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.


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.


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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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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!

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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