Truckin Cribs part four

2008 December 31

Carrying on with the Truck Tour, I thought today we would look at the bottom bunk and under the bottom bunk which is the serious storage area of the truck. The bottom bunk is also known as Hedon’s and Maggie’s bunk cause we sleep down here when the truck is parked. Stace sleeps on the bottom bunk as well when the truck is rolling cause her bunk is like six feet off the floor and that would be a nasty fall if we had to come to an emergency stop for some reason. But mostly we consider it my bunk.

Hedon’s Bunk Area

End of Hedon's bunk on passenger side of truck

End of Hedon's bunk on passenger side of truck

1.  Maggie’s leashes and collars

2.  Stace’s Kindle and puzzle books for when we are stuck in a fuel island or while she’s waiting on me to fetch food back to the truck. Stace has a very low boredom threshold.

3.  Extremely convenient-to-access deodorant. You’re welcome.

4.  Various chargers.

5.  12v cooler number two. This cooler is usually full of pre-cooling diet coke and sometimes milk and lunch meat. Mostly though it’s just to pre-chill the diet coke before it goes into the super wonderful icy cooler up front.

6.  Large hoard of Diet Coke and a couple of Maggie’s waters.

7.  Dirty laundry bag. Under the laundry bag is a light blanket for use on trips down south and my winter jacket which I only pull out if the temp is below 20 degrees when I have to get out of the truck to fuel or hook up to a new trailer or something that will take a while. If I’m just running into the truck stop I generally don’t bother with it no matter how cold it is. That is a serious advantage to having all this body fat insulation.

8.  Busy-body dog.

9.  Maggie’s toybox.

Hedon's bunk toward driver's side

Hedon's bunk toward driver's side

Driver’s side of Hedon’s bunk

1.  Cargo type net thing that you are supposed to use as a seat belt while sleeping when the truck is rolling. A long time ago I did actually use the net for a while and felt like I slept better. The bouncing up and down doesn’t bother me as bad as it does Stace, but the rolling forward when she hits the brakes wakes me up every time. The net seemed to help me feel more secure and I seemed to wake up less. On the other hand if you have to get up and go to the bathroom… well let’s just say that having most of your body locked in place by this cargo net that you suddenly can’t remember how to unhook is not really a cool thing when you have to go. Also we figure it would send Maggie into little puppy-hysterics to be trapped by the net.

2.  Dog

3.  Super-blanket. Yes, I know it’s actually a comforter, but super-comforter sounds dumb, unlike super-blanket. I don’t know how it got the name super-blanket but I do know that we shut the truck off to sleep last night when the temp was 24 degrees outside and Mags and I were comfortable and toasty under super-blanket. My favorite piece of bedding ever. I don’t know how cold it would have to get before we couldn’t shut the truck off thanks to super-blanket — I do know we’ve shut the truck of when the temp was below 20 degrees and were just fine. Although… god help you if you have to get up and pee in the night. :)

Driver's side of Hedon's bunk area

Driver's side of Hedon's bunk area

1.  Bottom of Stace’s bunk.

2.  Another shoe thing located for easy access when hanging out in my bunk. Contains: ashtray, diet coke (duh), smokes, lighter, wussy-girl-lip-stuff, back scratching comb, Stace’s reading glasses, laptop-sized power inverter. Now that we don’t have our microwave in the truck anymore I didn’t have them install our big inverter cause we didn’t need it and I didn’t want to give up the space.

3.  Somebody’s flannel shirt. Even though we have had that talk repeatedly about how if we leave our clothes laying around the truck just any old place it makes the whole truck look messy. So I find it hard to imagine that anyone would take their shirt off and then shove it back onto Maggie’s food box. Also, if you look really close under my the shirt, you can see my Christmas present which is a box-set of the complete series of “Absolutely Fabulous” which I SERIOUSLY LOVE! Thanks, Stace.

4.  Fancy-pants control panel for all the lights, climate control, bunk stereo speaker control, and ejection mattress in the bunk area.

