A home on the road

Driving long hours and spending weeks at a time in one of these trucks comfort and roominess is a sought after feature in a semi truck.

The driver of this truck will have a “Home” on the road. Joe is ready to leave home and head out for Dixon, Illinois. As big as he is there is plenty of room for his comfort.

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Everything he needs to operate the truck is within easy reach.

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I have lots of room on the passenger side to move about and squirm around.

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From my seat I can turn around and look to the back of the cab into the “Sleeper” section. This is where the driver will go to bed, change clothes, do paperwork, watch television, heat something in the microwave, and keep food in a small refrigerator.

This is the bunk area. There is a top bunk , folded up against the back wall for now.

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A closet to hang garments in. A storage space above for laundry stuff or anything else.

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Below the closet is a little fold down door with storage behind. Two steps for the other person to access the top bunk. Below the little door is an open space for a microwave. Below that is an electric outlet for things that require 110 volts.

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Behind the passenger seat is more storage. A place for the television as well.

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Beneath that storage area is a little table for paperwork. A drawer for spare forms or underwear and socks.

Below that area is where the refrigerator would go.

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Under the bottom bunk is more storage. The bed lifts up by pulling and thin devices similar to hydraulic pump like things hold the bed up until the bed is pressed down to close the compartment.

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On the roof line, above the windshield, is more storage.

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I’ve learned a hard lesson. Store any of our stuff in the cubby holes and it is gone forever….or make a 100 mile trip back hoping someone will still be at the delivery site to let me back in to get what I forgot.

Some of the trucks we get have been cleaned, spiffed up with Armor-All, and deodorized. Some trucks have a lingering odor of the previous unwashed occupant and some can be quite nauseating.

Some trucks rattle and squeak. Once in a while we will get some that clattlty bang loudly and bounce me around pretty good. Get out of one of those and I’ve just about been like a James Bond adult beverage. Shaken and not stirred.

We do get some trucks that ride well and quiet. Those are most welcome to see and drive.

Today is a good day to not be home. The water is turned off to our entire community from 8 am to 5 pm. I’ve covered up our address.

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Off to the land of Orange Cones. Not so much a magical land as an exciting one.

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Okay. That’s enough for today.

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About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

2 responses to “A home on the road

  • gardenpinks

    Oh meant to ask if there was a forwarding address for Cherry? Hope Art enjoyed his gift. Oh yes we have those notices periodically – well not us as we have spring water and not mains but it is known. At the moment this whole area plus other areas of the UK are on hosepipe bans due to the drought conditions – exceedingly dry all through last summer and hen hardly any rainfall during the wnter and the reservoirs and rivers are very low.
    Enjoy your trip in your posh trucks and just be careful out there 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      According to Hugh, the water was back on at 4 pm after his household returned from the tornado shelter at 4 pm.

      I saw a couple weeks ago Ireland, or Scotland – forget which – had a freak snow storm that shut everything down for a couple days.

      Weather patterns the last few years have been CRAZY. Sorry to hear about your drought troubles. Bet your farmers are just about beside themselves.

      Love you – Leslie

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