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Dave "McBoo"'s Comment
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A question my wife wants to know - she's concerned about me going out on the road (I have orientation scheduled with Roehl on 11/23 and TMC on 11/30 - still trying to decide which) and being comfortable... Soooo, she wants to know what the inside of YOUR sleeper truck looks like?

We've been Google-ing but we see some have twin beds, some have full or queen beds. Some have a stationary bed and some have an uncomfortable looking bunk.

She also would like to know how you all like travelling with your wives and / or pets. If I go with Roehl I can bring her and / or the dogs, if I go with TMC I can only bring her.

Thanks in advance! Dave (& Nicole)

Errol V.'s Comment
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Most company trucks have two long twin beds (the size for sheets is TWIN-XL). To get into the upper bunk involves a few large steps - it's not all that easy.

Companies have their own rider and pet policies you can check into Trucking Companies for that.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I have the Frieghtliner Cascadia. It has two bunks. The bottom one is as Erol said, Twin XL length and the top one is a foldaway much smaller than Twin and just has a 2" thick foam mattress.

My bunk (bottom) is very comfortable because I have my own mattress in it. Same as what I have at home, no springs/coils. I'm a solo driver with no pets and you may find a different setup in whichever company/truck you end up with.

Good luck!

Deb R.'s Comment
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Some trucks have one bed, others are "condos", with two beds (think bunk beds). I've had both - the condo is nice because of the extra storage overhead, but I tended to just throw stuff up there, and it got kinda messy. Now that I have a single bunk truck, I built a suspended shelf over the foot of my bunk so that my refrigerator sits up there and does not take up valuable floor space, while still allowing me to open the bunk and access the storage under there.

I've found that the best thing to do is make a place for everything, and always stow things right away. You have to secure everything well, those trucks bounce around a lot on the highway, and if your stuff is not tied down, it's gonna fly around!

I travel with my dog, she is 60+ lbs. She's 12 years old, so she sleeps a lot. Still, need to factor in extra time at potty stops to get her out too, and also some exercise time for her. There is a bit of hassle factor involved in bringing along a dog, in addition to extra cleaning for dog hair, but it's worth it to me. She is a good companion, and also makes me feel safer at night!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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Roehl runs International Prostars or Freighliner Cascadia's in flat that are single bunk. I'm assuming since TMC is your other choice your going flatbed. TMC runs Peterbuilts. They are converting from the 379's to the 387's. The sleepers will all most likely be single bunk in that division. Sleepers come in several different size's. Ask your recruiter if that is a concern.

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