Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A deeper sleeper

If I didn't have other commitments this afternoon, I would probably wander back to the Peterbilt exhibit and  sprawl out in the new 80-inch sleeper the company unveiled Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Peterbilt GM Bill Kozek says it's the largest sleeper in company history, and it complements the 579 long-hauler rather nicely.

I've seen apartments with less room.

From the outside, you can identify the larger model because of its ample-sized window on the side.

Once inside, you notice how far Peterbilt has gone to maximize every available space for driver comfort.
I'm 6 feet tall and I barely had to duck to transition from driver seat to sleeper berth. And once back there, it was easy to tune the rest of the world out, even if only for a moment.

Speaking of sleepers, Kenworth introduced a new one today, as well. This one is a 52-inch mid-roof sleeper that matches with the company's award-winning T680.

This sleeper provides an aerodynamic option for tankers or flatbedders on regional hauls.

"It's a big package in a smaller footprint," Kenworth GM Gary Moore said.

Kenworth and Peterbilt under the Paccar umbrella are offering flatscreen TVs and other amenities to help you stretch out and spec a comfortable truck that fits your operation.

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