Living In The Cab, What Is That Like?

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Alycia M.'s Comment
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Big Scott, where did you get your fridge and how much was it? Our recruiter was unable to answer that. We go to trainco through CFI first week of December! But I am a planner and trying to get a sense of what we need once we are in our own truck. Also, what size sheets??? Is the satellite radio package the good package? (Sports, news, etc....) Lol

I have company provided satellite radio. Love it. I have my phone for most things. I watch movies on my laptop. I have Straight Talk for phone service with unlimited data and use my phone as a hot spot. No time for TV so I don't have one. I have a microwave, small fridge and George Forman grill for cooking. I clean the grill plates and utensils in the sink in the shower room. I carry a small bottle of Dawn in my shower bag. I keep all bottles of liquid in zip lock bags. My truck has curtains that wrap around the inside of the windshield. When closed, I'm in my apartment. When open, I'm in my office. My truck is equipped with an inverter for 110 power.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I said it a hundreds times, so one more don't hurt. My truck is my home. I have a inverter for 110 power. I have plenty of comforts. I have a tv, Xbox, Keurig, hot plate, crockpot and I need to get a new cooler. My last one went out. I have plenty of DVDs. I have Netflix. I use my phone for hotspot. I have Cricket unlimited plan.

Will H.'s Comment
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While I am not a driver yet, u an a full time RVer. Since we mostly dry camp we don't want to waste a lot of water or fill our tanks cleaning dishes so we use paper plates and then clean everything with the Clorox bleach wipes. Works like a charm and very multi purpose. Just wipe the stuff off with a damp paper towel if you want to get excessive bleach off.

Pupil2Prodigy's Comment
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heres an article i wrote about OTR trucking life in general.

the Culture shock of trucking

Was a good read, thanks

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.

Jamie's Comment
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I said it a hundreds times, so one more don't hurt. My truck is my home. I have a inverter for 110 power. I have plenty of comforts. I have a tv, Xbox, Keurig, hot plate, crockpot and I need to get a new cooler. My last one went out. I have plenty of DVDs. I have Netflix. I use my phone for hotspot. I have Cricket unlimited plan.

I wasn't aware the inverter could handle a TV and what not with it only being 110. Maybe I need to reconsider 🤔

Splitter's Comment
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I’m in a lightweight which is considerably smaller than a condo. My space is limited but I’m only 5’ 7” so I make due. I keep my clothes in my duffle at the end of my bunk. My passenger seat was already removed when I was issued this truck. In its place I have a dorm style small fridge w/ a 700w microwave on top. It has 2 overheard storage cabinets. One has my canned foods & the other has my eating supplies, snacks, cereals & miscellaneous stuff.

Like Big Scott said, once you close the curtain that wraps around the windshield, you’ll have all the privacy you need. I have a coaxial cable already hooked up if I wanted a TV but don’t need it. I have my iPhone & laptop which is perfectly fine for my needs. There’s a bar under the cabinets where I hang two back packs & my munchies in plastic bags just. One backpack for my shower items & the other for my laptop/electronics. The truck stops sell hooks (bigger versions of the ones used by climbers) that lock them in place. An old poster (ms myoshi) has a video of her lightweight where she hung canvas storage bins above her bunk.

Sometimes less is more. Less cleanup space means faster finish. It’s all up to you, your attitude & your ability to adapt/overcome. To clean the floor, I spray it with green works cleaner & wipe it paper towels. I’ll be getting a diffuser to help with the dry air. Not as “girlie” as candles (:P @ Rainy) & very functional. I prefer the eucalyptus blend to help with my sinuses. Woke up with blood in my mucus twice after blowing my nose. It’ll be dryer in the winter so it’s a must have for me.

Today I was able to have dinner & catch a movie with the kids while waiting to deliver this load later tonight. Today, I’m going to the beach with my daughter. All without using any hometime since I’m on a load. The only limitations are the ones self imposed by one’s lack of imagination.

My reason for taking this lightweight instead of a full size/ condo is simple, an extra .05 cents per mile. With that I’m paying off the back taxes I owe the IRS.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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