Sleepers

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  1. GearWarrant

    GearWarrant Medium Load Member

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    What do you do about a sleeper berth?

    I am in the midwest, would it be feasible to be home everyday instead of staying out over night?
     
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  3. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    your question is impossible to answer it's going to depend who you drive or whether you're over the road regional local
     
  4. GearWarrant

    GearWarrant Medium Load Member

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    Thinking of staying within 500 miles or less. Not impossible, just want to know what others are doing if they have to stay out overnight.
     
  5. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    There used to be a place up that way around Ill I think called Eagle sleepers or something like that. There is also a place in Ft Worth, TX called Cowtown Sleepers.

    Either you get a sleeper, you sleep in the truck on the seat, get a hotel room or you go home ever night.

    My wife & I ran a 3500 Chevy 4 door Crew Cab hotshot for 2 years & we slept in the truck. We tried getting a hotel but that was too expensive. No, its not legal to sleep in the truck & you do run the risk of getting caught. However, we did it for about 1 1/2 years & of all the times we were check at scales & roadside inspections, no one ever said anything.... However, its still against the rules & its a risk you take when doing that.
    Running about 500 miles, I think you will soon find out, it will be impossible to get home often if you plan on making money. However, again as someone else pointed out, it depends on what your doing.
     
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  6. GearWarrant

    GearWarrant Medium Load Member

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    The biz model I am looking at is a 40' dove tail flat hauling general freight and equipment. Really, whatever is within the weight limits and can be strapped or chain down.
     
  7. Nedrudt

    Nedrudt Light Load Member

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    You can also check on craigslist for used sleepers. If the sleeper will fill you can just about put anything you want on the truck. And brand new sleepers are way expensive.
    Also we don't log sleeper berth unless you have a sleeper, just log off duty.
     
  8. Bigfoot_Trucking

    Bigfoot_Trucking Light Load Member

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    It is illegal to log "Sleeper Berth" without having a legal sleeper. You are allowed to "rest" in your vehicle for the 10 hours off duty just do not say you slept in your truck.
     
  9. GearWarrant

    GearWarrant Medium Load Member

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    That's what I am getting at, the legality of it all. I have a clean record and intend for it to stay that way.
     
  10. tarponinternet

    tarponinternet Bobtail Member

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    GearWarrant, you are better off with the flatbed than pulling RVs. No sleeper = no sleeper hours. The FMCSA says that you can take your 10 hours off as off duty time. I have not logged any sleeper time since I started pulling RVs and now with my own flatbed I still do not log sleeper hours. It is much nicer getting paid to go both directions, not just one. At 500 miles oneway you know that you are not coming home for the night. Are there used sleepers out there? Yes. Am I going to buy one? Yes for my next truck that will be a true tractor.
     
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  11. GearWarrant

    GearWarrant Medium Load Member

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    What are you looking at? An FL80 or something?

    What flatbed trailer do you have? I have thought about this avenue as well. It would be a more profitable solution currently given the truck I have. It is all set up for this kind of work, just gets crappy mileage.
     
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