Looking Into Trucking, Where Do Truckers Sleep And Shower?

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Nruck H.'s Comment
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Does every trucker who goes on the road for weeks at a time get a truck with a bed, and do truck stops have showers?

Nobody ever gets to rent a room for a few hours or anything?

Forgive me if these questions are silly, because it's probably common knowledge for you guys and I can't seem to find that information.

G-Town's Comment
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Nruck inquires:

Does every trucker who goes on the road for weeks at a time get a truck with a bed, and do truck stops have showers?

Nobody ever gets to rent a room for a few hours or anything?

Forgive me if these questions are silly, because it's probably common knowledge for you guys and I can't seem to find that information.

Nruck my short answer to all of your questions is to read Brett's Book and Truck Driver's Career Guide. That will provide you a base of knowledge far greater than what you have now. Your questions are fine, better to ask than to assume.

Here goes, most OTR (over the road) truckers have a sleeper that has 1 or 2 bunks and storage for clothing, supplies and some have small refrigeration units. The amount of time on the road varies depending on the type of job a driver has or the freight they are hauling. Click this link: Truck Driving Jobs

Most of the better truck stops have clean showers. Many of the trucking company terminals have shower facilities.

The only time I have had to stay in a hotel is when my truck was being serviced and unavailable to me for sleeping. I do however know several LTL (less then load) drivers with daycabs that run overnight and will bobtail to a motel for their sleep break.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

OTR:

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.

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.

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