Making The Sleeper Cozy Like Your Home

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Errol V.'s Comment
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I just ran across a video from Boss Lady (Allie Knight) in a detailed 20 minute tour of her Pete. See how things fit in the tiny space of a sleeper cab.

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Thanks for posting this. I actually had gotten the idea to have a candle from Allie :) She burns them in a couple of her videos and I thought that must be nice. Make it smell like "home." I like seeing all her little geeky touches (sack boy), octopus pillow. Nice video.

My point in posting the video was to give new people an idea of how much room there is, and some ideas on how to handle your stuff, and, of course, make it "yours". Allie also has that cat, so you know how handling a pet might work.

The octopus theme is form her tattoos. It's all octopus on her legs and back and more (I guess).

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jetguy's Comment
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I just ran across a video from Boss Lady (Allie Knight) in a detailed 20 minute tour of her Pete. See how things fit in the tiny space of a sleeper cab.

A Bosslady Tour - 2016 Peterbilt 579 Sleeper Interior

Great video of "Boss Lady". Allie is fun- "full of personality". Plastic tubs with lids are a great idea.

Thanks Errol.

Miss Red's Comment
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I really like this pinterest thread: Organize stuff Some of it isn't relevant of course, but the stacked bins with a pole mounted on the front to keep them from sliding open is really neat. Also, cooking on a waffle iron :)

Phox's Comment
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I really like this pinterest thread: Organize stuff Some of it isn't relevant of course, but the stacked bins with a pole mounted on the front to keep them from sliding open is really neat. Also, cooking on a waffle iron :)

That last one reminds me of an ol trick I used to do that I learned from the movie Benni and Joon... grill cheese.. made with a clothing iron. It works... not that you'll ever want to use that iron on clothes again but it works. Heat up the iron, lay down some paper towels and prepare grill cheese, then I spread a little butter on my iron and grill away... works just like a 1 sided george forman. when one side is done, flip it and cook the other side.

Course the time period I used to do that was before george formans and panni presses and stuff like that... now we have actual (multi functional to add to boot) cooking devices for that... buuuuut if you have a spare clothing iron you can use it instead of buying a new device...

Miss Red's Comment
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Well now I have to go watch that movie :) Been years.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I dont really care whether i get the smaller lightweight (basically the bed is right behind the driver's seat with NO cabinet space in between) or the condos (top bunk, cabinets, roomier). I DID already pick out my mattress though.

Sterns & Foster Lux Estate Ultra Plush Euro Pillow top. It is incredibly soft, and the material is silk & cashmere for even softer feel. It's a $2000 mattress, but I have a friend who works at Sears and she'll tell me when its on sale and will get the commission from it. I can't wait! Two different trainer's trucks and each one had memory foam mattresses i hated.

In a lightweight, I'll have to take the passenger seat out for more room... not sure if I'll push for the bigger truck. Lease Ops usually go with the larger... and newbie company drivers get the small ones... but i've been told that if you plan on taking passegners or have anxiety issues like claustrophobia they'll give you teh bigger one

Miss Red's Comment
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I dont really care whether i get the smaller lightweight (basically the bed is right behind the driver's seat with NO cabinet space in between) or the condos (top bunk, cabinets, roomier). I DID already pick out my mattress though.

Sterns & Foster Lux Estate Ultra Plush Euro Pillow top. It is incredibly soft, and the material is silk & cashmere for even softer feel. It's a $2000 mattress, but I have a friend who works at Sears and she'll tell me when its on sale and will get the commission from it. I can't wait! Two different trainer's trucks and each one had memory foam mattresses i hated.

In a lightweight, I'll have to take the passenger seat out for more room... not sure if I'll push for the bigger truck. Lease Ops usually go with the larger... and newbie company drivers get the small ones... but i've been told that if you plan on taking passegners or have anxiety issues like claustrophobia they'll give you teh bigger one

I'm not planning on going home often. I really feel like I'll need that space. I do hope it isn't an issue. I'd rather run harder and be comfortable then feel confined in one of those tiny trucks. I do have to be honest and say I haven't stepped into one yet. Suppose I'm focusing on too many small details. Also, I'll need to figure out how much I'll lose without the economy bonus.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Paul J.'s Comment
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Funny story:

A couple weeks back I was crossing into Canada. They did an inspection of my truck. While I was sitting in the office waiting, 2 border agents came in, pulled me into a small windowless room and proceeded to pat me down and search my jacket. They asked where my firearm was and I said it was at home in my safe.

