Sleeping At A Truckstop

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Mike L.R.'s Comment
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Sleep is one thing that can save your life whether you are driving an 18 or 4-wheeler. Now four wheelers its a bit easier to get rest b/c they can just rent a hotel or a motel room. Truckers obviously use a truck stop or a rest area. My question is at the truck stop with all noise from the APUs , idling trucks, random honk, Lot lizards, how do you sleep with all the noise? Do you use ear plugs, ear buds with music, or do you get use to and it becomes a white noise like the sound of a box fan? I know everyone has there methods. Soooo...I'll hang up now and listen your response.

APU:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

APUs:

Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Matt S.'s Comment
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I have a white noise generator which I use on occasion that has soothing sounds of wind, rain, and the ocean. Once I get my wings and go solo, I fully plan on bringing that along with me. I may even make up a simple sign that reads, "Please do not disturb unless emergency." I shudder at the thought of the lot lizards.

PJ's Comment
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You get used to it pretty quick.

Rhonda's Comment
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You get used to the sound of the trucks idling. Reefers are loud. You can use ear plugs if needed.

Lot lizards aren't at all truck stops, at very few actually. You will see them mostly in big cities truck stops...near the back rows.

We like to park at rest areas, always quite.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Captain "Cappie" K Miles's Comment
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I may even make up a simple sign that reads, "Please do not disturb unless emergency." I shudder at the thought of the lot lizards.

Lot lizard I'm going to assume is another term for crack head prostitute from this quote and makes me cringe as well. It does bring up a good point though. With all the solitude in the lifestyle and not being home much does not bother me as much as the lack of intimate relations or dating. I don't even imagine when i do get home finding a date. That will be the hardest part for me as I do enjoy entertaining a lady from time to time. I guess that is why there are "Lot Lizards" but there not ladies now are they.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I may even make up a simple sign that reads, "Please do not disturb unless emergency." I shudder at the thought of the lot lizards.

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Lot lizard I'm going to assume is another term for crack head prostitute from this quote and makes me cringe as well. It does bring up a good point though. With all the solitude in the lifestyle and not being home much does not bother me as much as the lack of intimate relations or dating. I don't even imagine when i do get home finding a date. That will be the hardest part for me as I do enjoy entertaining a lady from time to time. I guess that is why there are "Lot Lizards" but there not ladies now are they.

I should not have to go into detail here about this particular post. But just remember back to your teenage days and get use to it if your a solo driver.

Rhonda's Comment
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Amazon sells No Lot Lizard stickers for about $4.

I've yet to see any of these prostitutes that would be "arousing". They look like lost souls that time has beaten down with a sledge hammer.... Very rough looking.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Michael, if you are rolling like a trucker rolls, this is a non-issue. You will sleep.

HAMMERTIME's Comment
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As everyone stated above, you get use to it. Especially when you've had a long day and exhausted and when you go home its hard to sleep because you don't hear all that ruckus.

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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You get used to it. In fact I developed problems with the reefer unit I was pulling. When the motor on it shut down and didn't sound right it woke me up from a dead sleep. Like was said before you get used to the background noise fairly quickly.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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