Understanding The Split Sleeper Berth

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Brian M.'s Comment
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I know this has probably be asked before and I am sure there is probably a thread discussing this but I’m just too lazy to look for it. LOL So I’m throwing this out there to make sure that I understand the split sleeper berth because I have never used it but in order to do what my company wants I will have to next week.

I have a run to Warren, MI that is 8 1/2 hours away if you drove straight thru. Being over 8 hours I know I must take a 30 min break thus making it a 9 hour trip. I have to leave on Sunday and they want me back Monday evening/night. However, because of obligations I can’t leave out till 2-3 Sunday evening. Another problem is I have 2 pick ups in MI which are 45 min apart. First pick up is at 7 am Monday morning and 2nd is at 11 am Monday morning and then another 8 1/2 back to shop and because of another 30 min break making it 9 hours again.

So my thinking is leave Sunday evening at 2-3 pm and drive taking 9 hours to first pick up arriving at midnight and staying there because they allow parking. Hitting sleeper berth and taking either a 7 hour or 8 hours in the sleeper. Leaving there at 9ish which froze my clock giving me the 2 hours of drive time remaining to get me to second pick up around 10ish for the 11 am pick up. Go back to sleeper berth or off duty for 2 or 3 hours while they load me and when done my 10 hours have been meant and when I go back on duty around noon Monday I should have a full clock minus the hour drive from first pick up and second pick up. This giving me 10 hours of drive time to make it back by midnight Monday/Tuesday? Do I understand this correctly?

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.


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Errol V.'s Comment
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Brian excuses himself:

I’m just too lazy to look for it. LOL

OK, but I'm too lazy to explain it. So read about it here LOL: Learn the Split-Sleeper-Berth Rule for CDL Drivers


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.


A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Brian M.'s Comment
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And this is why this forum is the absolute worst because of smart asses like the freakin moderators. Ask a simple question to rule that many get confused on and haven’t fully understood and get a really dumb response. This forum sucks and I’ll never be back!

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thank you for your advice, Brian. Be sure to check with the Trucking Truth Knowledge Center if you have further questions, so you won't have to visit the forum any more.

BK's Comment
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Brian, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Errol’s response to your question was how a seasoned teacher helps people to learn. Plus, it was downright hilarious.

From your second comment it sounds like you had already decided this forum was the worst and had smart a** moderators. Yet you still came here with your question. Strange.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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LOL funny. For the time spent typing the 1st question, to the reply about the forum. You could've simply typed in the search bar, and had the posts regarding the split rules you need, AND FASTER lol

Errol V.'s Comment
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@Steve Reno: That's what I did to get my first reply - the Search Box. (The link is to a page from the regulations with some discussion - similar to the High Road material.)

@Brian M. of North Tazewell, VA, a Rookie Solo Driver with 38 posts in 4 years, 5 months: There are many "simple questions" that do not have "simple answers" (e.g.: "Why does gasoline cost so much?"). TBH, I have trouble working out the S. B. rules. because I rarely use them. But I know where the answer is worked out for anyone who wants to look it up.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Literally laughing out loud. If a simple answer aroused such extensive butt hurt in Brian, how will he deal with a cranky shipper or reciever. They have a PhD in offending drivers.

I loved Errols answer. Made sense to me, but of course I'm biased as a moderator.


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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Simple answer.... you will get back 11 hours minus the 2 hours you drove between tge 2 breaks.

You wont get a full 11 clcok until you take a full 10 hr break

G-Town's Comment
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A link to an accurate piece of information is a dumb response? How so?

And this is why this forum is the absolute worst because of smart asses like the freakin moderators. Ask a simple question to rule that many get confused on and haven’t fully understood and get a really dumb response. This forum sucks and I’ll never be back!

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