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Sleeping in your Truck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by erkoehler, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    How often do you guys take a nap in your truck? After how many hours do you make your guys take a "rest"?

    I have a place to crash only about 15 minutes outside of my route so I often sleep from 9ish to 12 at night during events. This is my biggest down time when accounts are all closed and if I'm back on the lots by 12:30/1am I am able to clear up to 4 inches by the time they need to be done in the morning. If we end up getting more than 4 inches or the lots drift over really bad this can very quickly double my route time and I usually call in another truck to help get everything cleaned up.
  2. Italiano67

    Italiano67 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    I have been doing it more this year than previous years. Tired of going home and restlessly tossing and turning when I know i need to be up soon. Turn my phone off and try to get comfortable and set the alarm. Isnt great but at least I can check out conditions by waking up and looking around in a hurry.
  3. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    About every 18 hours or until I can't tell if I'm moving or not,whichever comes first.
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I will stop and snooze if I need to. It's usually around 2 or 3 am that I need it. Tip the seat back as far as I can, put the fan on high and set the alarm for 30 - 45 minutes. I usually feel much better afterwards.
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,362

    I know by about 5 am whether or not I have enough time, it depends on when the snow ends.

    If I just flat out cannot operate anymore, then I stop anyways.

    After 9 am, I have to wait for 2 hours for checkout at a hotel where there's an apartment I plow next door. I'll take a nap then at the local Target parking lot.
  6. bigc1301

    bigc1301 Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    ussually work till we cant tell whats forward or reverse. Then hour or two
  7. Derrick in NJ

    Derrick in NJ Member
    Messages: 32

    I took a couple of 30 minute "power naps" during our last back to back blizzard events. Thought it was necessary when I was starting to see 2 or 3 of everything, lol! Nice thing about plowing with a full size SUV, sleeping quarters are built in!:D
  8. jkiser96

    jkiser96 Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I usually go until I start seeing things jump in front of the truck or see things behind me when I am in a wide open lot. I try to find a dark place & shut lights off & set the alarm for maybe an hour later. It is amazing what a short power nap can do. I love my regular cab trucks but when it comes nap time I sure do wish I had a crew cab.
  9. gottaluvplows

    gottaluvplows Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    Yeah just like everyone else said its not good to be up 26 hours straight so i usually get a good 1 or 2 hr nap in.
    Sleeping in the back of the truck(CREW CAB!!!) isnt too bad. (its no where close to as cozy as the big bed at home but..) Im always prepared I got the cover and Pillow in the back and a few flashlights, a power inverter for a mini tv (battery powered Mostly) Then the tool bag of course.:mechanic:

    Sorry jkiser96!
    lol im just playin'
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2010
  10. NCat496

    NCat496 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    I wish somehow you could push thoes seatbelt latches down because it really makes it hard to get comfortable in the truck with them things poking you in the back and a**.
  11. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747

    I nap when needed. In the truck, sometimes in the lot I'm plowing.
  12. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    I don't nap cuz I'll sleep for hours if I need to sleep I'll come home and sleep on the couch. I have slept in my truck only once and it was summertime. If I had to tho, I keep the back bench clear and room for me to fold up my coat as a pillow
  13. Tosa93F250

    Tosa93F250 Member
    Messages: 91

    Never slept in my truck during a storm.

    I have taken short 20-30 minute naps while waiting for people. Don't usually bother moving to the back even though it would be slightly more comfortable. I can fold the center arm rest up and sleep across the front seats. That's the nice part about only being 5'6" tall. I can lay out completely flat prop my head up on the arm rest on my door in the front. If I get in the back seat I can lay out flat and still have room on either end.
  14. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    There is a back seat in your reg cab? :p
  15. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    All my work is in town. I keep going until the storm is done. Sleep at home, set the alarm as required , check the weather networks and radar , just like Im doing tonite/morning.
  16. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    During big storms, I have my 2 plow drivers work in shifts. It has been working out great. I usually don't get a rest, but I can force myself to work. I can't force somebody else to work. This system has been working out great for me this year. I learned the hard way during the first storm.
  17. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Finally managed to get our sh&t together this year. for the most part we can run our routes and get a 3-4 hour reprieve. eat,nap and back out at it being "fresh". Couldn't do it doing the storm b/f last though; one of my workers decided to tear the uni mount off the GMC-laying on a wet garage floor welding it back on (twice) is NOT fun!:mad:
  18. Skid Mark

    Skid Mark Member
    from ny
    Messages: 81

    I'll sleep when i'm dead:nod:
  19. Mvplc2010

    Mvplc2010 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    it depends on the time of day and how long ive been going. if we start running at like 8 to 10 at night i usually will put my seat back for a half hour or so by five thirtyish that way its still dark and i cant get a little rest to help me get through the day
  20. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    A catnap in the truck is no big deal and we don't stop until we are done.