Any advise or suggestions about going OTR as a trucker's wife, not as a driver

by Kate
(Endicott, NY)

Anyone have insight into what this kind of lifestyle would mean?

If he wants to stick with OTR driving for a few years, and if we're married before he's done, I'm really interested in the idea of going with my boyfriend (when he becomes my husband).

I have no CDL qualifications (I couldn't survive his rigs anyhow- I can't even drive a standard 4 wheeler, let alone a Pete!) And honestly I don't think I'd be interested in it. I'm not built for driving long hauls.

But I AM built to take care of him.
I'd like to be there to support him and help him OTR when he needs me.

Not to mention that if we were both OTR we wouldn't be paying monthly rent or mortgage payments...

Any suggestions?

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Jul 17, 2012
Interesting NEW
by: Desperado's Girl

I've been trying to find an online job to take so that I can go otr with my boyfriend, but after reading your comments here I think maybe teaming up with him is the answer. I kind of laughed it off when he suggested it, but hey...this just might be possible.

Nov 15, 2011
Thank you! NEW
by: Kate

Thanks for all your help and advice. He will be starting his "solo" career in January, and though I want him to transition into that version of the trucker's life before we get started on working together, I would LOVE to get into the OTR business as a supportive team member next summer or fall (we'll see what happens in our personal lives first).
You're all awesome! This network has really helped me maintain my sanity during this tough time :)

Nov 14, 2011
smokey and the bandit 2012 NEW
by: Hervy

Kate I think you got good advice. Start planning!

Great comments ladies.


Nov 13, 2011
For better, not worse... NEW
by: Trucking Sweethearts

Being on the road with your sweetheart can be an adventure if you plan well. I was a guest rider for just 6 weeks before I knew that I wanted to drive too. I saw how many miles my husband put in each day and how exhausted he was, and I knew that I needed to share the work load. We knew that we wanted to be together, so I went to trucking school. Everything fell into place. We truly became partners, and gained a world of respect for each other. My husband politely showed up at my college graduation and clapped, but the first time I perfectly parked our '53 foot trailer, my husband shouted in front of a crowd of people "That's my girl!!!" We learned to plan so well, that we saw
48 states, filled 3 scrapbooks, and made an awesome amount of money.

Nov 11, 2011
My info NEW
by: Kate

I'm a 21-year old licensed technician in a veterinary practice. I've been in the business for a year and a half now, and I don't plan on leaving it anytime soon, but a few years down the road I wouldn't mind taking a longer-term "vacation" from it.
I would LOVE to spend that kind of time with him
And I'm totally willing to make sacrifices (baby wipes and dry shampoo can make up for time in-between real showers), And I'm fully dedicated to this man- he is hundreds of miles away... I hardly talk to him, but every time I do I fall mroe in love with him <3
I know it sounds sappy
but I'm excited about this whole idea
I don't expect it to be easy
but I expect it to be an adventure :)

Nov 11, 2011
Go for IT!! NEW
by: Kitty

If you get the chance to go OTR with your hubby, don't pass up the opportunity. I've been riding with mine for almost a year now and it is really fun and a different style of life. You will have to make time to do the things that we take for granted at home, i.e. shower, do laundry, etc. But in the long run the time you spend together makes up for everything else. We have been married for seven years and when I could not be out here on the road, we were both so miserable. You will have to find things to do so that you don't get bored, but there is plenty. I read to myself and out loud to him, play on the computer, work crossword puzzles and also take care of all our paperwork. As he is an owner/operator that can take up quite a bit of time to make sure everything is kept up to date. Just go for it and you'll never regret the decision.

Nov 11, 2011
Boring it would be
by: Anonymous

I tried that too. I had much rather go to school and learn to drive then both will make money if you can afford to go to school. I have to ask though....? What do you want to do? What age woman are you?

If you are happen sitting in passengers seat then whatever makes you happy. I have as I said been there done that. It is so rewarding to have the income of both. Their are many companies now looking for team drivers.

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