What's in your sleeper?

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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Let's be honest, the sleeper ultimately becomes a closet sized apartment outfitted to each individuals wants and needs. I would say by the 6 month most people have a fairly good idea of what they want. The problem comes when it is time to switch trucks. Dispatch is puzzled as to why you need 4 to 8 hours to a day to move over from one truck to another. For some reason they think it is only a couple hour process.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Let's be honest, the sleeper ultimately becomes a closet sized apartment outfitted to each individuals wants and needs. I would say by the 6 month most people have a fairly good idea of what they want. The problem comes when it is time to switch trucks. Dispatch is puzzled as to why you need 4 to 8 hours to a day to move over from one truck to another. For some reason they think it is only a couple hour process.

And you will be flat-out AMAZED at just how much you've accumulated over time. Every time I've played musical trucks, there have been at least a dozen instances of "where did this come from?" and "why did I even keep this?" and "so THAT'S where that disappeared to." The first time I moved trucks, I apologized to my FM about it taking so long. I told him "I didn't realize just how much crap I had in here!" He laughed and said "No problem, everybody says that the first time."

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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When I switched trucks, I threw out a large garbage bag completely full of those "where did this come from", "why did I keep that" and "that is where that went to"s. I couldn't believe I had so much crap. After I threw out a large garbage bag full of stuff, I stilled filled up the storage space in my raised roof truck. I came out of a mid roof.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Parrothead66's Comment
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My daughters picture and a good book. Coffee thermos

Paul J.'s Comment
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Entirely too much stuff lol. Too many clothes, a portable freezer, an aroma cooker, 5 minute chef, pyrex bowls, cooking utensils, paper plates and bowls, a hodgepodge of paperwork, laptop, tablet, chargers, shoes, tv, satellite receiver, oh the list goes on and on...

Sounds like you need a larger sleeper. One of those van lines sleepers with the kitchen and everything is it. Man those sure look nice.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bob D.'s Comment
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Me personally I don't skimp on things. If I need it I get it. When I first got my truck the first most important things I needed and got was a GPS, Bluetooth headset and a nice phone holder placed within easy reach. Then I just kept buying things pretty much everyday as the needs arised. I never though it would end but a few thousand dollars later and I really can't think of anything else I need for in the truck.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Mine is pretty bare bones right now, I have 1 cuboard with some canned food and cooking supplies like foil and the foil pans for the lunchbox. I have a lunchbox cooker, a laptop, a duffel bag of clothes, a cooler, and a case n a half of water lol. When I cleaned it out last weekend I had enough grocery bags and boxes to fill up the back of my wife's car.

TommyGun's Comment
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Well, I'll have to agree with posters above that you tend to collect a bunch of crap you dont need.

Keep in mind I have a 1500 watt inverter supplied by my company.

Walmart Microwave (700 Watt) 19" Haier TV Playstation 3 HP Laptop Coleman 12v Cooler (Passenger Seat) Typical Canned Foods Typical Junk Snacks Prego Insta Meals Crystal Light Singles (Fruit Punch) Exercise Resistance Bands/Jump Rope

I use microwaveable bowls and plates to heat my food. I dont have any cookers or lunchbox heaters; I just think to keep them clean would be a huge mess, and I really wouldnt use them that often.

I do like the idea of buying a tea brewer down the line though.

One thing about the microwave; you pretty much have to heat everything twice longer than on the packaging, and occassionally, overwhelms the inverter and I have to let the APU run some before I can use it.

Its unrelated to appliances and the OP, but I also use one of those eggshell liners on top of my mattress so I could sleep better.

Went from my back aching in the morning to feeling relatively rested. Those springs in those berth mattresses hurt like hell, imo.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

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