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A.D. Transport - SR
A.D. Transport Express
American Central Transport
American Central Transport - CD
Anderson Trucking Service - SR
Anderson Trucking Services
Atlas Van Lines
Averitt - DSS Local
Averitt - DSS OTR
Averitt - Shoe Carnival Flex
Averitt - Shoe Carnival Flex Student
Averitt Express, Inc.
Averitt-Nissan Canton Switcher
Barr-Nunn Transportation - Company Drivers
Barr-Nunn Transportation - OTR Solo
Barr-Nunn Transportation - Teams
Barr-Nunn Transportation Established Teams
Barr-Nunn Transportation OTR & Regional
Bay & Bay Transportation - CD
Bengal Transportation
Bennett Motor Express
Big M Transport
Blair Logistics Inc
Bohren Logistics - CD
Bohren Logistics, Inc
Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. - SR
Bridger Transportation
Carrier One - Owner Operator Flatbed
Celadon Driving Academy
Celadon Specialized Fleet
Celadon Trucking - CD
Celadon Trucking - Flatbed
Clark Transfer
Covenant Transport
Cowan Lease Purchase
Cowan Lease Purchase S.R.
Crete Carrier Corp
CRST Expedited
CRST Expedited - California
CRST Expedited Plus
CRST Malone
CRST Van Expedited
CRST Van Expedited Pro
Crum Trucking
Dart Transit - Company Drivers
Dart Transit Company
Davis Express
Decker Truck Line, INC
Dedicated Delivery Professionals
E.L. Hollingsworth
Estenson Logistics
Flex Logistics
Florilli Transportation
Fort Transfer Mid-West
Fortrans Inc.
Forward Air Transportation Services
Frito Lay Jonesboro Driver
George Hildebrandt
Go To Transport
Groendyke Transport
Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc.
Heritage Dedicated Services, Inc.
Hill Brothers
Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc
Hogan Transports
Hoge Motor Company
Hub Group Trucking
Hyway Trucking
Iowa 80
Island Transportation Corp.
Island Transportation Corp. Mechanic
J & R Schugel
J.B. Hunt Transport
Jim Palmer Trucking
K&B Transportation
Knight Transportation - Columbus Student
Knight Transportation - Indy
Knight Transportation - Indy Student
Knight Transportation - Memphis Student
Knight Transportation - Memphis Teams
Knight Transportation - Nashville Student
Knight Transportation - Northwest Student
Knight Transportation - Southwest Student
Koch Company Drivers
Koch Trucking
Koch Trucking Marine
Landstar Crosson
Logan Trucking
Loudon County Trucking
Magnum Express, Inc.
Marten Transport
Marten Transport - Regional/OTR
Maverick - Dewitt, IA
Maverick - Orangeburg, SC
Maverick Priority Division
Maverick Transportation
McLane - Portland
McLane Cincinnati
McLane Cumberland
McLane Findlay
Melton Truck Lines
Mercer Transportation
Milan Supply Chains
Milan Supply Chains - Virginia
National Freight Inc
National Strategic Transportation
NTB Trucking
Olsen and Fielding Mayflower
P&S Transportation
Panther Premium Logistics - Cargo Vans
Panther Premium Logistics - Straight Truck
Panther Premium Logistics - Tractor-Trailer
Paschall Truck Lines - Lease
Paschall Truck Lines - Students
Penske Logistics Corporation
Perfect Timing Transportation
Poly Trucking Inc
Prime Inc.
Prime Inc. - SLC Technician
Prime, Inc. - Student
Quality Companies - Kelle's Transport Service (KTS)
Quality Custom Distribution - Florida
Quality Custom Distribution - North Carolina
Quality Custom Distribution - Virginia
Quest Global
Quest Global OO
R B Browns Trucking
R. E. Garrison
R.W. Earhart
RAS Delivery Services
RE Garrison-Birmingham
Roehl Transport - Regional
Roy Miller Freight Lines
RWI Transportation
Schneider National
Seaboard Transportation
Smith Systems Transportation
Southern Pines Trucking
Southern Refrigerated Transport
Southern Refrigerated Transport- Student
Star Transportation
Summitt Trucking
Super Service Recruiting
Super Service Training
Swift Transportation - Experienced
Swift Transportation - Recent Grads
Swift Transportation - Students
TGL Logistics
The Waggoners Trucking Company
TransAm Trucking
Transcarrier Inc
Transco Lines, Inc.
Tri-State Expedited
Tyson Foods - Diesel Mech
US Xpress
US Xpress - Local CD
US Xpress - PRO
US Xpress - Recent Grad
US Xpress Dedicated
US Xpress OTR Regional Dedicated
US Xpress Students
Venezia Transport
Venezia Transport- LPG/ASP
Veriha Trucking
Vernon Milling Company
Watkins & Shepard
Weinrich Truck Line, Inc
Wellborn Cabinet
Werner - Nationwide
Werner - Northeast
Werner Midwest
Werner Southeast
Werner West
West Side Transport
West Side Transport - Dedicated
Western Express CD
Western Express Company Driver
Western Express Recent Grads & Students
Western Express Students
Whiteline Express
WTI Transport
XPO Logistics, Inc.
Zeller LLC
Does Your Custom Sleeper Fit FMCSA Requirements for Your Rig? Does Your Custom Sleeper Fit FMCSA Requirements for Your Rig?
Does Your Custom Sleeper Fit FMCSA Requirements for Your Rig?
February 13th, 2017
Road Blog

