Making The Sleeper Cozy Like Your Home

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Daniel N.'s Comment
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So, I've heard many stories on what Truckers will do to their berth to make it as home-sweet-home as possible. What have you all seen so far? Me, personally, there's not much I could do being as a team, but I've invested in a Verizon mobile hotspot, so that internet leaves open a lot of things, like setting up a game system, Netflix, ect.

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My truck is going to be cozy and soft like a cotton ball...or like the puffiest clouds....or like the fluffiest bunny....I've done two years of college in interior design...lol I plan on having the softest bedding to help me sleep like a princess, a small table lamp where I can have dimmed, relaxing lighting at night, essential oils so my truck smells wonderful, fluffy pillows, a small fan, and a small teddy....lol That's all for night time.

For day time, I'll have my heavy metal/hard rock music, my medieval dragon hanging and watching over the road with me, my jeans, tshirt and soft zipped hoodie. Some work out stuff (jumping rope, free weights, yoga mat, medicine ball), a baseball bat, a sock filled with ball bearings and a big Maglite.

Girly girl and tomboy all in one...

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Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Daniel N.'s Comment
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That's living the life right there! I'm kinda surprised how you made it, being how it's a heck of a lot smaller than a normal bedroom, so there's a bit less to work with room-wise. Are you an owner-op? Just curious.

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That's living the life right there! I'm kinda surprised how you made it, being how it's a heck of a lot smaller than a normal bedroom, so there's a bit less to work with room-wise. Are you an owner-op? Just curious.

I said "I will"...lol I'm not there yet. ;)

I've seen the inside of a truck. All those things I want to bring do not take much room at all; pretty much everything fits in a small rattan basket. Don't forget once you're solo, you have your top bunk to store stuff. Things like workout equipment take no room (jump rope, rolled yoga mat).....baseball bat fits on top bunk or behind your seat. A sock with ball bearings (self defense) and a Maglite take no room. Small night lamp and small portable/clip able fan....and your soft bedding and pillows takes no more room than a sleeping bag or two and an ordinary pillow...lol

I have a knick for organizing spaces without sacrificing comfort and style. Maybe I should just be an interior designer for truckers!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Hrynn's Comment
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That's living the life right there! I'm kinda surprised how you made it, being how it's a heck of a lot smaller than a normal bedroom, so there's a bit less to work with room-wise. Are you an owner-op? Just curious.

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I said "I will"...lol I'm not there yet. ;)

I've seen the inside of a truck. All those things I want to bring do not take much room at all; pretty much everything fits in a small rattan basket. Don't forget once you're solo, you have your top bunk to store stuff. Things like workout equipment take no room (jump rope, rolled yoga mat).....baseball bat fits on top bunk or behind your seat. A sock with ball bearings (self defense) and a Maglite take no room. Small night lamp and small portable/clip able fan....and your soft bedding and pillows takes no more room than a sleeping bag or two and an ordinary pillow...lol

I have a knick for organizing spaces without sacrificing comfort and style. Maybe I should just be an interior designer for truckers!!

Your truck may not have a top bunk depending on what your company assigns you. My first truck was a manual 2014 International with one bunk. My new truck is a 2016 automatic Freightliner with two bunks.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Hrynn's Comment
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I'm not much of a decorator. I have a lot of books at home so I have one cabinet in the truck dedicated to being my mobile library. I switch them out with different books as I finish them and I get a little bit of that old book smell in the truck. I love it. Smells like home!

Daniel N.'s Comment
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I'm not much of a decorator. I have a lot of books at home so I have one cabinet in the truck dedicated to being my mobile library. I switch them out with different books as I finish them and I get a little bit of that old book smell in the truck. I love it. Smells like home!

Well if I still didn't have any lingering fears and frights about Trucking, I'd definitely try to go solo, it's more of a privacy issue than anything really. But that's a great idea though, taking a lot of books with you to read when you're Off-Duty or in Sleeper. Then again, with it being almost 2016, eReader Tablets are the new way to read books because they're so much more convenientrofl-1.gif

Daniel N.'s Comment
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It's ok! I'll make it work with whatever they give me! :))

That's the spirit! I hated getting on the bunk with my trainer. You have to have some decent fitness to lift yourself onto that and then get back down! Urgh.

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It all depends on what the company allows. some companies have idle shut off after 5 minutes and will fire you for putting inverters in their trucks....no inverter means no gaming system, no tv, no fridge, and definitely no microwave. and when its 90 degrees in your house and the engine shuts off every 5 minutes, your little fan blowing hot air around makes you want to quit. nothing worse than waking up sweating your butt off. JUST MAKE SURE YOUR COMPANY HAS THESE THINGS< even a APU can help you through that. sleeping bag, pillow, 1 month worth of clothes and soap for washing them and showers, tooth brush, toothpaste, tv, ps4, cell phone, hotspot wifi, firearm, fridge.....thats all you need besides groceries.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Daniel N.'s Comment
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It all depends on what the company allows. some companies have idle shut off after 5 minutes and will fire you for putting inverters in their trucks....no inverter means no gaming system, no tv, no fridge, and definitely no microwave. and when its 90 degrees in your house and the engine shuts off every 5 minutes, your little fan blowing hot air around makes you want to quit. nothing worse than waking up sweating your butt off. JUST MAKE SURE YOUR COMPANY HAS THESE THINGS< even a APU can help you through that. sleeping bag, pillow, 1 month worth of clothes and soap for washing them and showers, tooth brush, toothpaste, tv, ps4, cell phone, hotspot wifi, firearm, fridge.....thats all you need besides groceries.

From what I've seen, PAM Transport has APUs and Inverters installed, all they really ask is that you keep it clean and maintained properly. I could be wrong though.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

APUs:

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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