Finding a Semi Sleeper Truck for Your Needs

If youve passed all of your CDL testing and are ready to move on into a new career in trucking, likely one of the first things youll need to do is invest in a sleeper cab for your journeys. Depending on your trucking company, a sleeper may be provided for you at the outset, but at some point in your career, youre going to want a sleeper to call your own, so youre comfortable on long trips. When it comes to trucks, there are many excellent manufacturers, so there are a wealth of options to choose from. Companies such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, Volvo, and Freightliner are great options when it comes to the world of trucking.

Options to Consider

Remember that your truck is going to be a "home away from home." Youre going to spending days, nights, weeks, and weekends in your cab. While of course everyone loves a sale and wants the most economical option, remember that your truck is essentially your moving house. Above all, you want comfort. Mechanics are important, but also think about the following:

  • Sleeper. Ensure this is a place where you are going to be comfortable for days on end. Dont just glance at your truck like youre buying a car; bring a pillow and see how comfortable it feels to lie down.
  • Cab. Room in this section is also important as well. Will you be bringing your tablet, laptop, television, or other devices youll need on the go? You want room to stretch your legs thats beyond the sleeper area.
  • Electronics. Before you make a final decision, ensure that all the electronics work in the trailer. You want your windows, seats, lights, and everything to be fully functional.

Things to Look Out For

Buying a tractor truck is a bit different than buying a car, and the parameters will be different as well. There are things to think about with these vehicles that you may or may not consider.

  • Clean paperwork. Just as with an auto, make sure that all of the paperwork, tax, tag, and titles are in order. A truck that has gone unregistered for a period of time may be problematic.
  • Rust. Of course youre going to have your semi fully checked out by your companys mechanic. However, remember you need this vehicle to be road-ready in all types of conditions. Rust can be a dealbreaker.
  • Tires. As with rust, tire condition is important. Replacing tires on these vehicles can be costly, so ensure that the truck you are purchasing has a lot of life left in the tires.
  • Mileage. Vastly different than cars, if you are buying a used or pre-owned semi, 750,000 miles is acceptable and actually a good amount of mileage. These trucks are built for heavy use, with some rigs making cross-country trips on the regular, so 750k is actually a low amount of mileage.
  • Brands. As with cars, truckers often have loyalty to one brand. Some of the most popular brands in the US include Peterbilt, Freightliner, Volvo, and Kenworth, but there are many others to choose from. International, Western Star, and Mack are other options.

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