We’ve all seen those Big Rig 18 Wheelers on the road with their giant Sleeper Cabs. But do you know the History behind them and how they progressed.
I dedicate this Page to my dear Father-In-Law John Rico who was a Lifelong Semi-Truck Driver but has since passed into the Trucker’s Heaven above.
Many semi-truck drivers chose to sleep in their trucks than pay for a roadside motel. For the first time, sleeping berths came into use in the early 1920s.
These were called Coffin sleepers. Considered death traps because they were very small sleeper compartments outside the cab where the truck driver could rest. They were cold, uncomfortable, and unsafe.
From within these coffin sleepers, the off-duty driver had no direct access to the on-duty driver. He had to get out of the truck to get inside the coffin sleeper from an outside door. There were three types of Coffin Sleepers which I will go through on this Page.
In 1933 Kenworth Truck company states that they became the first company to offer an open inside sleeper cab attached behind the cabin of a tractor unit. And in the last 100 years many modern Sleeper Cabs and Cab extensions have been developed offering the driver all the comforts of home.
This is my Tribute to the Sleeper Cab and my Father-In-law John. Enjoy, Mario.