I'm46 and plan to retire from trucking next year.
There just isn't any real money in it unless you are willing to die behind the wheel.
Working in construction and make more money than driving truck. E-LOGS cut my pay 20percent . The company I worked with lost over 30 percent of the cross border owner ops since March 1 of this year. I can work 6 days a week on construction and be home more and take more money. Construction workers in Canada make $30 CD per hour plus overtime and better benefits.
Was forced to retire a couple months early due to health. (required back surgery) Plans I had prior to retiring have lost their luster, at least for now. After 40 years out there, I thought I'd miss it and would try to stay close to the industry in some capacity. But after selling my equipment, the thrill is gone. The feel of a good paying, well balanced load in a clean truck with the wind at your back with no scales between you and your destination can't be beat especially on a cool summer evening...windows cracked 6" straights singing to ya. I have friends who plan to die in their truck, but that's not how I want to go. Used to be fun. I guess old age and gov't regs. have taken their toll! Happy trukin!
Retired Law Enforcement 25 yrs. Then owner-op car hauler 11 yrs.. Sold equipment, for 6 months boating fishing, golfing, couch potato---- NOW BORED. Looking for part-time work in trucking or armed security.
Biggest problem is when you have the money (working), you don't have the time. When you have the time (not working), you don't have the money. Part-time work should hopefully balance everything out but at 71 it's more difficult to even get an interview. Climbing all over my trailer loading cars kept me in shape. Full retirement is not as great as most think it is. People always dream about something they can't have and the grass looks greener on the other side. You better plan now for your retirement financially and what you are going to do with all that time you will have. I would have kept my truck but it had to roll to cover costs. I could not find a driver part-time to share with me. Good luck !!!
Like Ronnie, I am also semi-retired but will not go to the rocking chair; got to keep moving until called to go to the final Home! I plan to truck part-time and teach part-time in my previous career field of law enforcement and security management. We are machines and need to keep the body and mind working or they will rust up and deteriorate just like equipment that is not used to its potential. Don’t forget to add in those fun or luxury moments.
Even though I'm semi-retired, I'm not ready for the rocking chair. Trucking is in my blood and as long as I can climb into the cab, I'd like to do some truckin'. Probably, local work.
I retired at 62 a year ago but Im getting bored and ready to truck part time.