Questions About TV's

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Ken C.'s Comment
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What size of TV can easily fit in sleeper area and what type of mount does it require..?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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The truth is that as a company driver you're not supposed to modify the interior of the truck much, in other words, you can't be installing a tv mount on the wall.

However, most trucks have a flat space where you can out your belongings. What I mean by flat space is you'll have cabinets and above those cabinets will be just a plain flat area that acts like a table. Put the tv over there. Is usually even has a strap so that you can fasten the bottom of the tv mount to prevent movement.

I don't recommend anything bigger than a 22". If you have any questions about TVs let me know, I used to fix them and know a lot about all kinds of TVs.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Ken C.'s Comment
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Thanks that's what I wanted to know...I have a 17" laptop but don't like to watch TV on it because sometimes it likes to time out and go into power saving mode

Highway Grunt0311's Comment
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Thanks that's what I wanted to know...I have a 17" laptop but don't like to watch TV on it because sometimes it likes to time out and go into power saving mode

You can go into the power options on the laptop and either set it to go into sleep mode later or turn sleep mode off altogether. I use a 17' LED TV. It was more than big enough to watch comfortably and fit just right on the flat spot he was referring to and it had a strap so my TV didnt bounce around when it got bumpy.

David's Comment
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... I use a 17' LED TV. It was more than big enough to watch comfortably and fit just right on the flat spot he was referring to and it had a strap so my TV didnt bounce around when it got bumpy.

I just gotta ask, what feeds your TV signal? Do you have satellite? Truck stop cable feeds? Wifi? Just curious about the signal you use and where or how it is achieved.

Ken C.'s Comment
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Thanks that's what I wanted to know...I have a 17" laptop but don't like to watch TV on it because sometimes it likes to time out and go into power saving mode

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You can go into the power options on the laptop and either set it to go into sleep mode later or turn sleep mode off altogether. I use a 17' LED TV. It was more than big enough to watch comfortably and fit just right on the flat spot he was referring to and it had a strap so my TV didnt bounce around when it got bumpy.

Cool...I'll have to look into doing that or I should say finding that option in Windows 8...I gave my GF my 15" laptop and bought a new one with a 17" screen and backlighted keyboard so I can see to type in the dark but I would like to have a Small TV too so I don't burn up all my cell min's trying to watch TV on my laptop and that brings up another question how do you get your signals..? Do you use a dish, a USB thing or regular antenna..? Thanks for answering

Highway Grunt0311's Comment
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It's your lucky day, I have a HP laptop also uses windows 8. On the desktop screen on the bottom theres is a icon that is a folder on the start bar, open it. and open it to full screen. Makes it easier to tell you next part. at the very top you see the File Home Share View share things there the Arrow pointing I guess to your right. click it and it will bring out a drop menu. click on Control Panel. Click on the green lettering of Hardware and Sound, click it and on the left side of your screen you'll see all the options and towards the bottom of that list you'll see "Choose when to turn off the Display. Hope it helps.

To the other questions. On my truck the company had a real time GPS locater so they know where I am at at any given time. Well on the Flat spot where the TV goes there is a hook up that you screw into the piece on your tv and it acts like the Old school bunny ear antennas, where ever your at if it had good signal you turn the tv on and go into menu and do the search for channels. what ever channels are local in the area your in it picks up.

On my truck the CB had a slot about the middle part of the cab that had like a slot that pulled down for the CB thats where it had the power hook up and the adapter to screw into the antenna receiving part of the CB. and we used pretty much stock Antenna's mounted on the top bracket of the driver and passenger side Mirror. A CB shop will hook it up and tune it for like 10-20 bucks. a starter CB is around $100 bucks. I run Flatbed so a lot of our shippers and receivers required us to have them to communicate with the guard shack.

On the other stuff. Big truck stops like Pilot, Flying J, Loves, TA. They have WIFI set up all around the truck parking area and for a fee you can use theirs. But When I am On the road, I use a internet provider called Clear 4g. It hooks into your USB port and uses signals from the big cell phone towers it has a contract with, works all over the lower 48, although some times it wont have a signal but for the most part it did great. Their website is www.clear.com. I don't know the start up price now since they merged with Sprint Cellular but when I got it, Start up cost was $100 for the USB unit and shipping. but its a no contract pay as you go Internet service provider. it's a reasonable price per month.

And to the Dish question. Personally i've never had or used a satellite Dish setup although I do want one. 500 channels while on the road, It'll make your down time more enjoyable and relaxing. I think the service is provided by Dish network. the big satellite cable net work.Most drivers I see that have them, when parked the pull it out and mount it on the mirror bracket. then they start up the Signal finder. ( to find which direction to point the Dish) I'm not sure about now but I know at one point Pilot and stuff sold the units. If i recall correctly the start up price was expensive but that is because your buying the dish unit.

Hope that helps.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Just remember, when you're driving don't lay the tv on its screen or back. Eventually you'll hit a big pothole and it'll shatter the screen. Keep it standing on its mount, treat it as if it were glass. HighwayGrunt answered everything else.

Highway Grunt0311's Comment
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Just remember, when you're driving don't lay the tv on its screen or back. Eventually you'll hit a big pothole and it'll shatter the screen. Keep it standing on its mount, treat it as if it were glass. HighwayGrunt answered everything else.

or if some how the mount slips off and the TV falls from the shelf and rips the antenna adapter off >.> hardly watched tv anyway still has RC jacks for my ps3 haha. and thanks Daniel appreciate it

Ken C.'s Comment
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Thanks Guys that's great info and I guess it will come down to who wants me to work for them and what kind of truck I end up with but it's not the end of the world if I miss a episodes of Swamp People, Gold Rush and Ice Road Truckers but I seem to fall asleep easier when I'm watching TV and that's the main reason I wanted to know...

My Sister uses Clear 4G and says it's pretty good for her and cheaper and faster than her Cell as a hotspot...I have Verizon on the old unlimited data plan but they turned off my ability to use my phone as a hot spot in an effort to throttle my bandwidth and get me paying for data use...!

Hey Grunt I downloaded a program called classic shell to try and give my new Win8 laptop a Win 7 look and feel but keep some of the new parts of Win8 that are good like boot speed and security but it's not the same as running Windows 7

Once again thanks, back to the High Road

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

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