Floor-level view of Hedon's bunk

Floor-level view of Hedon's bunk

Front of my bunk

1.  Latch to lift up bunk to access storage area underneath.

2.  Storage area underneath. I wasn’t going to lift bunk to take pictures under there cause believe me it is a HUGE pain in my ass, but as it turned out I needed to get some more of Maggie’s dry food. So there are actual under-bunk pics and this arrow is really not necessary anymore.

3.  Mysterious knob. We have no idea what this knob does. Stace suggested that I could get out the truck manual and search through it to try to figure out what the knob controls. I suggested that the odds of that happening were basically equal to the odds that pigs will suddenly shoot out my butt and fly along side the truck like playful dolphins guiding us down the interstate. A woman who knows when she is fighting a losing battle, Stace promptly forgot all about the knob. But I find it entertaining. Sometimes I turn it all the way on and other times I turn it all the way off… it all depends on how the spirit moves me. l figure at least that way it’s in the right position part of the time.

Storage area under Hedon’s bunk

Driver's side under bunk

Driver's side under bunk

1.  Lots of extra toilet paper. Do you have any idea what truck stops charge for toilet paper?! It is honestly beyond belief. AND the toilet paper that you just paid $2.89 for ONE ROLL of has the texture of that really cheap crappy tissue paper that you use to wrap presents with. Ugh! We leave the house with a month’s supply of the good stuff.

2.  Clean laundry for weeks 3 and 4 for both of us. Because it is such a major pain in the ass (remember all that stuff at the end of my bunk — it all has to be moved before you can lift the bed) to get under the bunk, the goal is to store everything we might need during the first two weeks in the sleeper and everything for the third and forth weeks under the bunk. Then hopefully we only have to get under there once per month. Clean laundry out and dirty laundry in.

3.  This area is actually able to be accessed from outside the truck via a little door. Thus, it mostly contains truck stuff such as: spare wipers, coolant, oil, cargo seals, glad-hand seals, spare trailer lights, various bungees, zip-ties, duct tape, tools, boot scraper thing I have yet to re-install on running board after it almost fell off cause those Flying J zip-ties were crap, and right now bags of tire chains. In the western states all trucks are required to carry tire chains even if they never plan to use them. Because this new truck has the new super-single drive tires, I can barely even lift the chains for the drives. So I wouldn’t count on seeing us on the side of the road chaining up anytime soon.

4.  Mysterious knob again. Doesn’t it just make you want to give it a whirl?

5.  Maggie’s extra potty pads being used to hold bunk up. The bunk has hydraulic lifts but because we have a regular mattress and a tempur-pedic mattress topper it is too heavy to stay up on it’s own. And the space is limited in front of the bunk so it’s unfortunately a one-person job. Once I get it lifted up I usually have to hold the whole bunk up with my shoulder while I grab around for something to cram under it. Yet another reason to limit the number of times we’re required to get in there each month.

Passenger side under bunk

Passenger side under bunk

1.  Toilet Chemical. If you think toilet paper is expensive at truck stops… you should pick up a bottle of toilet chemical. My god it’s like liquid gold.

2.  Motel bag. Things we would need if we had to go to a motel for a while such as converter, air-knob locks, etc.

3.  Winter coat.

4.  Extra trash bags, Maggie’s extra food, extra silverware, etc.

5.  Food-sniffing dog.

6.  First aid kit and truck manual that will never be opened again since that first day when Stace thumbed through it.

Well that’s about it for Hedon’s bunk area. As you can see there is a ton of stuff in this one little space, but it’s still kinda nice. When you’re just sitting around back here it feels kinda like you’re in a little cave. In the last section of the Truckin Cribs tour we will finish up with Stace’s bunk area.

11 Responses
  1. 2008 December 31
    Vern M. permalink

    Very nice little puppy palace you have working in your truck there. Full of creature comforts like bed mats and pillows and stuff. They sure look like happy little pups!

  2. 2008 December 31

    Okay, #1 I’d LOVVVVVVVE a mysterious knob! ha ha! I bet when you push it something on the outside pops up and pops the bird at someone. Or…maybe sprays nails on a tailgater. lol.

    That truck is a lot more roomier than I would have thought. A LOT! And it’s definately cleaner than MY room! ha ha

    Go Go Gadget truck! ha ha

  3. 2008 December 31
    Belledog permalink

    Happy New Year’s Eve to Hedon and Stace, intrepid pup Maggie and fellow Hags fans. I hope 2009 is happy and healthy and safe for us all.

