Why No Restrooms In Semi-truck Sleeper Cabs?

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Steven B.'s Comment
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I was kind of disappointed to find out that those big ass sleeper cabs do not include the facilities one would need to spend ten hours in them!

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steven B.'s Comment
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Well, company vehicles anyway. This is my one incentive to become an owner operator , or drive locally.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Unless you are wanting to spend $500k for a sleeper truck that has a 300 inch sleeper (mostly bed buggers) then you will not get a bathroom in your truck. Even those "bigger trucks" don't all have bathrooms.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Steven, you seem like a reasonable guy, but come on man, making the crapper your one incentive for wanting to be an owner operator isn't very practical.

When you're taking your ten hour break it's not like you're a dog on a chain - the D.O.T. doesn't expect you to soil yourself or anything - take the short walk to the restroom in the truck stop. I don't know, maybe you're one of those people that has a strong aversion to public facilities, if so there are portable toilets like people use for camping, but personally for me I don't mind the convenience of the public restrooms. I mostly use Flying J and Pilots and for the most part their restrooms and showers are very nice and clean.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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I meet an O/O a few years ago that did have a bathroom in his truck. Told me he should have shot himself in the head. Used it on one trip and found out all the trouble they were. Where to dump them. How to keep them from smelling since you couldn't dump them very often.

You might want to see if you can locate other drivers that have them and see what they say before you lay out that kind of money.

Joe S.

Starcar's Comment
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We used the newer porta poti type that has the removable bags in it. Add some of those strange crystals that make the liquid disappear, bag it and dump it...I really was impressed. Where theres a will theres a way. And having been an O/O, when you add all that weight of a super condo on your truck, you can't haul much freight...your stuck with bed buggin', or expedited stuff the jet engines that Southern Pride hauls...which is the fastest freight on the asphalt. I have to admit,tho....I'd love to have a shower in the truck...

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Bed buggin????wtf-2.gif

Steven B.'s Comment
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I heard that some Canadian based drivers were caught by the DOT here after cutting a hole in the floor...

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.

Steven B.'s Comment
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Somebody wrote a list of reasons to have a portable toilet in the truck. That would be a lovely question to ask at a job interview...

Steven B.'s Comment
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when you add all that weight of a super condo on your truck, you can't haul much freight...

It doesn't have to be much bigger, does it?

white tractor trailer super-condo sleeper

This one says "Cat 10 Speed shower toilet fridge freezer microwave TV DVD APU generator sleeps two".

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.

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