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    big sleepers

    every once in awhile in a truck paper i see a 140 or so sleeper. the wheel bases on these trucks are quite long.

    where do these guys drive. i cant imagine in big cities or even recievers with small lots.


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    They do encounter a lot of limits on where they can go, since the trucks end up with a wheelbase of around 300 inches to make the truck work. And they are subject to some limits on the weight they can carry as well, since the extra weight of the sleeper means they can carry less cargo. A huge sleeper is a nice thing if you have the need for it and plan to stay out long enough to make full use of it, but it's never appealed to me.

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    i thought it would be nice as you would have so much more room,and the toilet, running water. but i,d never see it with the price. just seems the only place they could go is right off the expressways and then back on.

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    In pricing terms, add at least 60,000 to the cost of the truck. I have a friend that is getting a ne kenworth and an extended sleeper, and the bill for the truck will come in over the 200,000 dollar mark when it hits the road. It does work in his case due to the work he does hauling specialty cars, but it's still a lot of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garspete View Post
    every once in awhile in a truck paper i see a 140 or so sleeper. the wheel bases on these trucks are quite long.

    where do these guys drive. i cant imagine in big cities or even recievers with small lots.
    East coast to west coast mainly.
    Alot of household mover's youes them. burky is right there are alot of limitations such as lighter frieght and no canada. However the guys that buy them can afford them because they have found some kind of a cherry gig.

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    when i started looking at driving otr i started with strait truck expediting, thats where i saw the ads for those sleepers, seems like they were $45,000 plus the cost of the truck.

    then with semi,s its like i better drive company cause o/o is way over my head what with all the regular costs and fuel, how can a o/o make any money? lol then i see these type of rigs. a newbie just needs to stand back and learn. but can you blame me for loving the big rigs. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrocker1055 View Post
    East coast to west coast mainly.
    Alot of household mover's youes them. burky is right there are alot of limitations such as lighter frieght and no canada. However the guys that buy them can afford them because they have found some kind of a cherry gig.

    thats another thing , i alot of movers do use them, but i can imagine they have to go into some crappy places sometimes, tight housing areas and such

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    I know for a face ICT does make big sleepers in the 140 range. While the big sleeper may seem appealing, I would think a 72in would suffice for most or even a 61in would. Most companies have realized the biggest sleeper you can use to haul a maximum payload is in the 77-86in range as in the Volvo VT880, Kenworth Studio Sleeper, Freightliner 84in Classic XL and Western Star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elharrison View Post
    thats another thing , i alot of movers do use them, but i can imagine they have to go into some crappy places sometimes, tight housing areas and such
    Bed buggers go to a city, load/unload for a few days and then move on to another repeating the process. The big sleepers really help when you're away from home but not constantly rolling. Sometimes the longer wheelbase is a problem in some of the tight residential communities but the benefits greatly outweigh the headaches of maneuvering.

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    Yeah redrocker I always wondered why are all moving trucks like that ive seen United Van lines, Allied, mayflower, North American van lines. And they all have big140 sleepers why is that?

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