Making My Truck A Secondary Home

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BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Hi y'all!! As you guys/gals know,I'll be attending Roadmaster in another week (August 17th to be exact) and I know this is WAYYYY to early in the journey to ask. But I really want to get a list made early so that I can know exactly what to get for my semi without making useless purchases. My question to y'all is. What items could I buy to make my semi feel more at home/comfortable? I'm talking cooking supplies,small appliances etc,etc...

***Alittle off topic*** With GPS. I know I shouldn't fully rely on it but since I'll be a rookie it's definitely gonna help me in the short run. I heard the Garmin Dezl is amazing. Anyone who owns one could you please give me an honest review on this device, will be very appreciated. I've been looking at the Garmin for about 3 months,reading reviews. So far I'm heading towards the purchase after my first pay at May Trucking.

But all responses will be appreciated Thank you all thank-you.gif

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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OH! Almost forgot to ask. Is the bed close to the size of a twin bed or more of a full? Searched online about it but I'm getting mixed answers. Thank y'all

Peter M.'s Comment
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Best of luck to you.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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OH! Almost forgot to ask. Is the bed close to the size of a twin bed or more of a full? Searched online about it but I'm getting mixed answers. Thank y'all

Twin....mine is roughly 39 x 80.

I carry a Family Dollar coffee pot that makes a 16 oz cup. It needs an inverter to use it. Also I bought a HotLogic Mini slow cooker. It does cook meals but I cook mine at home and then heat them up on the road.

Box of winter clothes that goes in my upper bunk (no mattress).

Little carpets from Family Dollar to go in between seats and one or two in the bunk area. Helps collect dirt.

Save up points and buy an air hose that hooks into the air line to blow out the truck. My company puts in their own. LOVE mine as my dog constantly sheds.

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Wild-Bill's Comment
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You’re right, I think you’re getting way ahead of yourself. Focus on getting your CDL and learning everything you can for now.

As to GPS, I’d recommend getting really good at doing it the old fashioned way first. Use the Motor Carrier Atlas and understand how to plan a legal and safe route. My company GPS died this morning, good thing I had it all written down.

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To answer your question though, here are some discussions that might help. Best purchase for OTR life

What to pack

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.

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.

Moe's Comment
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Wild Bill is right. You don't even have your CDL yet and you are putting the cart before the horse. Make sure you can ride the horse before you get a cart (aka buy tons of crap for the truck)

Your first month or two out will be with a trainer more than likely, so you won't be able to just bring a ton of stuff out and personalize someone else's ride your way anyway.

Id wait till you pass, get your CDL, go out with a trainer, learn all you can, als questions and see what would work for you with hands on learning.

My .02 cents

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.
BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thank you all for your responses. And yeah been studying so long,Just wanted to ease my mind abit. Yes,I am getting alittle head of myself but it's my way of building confidence that I will get through tremendous journey into trucking.Have alot of confidence in myself about passing. Yes I know I'll face some tornadoes but I betcha one thing I'm going to walk through these tornadoes with both shoes still on my feet. So with that being said, Laura I really hope Family Dollar has some dark pink carpets because I will not take no other color for my semi haha. (To Everyone else) Please don't take it as me being snappy.

Thanks everyone!!!!

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Once you get a truck I fully recommend taking the basics with you and buy extra stuff only after you feel a need for it several times. Otherwise you will have a truck full of stuff you use one or two times a year. Your trucks interior is a 7ft x 8ft box...not a lot of room.

PackRat's Comment
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Once you get a truck I fully recommend taking the basics with you and buy extra stuff only after you feel a need for it several times. Otherwise you will have a truck full of stuff you use one or two times a year. Your trucks interior is a 7ft x 8ft box...not a lot of room.

Totally agree.

Don't become a Pack Rat!

BubblesDhaDrivah's Comment
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Thanks Mikey B. Was thinking about just take a good comforter set for the bed. Laura gave me a great idea for a crock pot/slow cooker along with some carpet. But will definitely not over do it with my semi Haha. So a good comforter set,crock pot,carpet and possibly a refrigerator if May Trucks don't have one and a few clothes and hygiene products and I'm good.

Totally agree.

Don't become a Pack Rat!

You have my word,sir. I saw horror photos that made me make sure I have my vehicle Pine sol from top to bottom with every 30 minute break I get lol

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