People who decide to become truck drivers have to find ways to pack all the necessities into their rigs and still have a place to sleep. I have known some trucks to get so full of containers and gizmos that the driver had to sleep in the driver’s seat.
Fortunately for anyone wanting some ideas on how to cram a home into a semi, there are groups like Truck Cab and Sleeper Storage Solutions, a Facebook group dedicated to the cause of maximum storage capacity. Let’s have a look at some of the successes and utter failures that the group has had.
Have a sleeper bunk? Turn it into a storage shelf!
Ah, the ol’ sleeper bunk. Why sleep on it when you can throw out the inch-thick mattress and make it into a storage shelf! That is what happened to mine in every truck I have driven.
By taking some plastic storage towers, you can gain a lot of space to store your belongings. Just use some bungees or straps and pull them tight to hold them in place and keep the shelves from falling out.
Do you really hang your clothes in the closets?
Closets in a truck are often not used for the expressed purpose of hanging coats. Drivers have found that the aforementioned storage towers fit quite snuggly inside a wardrobe.
This gives you more compartments to store items like canned food, clothing, and other compact items.
When in doubt, just use the safety net over it
Sleeper bunks are equipped with a safety net as a means to stop the person in the bunk from flying around if the truck is involved in a rollover or other type of crash. Drivers often have them just hanging around since not many use them if they are by themselves.
A good use of the net is to hang bags from it. Backpacks, shoe organizers, and other containers can be hung from the cargo net mesh.
If all else fails, and your bunk shelf looks like a rat’s nest, just throw the net over the top and buckle it in. And did I forget there are separate nets for the top and bottom beds?
Ever seen an inexpensive kitchen cabinet bolted into a truck frame?
One trick knowledgeable drivers use to get more space is by buying a returned or slightly damaged kitchen cabinet and bolting it onto the wall of the sleeper compartment. This is a project I would only ask a trained professional to do as it requires some holes to be drilled into the actual body of the truck that could cause irreversible damage.
There are many other ways to get extra storage in a truck. Living inside a truck sleeper is not for everyone and for some, they have to take the whole house with them out on the road.