You spend more nights in your big rig than you do in your bed at home. So shouldn’t your truck sleeper offer you more than just a place to rest your head? For truckers who are tired, literally, of sleeping in a standard sleeper there are options. Custom sleepers provide exactly that, custom sleep options that better accommodate your needs. Whether you want a mattress that is fit for a prince or a kitchenette that qualifies for rock star status, you can upgrade your sleeper as such. However, FMCSA regulations dictate how you can set up a custom sleeper.

FMCSA Requirements

First of all, if you own your rig and you do not use your sleeper compartment as a sleeper berth, then you don’t have to equip it as such. This means you could tear out that bed and replace it with whatever you want. A full-scale entertainment station? A gourmet style mini-kitchen? Your very own shower and toilet over the road? It’s all up to you. Of course you’ll have to find somewhere else to sleep, but for truckers who work part-time and have the luxury of sleeping in hotels when the haul, it’s an option.

As for the size requirements according to 49 CFR 393.76 sleeper berths installed in truckers since 1975 must be at least:

  • 75 inches in length as measured from the center along the longitudinal axis
  • 24 inches wide as measured along the transverse axis
  • 24 inches height as measured at the highest point of the mattress

It must be rectangular in shape. However, the corners including those on the roof can be rounded. But this rounding cannot be more than a 10.5 inch radii. The sleeper must be accessible for entry and exit by the driver. The opening has to be at least 18 inches tall by 36 inches wide.

The sleeper cannot be attached on or in a semitrailer. So you can’t tow or haul your sleeper, it has be a part of your tractor. It has to be located in the cargo space of the tractor, as well as attached to the cab.

In the sleeper you must provide the following for sleeping:

  • A mattress that is either a mattress with box springs, an innerspring mattress, a foam mattress at least 4 inches thick, or a mattress filled with fluid or gel that can hold its shape
  • Sheets and blankets

Finally, the sleeper has to be well ventilated and sealed from rain, dust or diesel exhaust. It must also be equipped with an occupant restraint, aka a sleeper seatbelt, to protect team drivers from slinging their companion around while driving.

Dealing with Authorized Providers

Before you invest in a new sleeper that best meets your sleeping needs, make sure you are dealing with the experts. The manufacturer should be well versed in the FMCSA regulations and guidelines. Do your research and work with authorized designers and vendors before putting down a chunk of cash. Otherwise you could be in violation of DOT inspection rules, as well as stuck with a sleeper that is not going to give you the good night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of.

Basics of Customized Sleepers

If you go to a custom truck sleeper manufacturer, such as Bolt Custom Trucks, you can get quite a lot of for your sleeper space. Top amenities offered include a sleeper exterior that is designed with aerodynamics in mind. These sleeper cabs are fashioned for fuel economy, which is always a bonus in a trucker’s mind. As for perks for the inside of a sleeper these vary but can include:

  • TV and DVD player setup along with a video gaming console and audio system with additional wireless internet or cable hookups
  • Kitchenette with a cook top for a stove, microwave, refrigerator and freezer
  • Custom built cabinetry to add storage throughout your space
  • A dining room table with bucket benches
  • A shower and toilet, which is a dream for most over the road truck drivers
  • A fully functional sink for washing hands and food preparation

These sleeper designs upgrade a regular old rig into something more akin to an RV or motor home. For truckers who drive on team driving jobs with their spouse or partner, this is an ideal situation for a home away from home.

Owning or Leasing a Truck

In order to take advantage of these options you need to be an owner or leasing-to-own your truck. If you are a company driver for a business, such as Island Transportation or Olsen & Fielding Mayflower, you may not have the option of upgrading your rig. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. Check with your trucking employer to find out if upgrading your sleeper would be within reason. Of course you are likely going to have to shell out for the expense. Yet for many truck drivers who live in their semis the benefits are well worth the cost.

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