Truck driving is a rewarding profession. Drivers can get good pay without a four-year degree, and they get to travel the country.
That said, being away from home for weeks at a time is tough. Truck drivers often report feeings of isolation, which is compounded by the tiny cabs they are expected to spend their nights.
To make the journey a bit more bearable, ARI Legacy Sleepers has developed a way to transform sleepers into tiny homes. And these mega-sized cabs may be a solution to driving during a pandemic.
The State of Trucking
Most truck drivers rely on major truck stops for meals, showers, and even bathroom breaks. Hungry on the road? Better hope you have snacks. You really have to go to the bathroom? Hope you’re near to a truck stop or have an emergency option.
Additionally, we now live in a world where people are expected to stay 6 feet apart, and a vaccine to coronavirus may be at least a year away. Yet drivers are still expected to congregate around truck stops for all their essential needs.
Truck drivers should not have to endure such hardships. They deserve warm meals, hot showers, and a clean environment to move around in.
ARI Legacy Sleepers started packing major amenities into cabs back in 2001. Since then, the company has evolved their floor plans to accommodate the needs of today’s truck driver.
Here are all the features of the Legacy Sleeper:
- Walk-in Showers
- Full-size appliances
- Comfortable air and heating systems
- Tables and cushioned bench seats
- Kitchen-related features, such as double sided sinks and cabinets
- Motorcycle garage
- Gaming system setup
- Pull out grills
These cabs are fit for trucks from Peterbilt, Freightliner, Kenworth, Western Star, or Volvo.
There are about 23 floor plans of various sizes available, and prices start at $55,000. To get the full package of all features, the costs rise to about $150,000.
Is the Price Worth it?
Without a doubt, ARI Legacy Sleepers add quite a bit to the costs of a trruck. This is in addition to any added expenses, such as additional fuel, necessary with the extra weight of the truck.
These deluxe cabs, however, seem to be a perfect solution for our current pandemic, and the benefits will continue for years.
Truck companies routinely express concern about a driver shortage, but one way to alleviate this problem is to make truck driving a more appealing job. Companies that invest in Legacy Sleepers, or similar feature-rich cabs, could benefit by hiring and retaining more drivers, boosting moral, reducing per diem expenses, and improving driver safety.
As for owner-operators, transforming a rig into a home makes it possible to eliminate quite a few bills, especially if this cab can become the driver’s permanent home. Owner-ops can also add in solar panels to power all the amenties and further reduce costs.
At Class A Drivers, we fully endorse the work done by ARI Legacy Sleepers and we hope to see a future with a more comfortable life for truck drivers.