I have lived in a lot of different trucks. Sometimes I have wondered, “What could they have been thinking?” about the designers of the interior for those trucks.
So here is an open letter to those designers. I won’t name the manufacturers, but most veteran drivers will likely be able to identify the makes and maybe the years of some of the tractors I have tried to live in with varying degrees of success.
I am a truck driver. I live in my truck for at least a week at a time, sometimes for months. Because of this, I pretty much know what I need in the interior of my truck to live comfortably. Here are some requests for you for the next design:
- I’d like a comfortable bed. Could you please upgrade the mattresses?
- I’d like a place to hang my clothes where the bar is not nine feet up, so that I have to stand on the bunk to reach it. Not all of us are over six feet tall.
- I’d like room for a small refrigerator and a microwave. The truck I am in has built in cabinets with open spaces. The cutout that should hold a microwave is three inches too narrow. There is a cutout that will hold a plugin cooler, sort of, on its back and sticking out a few inches. I buy inexpensive refrigerators that are in in the big box stores, so you can go measure them.
- Many of us have laptops now. We’d like a surface where we could set up the laptop. The pullout desk surface is good, but it isn’t present in all trucks.
- All trucks should have a working and eating surface. Many of us cook in our trucks but have no place to prepare the food or eat it.
- Shelves. Sturdy, logically placed shelves. Please! And doors that shut securely. Please do away with that netting stuff in front of them.
- What is with the slanted dashboards now that let everything slide into the windshield where we can’t reach it? We end up sometimes reaching dangerously far for something. While driving. Not safe. Reality says we know we shouldn’t do this, but we do. Sometimes we just want to be able to set an apple on the dashboard to eat later and not have it roll away.
- Please don’t leave spaces for little things to fall into. I have lost a lot of things down beside the bunk.
- Could we have a space at the door that we can sweep debris out of – a sort of channel? It gets stuck in the space between the floor and the frame.
I’m sure there may be reasons why some of these things can’t be done, for space or structural reasons. But could you work on it? Could you actually live in the truck you designed?
If any of you have more suggestions, please send them to me in the comments below. After all, these trucks are our homes.
, Trucking Life