Can't Get In Upper Sleeper And Worried

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Keith S.'s Comment
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Hello, I have 3 weeks left of CDL A school. I have been riding along with my great nephew on his hauls. I love the trucking industry so much that I am coming out of retirement to drive. Our plan is to hire into the company he works for and be his team partner. One problem I face though...I have tried and tried to get into his upper berth and just can not. He has been gracious enough to let me have the lower berth. I am not as agile as I once was. I am also disabled in my ankles and legs that inhibit my flexibility.

He tells me that I do need to figure this issue out for I will be in 6 weeks of training, 3 weeks Regional and 3 weeks OTR. My nephew tells the 2 trainers do love their lower berths and I may face problems riding with them. That things may get quite uncomfortable between my trainers and I if I request the lower berth. I know that these are their homes and business and I don't want ruffles from the get go. Any suggestions on how to handle this matter?

Thanks Trainee

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Keith S. Welcome to the Trucking Truth site for honest answers. That disability may also affect your actually landing a job. We need to hop in and out of trailers several times per week, too. How are you with general walking? I’ve had to walk well over a quarter mile, one way, to check in at a shipper/receiving office before.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Splitter's Comment
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Most of the time it won't be an issue when running teams. Not allowed in top bunk while truck is moving. The only answer that comes to mind is a small step ladder. Can you climb a step ladder? Of course you'll have to spring for it & figure out how to secure it when not in use but I hope you can figure it out. Best of luck to you!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Sounds like you need to fabricate a ladder to use. The newer trucks have them. I have the same problem with my joints. I can still get up to the top bunk but it’s a painful climb.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I would try one of those folding 3 step, step stools. Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, etc. It should fold up and fit behind the passengers seat. If it doesn't work, save the reciept and return it!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Sounds like you need to fabricate a ladder to use. The newer trucks have them. I have the same problem with my joints. I can still get up to the top bunk but it’s a painful climb.

Newer Freightliners have ladders, but not all trucks. My International is harder to get into, more like a Pete with one step at waste level before pushing up. The older FL had a left side step at my shoulder height also.

A FL with a ladder would be optimal if possible, but how disabled is the OP?

Can You climb a ladder?

Tractor Man's Comment
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Newer Freightliners have ladders,

I have clocked my head on that damn thing mote than once.

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Marc Lee's Comment
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There are companies which do "day" training... even for Regional and OTR where you are home every night. Loads can be 90% drop and hook or better.

Not saying this is a solution and not looking to debate merits / drawbacks but something to consider.

There are lots of ways to train and get loads to deliver!

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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