Sleeper Berth Split, important detail I just learned.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Six9GS, Oct 14, 2021.

  1. Six9GS

    Six9GS Heavy Load Member

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    OK. I thought the 8/2 or 7/3 splits were, basically discrete units of time. In other words, if you did at least 2 hours of off duty time but less than 3 hours, you had to take an 8 hour sleeper berth stretch to complete the split. But, it's actually a bit more interesting and versatile.
    In a nutshell, for a split:
    1. You have to take at least 2 hours off duty (or Sleeper Berth or a consecutive combination) for one half of the split
    2. The second half of the split has to be at least 7 hours of consecutive Sleeper Berth.
    3. And, the combination has to equal at least 10 hours. (doesn't matter if the off duty break is before or after the longer Sleeper berth break)

    I thought is was that if you took, say 2 1/2 hours of off duty, you'd still have to follow it up with a full 8 hour sleeper berth, since you didn't complete a full 3 hours making you eligible for a 7 hour instead. But, that ain't it. If you take 2 1/2 hour off duty, you then only need to follow it up with a 7 1/2 hour sleeper berth stretch. The total of the 2 is 10 hours or more. So, any break over 2 hours, but less than 3, doesn't need a full 8 hour sleeper berth stretch, just enough of a stretch so that the 2 equal 10 hours or more.
    Everyone else may have already figured that out, but it was news to me. My ELD kept doing what I thought were screwy things with the hours split, somI decided to look into it and learned something. Just thought I'd pass it on. I may not be the only one who didn't correctly understand it!!
     
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  3. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    Correct. Just the minimum is 2 for the short and 7 for the long. But total of 10 hours.
     
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  4. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    Uh oh..... Another "Split Sleeper Berth made simple" post. The last one has gone on for 7 or 8 pages....... and did nothing but confuse the #### out of me...... and I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND the rules. I will not be back to this post, otherwise I will need to buy a roll of Duct Tape and wrap up my head completely, so it doesn't explode and scatter brain matter all over the entire interior of my clean and pristine truck!! Lol:banghead::biggrin_25513::biggrin_25523:
     
  5. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    But the 7 or more must be line 2. So if your stretching your day with an early nap, you need to do the sleeper, even if you're going on vacation for an extended period. The long period in the sleeper first makes staying in the truck to finish the break unnecessary.
     
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    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    And you need a sleeper to use.
     
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  7. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    I gave up trying to figure that ridiculous sleeper berth rule a long time ago. I drive until I get tired of it, get some sleep, drive some more. Easy Peasy.
     
  8. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    I run recaps almost exclusively. 8-10 hours per day....combined drive line and on duty. Take a 12-15 hour break and do it again. Average 3100-3400 miles per week and am parked no later than 1500 daily. Never worry about parking. I have time to do laundry, read, sleep, watch a movie, bang lot leezards....... Well all of the above is true except the banging part. I'm 61 years old... at my age, sex sounds a lot more like work than fun!!! Lol
     
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  9. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    You sound like how I normally ran. Up by 0600 on the road by 0700. Parked by roughly 1500. Split birth only at delivery/pickup.
     
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  10. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    I run Long Haul Solo 1200-2000 mile loads. Usually 2 pickups and 2 deliveries per week avg. I started with Swift over 5 1/2 years ago. Ran a bunch of "regional" loads. AZ, CA, NV, UT. Daily p/u delivery. Hours on end at shippers and consignees. Don't get me wrong... Not complaining.... I got a great start in the industry. I learned what end of the industry I did NOT want. Regional short haul is great for people that need/want to be close to home. I found a great company that offers the lanes, length of haul, and flexibility that SUIT ME! I do not want/need/require a "home daily" "home weekly" "hourly" job. The thought of an overnight Line haul job does not interest me in the least. In fact, it reminds me of the local beverage delivery job I tried several years ago. NO THANKS! I am the captain of MY SHIP out here. I do not need to deal with the politics and egos at the yard every day. God bless those of you that can!
     
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  11. Bean Jr.

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    6 hours a day driving? 17 hour parked? That doesn't sound very productive
     
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