My Solution To "Driver Shortage"! - Inputs Desired!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Here goes!

I believe parking and HOS will eventually get fixed. If these are really done right maybe my solution won't even be needed. In fact... my solution really only works WITH both of these.

But since I think it will take years for more parking with "facilities" and spreading out driving and resting time to really impact "facilities"... what I think would be most important to improving the quality of life on the road for OTR truckers is... in a word... wait for it... . . . . BATHROOMS! . . Yep! Bathrooms!

If you could bathe and relieve yourself as needed any place you could safely park... how much better would life on the road be?

And I'm not talking about OO stretched cabs which severely limit trailer length and load weight. I am talking about devising a way to pack a "shower over toilet" and mini sink with fresh and blackwater tanks into a more-or-less conventional sleeper. If you had to dump fresh water tank to save on weight... so be it. Additional weight of the rest of it would not affect all but the heaviest freight loads. At that point you might be limiting fuel fill-ups to save weight anyway so WTH?

Even have some ideas for how to do it!

But before moving forward... I'd like to get some input from the TT brain trust.

If it were possible to build a "cozy but functional" bathroom into a "conventional" sleeper... how big a deal would that be for you?

1) Useless / Crazy / Unnecessary!

2) Game Changer / Sign me up!

3) Could take it or leave it!

4) Other (please specify)

Thanks all! :)

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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what I think would be most important to improving the quality of life on the road for OTR truckers is... in a word... wait for it... . . . . BATHROOMS! . . Yep! Bathrooms!

We have access to a huge bathroom while driving. As men the world is our urinal......as long as its dirt/gravel away from where others walk

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.

Marc Lee's Comment
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what I think would be most important to improving the quality of life on the road for OTR truckers is... in a word... wait for it... . . . . BATHROOMS! . . Yep! Bathrooms!

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We have access to a huge bathroom while driving. As men the world is our urinal......as long as its dirt/gravel away from where others walk

That's just one of 3 "critical" bathroom "functions" IMHO.

Unless the other 2 don't concern you, in which case I guess your answer is #1!

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.

andhe78's Comment
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#1 for me. This was something I thought was going to be a bigger problem then it ended up actually being. Have always managed to find a toilet to do my business. May have to get creative down the road someday, but will cross that bridge when it happens. I will not live literally inches from where I do my business.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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We have access to a huge bathroom while driving. As men the world is our urinal......as long as its dirt/gravel away from where others walk

I'm waiting for the ladies to weigh in on your comment... LOL

Marc Lee's Comment
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I'm waiting for the ladies to weigh in on your comment... LOL

Me too!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I hate public bathrooms, absolutely hate them. If forced to use one for the sit down stuff, I always use the hover method (good for muscle tone also). I have applied what I’ve learned from camping to have my own bathroom in my truck. I have an inexpensive seat that fits on a 5 gallon bucket and the seat has a gasket for the bucket top and the lid. In the bucket, I fill it halfway up with scented kitty litter and then put 3 Walmart type plastic bags one inside the other and stretch them over the rim of the bucket. Next the seat goes on. After use, the handle of the bucket is raised up to hold the lid down tight. This setup works for either gender. For daily hygiene I use the scented flushable wipes from Walmart. I probably use about 10 per day with the bucket stuff and a sponge bath. Now I don’t use the bucked for the #1 stuff. For that I use a gallon jug that Arizona Tea comes in. I empty it somewhere appropriate but always where the nitrogen will help the soil. Please don’t leave your bottles beside the road like some barbarian. If I were a female, I would probably carry two buckets with me.) I hope this hasn’t been too graphic

Bruce K.'s Comment
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And you guys should know better than to use the words “lady” and “weigh” in the same sentence.

Marc Lee's Comment
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And you guys should know better than to use the words “lady” and “weigh” in the same sentence.

True Dat!

Then again... he used it! (I just agreed with it!)

Bruce K.'s Comment
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My question is: Do we want to end the driver shortage? If there were a driver over supply wages would go down because of the supply and demand principle And I might be the first to go.

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