Semi trucks drive back and forth across the country every day. Most of them have a sleeper cab behind the driver's seat so that the trucker can pull over and sleep when needed. Some are fancy with a TV and a refrigerator and some are quite simple.
The bed in the cab-over semi Lee recently bought is one of the simple ones. Most likely this is because the whole cab lifts up to access the engine underneath and anything not locked down will fall forward.
Lee has been working on the truck, but I am no mechanic so I can't help with that. I decided to help him refurbish the sleeping area.
First off, the mattress is disgusting. There are unknown stains on it. I'm hoping they are spilled Cokes.
But it has to go.
Every job on the interior of this truck starts with tossing the supplies up and then climbing inside. Don't forget anything, because climbing in and out is a pain.
The platform the mattress sits on also needed help. I cleaned it and gave it a fresh coat of paint. I had to tie the seat belts up and off the platform.
I guess they are there so one guy can drive and another can sleep, but still have seat belts on so they don't fly through the windshield in an accident. On the other hand, it could just be to secure the mattress when they lift the cab. Who cares about the driver!
I had to buy a new, kind of pricey, non-standard size, mattress to replace the old mattress. Because, ewww. Then I had to buy similarly pricey sheets. Good thing Lee had a birthday recently. The refurbished sleeping area is my gift to him.
I'm storing the mattress in a guest room for the moment. I worry about mice setting up housekeeping in it when we aren't really using the truck. I bought sheets and a spread to use when Lee takes the truck to a cruise in or truck show. I won't be sleeping in there. The A/C in the truck isn't currently working. But it will look nice all tricked out.
My job is done. What is taking Lee so long?