Sleeper AC Without Key?

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Chris P.'s Comment
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The laws for DUI are that if the key is in the ignition then you are in operation of a vehicle

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The very term DUI has "driving" in it, so if your truck is parked with parking brake set, it is not driven, and DUI doesn't apply. Any first year law student will destroy this case in any court.

I have actually seen someone get arrested for DUI for sleeping with their car running in the parking lot outside a bar.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

PackRat's Comment
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The laws for DUI are that if the key is in the ignition then you are in operation of a vehicle

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The very term DUI has "driving" in it, so if your truck is parked with parking brake set, it is not driven, and DUI doesn't apply. Any first year law student will destroy this case in any court.

Totally incorrect.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Well, in the 1980's I had a friend from work who drank, he had 2 prior DUI's. So he is at home, parked his El Camino outside on the street. So he is drinking inside, guess he got drunk enough to wobble while walking. He goes out to his car to get something, a cop passes by, see's his drunk walk, and pulls over. Well, the cop touches the hood of his car,feels it's still warm, and proceeds with the road side tests, outside his house.Ends up arresting him for his 3rd DUI !! And he wasn't driving, nor have his key in the ignition, talk about bad luck!wtf.gif

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Andrey's Comment
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OK, I was wrong from the legal perspective. I checked and see that in some states it is possible to get a DUI for being in a parked vehicle. Go figure how stupid these laws can be! Punishing for driving someone who is not driving at all...

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

Ryan K.'s Comment
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The laws for DUI are that if the key is in the ignition then you are in operation of a vehicle

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The very term DUI has "driving" in it, so if your truck is parked with parking brake set, it is not driven, and DUI doesn't apply. Any first year law student will destroy this case in any court.

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Alcohol is best to stay away from while on the road. Save it for when you're home. Most companies have a zero tolerance and will terminate you immediately if they know. With everyone snapping pics and videos trying to get likes on social media you're bound to get caught. Especially if you work for a mega carrier as they generate more attention when they do something stupid than a small trucking outfit does. Keep in mind if you have even a trace on alcohol on your breath DOT will put you out of service for 24 hours. DUI is .04 rather than .08. Even as a home daily driver I choose to not drink 24 hours before im set to get back behind the wheel of a truck. Anything drug or alcohol related will severely impact your career as most companies will turn you down, and insurance among other things would destroy you if you tried to buy your own truck.

In that case maybe not. Is it safe to say truckers never have a few with their dinner at a restaurant while OTR when they're done for the day? I'm not much of a drinker anyway and didn't know about these company policies since I haven't started yet. The perspective I was looking at it as my home time or 4 day break will likely be spent in the truck as I want to travel and check out new cities while saving on hotel fees so if that to is a no go I guess I'll scrap that idea or just get an Airbnb if I'm in a new city during home time and really want to have one.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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.

PackRat's Comment
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That would be best. No alcohol can be in the truck or trailer unless it's on the BOL. No alcohol can ever be in the cab, open or in a closed container. Not even something bought for a collection, a souvenir, or for a gift.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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The laws for DUI are that if the key is in the ignition then you are in operation of a vehicle

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The very term DUI has "driving" in it, so if your truck is parked with parking brake set, it is not driven, and DUI doesn't apply. Any first year law student will destroy this case in any court.

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Alcohol is best to stay away from while on the road. Save it for when you're home. Most companies have a zero tolerance and will terminate you immediately if they know. With everyone snapping pics and videos trying to get likes on social media you're bound to get caught. Especially if you work for a mega carrier as they generate more attention when they do something stupid than a small trucking outfit does. Keep in mind if you have even a trace on alcohol on your breath DOT will put you out of service for 24 hours. DUI is .04 rather than .08. Even as a home daily driver I choose to not drink 24 hours before im set to get back behind the wheel of a truck. Anything drug or alcohol related will severely impact your career as most companies will turn you down, and insurance among other things would destroy you if you tried to buy your own truck.

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In that case maybe not. Is it safe to say truckers never have a few with their dinner at a restaurant while OTR when they're done for the day? I'm not much of a drinker anyway and didn't know about these company policies since I haven't started yet. The perspective I was looking at it as my home time or 4 day break will likely be spent in the truck as I want to travel and check out new cities while saving on hotel fees so if that to is a no go I guess I'll scrap that idea or just get an Airbnb if I'm in a new city during home time and really want to have one.

Much has changed since my guy was OTR, but ... in the years he's been otherwise, it's commonly known that so many companies have 'plants.' If a beer with supper on a 10 is 'that important,' you might get passed over...or sent home. Not sure how it is nowadays, but ... you've got solid advice, above .. imho.

I'm speaking from hours and years of reading and studying the industry, and supporting my husband/driver. He's home daily, off weekends, and NEVER has a beer (even ONE!) on a ten. He's of the mindset of Rob T., who IS younger. It's not worth it. Beer & ****tails? .. Rarely on a 34, tbh. Then again; we are 'older' ... so maybe that factors in?

Keep your head in the right place, future driver.

Wish you the best!

~ Anne & Tom ~

ps: Sorry for the 'hijack,' O/P !!

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DUI:

Driving Under the Influence

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.

dirtydeeds's Comment
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So I still haven’t figured out how to turn the AC on in the sleeper. If I idle the truck it automatically turns off after 10-ish minutes. Leaving it in accessory mode only turns on the fan, which hardly blows any air even on max settings.

Any other ideas? 😓

Andrey's Comment
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Set up your cruise control and rev up to about 700 rpms.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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So I still haven’t figured out how to turn the AC on in the sleeper. If I idle the truck it automatically turns off after 10-ish minutes. Leaving it in accessory mode only turns on the fan, which hardly blows any air even on max settings.

Any other ideas? 😓

The cruise control method doesn't work on modern trucks. Most have to be going a certain speed for cruise to kick in. If your company won't allow open idling then you don't get AC. Many carriers have their trucks set where it will idle below say 35° and above 75° only. Nothing in between. Contact someone like your DM or the shop and ask what the idling guidelines are.

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.
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