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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tour the inside of an RV-like semi-truck sleeper cab

Full time RVers Dave and Sue McCarron tour the country in this nice Volvo semi pulling a Grand Teton 5th wheel. I did an article last year on why truckers ide their rigs at rest stops and someone asked me to do a story on what the inside of one of these sleeper cabs looks like inside.

Sue gave me the tour and I am impressed. The dinette offers a nice place to relax and eat a meal or watch TV. It also turns into a spacious double bed. The overhead bed holds extra gear with seat belt type webbing. A fold-out ladder gives access to the overhead bunk. David calls this their "condo" because when their kids and grand kids come to visit they sleep in the truck.

David paid $56 thousand for this rig and says, "It's a mucher better and safer way to tow a heavy 5th wheel than a medium duty truck, cheaper too. I bought this truck for two reasons, safety and economics. It has great brakes designed to stop 80 thousand pounds and it is a joy to drive with air suspension and auto-shift."Sue likes the microwave oven and the built-in pantry. There is also a refrigerator behind the driver. It also has a porta-potty and shelving convienient for travel books. The sunroof brightens up the cab. Day or night the "black-out" privacy curtains provide a restful environment.They use their motorcycles for local touring and store them behind the cab using an electric hoist. I'll do a video in a future article to show you how he does it.David is a resident of Texas and says he doesn't need a commercial licence to drive this rig because it is registered as an RV. Plenty of pulling and stopping power gives this couple confidence on the road.

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  • There getting to be quite a few of us who use a retired semi to haul the trailer and other items for our RV lifestyle. This article just missed the annual gathering rally of the HDT group in Hutchinson Kansas where there were several rigs that could be seen. Anyone wanting to know more about these tow vehicles and how to use them can find out tons of information by going to the Escapees forums and look under the HDT section. We're happy to answer questions and talk about our rigs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 11, 2008 8:24:00 AM PDT  

  • Every time one of the big rigs pass us I have wondered if it has a bath room, bed to sleep in,etc. I am amaised at the interior. At least now I know. Thanks for the information. Dee

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 11, 2008 8:50:00 AM PDT  

  • Nice article. Dave and Sue are HDT (Heavy Duty Truck) friends of ours. We too have a Volvo 770 pulling a 45 ft Teton. We just left the HDT Rally in Hutchinson, KS. There were 35 HDT's pulling 5th wheels in attendance. We had a fun time. Check our our blog: http://mikepatstravels.blogspot.com/

    There are more pictures on the Escapee's HDT forum.

    Pat and Mike McFall
    www.pressureprosystem.com

    By Anonymous Pat and Mike, at October 11, 2008 8:54:00 AM PDT  

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