Sleep deprived, how do you sleep while OTR/parked next to APU?

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  1. dog-c

    dog-c Road Train Member

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    Unhook the reefer - Park 10 ft In front of it

    Get 32db or more noise cancelling EarPods

    Turn off your phone
    Turn off the ringer on the Qualcomm
     
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  3. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

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    That doesn’t help (dropping and pulling away). If you think it does, I’m happy for you.
     
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  4. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Excellent post. Do back it with a kingpin lock. It's not going to discourage a heavy rotator, but it will be a shoofly (A southern term...) on all others.

    One thing I remember doing early on was park the reefer in a 90 degree angle, slide out carefully with the old howler facing a strong wall.

    Then park halfway down the trailer out of the noise zone to sleep well while learning to sleep in a semi.

    Getting back under neath requires a really L I G H T touch on your fuel, clutch and you are going to have to attitude mind to hook up to a long stem wine glass with that 5th wheel. Can you do it? If you can, it should go clink gently. And you will be on your way.

    I can sleep in a semi really good. Ive sometimes wondered if I could salvage a sleeper set and bring it into a home somewhere sometimes. Sleep in that rather than the ordinary bedroom with a computer working on a few hundred watts of ambient Detroit and Transicold at high idle.
     
  5. x1Heavy

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    How about electronic shooting ears? You would think if you adjusted one of those nothing will get through, much.
     
  6. tnpete

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    With the truck parked. I could do some sleeping for sure. Until we got auto reefers. First time that baby shut down, I came screaming out of the sleeper. Had gotten used to the old ones only idling down. never shut off, then the new ones. I would just kick it on manual the 3 or 4 hours I would sleep.
    As for sleeping running team. Good luck, I ran team 18 months. That was the most I had ever stayed away per week. We were running the truck around 150hrs per week. I was getting on a good week. 8 to 10 hours sleep in the truck. Come home and sleep 8 hours of the 10 we were in per week.
    Old man I ran with, he could sleep his 8 hours. Get up drive 3 or 4 hours, go back for 8 more. LOL I never could sleep, catch a cat nap was it. Loved the team $$, but was not worth destroying my body over.
     
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  7. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    I don't comprehend how you think about the possibility in today's plush cloud luxury trucks with big apartment sleepers and so on that a body should be damaged.

    It is way better than back when with the old iron steel cab, where a double diamond stitching interior was your one comfort from that steel plate.
     
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  8. SteerTire

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    I have to turn on the TV when I go to bed at home. Just for the noise, I never watch the thing.

    I’ve been doing this too long :/
     
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  9. BrandonCDLdriver

    BrandonCDLdriver Road Train Member

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    I feel for ya. When I first started I didn't sleep for 4 days. I couldn't. Then I finally took a hot shower and put in my earplugs and told my trainer do not talk to me or move this truck until I wake up. I closed my eyes and I woke up 14 hours later. Ever since then I sleep better in the truck than I do at home. That APU purring puts me to sleep in no time.
     
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  10. uncleal13

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    I use to put the refer on continuous. I could sleep with it running all the time. But not if start/stop was selected, I would wake up every time it started and every time it stopped.
    Although some of the new ones the company has continuous mode locked out, as fuel savings is more important than driver alertness.
     
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  11. DUNE-T

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    I was going to say exactly the same!
     
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