection and ultimately came to the conclusion that they were not interested in passsing another middle-aged walk-on dude who was not part of Workforce or other EEOC job referral entity. I left the W-2 corporate rat race last year to get away from this nonsense, but, it was my wish to OTR living in a tractor for a year or two saving up for my RV rig. That idea came crashing down when I was asked to sign a GAP form stating I am/was not receiving unemployment (never collected unemployment in my life) and that due to my age and pot-belly, an instructor tipped me off that the hiring trucking company would most likely require a sleep apnea test (even though I passed the DOT health exam) I never been diagnosed with that, but, 1+1=2, and I got the message I was not a desired candidate. I sent an email to my driver coordinator explaining all the above and that I was wise to this discremination and dropped out.

One positive note, I learned to read the Rand McNally USA map and to navigate without the aid of GPS. So, the moral of this story is to trust your instincts and do not rely on the corporate world to let you pass thru if you are not following their rules. Next thing for me is to establish new residency and to be bonafide as far as the government is concerned for ID purposes.

One day at a time, whether or not I stay solo or join the nomad caravan, I am soldering on to my dreams.

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Welcome to the forum. When one door closes another opens... and what a blessing to be free to travel in your car!
And to have learned to read a paper map!  Smile

Being able to soldier on in the face of adversity is an important life skill.

Good for you, and may it all work out.
My son was a truck driver and he hated it.
My ex was a truck driver and he hated it.
Maybe you're lucky not to be doing that?
Hit the road and don't look back Smile Smile
Go enjoy yourself any way ya can, do what floats your boat, find what suits you and move forward!!
I feel your fire. Happiness is a word. Contentment comes from within. Joy comes with the wind and leaves with the wind, but the memory of the feelings/experience remains. Be well, be fair, it is the best anyone can do. It does not always make sense and is not always easy. Enjoy the journey.
Too bad the trucking thing did not work out.

Can people here suggest things to you or warn you about pitfalls without more "how dare you" reactions?

(Dead serious question...and a very valid one.)
That's livin' (L-I-V-I-N, Wonderson from Dazed & Confused). Now I understand why the independent owner/operator trucker is being run out of business. The bald face discrimination caught me by surprise, but is a part of politically run industries now including today's trucking businesses. Sad to see it happening.

I'm always open to constructive criticism and nudges in the right direction.

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(05-26-2019, 07:35 PM)travelaround Wrote: [ -> ]My son was a truck driver and he hated it.
My ex was a truck driver and he hated it.
Maybe you're lucky not to be doing that?
It was a brilliant idea, live on the road as a truck driver for a year or two, saving my income to buy an RV rig. I had no illusions about trucking being hard work...I became disillusioned about who the industry prefers to hire now. Amazon is changing the truck driving business. I wanted to drive solo, but, they kept encouraging team drivers paying less per mile to keep the loads constantly moving. Oh well, I'll keep doing my side hustle business and wait for another opportunity to pop up.

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It's not discrimination. There was a lot of discussion and meetings with the FMCSA and others to create some kind of standards for testing but they dropped them in 2017 because they couldn't get passed using only BMI and no one could answer who would pay for it as sleep tests can cost a couple thousand. Right now there are only guidelines doctors consider in deciding whether they will require a driver to do so during your DOT physical. I was a victim of that as I didn't have the money for a test I would have passed but was forced to turn in my CDL. Fearmongering aside(which a lot of that was going on and I can only assume happened to you) it was never made into a law. If you passed your physical you were good to go.

Also, solo drivers have always been paid less than teams. That's been an industry standard since forever. The thing is most fleets take you on as a team driver first until you get some experience under you. If you were adamant you were to be solo it could have severely limited your being hired.

It also has nothing to do with EEOC standards. I'm not sure how you were lead to believe this but there has always been a driver shortage and there still is even though driverless trucks are looming. If you're breathing, have a CDL and you have a clean record you will get a job if you met the requirements.

I'm sorry you had that experience. Trucking has always been a love/hate relationship and you sell your soul to do it(I think I remember telling you this in a post years ago) so maybe it wasn't for you to begin with. Fifteen years was enough for me but I was proud of my CDL and wanted to keep it so I could drive for charitable causes. /shrug
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