Originally Posted by Vikingdad
One night I stopped to sleep somewhere west of Cheyenne, left the engine running and the heater going to stay warm (this was a Ford F-8000) while I crashed in the sleeper. I woke up a couple of hours later freezing cold. The engine was still running but not producing enough heat to get into the cab heater. Opened the cooler to get something to drink before hitting the road again and everything in it had frozen.
I got a better one. I stayed in the terminal yard in Gary Indiana one night when I drove for Swift, had a coil to deliver at Arcilor Mitel a few miles away the next morning. Left my 08 Frieghtliner running, flipped cruise to set to over ride the auto shutdown system, turned on the deisel fueled heater under the bunk and climbed into bed. Outside temp was zero, the term is next to the Gary airport, not far from Lake Michigan.
Went to sleep and slept like a baby til 3 AM. Woke up freezing and realized within a second the truck wasnt running. It had developed an issue with the D.P.F. and the computer went into engine protect mode and triggered a shutdown. It was only 6 degrees in the sleeper berth when I woke up. Btw I sleep in my boxers. No matter what I did it wouldnt stay running. The shop didnt open back up till 6 am so I had to deal with it till then. I got out my electric fleece blanket and wool blanket in addition to the cotton comforter that was already on my bunk. I was able to stay warm enough to get some sleep til 6 am. I ended up driving a loaner truck that morning to deliver my load.
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