Before Sleeper Cabs

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I thought some of you might enjoy this old picture (drawing?) of pre-sleeper cab days. If this is objectionable, my apologies. I thought it was pretty cool.

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Wolverine's Comment
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Old timey pictures like that are so cool to me. I remember seeing a a picture of men building skyscrapers having lunch while they sat on an I-beam that dangled hundreds of feet in the air. Times were so much different back then.

Joseph L.'s Comment
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👍great picture.

Chris M's Comment
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My great grandad was a truck driver (unfortunately he passed years before I was born). My grandmother has a few pictures of some of the trucks he drove. He would tell her stories about his trips and he would take a blanket and pillow, and when it was time for bed he would stop and sleep on the bench seat just like that. I've got nothing but respect for those guys.

Dm:

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.
Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Exactly what we did in the 70's too. I had a piece of 3/4" plywood cut out for the twin sticks, blanket and pillow for the "layover times" especially in cold weather so you could idle. If it was comfortable outside I had a rope hammock I would attach under the trailer and boy could you sleep when the breeze was blowing.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Keith A.'s Comment
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A hammock under the trailer, Harry? That sounds hella cool

Old School's Comment
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Harry, there are still a few "old timers" out here using plywood for their bed. Just recently I parked at a truck stop on the eastern coast of North Carolina and right next to me was an old cab over with no sleeper. In the morning I watched him pull his plywood bed out from where it was lain across his two seats. It had a cut out place for his shifter and a thin foam mattress with a matching cut out. He stuffed that in a storage bin and was ready to drive.

My my, how the times have changed!

Harry H. [ navypoppop ]'s Comment
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Keith, Being out of the sun was a way to be cool and a gentle breeze would just sway you into a great nap. Of course times were a little safer back then and I don't think I would feel too safe today.

Old School, Times surely have changed and not necessarily for the better or safer.

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