Sleeper Perspective

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by quad decade guy, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member

    Just completed a week long sleeper run(first ever for me) in 15 years of feeder.

    My thoughts: Like sleeping in a covered wagon. Like riding in a covered wagon.

    Loud. Vibration. Bumps big enough to raise you off the bed...Pretty awful.

    A five day 24hr. commitment. Enough pay? No. Feeder hours(working overnight)

    are hard enough. Sleeper sucks. Sleepers have always intrigued me. Not anymore.

    Truckers at truck stops have always looked like greasy zombies. I know why now.

    I have been told a good co-driver makes it all worthwhile. I personally call bs.

    And yes I know some self-proclaimed drivers have attained Godlike status.

    That doesn't make the pot holed roads of New Jersey any better. So, what am I

    missing? I'd like to get perspective of veteran or new sleeper folks. Is the extra money

    worth it to you? The way I figured it, I worked 120 hours(24x5) and lost most of my Sat.

    Help me out.
     
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  2. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    Have never done it and never will. I have a hard enough time sleeping in a empty house during the day, couldn't even imagine trying in a moving truck. No thanks. Not even for double the pay.
     
  3. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member


    I promise you my description doesn't really describe it. It's awful.
     
  4. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    Are you saying you didn't enjoy the paycheck with a comma and a large number to the left of the comma?

    How dare you!!!
     
  5. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member


    I said it wasn't worth it. I'm turning it down in the future.
     
  6. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    I'll never find out.

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  7. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member

    *

    There is a curtain....

    Remember, if there is an accident, that's how you are going to make the news.
     
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  8. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    I bet your parents are proud.
     
  9. 49haliboy49

    49haliboy49 New Member

     
  10. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Zero interest. I don't even like the longer regular runs anymore, plus I like to sleep in my own bed.
     
  11. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Couldn't agree more. I don't care how much you pay me I would never.
     
  12. Yeet

    Yeet Inbound, turnaround, go to town

    I’ve been staying local the last few years unless they need someone to run an extra load down the road. The other guys can have those long hauls.
     
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  13. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Make a couple pickups, run a few preloads to the outlying centers, clock out and walk out. That's a good day for old jonesy.
     
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  14. Yeet

    Yeet Inbound, turnaround, go to town

    Back and forward to the railyards in the morning, lunch, then a few CPU’s and I’m done. Doesn’t get any easier.
     
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  15. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member


    Railyards are a butt whooping to me. So are cpu's(pkg car in a feeder), traffic and why are you late

    and hurry! I like my one ta turn and done. I'd probably quit if I went back to cpu. That is easy

    to me. Less stops, less bs. Around here, most day jobs are cpu unless you are a top hand.
     
  16. Hadjabear

    Hadjabear Member

    Despite what that ladies may have told you 3 is not large...
     
  17. rod

    rod #1 on Upstates "list"

    Damn- I can sleep anywhere. In fact I sleep my best in an empty house.
     
  18. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I have never done it, because I could never trust another person driving while I'm sleeping.
    Sure enough, we have one man who had his back broke and is now paralyzed because his co-driver fell asleep swerved to avoid a deer and crashed.
    Choose who you decide to put your life into their hands carefully...
    You don't know what happened to them before your run.
    Did they sleep at all?
    Did they fight with their wife?
    Do they have problems?
     
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  19. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member


    I have heard of several long time teams that have been killed. High senior folks. How can you be sure? You cannot. And You just described most of us.
     
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  20. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    God I hate local. My run is 3 hours one way, that's about the limit for me for time in the seat.