Turns out I had inadvertently packed my holster in my luggage and they found it. I can only imagine what they must have been thinking: "Empty holster... Middle eastern guy with a full beard and thick, heavy jacket inside the building..."

So at first they didn't believe me, but after a much more thorough search and questioning, they finally let me go.

Moral of the story? Even having an empty holster in a truck is a bad idea, let alone an actual firearm!

Many moons ago when I was in the Air Force, I was doing construction inspection liaison on some US Army COE buildings, all the guard in this secure area were Air Force.

They had a trucker come up to the gate with a load, searched his cab and sleeper and in the sleeper, they found a 5 gallon bicket with a sawed off double barrel shotgun in it. They looked up and there was a woman in the bunk and she just said "Don't look at me, it ain't mine." The woman wasn't on the list to enter.

I'd think he's probably still stamping license plates in a federal prison somewhere.

Paul J.'s Comment
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Funny story:

A couple weeks back I was crossing into Canada. They did an inspection of my truck. While I was sitting in the office waiting, 2 border agents came in, pulled me into a small windowless room and proceeded to pat me down and search my jacket. They asked where my firearm was and I said it was at home in my safe.

Turns out I had inadvertently packed my holster in my luggage and they found it. I can only imagine what they must have been thinking: "Empty holster... Middle eastern guy with a full beard and thick, heavy jacket inside the building..."

So at first they didn't believe me, but after a much more thorough search and questioning, they finally let me go.

Moral of the story? Even having an empty holster in a truck is a bad idea, let alone an actual firearm!

Reminds me back many moons ago when I was in the Air Force at a small Guard Base outside of Lowry AFB, (you'll know it if you've ever seen the giant golf balls to the East of Denver) and we were on the Air National Guard base and inside a more secure fenced in area that required active duty security to monitor it.

Anywho, truck with sleep pulls up with trailer, they ask a few questions and decide to search his cab. In a 5 gallon bucket full of rags they found a double barrel 12ga shotgun. Then they heard a womans voice from the sleeper say "What's going on? I was sleeping good."

They called the local ANG Cops, told them what they found (He'd already gone through their gate) and then called the fed cops to haul him away. Last I heard he has a room in the SuperMax for a nice long stay.

We had another trucker that couldn't get into the secure area so he parks his rig on the perimeter road, gets out of his cab and walks over to the fence and starts hitting it and hollering for someone to let him in. Fence had sensors in the ground on both side and before he could hit the fence more than 3 times, a cute female AF Guard had him face down in the Prairie Dog holes telling him "DO NOT MOVE!" He didn't move.. Probably the only smart thing he did that day.

Words of advice, if you don't see a way in to a secure area, take your truck away from that area and call your dispatcher. Those AG Guards are guarding nuclear weapons, cruise missiles, and lots of other things that leave big holes.

Don't pull up to the gate and demand they let you in.. It won't happen.

Dispatcher:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Paul J.'s Comment
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I'm like Miss Vamp. I will have lots of little things to help me feel comfortable. Of course comfort is subjective, but I've already purchased a mattress topper, a ninja cooker (which cooks 3 ways in one machine), high thread count twin XL sheets, down pillows, a portable JBL speaker for hotel rooms and my bunk, a receipt scanner so I won't have extra paper.

For me, it's all about saving space and being super organized. I don't plan on going home very often, maybe once every couple of months to check in with the roommate and eyeball my material possessions. I've loaded my kindle with 100s of books. I've also loaded a device with 1000s of songs. I'll most likely be buying a gaming laptop so I don't have to haul a PC AND my consoles around. I'll have yankee candles because even when not lit they can fill a small space with scent.

Still trying to figure out the entire bicycle thing. I hear conflicting things about having it strapped to the back due to salt, dirt, and the elements. Not entirely sold on the folding bike idea, but you can get one on eBay for 160 bucks, which isn't too shabby in my opinion.

As for protection, I'm not sure what I'll have. I've read in FL that pepper spray over 2 oz requires a conceal carry license. I had originally been thinking bear mace (which is like 8 oz), now I'm unsure.

I picked up a really small folding bicycle at a yard sale for $10.00!! I'm a big guy and with the size of that bike and a red clown nose and I just need to learn to paint the clown stuff on my face. I forget who makes this one. I've got a Royce I bought when I was working in Ireland as well and it has 7 speeds. The little clown bike only has one speed.

Hmm, a Unicycle would fit in your cab as well if you can ride one.

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