Big sleeper

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by BGatot, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. Pete_379X

    Pete_379X Super Chrome

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    Anyway... back to the topic on hand.. I saw a awesome FedEx huge bunk yesterday hauling old muscle cars to this place in Little Rock. Was a niiiice W-9. Really would like to take a few hundred thousand mile trip in that truck.
     
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  3. MommaKay

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    Can't let this pass without comment. No, don't dump your waste on the ground. But there is an enormous difference between holding tank (toilet) waste and greywater. Toilet waste MUST be disposed of properly. But greywater...

    When you wash your car at home, where does the soap and water go? That's greywater. When you wash the family dog in the front yard, where does the soapy doggy water go? More greywater.
     
  4. jlkklj777

    jlkklj777 20 Year Truckload Veteran

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    Well to be honest with you I wash my car at a car wash with a separate holding system for the water (gray water) and chemicals that are used in the process.

    I am environmentally conscious in just about evrything I do. I do not litter, pour urine bottles on the ground, flick cigarette butts out my window, wash my car in my drive, or my dog for that matter, change my oil at my home and pour the used oil on the ground or down a storm drain, or run an rv that has the ability to dump any kind of waste water on the ground.

    Next question???
     
  5. bandit24

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    I owned this outfit, following the NASCAR tour for almost 3 years. Was a great way to travel. The sleeper was a 16' Box including a sleeper sofa(queen sized bed) Dinnette (folded to a bed) kitchenette with sink, cooktop, refrig, & microwave, and a complete bathroom with fullsized shower. Also had a 20" flatscreen, dvd player, satelite dish, and over the cab bunk. Great for specific hauling needs, but with the tractor length being 32' Bumper to Bumper, not very pracical for dock backing.

    Still, I took my shot and had a blast while I had the opportunity. Have to try things out before you can say anything bout em.
     
  6. sweezly1

    sweezly1 Medium Load Member

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    havent had any trouble backing into anyplace so far. been lucky , i guess.
    but i go to the same places week after week for the same people.
     
  7. bandit24

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    hope this works!
     

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  8. DFDureiko

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    The industry (RV) is trying to change (and has prettuy much) the terminology to WASHWATER, as the GP can't differentiate between grey and black water. and there are so many state laws that prohibit washwater dumping, in the same location as people are taking outside showers and washing their pots pans and dishes,,,,,,,,,,which is the same thing!
    at any rate I'm here to ask a question. I'm looking at getting into the industry as a career change, but I'm also an RV'er.
    I don't think I want to buy brand new, but as I'm used to the RV, an ARI Legacy sleeper really appeals to me, but is it worth it? Really?
    I might consider a new International 9400i w/ a used ARI Legacy, is this something worth considering? with toilet/shower/cooking and an APU, I'd have no reason to leave the truck except to fuel:)
    The ARI site says you save money, but they are trying to sell their product.
    Dan
     
  9. jlkklj777

    jlkklj777 20 Year Truckload Veteran

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    They are so heavy and long that they do not work well for general freight hauling. Most of the stretched out big trucks are hauling light freight as in household goods and trade shows.

    Factor in the costs of a new sleeper box and I am sure your investment in the truck will double in many cases. I suppose if your planning on living in it year round you could consider the monthly payments as a mortgage while you try to stay busy making money.

    To each their own I guess.
     
  10. DFDureiko

    DFDureiko Light Load Member

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    thanks, I'll put that idea on the back burner, being an RV'er since I was 15, it appealed to me. I found a used ARI sleeper for 18grand and was considering putting it on a new truck. The idea being the sleeper is not part of the mechanical operation of the truck.
    but the stretch and increase in wheelbase bothered me. If I can cram in a small reefer and TV in a standard factory hi rise sleeper I guess that could be enough.
    I recently lost my job/career as my company (Airlne) went under, I'm taking the next year to get this together, do lot's of research etc, and at the end of it all hopefully be an owner/operator with no loan on the truck.
    Friend of mine that sold her car dealership told me if you can go into business with NO debt, you have half the battle won.
    Dan
     
  11. AfterShock

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    The best way to make a small fortune in the Big truck truckin' industry is to start with a huge fortune. :biggrin_25525:
     
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