Question Abt Cabs

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Jeffrey R.'s Comment
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Hello -

I had a question about cabs. Im just starting out and may be looking at some otr work. How can I make my sleeper more comfortable, any ideas?

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.

Rob S.'s Comment
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More comfortable than what? Can you be more specific?

Jeffrey R.'s Comment
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Well I have the standard stuff, a bed (if you can call it that) a small support for my back, et cetera. I guess what Im asking is how I can make it more "live-able" It's pretty standard right now, any tips on making it more comfortable or if anyone has pictures of cool ideas for how to improve them.

Rob S.'s Comment
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I'm a bit of a minimalist so all I have besides food and supplies are a few blankets and a crossword puzzle book. You could decorate any way you please though.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Well i love my nemoey foam mattress, high thread count sheets, thick rug for the sleeper, fridge, grill, direc tv and satellite radio for starters. All color coirdinated to my ... Make that OUR truck lol. I'd take pics but my codriver is sleeping like a baby and i dare not wake the beast. ;-)

Jeffrey R.'s Comment
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Oh, memory foam mattress is a good idea. Any grill or fridge reccomendations? Need to look into that sirius radio... don't know much about decorating haha.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I bought my mattress from amazon for under $200. The company mattress is stored at home still in the plastic. Yhe rug is an inexpensive but very thick rubber backed bathroom rug.. Stays put, very comfy on bare feet and easy to wash. My fridge is a haier 2.7 cu ft from walmart.. On sale now for $79. Our trucks come with inverter/apu bunk heat and ac. Sirius satellite radio.. Cheap to buy and easy to install via aux jack on the stereo. I use a generic portable gas grill that uses the tiny canisters at walmart.$20. They sell a weber for 80 but why spend that to throw it in a sidebox lol. Any twin comforter and sheets that feel good. We store the fridge on the upper bunk. Our company installed satellite tv for us since my codriver was up next for it.

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.

Jeffrey R.'s Comment
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Excellent, thank you for all the information. I like the idea of the small grill, too. That really helps a guy out. Happy trucking!

Susan D. 's Comment
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The onr i have is slightly larger than a tacle box.. 6 burgers or 3 large steaks and easily fits into the side box for storage. Has fold down legs and cools off quick after you turn it off. We store a couple of the small propane canisters under the bunk. They simply screw onto the side end of the grill where the gas regulator pokes out.

Jeffrey R.'s Comment
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Sounds great Thank you, Sue! Hey a steak or a burger doesn't sound too bad and im not even in the cab haha

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