Need to talk with those that travel with their husbands on the OTR jobs!

by Theresa Lewis
(Kansas city,)

I would like to have some pros and cons from the wives that go with husbands. We are just getting started in about to weeks with Swift. Can you offer tips to make it easier, for us. Our children are grown and now we are started a whole new career. Thanks Theresa

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Jul 22, 2009
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She's ready.
by: Jimmy

I say travel light because I'm assuming you will leave from your house to orientation, then, go with a trainer, then get your own truck. You are leaving out a ton of info such as, are both of you starting from scratch? Are both of you driving? (trucks) How are you getting to orientation? Lugging a bunch of luggage from bus to motel to truck to another truck back to motel to another truck will get annoying. Do the whole process in increments, it will be much easier.

As far as the best truckstops, you will find that many with the same brand are clean in Amarillo, but filthy in Shreveport. Kinda like McDonalds. Fyi, T/A and Petro are the same owners, Pilot just took over Flying "J", Loves is independant.

You can cook in the truck with a microwave/12volt crock pot. But remember, you are driving that beast all day long, sleeping in it all night long and possibly eating in it as well. My point being you need to get out of the truck sometimes. Jimmy

Jul 22, 2009
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responding back to you.
by: Anonymous

Thank you, for your time in sharing some OTR experiences. I guess what I need to know is how to best travel light and have all you need. What are the better Truck Stops. And Jennifer did you do any cooking yourself from the Truck. Thanks Theresa

Jul 21, 2009
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Pro's and Con's
by: Jennifer S

Actually, I cannot name the con's, I only saw Pro's. I enjoyed it! There are tips, and things like that I can give as well.

The time I spent in the truck was very relaxing, and fulfilling.

I guess the only con--was the availabilities of bathroom's when needed.

I loved traveling with him, I knew he ate better, and of course it was great quality, as well as quantity time~!


Jennifer S

Jul 21, 2009
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Theresa's new gig.
by: Jimmy

Getting use to the trucking lifestyle will be the biggest challenge. You will either love it or hate it. Right now at home, you pretty much have a routine, same time getting up, going to sleep, dinner schedule, personal time etc. Well, forget about that.

In trucking, you have erratic sleep and eating habits, sometimes a couple days without a shower, strange cities to maneuver in, sitting for a day or two in a funky, noisy truckstop, impossible delivery times, not to mention being cooped up with hubby 24/7.

But you do get to see the country, sometimes, just from the drivers seat, not always able to stop and visit. (that load's gotta go)

So pack lightly on your first time out, until you get a truck assignment. Just take the bare necessities, one suitcase per person plus a bed roll/sleeping bag. Jimmy

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