Back in the later 1970s and early 1980s, custom sleeper trucks with extra-large extended cabs were quite trendy. The trend died out as the 90s rolled around, mainly due to the weight of these massive trucks and the challenges of weight restrictions for loads. As the 2000s hit and fuel prices soared, the custom sleeper was essentially dead.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, custom sleeper cabs are making a resurgence. The extra space found in custom sleepers helps truck drivers be pretty much self-sufficient. They can be customized with mini-kitchens, showers, toilets, larger semi-truck mattresses, separate sleeping and sitting areas with elite seats for trucks like recliners, and more.
Custom sleepers provide an effective solution for truck drivers who miss the comforts of home and need to be on the road earning money. With no signs of COVID-19 slowing down, and the virus being around for the foreseeable future, truck drivers are considering customized extended cabs to help stay safer and reduce the risks of getting the coronavirus.
Unlike the sleeper trucks of the past, advances in truck design have helped to keep their weight in check. Some truck manufacturers are utilizing similar technologies like those found in custom RVs, where the back of the cab can be extended when stopped and retracted for driving.
Another option some manufacturers are using in their designs is to create a “studio” sleeper, where the bed is elevated. The space below, where the bed used to be, is used for a mini-kitchen, shower, bathroom, or other such customizations.
Another reason for the resurgence of customer sleepers is related to the costs of being on the road. Let’s face it. There’s not a whole lot of healthy options for truck drivers when it comes to meals. Not to mention, as we saw when COVID-19 forced closures, there were even more limitations on what meals could be obtained.
With a custom mini-kitchen, truck drivers can make and prepare their own meals using fresh food they’ve purchased from a grocery store. The money they used to spend on a single meal can now cover the costs of two, three, or even four meals.
Most importantly, custom sleeper trucks can help truckers live more comfortably when on the road while reducing living expenses to increase earnings at a time when the industry is adjusting to new challenges like COVID-19.
Whether you have a custom sleeper cab or a traditional cab, you can find semi-truck mattresses and elite seats for trucks online at Suburban Seating & Safety or call us at 844-727-7328 to discuss customization options today!