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Big Rigs Get the Comforts of Home to Help Truckers Close Driver Gap

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With their kids out of the house, empty-nesters Dan and Cristy Dornbusch cruise U.S. highways with an array of domestic comforts — TV, microwave convection oven, running water — in their vehicle.

They’re not just savoring the scenery: The Dornbusch duo operates a Freightliner M2 truck lugging loads of metal casting parts as a driving team for closely held Try Hours Inc.

Try Hours is part of a growing wave of truckers customizing their cabs to blunt a driver shortage that consultant FTR Associates Inc. sees approaching 400,000 by the end of 2017. These companies are investing in entertainment systems, ceiling fans and refrigerator/freezers to ease the strain on employees who are on the road for three or four weeks at a time.

 

“You have just about everything you need, so you can actually stay out longer between trips home,” said Dornbusch, 52, of Wilmington, Ohio. “We call it professional camping.”

Read the full story on bloomberg.com