    LOVE the tour of the Hagmobile! Looks very cozy and pretty efficient with your set-up.

    Had you seen this NYTimes article on tiny, tiny houses (like 100 to 300 square feet to TinyMcMansions of 700 sf)? Found it compelling. You’ve got the rolling version, that pays you back for living in it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/garden/11tiny.html?sq=tiny%20houses&st=cse&scp=1&pagewanted=all

    Here’s the website for Tumbleweed Tiny Homes.

    http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/

    Happy New Year’s, whether you are popping a bottle of champagne, sparkling cider or super-chilled Diet Coke!

  4. 2008 December 31

    Makes me long for OTR days gone by…cozy cave indeed.

  5. 2008 December 31

    Oh, and BTW, I always kept the truck manual under the bottom bunk…because I never read it either.

  6. 2008 December 31

    I’d just like to say that I have read the manual for this truck — had to because of the regen/crematorium business. Nowhere in the manual did it tell what that mystery dial does.

    However, thanks to Hedon’s penchant for turning it on and off, I do happen to know what that dial is for. Wanna know? I’ll start the bidding at $1.

    :-)

  7. 2008 December 31

    Wow – I can’t BELIEVE the stuff you have in your truck. I mean, little nooks and crannies for everything! And the Diet Coke? My GOD, the Diet Coke. You have it stashed EVERYWHERE. It’s like you’re afraid you might get lost from the bunk to the driver’s seat and OMG, what would you do if there weren’t a Diet Coke within reach???? lol

    I might have mentioned this before, but I love the idea of the shoe holders velcroed to the wall. Very handy.

    I have a suggestion for holding the bunk up. We have the same problem (space for only one person to lift it) and we have a smaller sleeper than you guys (48″). Plus, we “made” our own bed, so it’s heavier than a regular mattress too.

    What Ed did was buy a piece of “square tubing” from Home Depot. It’s a 3 feet long, sturdy, unbendable piece of steel tubing. We keep it under the bunk and when we raise the bunk up, we just prop the piece of tubing underneath it, holding it up while we rummage around. It’s GREAT and takes up no room at all – you can just throw it under the bunk right on top of everything else so it’s easy to grab when you lift.

    Anyway…thanks for the tour!

    Oh – and how do you like the super singles?

  8. 2008 December 31

    @Stace -

    I’ll bite. What’s it for?

  9. 2008 December 31

    Great tour. Who knew you could have all those little cubbies for storage in a truck! I wish our truck(pickup) had that for road trips. I feel like the Beverly Hillbillies every time we hit the road. *sigh*

  10. 2008 December 31

    Heh, heh, Selena. You’ve got the Diet Coke thing right. Hedon is obsessed about not running out of Diet Coke … and cigarettes. We may run out of everything else, but we ALWAYS have Diet Coke and cigarettes. She’s like Linus and his blanket in the Peanuts comic strip; she won’t go anywhere without the Diet Coke. When she goes to the store at home, which is like five minutes from our house, she takes a DC with her.

    Great idea for holding up the bunk. We’ll have to try it.

    Now, as to that mysterious button. Hedon read my comment and said, “Hey, why do you know what that button’s for and I don’t? That’s just not right. We may have to take this to ‘She said – She said’ for a verdict about how you shouldn’t be withholding info from me.”

    So, since Decorina asked, and in the interest of avoiding another lengthy and expensive legal battle, here goes — the button controls an underbunk heater. When it’s on, it shoots hot air out at floor level. I was pretty excited at first, because I thought it would work when the truck was turned off, and that would mean we wouldn’t have to idle the truck all the time. Alas — it doesn’t work when the truck is off.

    I know, an underbunk heater is not very exciting. I wish it did what Sheila suggested and flipped the bird at dumbass four-wheelers. Big truck manufacturers should listen more to the people and realize our vision of what secret buttons should control.

  11. 2009 January 1

    WOW! And I thought I packed a lot on a 5 or 6 day trip to gawd-knows-where-my-airline-sending-me-this-week! I am SUCH an amatuer!!

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